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Protect Your Popcorn Sales – and Your Customers

It's that time of year again – popcorn season! And soon, our Scouts will be knocking on doors, standing on street corners and in front of grocery stores offering the tasty treats of popcorn and other goodies as a thank-you gift to our friends... From Bobwhite's Blather 3 days ago

How a Camp Masters Fundraiser Is About More Than Selling Popcorn

When a Scout sells a box or tin of Camp Masters popcorn, he's selling more than just a tasty treat. He's selling the life-changing Scouting program made possible by fundraisers like the one Camp Masters helps councils and units run each year. I sat... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 2 months ago

Become a Better-Informed Cub Scout, Boy Scout or Exploring Leader While You Drive to Work

Pause the playlist, silence the sports talk and call an audible on the audiobook. Take a few moments of your commute - just 10 to 15 minutes a month - to make yourself a more-informed Scouter. With the BSA's triple-threat lineup of monthly podcasts... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 3 months ago

Issue 481 – April 1, 2016

________________________________________ "Boy Scouts" have been featured in just a few movies in the past 60 or so years. Back in 1953 we had "Mister Scoutmaster," with Clifton Webb as his usual crusty self, but his role plays off a boy who's a Cub... From Ask Andy 4 months ago

Issue 480 – March 29, 2016

________________________________________ Dear Andy, Do we have to have at least one CPR-certified person if we're taking a troop on an overnight camp-out? I can't find any reference that says if it's required or not. (Name & Council Withheld)... From Ask Andy 4 months ago

Issue 479 – March 22, 2016

________________________________________ Hello Andy, Can an older (age 21) Eagle Scout wear his old Scout uniform and Eagle medal to his younger brother's Eagle court of honor, even though he's no longer active or registered in Scouting? (Ray... From Ask Andy 5 months ago

Oscar Cookies

Did you watch the Academy Awards last night? I watched the first thirty minutes and the last two hours. I thought Chris Rock did a pretty good job as the host. His opening monologue was funny and had a nice bite to it. I can not say I agree with... From A Scoutmaster's Blog 5 months ago

Cub Scout Popcorn Thank You Notes

Whenever my Webelos sells Cub Scout popcorn, he writes thank you notes. We tape them to the product to make it easier to deliver. Find out how! The post Cub Scout Popcorn Thank You Notes appeared first on Cub Scout Ideas ... From Cub Scout Ideas 8 months ago

Cub Scout Popcorn Sale 2015

Our Cub Scout Popcorn Sale was wildly successful this year! Read about the sale and the factors that we believe made it great. The post Cub Scout Popcorn Sale 2015 appeared first on Cub Scout Ideas ... From Cub Scout Ideas 9 months ago

Carnival Ideas for Grin and Bear It

Jason sent this question: Curious as to what others had done for the putting on a carnival (Bear Requirement for Grin & Bear It). Any ideas would be greatly appreciated! Good question! Here are a few simple ideas: Ring toss – Use glass... From Scouter Mom 9 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 10 months ago

Living or Dying

A Scout Troop is a family.. and it's either living or dying.  It's either growing or shrinking, viable or withering on the vine.  There are many reasons for this, but the point of the matter is that if we are not watching for it we will let units... From The Scoutmaster Minute 10 months ago

Top 5 Reasons to Sell Cub Scout Popcorn

Selling Cub Scout popcorn gives your son opportunities to practice important life skills. Read about them in this article. The post Top 5 Reasons to Sell Cub Scout Popcorn appeared first on Cub Scout Ideas ... From Cub Scout Ideas 10 months ago

October KNOTS Cartoon!

Popcorn Sales - The Cuteness Factor Cafe Press Items Copyright - U.S. Scouting Service Project | Visit us at http://usscouts.org | News at http://usssp.blogspot.com... From U.S. Scouting Service Project 10 months ago

Selling Cub Scout Popcorn With Video

Sell Cub Scout popcorn to your friends and relatives who live far away by making a video of your Cub Scout asking for the sale! The post Selling Cub Scout Popcorn With Video appeared first on Cub Scout Ideas ... From Cub Scout Ideas 11 months ago

POPCORN

It is that time within most every Council starts to sell Popcorn.  Cascade Pacific Council is no different.  This was Elliot when he was a Wolf in Pack 221. There are many ways to sell Popcorn, and this site will … Continue reading →... From Scouter Adam 11 months ago

POPCORN

It is that time within most every Council starts to sell Popcorn.  Cascade Pacific Council is no different.  This was Elliot when he was a Wolf in Pack 221. There are many ways to sell Popcorn, and this site will give you a lot of pointers.  I... From Scouter Adam 11 months ago

5 Tips for Recruiting

We are now in the heart of recruiting season in Scouting.  Actually all year is recruiting season for Scouting, there are no set guidelines as to when your unit brings new Scouts on board.. all year long is the best time to introduce boys to... From The Scoutmaster Minute 11 months ago

The Troop Website

In some ways it is hard to believe. It was in May 2006 that I began the website for Melrose Boy Scout Troop 68. Over 11 years ago! I spent a lot of time posting to the site. Too much time some months. The site has grown to over 200 pages and... From A Scoutmaster's Blog 1 year 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 year ago

Issue 444 – May 26, 2015

________________________________________ Hello Andy, I just read your Issue 443 (May 19th). BRAVO! That letter to you about a troop equipment trailer and insurance hit the nail on the head! We have a "troop shed" that requires no insurance of any... From Ask Andy 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year ago

Issue 431 – January 13, 2015

________________________________________ Dear Andy, A Life Scout in my troop informed me last week that his Eagle project was complete and that he'd like to have a Scoutmaster conference with me. While I was aware that the project was in the works,... From Ask Andy 1 year ago

Scouting and Money

A reader asks: I would really like to hear how various troops handle money. While I am certain there is no "one" right way  to handle Scouting and money, I feel we can learn from sharing each other's methods. How is the money collected, who... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 1 year ago

Philmont Base Camp at Night

When I was at the Philmont Training Center for a week last June, I gave my camera quite a workout. I think I came back with around 900 pictures from the trip. That is a lot, even for me. I remember my first trips to Philmont for 10 day backpacking... From A Scoutmaster's Blog 1 year ago

The 2014-2015 Program of Troop 68

This month is the beginning of the new 2014-2015 program for the Boy Scouts of Melrose Troop 68. The Scouts got together one Saturday last month and plotted out their monthly themes and activities for another year. A few of the traditional outings... From A Scoutmaster's Blog 1 year ago

Scouts in the News

Here's a few news blips about Scouts this week. The good, the bad, and the ugly. Most Pathetic - troop treasurer embezzles $16K from scouts. This is a way too common occurrence. A few tips to help prevent this sort of thing: Use checks rather than... From Scoutmaster Musings 1 year ago

The 2014 Scouting Village Pieces

I arrived at the Central Minnesota Council office early for Tuesday night's roundtable so I spent some time checking out the Scout Shop. There was only a couple of us looking around when the clerk asked me if she could help me find anything, like... From A Scoutmaster's Blog 1 year ago

It Is Popcorn Season

It is the season for Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts across central Minnesota to be out knocking on doors to sell popcorn! I already have my 30 pack case of microwave popcorn ordered. How about you? Or do you need a Boy Scout to stop by your house so... From A Scoutmaster's Blog 1 year ago

Scout Sells $25,000 Worth of Popcorn; Gets Special Recognition Http://t.co/lu68vzYQVv

Scout Sells $25,000 Worth Of Popcorn; Gets Special Recognition http://t.co/lu68vzYQVv : via Twitter http://ift.tt/1714avm... From Inside Boys' Life 2 years ago

Scout Sells $25,000 Worth of Popcorn; Gets Special Recognition

We don't know what Trevor Rau's secret is when it comes to selling popcorn, but we're certainly impressed by his results. Over the last 12 years, the South Dakota Eagle Scout has sold about $25,000 worth of popcorn. The funds have helped pay for... From Inside Boys' Life 2 years ago

Issue 397 – May 20, 2014

________________________________________ Dear Andy, We have an 11 year-old Scout who just recently crossed over into our troop. While starting work on his Tenderfoot fitness requirement (10a), he couldn't do a single pull-up. After 30 days (for... From Ask Andy 2 years ago

The Role Of "Other" Adults, Part 1

Nearly all of us grew up with our sons in Scouting, starting first with Cub Scouts. We remember the pleas for help from the Cub parents. You were always in need of a parent to head up the next outing or field trip or make a run to the Scout shop or... From Bobwhite's Blather 2 years ago

Troop 68 2014 Spring Fundraiser

Boy Scout Troop 68 of Melrose conducts three fundraisers during the year. In the fall we participate in the council's popcorn sales. For the last few years the other two fundraisers have been a Dad's Belgium Waffle meal. We have been holding a... From A Scoutmaster's Blog 2 years ago

Issue 396 – May 6, 2014

________________________________________ Here's something different… a bona fide SUCCESS STORY! If you're a regular reader, you already know that I advocate having the Scouts themselves decide what patrols they want to be in (meaning: which friends... From Ask Andy 2 years ago

Issue 392 – April 8, 2014

________________________________________ Hello Andy, I'm confused. In your column No. 390 (March 25th), a reader raised a question about Scouts not being able to repeat the Scout Oath, Law, etc., at their boards of review. Part of your answer was:... From Ask Andy 2 years ago

Popcorn Fun for Cub Scout Meetings

Have you ever thought about using popcorn as a den or pack meeting theme? Check out these ideas! The post Popcorn Fun for Cub Scout Meetings appeared first on Cub Scout Ideas ... From Cub Scout Ideas 2 years ago

Scout Night With the Utah Grizzlies

Growing up in Chicago and being a hockey player myself, I love watching the Blackhawks and have lots of memories going to games in the old Chicago Stadium. Now that I live in Utah, the closest professional hockey I can get (without traveling to... From My Scout Stuff - A Scoutmaster's Blog 2 years ago

FOS

Back in 2009 I had an email exchange with a "Concerned Eagle Scout" about Friends of Scouting.  As this month in our Council we are in full swing with our FOS campaign, I thought I would blow the dust off of this post and share it with you again... From The Scoutmaster Minute 2 years ago

More Insight Into the National Council's Role in Unit Fundraising

Mark Moshier and the fundraising experts at the Boy Scouts of America hear you. Last week's explanation of why a unit's fundraiser was determined to be against BSA rules left some of you with even more questions about fundraising and the National... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 2 years ago

Pack Fundraising Ideas

NOTE: Before doing any fundraiser, you must get approval from your local council. You must complete the Unit Money-Earning Application to request approval. Often, dues and popcorn income won't cover all of a pack's expenses, and we have to hold... From Cub Scout Ideas 2 years ago

Upon Further Review, Troop's Grocery-Bagging Fundraiser Isn't Permitted

I stand corrected. Yesterday I blogged about a troop that raised money by bagging groceries for tips at a local supermarket. Today I learned that such fundraisers aren't permitted by the Boy Scouts of America. Mark Moshier, team leader for the... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 2 years ago

Money and Scouting

I am going to tread lightly on this subject as I have some unpopular opinions when it comes to money and Scouting, but bare with me as I make an attempt to articulate my thoughts on this. When we talk about money and Scouting there are always a... From The Scoutmaster Minute 2 years ago

23 Bizarre but True Fundraising Ideas From Scouting's Past

Popcorn's  all the rage these days, but Scout fundraisers haven't always been so mainstream. T hroughout history Scouts have sold a variety of less-conventional products to raise money for their pack and troop. I'm talking candles and fire... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 2 years ago

Cub Scouting Should Be Disbanded

Yeah, pretty strong words. I have a bunch of reasons as to why the BSA should just fold up the Cub Scout program. There is no big payoff by having the Cub program. Boy Scout troops don't get any dividends for having Cub Scouts come to their troops... From True North Scouting 2 years ago

Scouting… Cool?

First off.. if you are a Scout or Scouter read this post with caution.  You may not agree with some of what I am going to say.  Know that I love the Boy Scouts of America.  I am always trying to tell our story in the best light of Scouting.  I... From The Scoutmaster Minute 2 years ago

Scout Wars

Last year our troop was trying to sell popcorn outside Wal-Mart at one entrance while Girl Scouts were selling trail mix or whatever at the other entrance…  this video is almost exactly what happened, word for word…  (Maybe I'm... From An Hour a Week... left over after Scouting 2 years ago

Tuesday Talkback: Share Your Pack and Troop's Fundraising Secrets

The battle for fundraising dollars is on. At offices everywhere, parents peddle pizza dough, flower bulbs, Christmas wreaths and more to their coworkers in the name of financing their kids' extracurricular activities. It seems every orchestra,... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 2 years ago

Issue 369 – November 3, 2013

________________________________________ Dear Andy, Our troop's adult leaders have been at odds recently over the final determination of individual Scout accounts. Our troop does two major fundraisers each year-holiday wreaths and popcorn-and we... From Ask Andy 2 years ago

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