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The Order of the Arrow: Objections and Elections

In the last article, I gave a general overview of the Order of the Arrow – what it is, how it started and how it's organized. This time, we'll cover overcoming some of the typical objections that troops might have and how youth members are... 4 months ago

The Order of the Arrow: What's It All About?

The Order of the Arrow is at once a prominent institution in Scouting and a mysterious one. The OA is nearly as old as Scouting itself, yet it is misunderstood by some and unknown to others. While this is partly by design, there's much about the OA... 4 months ago

Dealing With Policy Issues

A reader writes: Our Scoutmaster wants to make changes to the troop uniform policy, but when I said I should have been in on the discussion he told me that uniforming wasn't something that was at the committee chair level, since it deals directly... 5 months ago

Mid-Year Cub Scout Program Updates

If you follow Scouting Magazine on social media, you might have heard about some updates to the Cub Scout Adventure program that were announced last week. (Look in the comments for links to the updates that you can print and paste into the Scouts'... 5 months ago

Obsolete? Says Who!

A friend sent me the link to an article on the website of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) titled 10 Skills Our Kids Will Never Learn. It's a rundown on skills that those of the Baby Boomer generation have come to take for granted... 5 months ago

How Often Should a Troop Camp?

A troop committee chair writes: Our Scoutmaster wants to change our campout schedule so that instead of having monthly campouts, the troop would camp every other month, and do a service project in the months when there isn't a campout. This doesn't... 6 months ago

Making the Most of Meeting Time

Meetings are one of the constant truths about serving Scouting as an adult volunteer. We enjoy serving the Scouts and helping them succeed, but it seems like we are constantly being called to meetings for one reason or another. Just last week I... 6 months ago

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