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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 10 months ago

Scouting Is Parents Working Together to Help Raise a Group of Kids

Chuck Eaton grew up in a single-parent home. His mom enrolled him in Cub Scouting because "she wanted neighborhood dads to teach me things she didn't know about," he says. "How to change the oil, simple home repairs, how to camp, how to fish,... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 year ago

Eagle Scout Performs With Blue Angels

Navy Cmdr. Frank Weisser, an Eagle Scout, will rejoin the Blue Angels as a solo pilot. He'll perform with the U.S. Navy's flight demonstration squadron as Blue Angel No. 6 - known as the "opposing solo pilot" - for the remainder of the 2016-2017... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 1 year ago

B-P's Blog â€" Adventure

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 years ago

Patrol Teamwork Part 5 â€" Patrol Burglar?

In"The Hobbit" the company of Dwarves decides that they need a ‘burglar'. The burglar would be the company's eyes and ears: scouting out locations along the way. A t the recommendation of the wizard   Gandalf  the Hobbit  Bilbo Baggins  was... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 3 years ago

New York Times: Eagle Scout's New Book About Vietnam POWs Is 'Gripping,' 'Fresh'

Eagle Scout Alvin Townley's new book  Defiant tells of the 11 American prisoners of war who were shipped from the Hanoi Hilton to an even worse prison in North Vietnam they nicknamed Alcatraz. These "ringleaders, diehard resistors and escape... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 3 years ago

Add Defiant to Your Reading List â€" an Inspiring Story of Courage and Leadership

I'm a big fan of books by best-selling author Alvin Townley , not just because he's an Eagle Scout, but because of the unique way he brings stories to life with inspiration, adventure and purpose.  His fourth and latest book that was just released... From Chief's Corner 3 years ago

The Boy-Man

[N.B. - Sorry for being a little scarce for the past couple of weeks! I've been working on a really cool project with Clarke Green of ScoutmasterCG.com. I'll be announcing more about that soon! I will now be continuing my regular posting schedule... From Scouting Rediscovered 3 years ago

Why We Have Scoutmasters

A ripping good yarn from John Thurman's Patrol Leader's Handbook    was aimed at helping the Scouts of 1950 catch the spirit of their work as patrol leaders. I offer it here to spark your imagination, and to answer the question ‘why do we... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 4 years ago

The Spirit of Adventure

This weekend our Troop set out again looking for adventure.  It really didn't dawn on me till we were an hour into the cave, but the cave represented that spirit of adventure that seems to define our Troop.  Stepping outside of our comfort zone,... From The Scoutmaster Minute 4 years ago

The More Things Change.. The More They Stay the Same

Those of you that have followed the blog for a while know that I am a fan and collector of Scouting literature.  I don't just collect the books, magazines, and other literature, I love to get into them and see how Scouting was, how Green Bar Bill... From The Scoutmaster Minute 4 years ago

Why the Wilderness? â€" WoS Part 3

Welcome back to Scouting Rediscovered! In this post, I'd like to continue a very interesting series I'm working on about the wilderness and its important role in Scouting. In the first post of this series , I defined the current dilemma of... From Scouting Rediscovered 4 years ago

Synthetic or Authentic Scouting?

Via Curious, Useless, or Simply Interesting Scout Knowledge What  is authentic Scouting? 52 Scout leaders from 16 countries in the European Scout Region replied to a survey about the retention of young people in Scouting conducted by the World... From Scoutmaster Clarke Green 4 years ago

The Patrols' Common Ground

This quote from John Thurman gives an excellent example of what the Patrol Spirit should look like. When the Patrol gets together, each of the Scouts should be focusing on the good of the Patrol. I remember when I was Patrol Leader of the Panther... From Scouting Rediscovered 4 years ago

The Patrols' Common Ground

This quote from John Thurman gives an excellent example of what the Patrol Spirit should look like. When the Patrol gets together, each of the Scouts should be focusing on the good of the Patrol. I remember when I was Patrol Leader of the Panther... From Scouting Rediscovered 4 years ago

From the Edge of Space

While I thought it was very cool to rappel from the 2nd tallest building in Portland this takes the cake. There has not been a lot of chatter about this incredible stunt in the Scouting world… but I think this is way to cool not to talk... From The Scoutmaster Minute 5 years ago

10 Ways to Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Eagle Scouts

There's only one award from my childhood that I still list on my résumé. It isn't "Honorable Mention, fourth-grade Science Fair," and it's definitely not "Participant, junior-senior talent show." It's the Eagle Scout award, that instantly... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 5 years ago

Book Review: The Scouting Party

Red Honor Press has done it again, this Offical Book Description: Set in the Progressive Era so dominated by President Theodore Roosevelt, The Scouting Party: Pioneering and Preservation, Progressivism and Preparedness in the Making of the Boy... From Scouting News 5 years ago

Summer Reading Series, Book 4, the Scouting Party

For anyone who has ever wished that they could read the mail of the men who founded the BSA, The Scouting Party will be of great interest. This well-researched book uses the backdrop of America during the Progressive Movement in the early... From Official ClassB Blog 6 years ago

Summer Reading Series, Book 2, Spirit of Adventure.

Pull out the trusty beach chair, adjust the sun-brella, pour your favorite beverage over ice, and dive into our Summer Reading Series! In some cases, it really does take one to know one and Alvin Townley author of Spirit of Adventure a book about... From Official ClassB Blog 6 years ago

Summer Reading Series, Book 1, the Other Side of the Road

Pull out the trusty beach chair, adjust the sun-brella, pour your favorite beverage over ice, and dive into our Summer Reading Series! Our first book tells the long overdue story of America's best trained Scout leaders "…every Scout and every... From Official ClassB Blog 6 years ago

Gingrich Foundation Recognizes BSA as Charity of the Month

The Gingrich Foundation has selected the Boy Scouts of America as Charity of the Month for June in commemoration of President Woodrow Wilson's signing into law a national charter for the Boy Scouts of America on June 15, 1916. Originally... From Scouting News 6 years ago

In His Latest Book, Accomplished Eagle Scout Takes You Inside the World of Naval Aviation

Eagle Scout Alvin Townley has a knack for finding compelling stories. Like  Legacy of Honor , his 2007 look at what it means to be an Eagle Scout, told through profiles of some remarkable men. Or  Spirit of Adventure , the 2009 story of Eagle... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 6 years ago

Boy Scout Commemorative Rifles

Cub Scouts like BB guns. Boy Scouts like rifles and shotguns. Check out the shooting ranges at Scout camps if you do not believe me. They are usually very busy places. Boys enjoy shooting at targets. If you are a registered Cub Scout or Boy Scout... From A Scoutmaster's Blog 6 years ago

Scouting Podcast!

SMMPodcast #68 â€" Interview With Alvin Townley

Welcome back to the SMMPodcast!  In this show I have a chat with the author of Legacy of Honor and Spirit of Adventure, Alvin Townley.  His books have been an inspiration with the Scouting community and his message is timeless. Enjoy this... From The Scoutmaster Minute Podcast 6 years ago

Some News and a Good Link

Hey folks , I want to share a few things with you about the Podcast and the blog. Clarke Green from the Blog and Podcast "Scoutmaster" recently posted to his blog about feedback and what it takes to maintain the blogs and podcasts. Rather than re... From The Scoutmaster Minute 6 years ago

Text of the Speech by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates

The following is the text of the speech given by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates at the 2010 National Scout Jamboree on July 28, 2010. Good morning jamboree! Do you all want to sit down? Thank you Anthony, for that kind introduction. It is an... From Leader's Guide to the 2010 Jamboree 7 years ago

Where Are We Heading?

Now, as most of you know, I am a big fan of Alvin Townley Jr. the Author of Legacy of Honor and Spirit of Adventure. It is refreshing to see this advocate of the Scouting movement out there telling the Scouting story. I stumbled on this video and... From The Scoutmaster Minute 7 years ago

The Scoutmaster Minute Show #55

The Scouting Heritage Merit Badge is a new merit badge and a great way to allow Scouts to learn about the rich history and heritage of not only the Boy Scouts of America but the Scouting movement. Join Scoutmaster Jerry and his new co host Scott as... From The Scoutmaster Minute 7 years ago

Scouting Podcast!

SMM 55 â€" the Scouting Heritage Merit Badge

The Scouting Heritage Merit Badge is a new merit badge and a great way to allow Scouts to learn about the rich history and heritage of not only the Boy Scouts of America but the Scouting movement. Join Scoutmaster Jerry and his new co host Scott as... From The Scoutmaster Minute Podcast 7 years ago

Out With 2009, in With 2010…

First, I want to thank everyone for the well wishes and sticking with Scouting News this past year.  I've been deployed to Iraq the last year, which has been a hamper on the growth and sometimes timeliness of Scouting News.  The good news is I will... From Scouting News 7 years ago

Spirit of Adventure by Alvin Townley

Alvin Townley's book Spirit of Adventure is a refreshing read that validates the values of Scouting and a book that ought to be in your Scouting library. Too often we hear about all the things gone wrong in the world around us. This book recounts... From U.S. Scouting Service Project 8 years ago

Meet the Man Behind the Stories

If you're like us, reading Scouting magazine's exclusive excerpts from Alvin Townley's Spirit of Adventure  helped increase your appetite for more great stories about Eagle Scouts.  So, in search of additional inspiring and exciting... From Bryan on Scouting Magazine 8 years ago

Winner Announced: Spirit of Adventure Contest

Ten days ago Scouting News launched a contest to win a copy of the book, Spirit of Adventure . In order to enter, folks had to visit BoyandGirlScouts.com , and then leave a comment with their favorite post. The goal of the contest was to get... From Scouting News 8 years ago

Contest: Win a Copy of Spirit of Adventure

As stated in ScoutingNews' review of Spirit of Adventure , we are giving away a copy of Alvin Townley's latest book, Spirit of Adventure! About the Prize: A copy of Spirit of Adventure by Alvin Townley shipped directly to your door. To learn more... From Scouting News 8 years ago

Book Review: Spirit of Adventure by Alvin Townley

Back in March I was contacted to see if I would be interested in receiving a gallery proof edition of Alvin Townley's second book on Eagle Scouts – "Spirit of Adventure Eagle Scouts and the Making of America's Future," to review. I was extremely... From Scouting News 8 years ago

New Book Introduces Next Generation of Leaders and Reveals How They Are Changing Our World

Nationally-acclaimed author Alvin Townley showcases America's next generation of leaders in his new book, Spirit of Adventure (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2009), which arrives in bookstores nationwide on May 12th. The book highlights a... From Scouting News 8 years ago

Spirit of Adventure

A new book shows how Scouting values and experiences are improving our world through the actions of a new generation of Eagle Scouts... From Boy Scouts of America "What's Hot" 8 years ago

Spirit of Adventure

A new book shows how Scouting values and experiences are improving our world through the actions of a new generation of Eagle Scouts... From Boy Scouts of America "What's Hot" 8 years ago

Spirit of Adventure

A new book shows how Scouting values and experiences are improving our world through the actions of a new generation of Eagle Scouts... From Boy Scouts of America "What's Hot" 8 years ago

SPIRIT of ADVENTURE

Alvin Townley , author of Legacy of Honor has completed his second book. I was fortunate enough to be contacted and received an advanced copy (proof) and then a completed copy. Let me tell you that Alvin wrote a winner here. I just finished the... From The Scoutmaster Minute 8 years ago

Spirit of Adventure Book Preview

Hello fellow Scouters, Several Scouting bloggers were fortunate to receive an advanced copy of Alvin Townley's second book on Eagle Scouts - "Spirit of Adventure - Eagle Scouts and the Making of America's Future". This book is scheduled for... From The Trainer's Corner Blog 8 years ago

New Book by Alvin Townley

    Steve Silbiger who writes a weekly Scouting News email called Advisor's Corner let us know Alvin Townley, author of Legacy of Honor, let us know that his second book Spirit of Adventure: Eagle Scouts and the making of America's Future will be... From Lone Star Scouter 8 years ago

Legacy of Honor

I just finished reading Legacy of Honor by Alvin Townley. A parent in the troop let me read his copy. It's a fun book to read with lots of short stories to ponder. Mr. Townley spent many months interviewing Eagle Scouts across the country and... From Scoutmaster Musings 9 years ago

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