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2017 Jamboree Bus Routes Now Available

Jamboree is on its way, and the thoughts of program, patch trading, and interacting with thousands around the country are exciting. While all the games, events, and adventure will be a blast, walking thousands of steps to get to each location can... From Summit Blog 1 week ago

Patch Slide

Sometime between 2012 and 2015 Time to make: .5 hours Finishing: none Got a spare patch hanging around? This is a quick and easy slide to make! Glue the patch to a heavy piece of cardboard and glue a loop to... From Channeling Whittlin Jim 3 months ago

MacGyver Patch

Last September, Boys' Life ran a MacGyver Challenge sweepstakes. Today, I received this photo of the patch from a participant in the contest. Doing a bit of research on the net, it looks like 1,158 people entered so all of them should have gotten a... From Scoutmaster Musings 3 months ago

Bringing Science to the Summit: NOVA Award Available at Jamboree

The jamboree will be full of opportunities to exercise a Scout's body and to challenge themselves physically. But did you know that there will be opportunities to challenge your mental capacity as well? Those with interest in a mental challenge... From Summit Blog 3 months ago

Transportation to Jamboree

Jamboree is coming soon! Patch trading, zip lining, rock climbing, swimming and more. However, before everyone can enjoy their time at the Jamboree, they need to get there first. Transportation to the 2017 National Jamboree is designed to be as... From Summit Blog 4 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 6 months ago

In the Darkest Day for Their Family, Scouting Stepped In

The instant you join Scouting, your family grows. Your circle of support widens. When John Halterman died unexpectedly in October 2015, the Cub Scouts and parents of San Diego Pack 624 showed the truth of that statement. It was March 2015 at the... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 6 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 6 months ago

NCT Hiking Patch

Check out my North Country Trail 100 Miles patch! Any scout can receive this patch and certificate by hiking at least 100 miles on the North Country National Scenic Trail by the end of 2016. So, you've got a month remaining to get out on the trail... From Scoutmaster Musings 6 months ago

Social Justice?

I am going to do my very best to keep this post "Political Neutral".  I am not soliciting debate or political opinion.. I have kept very quiet about the election and aftermath of election day in this blog.  This blog is about positive solutions and... From The Scoutmaster Minute 7 months ago

The Summit Bechtel Reserve and West Virginia University: A Match Made in (Almost) Heaven

If you lived near the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia, you'd want to return again and again. Its beautiful rolling hills, wide-open spaces and world-class adventure activities are magnetic. That must explain why West Virginia University -... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 7 months ago

Parker Scout Camp 75 Years

My good friend Bob recently send me a photo of a new patch available from the council office. The patch celebrates the 75th anniversary of Parker Scout Camp, our council's camp. Of course, I needed one for my collection. He picked one up for me and... From A Scoutmaster's Blog 7 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 7 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 7 months ago

Why One Troop in Illinois Is Sending 43 Scouts to the 2017 National Jamboree

When I got the email, I did a double take. Betsy Hough, committee chairwoman of Troop 48 out of Lake Forest, Ill., wrote that 43 Scouts from her troop - nearly half the troop's youth members - are registered for the 2017 National Jamboree at the... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 8 months ago

Lions and Tigers and Bears

Oh my, it's fun to have all three of those critters part of the Cub Scouting program now. The kindergarten Lion program seems to have been 'in the works' forever since our council has been piloting it for a few years now. Pretty much every pack has... From Scoutmaster Musings 8 months ago

The Rockwell Wall

Many Boy Scout councils use incentives during their Friends Of Scouting campaigns. During the last several years, our council has used special council strip patches to entice donors to give a little more. Each year's patch features a different... From A Scoutmaster's Blog 8 months ago

Hometown USA Award Rewards Scouts for Efforts to Keep America Beautiful

Always leave a place better than you found it. For more than 100 years, Scouts have followed that doctrine everywhere they go. It's in our DNA. And it's why the Boy Scouts of America has teamed up with  Keep America Beautiful , a nonprofit devoted... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 8 months ago

The Uniform Police

We have all heard of the "Uniform Police" in our Scouting circles.  I am not a member of the Police Force charged with making a scene about uniform violations and forcing a Council wide investigation on this patch or that.. tongue in cheek, but we... From The Scoutmaster Minute 8 months ago

The Life of a Serendipitist

I think it is important to have "Hero's" in life. People that we look up to or try to learn from chapters of their lives. William "Green Bar Bill" Hillcourt is one of my hero's. His love for the Scouting program drove him and in the end elevated... From The Scoutmaster Minute 8 months ago

Scouts, Win Big Prizes and Share Your MacGyver-Inspired Projects

Trapped on a roof, MacGyver bent the steel shaft of a TV antenna and held on as he zip-lined down a rope to the ground. When he needed a plane, MacGyver built his own using bamboo poles, a tent, a lawnmower engine and - naturally - duct tape. And... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 9 months ago

Ducttape and Paperclips

Making things from old junk stretches the imagination of a boy and gives him freedom to invent, explore, and learn. I had access to lots of old equipment, building supplies, and junk while growing up on USFS ranger stations. I made some awesome... From Scoutmaster Musings 9 months ago

Jamboree Gateway Signatures

2001 National Jamboree Gateway In 2001, I served as the scoutmaster for Troop 1417 of the Central Minnesota Council for the National Jamboree, which was held at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia. I had a great time. I also had great assistant... From A Scoutmaster's Blog 9 months ago

Issue 499.5 â€" September 1, 2016

_______________________________________ This issue is an extension of my earlier column this week (No. 499-8/30/16), thanks to four dedicated Scouters who have information expanding on or fine-tuning answers to three issues in that column: Bob... From Ask Andy 9 months ago

R U a Winner?

You won't be if you don't enter before midnight! Check out my contest page and take a shot to win one of three different prizes. It's free and spam-free, too. Here are a few more contests you might want to enter... Scouting magazine gives away... From Scoutmaster Musings 9 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 9 months ago

2017 National Jamboree Subcamps Will Be Named After National Parks (With Patches to Match)

It's the National Park Service's 100th birthday, but you get the gift. 2017 National Jamboree leaders this week announced the creation of 22 special subcamp patches, each celebrating a different national park. As first reported on the Summit... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 9 months ago

Jamboree Subcamps Renamed in Honor of the National Park Service Centennial

August 25, 2016 is the one hundredth anniversary of America's National Park Service. Just two months after he signed the congressional charter for the Boy Scouts of America, President Woodrow Wilson signed the National Park Service Organic Act,... From Summit Blog 10 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 10 months ago

Five Myths About the 2017 National Jamboree, Debunked

With the 2017 National Jamboree a year away, many Scouts, Venturers and Scouters think they've missed their chance to attend this quintessential quadrennial Scouting event. But there's good news: The door to the jamboree is still very much open. In... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 11 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 11 months ago

Issue 494 â€" July 5, 2016

________________________________________ Hi Andy, I have a problem with my grandson, who's a Star rank Scout. I'm an "old timer"-been in Scouting as an adult since 1988-and still proud of my Scout uniform. My wife (his grandmother) and I pay for my... From Ask Andy 11 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 11 months ago

What Is Your Scouting Legacy?

You probably can't appreciate what your Scouting legacy will be a few years from now. Today you have your hands and your head full of getting things done; looking into the future may not be high priority. No matter how hopeful or difficult things... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 1 year ago

Accept No Substitutes: On June 15, 1916, Woodrow Wilson Made the BSA Official

In 1916, the 6-year-old Boy Scouts of America faced increasing competition from other organizations - groups that wished to capitalize on the growing interest in all things Scouting generated by the BSA. These imitators,  Scouting magazine... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 year ago

Now's the Time to Sign Up!

Staff registration for the 2017 NSJ is open! July 14, 2017 may seem like a long ways away, but the next year will pass quickly – which makes today the perfect time to formalize your jamboree staff commitment by registering for jamboree staff. To... From Summit Blog 1 year ago

Issue 489 â€" May 31, 2016

________________________________________ Dear Andy, You recently answered a question about where the Doctorate of Commissioner Science patch could be worn. There is, in fact, a DCS "square knot" that can be worn on the uniform. It's Item #18093 in... From Ask Andy 1 year 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 1 year ago

A Salute to Outgoing National Commissioner Tico Perez, a Scouting Stalwart

Tico Perez has received nearly every award in Scouting: Eagle Scout, Silver Buffalo Award, Order of the Arrow Distinguished Service Award - the list goes on. He has served on the committees that selected the past three Chief Scout Executives. And... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 year ago

Sea Scout Leadership Award, Debuting in 2017, to Honor Youth and Adults

Now that Sea Scouts have their own program , it's time for them to have their own leadership awards. The new Sea Scout Leadership Award will debut in 2017 to recognize outstanding service to Sea Scouting in 2016. There will be awards to celebrate... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 year ago

Issue 488 â€" May 24, 2016

________________________________________ Dear Andy, My thesis for "Doctorate of Commissioner Science" has just been approved; I've received my certificate and the "DCS" patch. But although I've asked, nobody seems to be sure about where it's worn... From Ask Andy 1 year ago

All the DEETs on Protecting Yourself and Your Scouts From Mosquitoes

As a Scout attending summer camp one year, I remember taking garlic tablets to repel mosquitoes. Bad news: We still got bitten. Good news: We didn't see a single vampire the whole week. These days, defending yourself and your Scouts from mosquitoes... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 year ago

With Your Help, 2017 Journey to Excellence Will Be Even Better

Journey to Excellence (JTE) give you feedback on your Scout unit's progress during the entire Scouting year. And now the team behind JTE wants feedback to make the JTE requirements and scorecards even more useful. JTE - the BSA's tool for helping... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 year ago

In Full Gear: Here's Your First Look at Lion Scouts T-Shirts and Hats

If seeing is believing, prepare to be a believer. This week we get our first look at the new T-shirts and caps to be worn by Lions - members of  the pilot program  for kindergarten boys set to roll out in participating councils this fall. The team... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 year ago

Melrose Museum Scouting Display

I am not sure how many small town communities have their own museum of local history, but I am happy to say the Melrose has one. The Melrose Area Museum is located in the old St. Mary's convent building, found near St. Mary's Catholic Church and... From A Scoutmaster's Blog 1 year ago

A Scout Is FOS Thrifty

Several years ago the Central Minnesota Council added a new incentive to the annual Friends Of Scouting (FOS) campaign. If you met a certain donation level you would receive a specially designed council shoulder patch (CSP). Each year would feature... From A Scoutmaster's Blog 1 year ago

Issue 478 â€" March 15, 2016

________________________________________ Dear Andy, I've noticed that the activities qualifying for certain segments of the National Outdoor Awards have been changing rather quickly, but a few BSA activities still seem to have been left out... From Ask Andy 1 year ago

Leap Day Last Day

Hey, you get an extra day to enter my monthly give-away this month - only a few hours left. Check out my contest page and take a shot. Here are a few more contests you might want to enter... Scouting magazine gives away stuff. Visit their contest... From Scoutmaster Musings 1 year ago

2016 Blue and Gold

The Cub Scouts and families of Melrose Pack 68 held their annual Blue and Gold Banquet on Monday, February 15th at the Melrose American Legion. Sixteen of the eighteen Cub Scouts attended the event. I was quite happy with the turnout. The Central... From A Scoutmaster's Blog 1 year ago

CS Shooting Sports

Did you notice there are no shooting activities in the new Cub Scout program adventures? Nothing to replace the old BB Gun and Archery belt loops. Have no fear! A replace award is here! The Cub Scout Shooting Sports award should be available at... From Scoutmaster Musings 1 year ago

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