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One Down, Two to Go?

By now, you have heard that the Boy Scouts of America has lifted its ban on employment and volunteer registration of openly gay individuals. The executive board followed the lead of BSA president Dr. Robert Gates, who in May told the national... From Bobwhite's Blather 2 days ago

Issue 448 – July 30, 2015

________________________________________ Hi Andy, I have a new "Andy's Rule" for you, that I learned the hard way: "It's easier to grow a spine than to have someone manually insert it." (Jimmy Day) Amen, Brother! ========== Hi Andy, I joined Scouts... From Ask Andy 2 days ago

BSA Ends the Ban on Gay Leaders

"For far too long, this issue has divided and distracted us. Now it's time to unite behind our shared belief in the extraordinary power of Scouting to be a force for good." Robert Gates, BSA president. In a vote of the executive committee yesterday... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 3 days ago

B-P's Blog – Health

During his lifetime Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the worldwide Scouting movement, wrote many books and articles directed to Scouters. Each Sunday I'll publish a selection from his writings in the hope that you'll draw inspiration and... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 5 days ago

Operation Heroes Honors Veterans at the Summit

The Summit Bechtel Reserve can provide a great experience for Scouts. But last weekend, it was all about our veterans. Operation Heroes, hosted by the Summit in partnership with the West Virginia National Guard, the Paralyzed Veterans of America... From Inside Boys' Life 1 week ago

2016 High Adventure Early-Bird Discount

Attention Scouters! Register now and take advantage of discounts on 2016 fees at the Paul R. Christen National High Adventure Base at the Summit Bechtel Reserve. Groups that register for the 2016 H igh Adventure season and pay a $100 per person... From Summit Blog 1 week ago

Join Alex at the World Jamboree

The 23rd World Jamboree begins Tuesday, 28 July and concludes Saturday, 8 August 2015 in Kirara-hama, Yamaguchi City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan Alex, a 16 year-old young leader of 1st Southbourne Sea Scouts , and an Explorer at Southbourne... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 1 week ago

Issue 447 – July 17, 2015

________________________________________ Hi Andy, I have to point out your response about shooting sports targets isn't completely right. Starting on page 52 of the BSA NATIONAL SHOOTING SPORTS MANUAL, it says the following for Boy Scout and... From Ask Andy 2 weeks ago

2001 National Jamboree Marvel Patch Set

I attended the 2001 National Jamboree as the scoutmaster of Troop 1417. I had a great time. I had a great troop. And I collected quite a few patches from the event. In fact, I still collect patches from the event when I find some for a reasonable... From A Scoutmaster's Blog 3 weeks ago

2015 NOAC Patches, Part 3

You were given a preview of the trader's two patch set in May. Yesterday I wrote a post about the participant's set. But did you know there is one more option available for the Naguonabe Lodge members who will be participating in this year's... From A Scoutmaster's Blog 3 weeks ago

Issue 446 – July 8, 2015

________________________________________ Fast upon us is the Scout summer camp season. I'm already contemplating August-September and the phone calls that will begin then. You see, I'm a Merit Badge Counselor for five in the aquatic group. "It... From Ask Andy 3 weeks ago

2015 NOAC Patches, Part 2

It was over a month ago when I wrote a post about the Naguonabe Lodge's patch design for the 2015 National Order of the Arrow Conference, otherwise known as NOAC. The two patch set also commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Order of the Arrow... From A Scoutmaster's Blog 3 weeks ago

A Leader We Can Learn From

The Golden State Warriors won the championship of the National Basketball Association this week. The team is led by an experienced basketball man – as a player, general manager and television commentator – but a rookie coach. Steve Kerr,... From Bobwhite's Blather 1 month ago

Issue 445 – June 2, 2015

________________________________________ Hi Folks! I'll be traveling for the next 13 days, so we'll have to skip next week's column. I'll be back online the week of June 15th, so keep those letters comin' in! Happy Scouting! (Just the other day,... From Ask Andy 1 month ago

2015 NOAC Patches

The Naguonabe Lodge of the Central Minnesota Council began handing out patches to its members that are attending the 2015 National Order of the Arrow Conclave during this weekend's spring conclave. Once again, it will be a two patch set, but unlike... From A Scoutmaster's Blog 2 months ago

Cub Scout Camping

One good thing I like about the new Cub Scout program is its stronger push for outdoor activities, including camping. Only a couple years ago, Tigers were finally allowed to camp, now every rank except Tiger requires camping. This may mean a... From Scoutmaster Musings 2 months ago

Centuries of Service

This year for the third time in the history of the Order of the Arrow a patch may be worn on the Sash.  This patch represents the Centuries of Service Award available for all Arrowmen to earn this year.  The program started in July of 2014 and will... From The Scoutmaster Minute 2 months ago

Patch Trading

One of the fun traditions of Scouting is patch trading. I have been acquiring patches now since about 1978. I would like to say that I have a ton of patches, but I really don't. You see, I did like most Scouts and Scouters do and did, I got a patch... From The Scoutmaster Minute 2 months ago

Issue 443 – May 19, 2015

________________________________________ My previous column closed on a bullying scenario-something that seems to be in the news more and more these days. When I was a kid growing up, bullies were pretty easy to handle. You got a bunch of your... From Ask Andy 2 months ago

The First Green Bar Bill Article in Boy's Life.

In Podcast 265-266 I played excerpts of a recording of Green Bar Bill Hillcourt where he mentions his first article in October 1932 issue of Boy's Life. The "Cover to Cover" section on page 2 introduces Bill; We start off in this issue by roping in... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 2 months ago

A Troop Revolution

Vilhelm Hans Bjerregaard Jensen was a Danish Scout who became a Scoutmaster during the early years of the Scouting Movement . He decided to see something of Scouting around the world, worked his way through Europe and England, arrived in the United... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 3 months ago

Scouting Mug Museum Display

I have collected a lot of Scouting memoribilia during my 35 years as an adult leader in Scouting. I have hundreds of patches, dozens of handbooks, a large tote of 2001 National Jamboree souvenirs, and enough coffee mugs to go over two months... From A Scoutmaster's Blog 3 months ago

Service Project Idea: Removing Invasive Plants

Service project idea: removing invasive plants Sometimes pulling weeds is about more than making an area look pretty. It's about saving it. Invasive species of plants make up 70 percent of the overall invasive population in National Park lands... From Inside Boys' Life 3 months ago

Badges… We Don't Need No Stinking Badges…

While it is true that we don't need no stinking badges… We do have a need for patches and lots of them. If you follow me on Facebook, you may have noticed that I am in a patch phase.  Well truth be told, I have been a patch guy for a long... From The Scoutmaster Minute 3 months ago

The Lions Volunteer Dinner

Every year the Melrose Lions Club invites folks from the various volunteer organizations in town to a special meal to be recognized for all the work they do during the year for the community. This includes members of our volunteer fire and... From A Scoutmaster's Blog 3 months ago

Eagle Scout Project Idea: Clean Up a Creek!

Eagle Scout project idea: Clean up a creek! It seems pretty clear that aspiring Eagle Scout Parker Nasman isn't afraid of a little hard work. For his Eagle project, the Florida Boy Scout is aiming to clean up a local waterway that has become so... From Inside Boys' Life 3 months ago

Court of Honor Ceremony

This is one plan for a court of honor we've used in my troop for many years based on a few simple rules of thumb; Brief, formal, yet meaningful – Depending on the number  of awards and presentations this court of honor should take no more... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 3 months ago

Podcast 265 – Scouting Source Code Part 1

This story really explains it all… .. told by a man who ought to know Scouting if anyone does! What must we have to have to call what we do "Scouting"? Must we have an organization? If we understand how Scouting started a century ago we can... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 3 months ago

Podcast 264 – Scouting Source Code Part 1

This story really explains it all… .. told by a man who ought to know Scouting if anyone does! What must we have to have to call what we do "Scouting"? Must we have an organization? If we understand how Scouting started a century ago we can... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 3 months ago

B-P's Blog – Fundamental Ethics

During his lifetime Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the worldwide Scouting movement, wrote many books and articles directed to Scouters. Each Sunday I'll publish a selection from his writings in the hope that you'll draw inspiration and... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 3 months ago

2014 Report to the Nation

2015 National Chief, Alex Call, joined a delegation of Scouts from around the nation to deliver the Boy Scouts of America's 2014 Annual Report to our nation's leaders. -- Order of the Arrow, Boy Scouts of America Twitter:... From Order of the Arrow Youtube Videos 3 months ago

2015 OA ArrowTour

The Summit Bechtel Reserve is excited to announce it will celebrate the Order of the Arrow's centennial as an ArrowTour host. ArrowTour is an interactive event for Scouts, volunteers, and Scouting alumni that will travel throughout the country... From Summit Blog 3 months ago

Walking Merit Badge

The long-awaited Walking merit badge requirements have been released today. Though not an Eagle-required badge, I expect this one will be one of the most popular badges to collect in 2015. Requirements for the Walking merit badge: Do the following:... From Scoutmaster Musings 4 months ago

Expectations

Like most units, our Troop has a new Scout Patrol that has started their Scouting adventure in earnest. They crossed over in February, like most Webelos and went on their first camp out with the Troop that following week.  The Troop went to Camp... From The Scoutmaster Minute 4 months ago

New Cub Scout Program 2015 Awards

The requirements for the Cub Scout National Den Award, the National Summertime Pack Award, the World Conservation Award and the Outdoor Activity Award have been updated to reflect the new Cub Scout adventure... From Cub Scout Ideas 4 months ago

Revised Cub Scout Awards

The requirements for the Cub Scout National Den Award, the National Summertime Pack Award, the World Conservation Award and the Outdoor Activity Award have been updated to reflect the new Cub Scout adventure... From Cub Scout Ideas 4 months ago

Issue 437 – March 18, 2015

________________________________________ Here's a letter I received from Paul Wolf, the USSSP.ORG's resident guru on advancement requirements… Hi Andy – In your column last week (No. 436 – March 10, 2015), one of your readers asked, "Is there a... From Ask Andy 4 months ago

Special Needs Scouting Resources

Tony Mei, chairman of the National Disabilities Awareness Committee, got in touch to share a variety of resources for special needs Scouts. Every unit leader ought to take the time to read   The Guide to Working With  Scouts With Special Needs and... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 4 months ago

Put Me in, Coach!

Spring has sprung, or is in the process of springing, in much of the country, and with it comes the national pastime. Major leaguers have been warming up in sun country for a couple weeks, and our young people are dusting off their spikes and... From Bobwhite's Blather 4 months ago

Issue 435 – March 3, 2015

________________________________________ Dear Andy, While at the Philmont Training Center for a week-long session on advancement a few years ago-which overall was very good-we spent part of one day talking about getting a new Scout to First Class... From Ask Andy 4 months ago

Issue 434 – February 24, 2015

________________________________________ Dear Andy, Does a troop have to accept any boy who wants to join? (Name & Council Withheld) "Have to" is an interesting way to phrase your question, so let me ask… What's the situation that's... From Ask Andy 5 months ago

Green Bar Bill and Wood Badge

It's Wood Badge Wednesday time again.  In this post I want to share a bit about my Scouting Hero William "Green Bar Bill" Hillcourt. Everyone knows that William Hillcourt wrote books for the Boy Scouts of America, but few are aware of all of the... From The Scoutmaster Minute 5 months ago

Things Every New District Executive Needs to Know but Won't Be Told Part 3

Here is the next five of 50 things that every new District Executive needs to know but their Local Council Executive Staff won't tell them. This is list is based off of personal experience and in no way represents what a the BSA at either the... From Scouting Maniac 5 months ago

B.P.'s Blog – International Scouting

During his lifetime Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the worldwide Scouting movement, wrote many books and articles directed to Scouters. Each Sunday I'll publish a selection from his writings in the hope that you'll draw inspiration and... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 5 months ago

Arrowtour Promo Video

In the summer of 2015, the Order of the Arrow will take it's centennial celebration on the road through ArrowTour: Our National Centennial Experience. Check out this video to see what will be traveling on the road, and visit... From Order of the Arrow Youtube Videos 5 months ago

For Your Consideration: The World Scout Jamboree

In just five months, more than 30,000 Scouts and leaders from 161 countries around the world will converge on Kirara-hama, Yamaguchi, Japan, for the 23rd World Scout Jamboree . The registration deadline is fast approaching - you have until March... From Inside Boys' Life 5 months ago

Issue 432 – February 10, 2015

________________________________________ Thanks to you loyal readers and great Scouters for being patient with me! Yup, took a vacation. But by the time I returned I had a major client assignment in my lap, so I did the unthinkable: I let my work... From Ask Andy 5 months ago

The Way Things Work

I recently attended a presentation on the new Cub Scout Adventure program. Aimed at Scouters who will be implementing the program starting later this year, it was conducted by a member of the national task force that created the new program. He... From Bobwhite's Blather 5 months ago

Scoutmaster's Conference FAQ

Here's an comprehensive look at the Scoutmaster's conference. All of the references below are official publications of the BSA (the Guide to Advancement 2013 and the Scoutmaster's Handbook ). I have refrained from adding any commentary or opinion... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 5 months ago

Calvin Coolidge: The President and the Scout

In July, 1924, tragedy struck America's first family. President Coolidge and Boy Scouts Calvin Jr., the son of President Calvin Coolidge, died suddenly and unexpectedly at the age of 16 from blood poisoning. Coolidge was devastated, and the whole... From Scouting Rediscovered 6 months ago

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