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Snowshoe

Sometime between 2012 and 2015 Time to make: 3.5 hours Finishing: 1 hour For a couple of years I tried to find a suitable material for the wooden frame and it struck me one day during summer camp watching the Scouts at Basketry Merit Badge that... From Channeling Whittlin Jim 4 days ago

Sioux Chief

Sometime between 2012 and 2015 Time to carve: 3.5 hours Finishing: 2 hour Another slide carved during Merit Badge Uninversity at UMASS Amherst I think a couple of years ago. I had a couple of adults ask me about what I was carving while I was... From Channeling Whittlin Jim 4 days ago

Issue 513 â€" January 3, 2017

________________________________________ Hi Andy, Any tips for a dad going on a Philmont trek? I know my son will have no problem this summer; it's me I'm worried about! Unfortunately, so far I've taken "Be Prepared" to the extreme and I've wound... From Ask Andy 2 months ago

Year Round Camping Summary for 2016

Here is our year-end camp summary for 2016: 1) Jan – 2nd annual Winter backpacking on snowshoes in Little Cottonwood Canyon 2) Feb – Last minute change to Crystal Hot Springs* 3) Apr – 2nd annual April outing to White Rock near... From My Scout Stuff - A Scoutmaster's Blog 2 months ago

The Challenge Slope

I don't generally agree with the common statement regarding Scouting to "let them fail". I think what is meant when "fail" is used is actually "learn". Burning pancakes is not failing - it is learning the point at which they're ready to flip. Taking... From Scoutmaster Musings 2 months ago

Issue 512 â€" December 27, 2016

________________________________________ Good Morning Andy, The charter- and JTE-year run from January 1st through December 31st but the actual, operational Scouting runs essentially from September through May (with a smattering of events plus... From Ask Andy 2 months ago

Greatest Hits: Our 16 Most-Read Posts From 2016

Late December brings a spate of year-in-review lists. While overused, they are a handy way to recap the year that was. One way to look back on 2016 in Scouting is by seeing which Bryan on Scouting blog posts were most popular. We write the posts,... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 3 months ago

World Conservation Award Has New Requirements, Effective Immediately

Whether you know the World Conservation Award as the "panda patch" or as the award that encourages Scouts and Venturers to think globally and act locally to improve and conserve our environment, there's something you need to know. The BSA National... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 3 months ago

Issue 510 â€" December 13, 2016

________________________________________ Several regular readers wrote to me about the pack finances problem Kevin, in the Longhorn Council, was having. Check these out (they may help you, too!)… Hi Andy, This is for Kevin. Start with a pack... From Ask Andy 3 months ago

Is This the Best-Catered Court of Honor in Eagle Scout History?

From the start, the Eagle Scout court of honor for Brian O'Rourke III in Cambridge, Mass., was destined to be special. Brian's grandfather, Glen McLaughlin, traveled all the way from California to be there. There was a slideshow that had many in... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 3 months ago

Issue 509 â€" December 6, 2016

________________________________________ Hi Andy, About David Ball's question (your November 11th Issue) about adult support on outings, let me share something our Senior Patrol Leader and his ASPL did a couple of years ago… They were having... From Ask Andy 3 months ago

Tips for Running a Boy Scout Christmas Tree Lot

Oh, Christmas tree. How lovely are your branches. And how lovely, too, is your ability to raise money to fund Scouting adventures. While that last sentence lacks the lyricism of the original carol, its words are no less accurate. Many Boy Scout... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 3 months ago

Issue 507 â€" November 29, 2016

________________________________________ HOW WORDS CAN DIRECT-OR MISDIRECT-THOUGHTS AND ACTIONS The great semanticist, S.I. Hayakawa informs us that, "of all forms of symbolism, language is the most highly developed, most subtle, and most... From Ask Andy 3 months ago

Podcast 329 â€" Merit Badges

There's always more questions about merit badges… … then I have useful answers because the vast majority of problems with merit badges are structural rather than procedural. But I hate missing an opportunity for a good, old fashioned... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 4 months ago

Issue 506 â€" November 11, 2016

________________________________________ VETERANS DAY The aftermath of an appendectomy gone bad, producing a lower intestinal infection that plagued me for several years, I was physically rejected by the U.S. Army on three separate attempts to... From Ask Andy 4 months ago

The BSA Trunk Club: Send in Photos of Your Scouting Storage Space on Wheels

An average driver's trunk might hold a spare tire, jumper cables and the good umbrella. But Scout leaders are anything but average. A Scout leader's trunk is more than a trunk. It's a mobile storage unit for all things Scouting. At various times... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 4 months ago

The Other Troop Library

Most troops have a library of merit badge pamphlets and other information for the Scouts to use in going about their activities. It's maintained by a troop librarian – a youth position of responsibility – and is primarily run by and for... From Bobwhite's Blather 4 months ago

Complete Angler Award

I was in the local Scout Shop last weekend and saw something new posted near the merit badges. There is an award called the Complete Angler that can be earned by Boy Scouts who love to fish. The requirements seem fairly simple. Earn three required... From A Scoutmaster's Blog 4 months ago

Those Knots

Every six months or so it seems that the discussion on knots come up.  Now you all know that I am not talking about the bowline or two half hitches, or even a well placed figure 8.  No I am talking about the knots that we wear on our uniforms,... From The Scoutmaster Minute 4 months ago

Meet the Eagle Scout Who Works on the Megahit Videogame Destiny

The real heroes at Bungie , the videogame company behind sci-fi blockbusters Halo and Destiny , don't wear armor. They're guys like Matthew Ward, Eagle Scout and the company's cinematic director, who wore an untucked button-up, jeans and red... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 4 months ago

Inside the Newly Updated Conservation Handbook, Earth's Instruction Manual

While others offer scary predictions about the future of our planet, Scouts and Venturers do something to ensure those dire warnings never come true. In short, Scouts, Venturers and Scout leaders strive to leave this planet better than they found... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 4 months ago

Issue 503 â€" October 18, 2016

________________________________________ (This conversation is from early September…) Hi, Andy, I'm a Den Leader entering my second year and having a grand time. My den has grown to a good size-12 registered and about 10 showing up regularly, and... From Ask Andy 4 months ago

Breaking News: Join the Boys' Life Team for the Coolest Job at the Jamboree

Did you hear the news? Whether you're a working journalist helping inform the public or simply a fan of the world's greatest magazine for boys, you are formally invited to join the Boys' Life team at the 2017 National Jamboree. Boys' Life is... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 5 months ago

Hiking-N-Cycling Safety Vest

#ITLLEDVest Here's something that anyone doing the Hiking or Cycling merit badges might find useful, especially if you're putting in miles on multi-use trails or along roads with traffic. In the very dark night hours, cars have their headlights on... From Scoutmaster Musings 5 months ago

Issue 502 â€" October 11, 2016

________________________________________ Dear Andy, My son is working on Camping merit badge and I'm wondering if there's any guidance as far as what constitutes "planning and carrying out a snow camping experience." Is the goal specifically... From Ask Andy 5 months ago

Issue 501 â€" October 8, 2016

________________________________________ The rumors of my… Well, you know the rest. Been traveling out of state and out of the country for the past several weeks. Back in the saddle now, so here we go… Dear Andy, Thank you for your commitment to... From Ask Andy 5 months ago

Step by Step: How to Be a Merit Badge Counselor

The merit badge counselor is one of the coolest jobs in Scouting. These volunteers introduce Scouts to a topic about which they are passionate and knowledgable. At the very least, a merit badge counselor helps a young man earn a merit badge for his... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 5 months ago

The Best Scouting Apps of 2016

It's 2016. The smartphone doesn't detract from the Scouting experience; it enhances it. Where in the past there was a debate over whether smartphone use is appropriate in Scouting, these days most Scouters see the devices like pocketknives... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 5 months ago

Fresh

As this new Journey begins I thought it was time for a new look.. a fresh start.. that feeling you have when you change your socks before a long hike, you know, it feels warm on your feet, clean, and cozy. With my renewed sense of enthusiasm,... From The Scoutmaster Minute 5 months ago

Why Dancer Derek Hough and His Dad, Bruce, Are Big Believers in Scouting

Derek Hough sent his dad a text a few weeks back. "Dad, check out my Instagram." Bruce Hough opened Derek's Instagram page , where the  Dancing With the Stars  star shares photos with nearly 2 million followers. And there was Derek, wearing his Cub... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 5 months ago

Issue 500 â€" September 6, 2016

________________________________________ Today my 500th issue coincides with my very first, published 15 years ago this month. That first issue was published in the monthly newsletter of a single council. Today, these columns are regularly read in... From Ask Andy 6 months ago

Issue 499 â€" August 30, 2016

________________________________________ In my previous column (Issue 498-August 16th) a parent had written about her son, a Life Scout, who was told that work on his project for Eagle "must have Scouts as helpers" and "a troop leader must be... From Ask Andy 6 months ago

Podcast 326 â€" Advice for the Senior Patrol Leader

My son was frustrated, decided to change troops, and was elected senior patrol leader in his new troop. The Scoutmaster is a man of good intentions but with a commanding presence. Over time he has taken to leading himself because it's easier and... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 6 months ago

Parents of Eagle Scout and Olympic Gold Medalist Ryan Held Tell Their Story

We've heard from Ryan Held, the Eagle Scout who won a gold medal at the Rio Olympics and says Scouting gave him a welcome respite from the stress of competitive swimming. Now we get to hear from his parents, who  say both of their Eagle Scout sons... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 7 months ago

Now Hear This: 2016 Jamboree-on-the-Air, Jamboree-on-the-Internet Dates Set

On the third weekend in October, 1 million Scouts from 150 different countries will unite to celebrate the global power of Scouting. And they'll do it without leaving the neighborhood. Join the fun by involving your pack, troop, team, post, ship or... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 7 months ago

Issue 496 â€" July 26, 2016

________________________________________ Hi Andy, We held a Tenderfoot board of review last night for one of our newest Scouts. We had two committee members present. I had sent out an email to the committee last week, right after I'd conferenced... From Ask Andy 7 months ago

Neil Armstrong's Success in Space Didn't Surprise His Fellow Boy Scouts

Neil Armstrong wasn't your typical Boy Scout. While the other boys in Troop 25 out of Sandusky, Ohio, were horsing around at meetings and campouts, "Neil was buckling down to learning things like the flag semaphore code and first aid," one of his... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 8 months ago

Summer Camp Review 2016

The Boy Scouts of Melrose Troop 68 have completed their weeklong summer camp for the year. Once again, the troop went to Many Point Scout Camp which is located northwest of Park Rapids in Minnesota. Only four Scouts of the troop attended camp... From A Scoutmaster's Blog 8 months ago

Make Scouting Viral!

If you have knowledge or skills you want to share with more than one person what happens next? If it's just three or four people we get them together and tell them. Easy, right? What if it's ten or twenty people? How about thirty? When numbers grow... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 8 months ago

The Melrose Disc Golf Course

A year and a half ago I wrote a couple of articles about how the Melrose Boy Scout Troop had inspired the Melrose city officials to think about having a nine basket disc golf course installed in the main city park. A quickly planned but simple... From A Scoutmaster's Blog 8 months ago

On Point: Boy Scouts of America, USA Archery Announce Partnership

Now this is a bull's-eye. Just in time for the 2016 Olympic Games, the Boy Scouts of America and USA Archery, the national governing body for the Olympic sport of archery, have announced a new partnership aimed at enhancing the awareness of youth... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 8 months ago

Issue 493 â€" June 28, 2016

________________________________________ Hi Andy, My question is about the 1910 Anniversary Ring patch that goes around the World Crest. At first, the 1910 patch was available to anyone who was BSA-registered at the time it was issued. But what... From Ask Andy 8 months ago

Exploring Coyote Gulch With Scouts

I've been asked all year if we are planning another trip to Goblin Valley this summer.  Remembering last year's experience , my answers were always vague and uncertain as I was contemplating the possibility of another option.  I really liked having... From My Scout Stuff - A Scoutmaster's Blog 8 months ago

Sparks Will Fly When Cub Scout Leader Competes in Season 2 of 'BattleBots'

A software developer by day and an assistant Cubmaster by night (and weekends), Randy Farmer has one of the coolest hobbies imaginable. Farmer (top row, left) is a member of Chaos Corps, a robot-building team from Atlanta that will appear in... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 8 months ago

Issue 492 â€" June 21, 2016

________________________________________ Hi, Andy, I have a question about the Camping National Outdoor Award that you probably have addressed before, and I'm not sure where else to go. I have done an internet search, but have not found a source to... From Ask Andy 9 months ago

Could You Earn the Golf Merit Badge? Take This 18-Question Quiz to Find Out

You don't have to swing like Spieth or blast it like Bubba to earn the Golf merit badge. You do have to know about golf's rules, its equipment and its lingo. (Like:  Was that a hook or a slice I just hit? ) This wasn't a problem for the 3,826... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 9 months ago

Who Can Sign Off on Boy Scout Requirements?

It's a question every Scout will face: Once I finish requirements for merit badges and rank advancement, who signs off? Is it the Scoutmaster? The merit badge counselor? My senior patrol leader? Mom or Dad? The answer is all of the above. Or at... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 9 months ago

Podcast 319 â€" Scoutmaster Conferences & More

Are Scoutmaster's Conferences a retest? Can assistant Scoutmasters do them? This week we'll catch up on listener email by answering these questions and more. When it comes to Scoutmaster conferences they are explained unambiguously in teh Guide to... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 9 months ago

Meet Your 2016 Silver Buffalo Award Class

The Archbishop of New York, the former CEO of Kampgrounds of America and the driving force behind the Composite Materials merit badge are three of the dedicated Scouters who received the Silver Buffalo Award at a special ceremony tonight. The 2016... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 9 months ago

Dr. Robert M. Gates, in Farewell Address, Says 'America Needs Scouting'

Dr. Robert M. Gates, in his farewell address as BSA national president, said America needs Scouting and offered three priority areas for the continued success of our movement. Gates, the former defense secretary and director of the CIA, addressed a... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 9 months ago

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