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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 1 week 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 months 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 months 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 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 4 months 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 5 months 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 5 months ago

Movie Review: The Last Eagle Scout

One of Boy Scout Troop 68′s Eagle Scouts stopped by Sunday afternoon to watch a new movie I had recently received in the mail. Both of us had been waiting for " The Last Eagle Scout " to be released since we had read about it on Facebook a... From A Scoutmaster's Blog 7 months ago

The New Program Year 2013-2014

The Boy Scouts planned it. The committee approved it. And now it is time to implement it. The 2013-2014 program for Troop 68 is ready to go! Here is a look at it. September 2013: Water Safety 2, 9, 16 – Troop Meetings 2 – Dad's Belgian Waffle... From A Scoutmaster's Blog 7 months ago

Ensure Your Council's Incentive Products Are Approved for Scouting-Age Youth

In 2012, as part of the incentive program offered by one of our product sale vendors, the Z-curve bow was made available as an incentive item for Scouts. After delivery of this prize, it was discovered that it had three warnings plus a label on the... From Scout Wire 8 months ago

Cub Scout Uniform Patch Placement – Temporary Patches

Cub Scouts love patches!  And there are many opportunities to earn them.  When our Cubs participate in activities such as the annual popcorn sale, the Memorial Day flag placement or the Scouting for Food drive, they get a new patch.  Scouting... From Cub Scout Ideas 8 months ago

An Approved Scout Fundraising Project

A Scout Fundraising Project  will help our Scouts get to Kandersteg International Scout Center in Switzerland next summer. We discussed lots of different ideas, did a bit of research and settled on selling coffee. We contacted a local coffee... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 8 months ago

Nathan's Scouting Memories

(The following article was written by Nathan Blommel, an alumni of Melrose Boy Scout Troop 68. Nathan was a Boy Scout from 1988 to 1993. He has earned the Life Rank. This is the first of a series of guest articles written by former members of Troop... From A Scoutmaster's Blog 10 months ago

Get Your DVD of 'Are You Tougher,' Due Out This Summer

Cord-cutters, busy people, and the DVR-averse, lend me your ears. Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout? is coming to DVD this summer. That's big news for a number of Scouting constituencies I heard from over the course of the six-episode season, which... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 year ago

The Spring Fundraiser

Boy Scout Troop 68 held its spring fundraiser last Friday, a Dad's Belgium Waffle Supper. This was the fourth year we held a spring waffle supper. The troop use to hold a Palm Sunday pancake and sausage breakfast but when the troop membership... From A Scoutmaster's Blog 1 year ago

Issue 348 – March 14, 2013

________________________________________ Hi Andy, We have a fifth grade boy who joined our pack last October. He'd like to earn his Arrow of Light award before crossing over to Boy Scouts. He's just turned 11, and school gets out at the end of... From Ask Andy 1 year ago

The Missing Older Scout: Part II – the Absence of Older Scouts

Introduction In Part I of this series, I began the process of looking into the "older Scout problem". This is where Scout Troops have trouble retaining and recruiting boys from the ages of 15-18. In the last post, I began the discussion... From Scouting Rediscovered 1 year ago

The Missing Older Scout: Part II – the Absence of Older Scouts

Introduction In Part I of this series , I began the process of looking into the "older Scout problem". This is where Scout Troops have trouble retaining and recruiting boys from the ages of 15-18. In the last post, I began the discussion... From Scouting Rediscovered 1 year ago

Andy's Rules -December 25, 2012

You've asked for them– Here they are! My "101 RULES" for Scouting and for Life. With personal thanks to Ken King, Diana Cilluffo, Mark Twain, Leroy Jethro Gibbs, Douglas MacArthur, Laurence Peter, Oscar Wilde, and Murphy. No. 1: • Stupid has... From Ask Andy 1 year ago

Issue 339 – December 12, 2012

________________________________________ NEWS FLASH! The BSA's SCOUTING ALUMNI ASSOCIATION now has a Facebook page! Be sure to check it out, "Like" it if you like, and pass the word! Here's where to go…... From Ask Andy 1 year ago

Whats the Point: A Follow-Up to an Open Letter to the Great Alaska Council

Recently a Scouter posted a comment on "An Open Letter to the Great Alaska Council" post making me realize that I was extremely vague and that I didn't directly identify the issue. Due to my failure to identify the issue, I probably caused more... From Scouting Maniac 1 year ago

Denali District November 2012 District Committee Meeting

November 16, 2012 Thursday 1900-2045 Denali District District Committee Meeting Attendance: Travis Ransom, District Executive Cliff Crismore, Council Scout Executive Mark West, Unit Commissioner District Finance Chair District Advancement Chair... From Scouting Maniac 1 year ago

October 2012 Customer Photos!

A special THANK YOU to all of our wonderful customers for taking the time to send us your super fun photos! We are so grateful that you continue to choose us to make your shirts for all these awesome events and there is nothing more rewarding than... From Official ClassB Blog 1 year ago

Issue 330 – October 10, 2012

Rule No. 93 • When you demand that someone meet you halfway, be sure he doesn't use his fist to do it. ________________________________________ In my September 26th column, Scouter John Ruppe of the San Diego-Imperial Council asked how the BSA... From Ask Andy 1 year ago

A Cubcast Every Responsible Scouter Should Hear

"Who is responsible for this?" The question conjures an image of a frazzled den leader, hands on hips, looking out over the mess the boys left behind. But spin the phrase around, and it can follow a praiseworthy moment where Scouts did what's right... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 year ago

Credit Cards Welcome: How to Take Plastic for Popcorn

Cash or check only? Not anymore. Thanks to some handy new tech tools, it's possible to accept credit cards at your unit's next popcorn sale, carwash, or other money-earning project. That eliminates a big reason customers give when choosing not to... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 year ago

What Can This Boy Scout Marketing Prodigy Teach You About Popcorn Sales?

Donovan Fisher isn't your typical door-to-door salesman. "The Popcorn Scout," as he's now known, is a 12-year-old marketing prodigy who in 2011 sold $9,208 in Trail's End popcorn and chocolate pretzels, ranking 14th among all Boy Scouts in the U.S... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 year ago

Help Reimagine the Next Generation of Cubcast

Call it a temporary role reversal. The team behind Cubcast  - which Cub Scout leaders listen to every month for practical tips - is now listening to you. I told you all about the monthly, BSA-produced podcast when I previewed the July and August... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 year ago

Visible Scouting

When does your community see Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers? They don't see them when the pack, troop, or crew goes camping. They don't see them at pack, troop, or crew meetings. They might see them at an occasional parade. They probably see... From Scoutmaster Musings 1 year ago

Popcorn Selling!

That's right, folks; it's that time of year to sell popcorn! Why do we do it? What's the secret to selling the most popcorn? Oh – what about new flavors!? The Scout Executive of the Greater Alabama Council JT Dabbs, who also happens to be the... From BSA CubCast Podcast 1 year ago

Popcorn-Selling Secrets Heat Up August Cubcast

When someone down the hall makes popcorn, the enticing aroma makes me drop everything and find the source. If only selling Scout popcorn were as easy, right? Turns out it is. That's thanks to the August 2012 edition of Cubcast, the excellent audio... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 year ago

Issue 321 – July 17, 2012

Rule No. 85: o Opinions are never substitutes for facts. ________________________________________ Dear Andy, I'm the Advisor for a Venturing crew. Our council us to start this crew with a group of 13 year-old girls, and we were told that they could... From Ask Andy 1 year ago

Over the Edge

Ok, so before everyone gets completely tired of hearing about the Over the Edge fund Raiser.. let me do one or two more posts on it and then we will call it good. Yesterday I went over the edge for Scouting.  So far the Council has about 125,000 in... From The Scoutmaster Minute 1 year ago

Methods – Uniform

"Putting on the uniform does not make a fellow a Scout, but putting on the uniform is a sign to the world that one has taken the Scout obligation and folk expect Scout like acts from one wearing it" – Handbook for Boys 1927 And last…... From The Scoutmaster Minute 1 year ago

Issue 300 – April 1, 2012

NEWS FLASHES PACKS, TROOPS REBEL AGAINST BSA "UNIT UNIFORM" POLICY.   In a remarkable display of solidarity against the BSA's new policy that jeans, Dockers, cut-offs, and "baggies" can be worn at all pack and troop meetings, and outings too,... From Ask Andy 2 years ago

No. 297 – March 13, 2012

Rule No. 64: • The length and complexity of PowerPoint presentations are most often in inverse proportion to their value. ________________________________________ Dear Andy, I just read your column about the unit with adults "allowed" able to carry... From Ask Andy 2 years ago

A Team-by-Team Guide to the BSA's New Major League Soccer Alliance

The Major League Soccer season starts March 10, and with it comes an exciting opportunity for Scouts and Scouters nationwide. As I told you in January , MLS and the Boy Scouts of America joined forces this year. But what does that mean for your... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 2 years ago

One Treasury, Three Funds

As the newest treasurer of the Boy Scout Troop 68 committee it will be my job to pay bills and keep the checkbooks balanced. Some of the responsibilities I am familiar with, but others are presenting a bit of a challenge. I hope to have it all... From A Scoutmaster's Blog 2 years ago

Open for Debate: To Snack or Not to Snack at Den Meetings

Here's a question to chew on: Should you serve snacks at den meetings? Why or why not? And if you do, what is served? I posed that question to our Facebook friends and got an array of answers. Read a few of my favorites below, and then sound off... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 2 years ago

Are Fireworks an Approved Scouting Activity?

Thinking of ringing in the New Year by setting off some fireworks with your Boy Scout troop or Venturing crew? Think again. Unless you and your Scouts are watching a show conducted by a "certified or licensed fireworks control expert," these... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 2 years ago

Can't or Won't?

It's that time of the year again, when we talk about Troop budgets, recharter, and PLC meetings to execute another great year of Scouting. The other night at our Troop's committee meeting we looked deep into our budget to see where we could save... From The Scoutmaster Minute 2 years ago

Zionsville Cub Scouts Give Over $1,350 to Soldiers in Need

In recognition of Veterans Day, nearly 90 Cub Scouts from the Tecumseh Tribe of Pack 358 today contributed over $1,350 in hard-earned popcorn sales rewards to the Indiana National Guard Relief Fund as part of their inaugural Half to Heroes effort... From Scouting News 2 years ago

The Annual Calendar #Scoutnation

This is a follow up to the Planning Conference. The results are in and Troop 199 has an annual calendar for 2012. I spoke earlier on how great it was to watch these guys plan and organize an entire year that would make all 124 Scouts happy. Not an... From The Scoutmaster 2 years ago

Issue 274 – October 28, 2011

Rule No. 38 : Wealth doesn't assure happiness; neither does poverty. Dear Andy, Do you happen to know where I can find the requirements for the "Commissioner Excellence in Service to Units Award"? (We were told about it by De Nguyen, from the BSA... From Ask Andy 2 years ago

Issue 273 – October 23, 2011

Rule No. 36 : Any Commissioner who believes Commissioners out-rank unit leaders should be immediately taken outside and shot. Rule No. 37 : Two-thirds of the earth is covered by water; the remainder is covered by FOS chairs and Popcorn colonels... From Ask Andy 2 years ago

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