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Creating Separation

Once a Scout meets the requirements for First Class the focus changes from basic skills development to discovering all that Scouting has to offer, service, and leadership. The Scout will discover Scouting through the merit badge program, high... From The Scoutmaster Minute 3 days ago

With Only Some Basic Knowledge and Inexpensive Gear, You Can Have a Safe, Fun Outdoors...

With only some basic knowledge and inexpensive gear, you can have a safe, fun outdoors experience in even the coldest weather. By Aaron Derr Photographs by Jim Evans If you live in a climate like Miami, Florida, where the average low temperature in... From Inside Boys' Life 4 days ago

Issue 472 – February 2, 2016

________________________________________ Dear Andy, A tradition in our troop is to have a Scout who's about to age out do the Scoutmaster's minute at his last meeting as a youth member. I think what our most recent "Scoutmaster-for-the-moment" and... From Ask Andy 1 week ago

NAACS

Each year our Order of the Arrow Lodge hosts two gathering events.  The first is our Native American Arts and Ceremonies Seminar (NAACS) and the other is the Rendezvous of the Order.  The latter being the largest event of the lodge and during which... From The Scoutmaster Minute 2 weeks ago

Charles L. Sommers Alumni Association, Inc. Honors Paul R. Christen

The Charles L. Sommers Alumni Association recently released their Fall 2015 newsletter . Dave Hyink wrote an article for the newsletter about the Honorary Life Membership that was awarded to Paul R. Christen. Below is the article. At its February... From Summit Blog 1 month ago

Issue 467 – December 29, 2015

________________________________________ Dear Andy, Last week (December 22 – Issue 466), in response to a 14 year-old Scout who's been getting into fights, with punching Scouts in the face, kicking them in the shins with steel-toed boots, and... From Ask Andy 1 month ago

Another Great Year

Happy New Year!!! Wow, 2015 just flew by but what a great year it was. With this being only our second year of running a summer program, we had all sorts of new milestones. We had our official opening of the James C. Justice National Scout Camp ,... From Summit Blog 1 month ago

The Worthy Cause

As I was driving home from work I was listening to a local Classical Music station.. it sooths me.  What I like about the Classical station and most talk radio stations is that they do not play a lot of advertisements.  This often goes without... From The Scoutmaster Minute 1 month ago

2017 High Adventure Early Bird Discount

Attention Scouters…It's back! We will be offering our Early-Bird Discount again for the 2017 the Paul R. Christen National High Adventure Base at the Summit Bechtel Reserve! Some of you may have thought "Well, with National Jamboree going on... From Summit Blog 2 months ago

ILST.. What Did We Learn?

Introduction to Leadership Skills Training (ILST), for some of you it means JLT others remember TLT.. either way it amounts to training your youth leaders to make their troop better.  Each year we conduct our youth training with the goal of getting... From The Scoutmaster Minute 2 months ago

Issue 463 – December 1, 2015

________________________________________ Dear Andy, I have a question regarding the relationship between a troop and its chartered organization-in our case, a church, which provides us with meeting and storage spaces. In return, the Scouts of our... From Ask Andy 2 months ago

High Adventure Girl Scout Style

Last year we held the first ever Girl Scout Jamboree. With more than 11 different chapters and over 250 Girl Scouts in attendance, these young ladies bounced, and I mean bounced , between every activity we offer in the Scott Summit Center. They did... From Summit Blog 2 months ago

B-P's Blog – a Mountain Dream

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 2 months ago

Scouting and Outdoors Books Wishlist

Create a wishlist of books you can send to yourself and others at the bottom of this page! Here's a big selection of Scouting and outdoors books have helped me as a Scouter and outdoorsman, they have been a source of inspiration and... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 2 months ago

Issue 461 – November 19, 2015

________________________________________ Dear Andy, I've searched your past issues, and couldn't find an answer to this question, so maybe I'm the first… I recently returned from the first of our two Wood Badge weekends, at which we were all given... From Ask Andy 2 months ago

Social Media and Me

Hey all… Needless to say it's been a real busy time here and I have let my posting slide.. know that you have heard that before and I make no apology.  After all, you understand what is important and not so much. So what's new? Well, I was... From The Scoutmaster Minute 2 months ago

B-P's Blog – the End Is Character

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 2 months ago

Josh Cochran's "B-B-Bear!"

The Summit's Scott Visitor Center has a new attraction — a giant mural entitled "B-B-Bear!".  Josh Cochran  and his assistant  Courtney Menard  spent a whole week here at The Summit and built an amazing mural showcasing the wide variety of... From Summit Blog 3 months ago

University Ratings Guide Up National and Worldwide Ranks Rev for 2015 Admissions

–> A custom dissertation writing support is some of those auxiliary resources that aid each scholar to learn what academic creativity is and the way to help you to produce outstanding quality tasks. Some people have troubles in forming... From Summit Blog 3 months ago

Issue 458 – October 22, 2015

________________________________________ Hi Andy, While I know that the Camping and Service logs in the back of the Scout Handbook are great tools to use in keeping track of these activities, is the use of these mandatory, or is this in the realm... From Ask Andy 3 months ago

2015 NOAC Patches: Part 4

To tell the truth, when I wrote about this year's Naguonabe Lodge's National Order of the Arrow patch sets last June and July I thought the three part article would be all there would be to write. Surprise! This last month the lodge came out with... From A Scoutmaster's Blog 3 months ago

Issue 457 – October 15, 2015

________________________________________ Hi Andy, I found this very nice Personal Management Merit Badge Workbook using a google search. I would like to use it for our Merit Badge College, but it has a copyright: "Workbook © Copyright 2015 –... From Ask Andy 4 months ago

Amazing Pioneering Projects

I have seen elaborate gateways, bridges and towers lashed together at Scout events but have yet to see anything remotely like the giant pioneering projects lashed together by these Israeli Scouts. (see more in my post Pioneering Unleashed )... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 4 months ago

Recruiting Scouts at A "Scout-O-Rama"

Jonathan Fillmore, of North Providence, and his son Jonathan Jr., who just signed up last week with the Scouts, take advantage of a special trail built by the Scouts and the Appalachian Mountain Club that is designed to be handicapped-accessible... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 4 months ago

Issue 456 – October 6, 2015

________________________________________ Dear Andy, The Silver Beaver nomination process seems to blur across the BSA councils. Councils don't like to reveal their selection process, have crude ranking procedures, ignore potential information on... From Ask Andy 4 months ago

B-P's Blog – Reluctant Scoutmaster

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 4 months ago

Senior Scout Camp at James C. Justice National Scout Camp

Senior Scout Camp It is a beautiful time of the year. Leaves are falling, school is starting back up, and Scout units are getting together and working out their plans for the next year. Where is your unit planning to go? Over the next few weeks we... From Summit Blog 4 months ago

A.T. Winner

On my 300-mile section hike of the Appalachian Trail, I met many interesting folks and had some wonderful (and some challenging) times. Every day offered up at least one memorable moment, but my evening spent in the Gravel Springs hut in the... From Scoutmaster Musings 4 months ago

Issue 453 – September 17, 2015

________________________________________ Dear Andy, For an upcoming District Awards annual dinner, some of us Scouters have come up with the idea of collecting $1,000 between us and recognizing our outgoing District Chair with a James E. West... From Ask Andy 4 months ago

The Participation Problem

We often focus on membership when it comes to the retention and recruiting issue.  This is absolutely a  header in the discussion.  However a better indication of unit health is your participation percentages.  That is how many of your registered... From The Scoutmaster Minute 4 months ago

Grandma Gatewood

Emma Gatewood read about the Appalachian Trail in National Geographic Magazine"I thought it would be a nice lark," she said. In 1955 at the age of 67, she put on her Keds sneakers, put an army blanket, a raincoat, and a plastic shower curtain  in a... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 4 months ago

B-P's Blog – Jamborees

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

Issue 451 – September 1, 2015

________________________________________ Hi Andy, I'm told that a Webelos II den will be ready to cross over right now, in September. Seems to me this is too early. They haven't even started their second year yet. Makes me wonder if the Den Leader... From Ask Andy 5 months ago

Issue 449 – August 19, 2015

________________________________________ Hi Andy, In your July 30th column (No. 448), about that Venturer in the Silicon Valley area, I almost get the feeling someone's looking for reason not to help this young man. Yes, 60 miles might sound like a... From Ask Andy 5 months ago

Doing Your Good Turn

At the Wednesday show at the National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) the National Chief rolled out a social media blitz.  Staying with the theme "It Starts with Us", the National Chief challenged.. no Dared each person in the Breslin Arena to... From The Scoutmaster Minute 5 months ago

Moments in Time

There are moments in your life where vision is realized, made clear, and action set in motion.  We have lived moments that have greater meaning, cause us to be moved, and in the words that resonate through out the Order of the Arrow, we "Seek a... From The Scoutmaster Minute 6 months ago

#DareToDo

What's that hash tag doing in the title of this article? It's the latest initiative to spring forth from this year's historic centennial National Order of the Arrow Conference at Michigan State University. Conceived by a handful of Arrowmen and... From Bobwhite's Blather 6 months ago

World Jambo

The 23rd World Scout Jamboree is under way right now in Japan. You can even see live streaming videos on this page (but it's 1:00am right now). The 24th will be held in 2019 at the Summit in West Virginia. Scouts from around the world will be... From Scoutmaster Musings 6 months ago

NOAC 2015: It Starts With Us

More than fifteen thousand Arrowmen – Scouting's best – converge on the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing starting today to take part in the largest Scouting event in the United States other than the National Jamboree... From Bobwhite's Blather 6 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 6 months ago

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 6 months 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 6 months 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 6 months 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 6 months 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 6 months ago

Gotta Go! Jambo 2017

Two years from now at this time, scouts from across the country will be at the National Scout Jamboree in West Virginia… What can they expect? What will be the experience? Will it all be worth it?? Listen to these perspectives from an LDS Troop who... From My Scout Stuff - A Scoutmaster's Blog 6 months 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 6 months 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 6 months 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 6 months 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 7 months ago

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