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Ingredients: 1/2 cup sugar 2 egg whites Pinch of salt 1 /4 cup melted margarine 1/4 cup all purpose flour 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract Prepare 15 “fortunes” on 2 1/2 x 1/2 inch slips of paper. Preheat oven to 350 ... [more]


Materials needed: masking tape or rope, measuring tape Play: Players line up along one side of the gym. Two parallel lines of masking tape are made down the center of the gym about three to four feet apart. The catcher ... [more]


1 can frozen orange juice concentrate 1 pint pineapple juice 3 ripe bananas or other fruitAdd ingredients together in pitcher. Then freeze until mixture is slushy. Spoon 2- 3 Tablespoons or more into a party glass ... [more]


Ingredients: Corn on the Cobb in its husk Melted Butter Salt and Pepper Preheat Barbeque Pull back husk of the corn and remove all the silk possible. Pour melted butter on the corn and replace the husks. Place on Barbeque ... [more]


Divide the group into teams of 5-6 people. Give each team thin typing paper and crayons and have them make rubbings of all the leaves they can find in the immediate area. Award prizes for the most leaves found, the ... [more]


Materials needed: bingo set, bingo cards, markers Play: M A G I C 58 5 6 42 49 4 1 0 2 3 19 71 72 26 FREE 2 4 29 68 55 31 62 43 3 5 0 36 ... [more]


everyone in the room stands up. The game leader starts the race by saying on your mark, get-set, go. All players then begin to move around the room. As players approach each other a single game of rock, paper and ... [more]


Danish Cookies Ingredients: 1/2 cup shortening 1/2 cup molasses 3 1/2 cups flour 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves 3/4 cup brown sugar 3 drops anise oil 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 egg 1 Tablespoon hot water 1/2 teaspoon ... [more]


Mexican Christmas festivities have the longest duration in the world. They start on December 12th and end on January 6th with the arrival of the Three Wise Men to give their gifts. There are over 30 traditions only found within ... [more]


Bagels, sliced cream cheese, softened Assorted toppings, such as baby carrots, cherry tomato halves, sliced bell peppers, poppy seeds, cucumbers, minced chives, and crunchy Chinese noodles Spread the cream cheese on the cut bagels. Set out bowls of vegetables and ... [more]


This one is regular tag except the boys have to run with one hand in a back pocket (or if it seems too easy and can be done safely, two hands!). ... [more]


Provide a list of items a boy might have in his pocket to each participant. Try to find someone with that in their pocket. Examples: marble, coin, paper clip, trading card, ball, gum, candy, pencil, etc. ... [more]


When I was a seeker, I sought both night and day. I asked the Lord to help me And He shows me the way Chorus: Go, tell it on the mountain, Over the hills and ev'ry where. Go, tell it ... [more]


Father Abraham had seven daughters, Seven daughters had Father Abraham. And they could not walk And they could not talk And they could not even sing. Notta one... shake right hand. Notta two... shake both hands. Notta three... shake both ... [more]


Go well and safely, Go well and safely, Go well and safely, The Lord be ever with you. (Stay, keep, camp, work, sleep, wake.......) ... [more]


On the first day of camping the Leader sent to me A boy who had skinned his knee On the second day of camping the Leader sent to me Two banged heads, and a boy who had skinned his knee ... [more]


A fat Girl Guide, a fat Girl Guide A skinny little Brownie and a fat Girl Guide A fat Girl Guide, a fat Girl Guide A skinny little Brownie and a fat Girl Guide The Leaders, the Leaders A skinny ... [more]


You take a land with hills and whispering pines, Rocky coasts and folks who are mighty, mighty fine Blend them in with boys of Scouting's Aim, And we'll follow on to greater fame. Firestone, land of golden dreams Hiking trails ... [more]


WHAT YOU WILL NEED: Pre-washed cotton T-shirt with a pocket Acrylic paint Paint brushes Cardboard cut to fit in-between front and back of shirt Cardboard cut to fit inside pocket Paper Towels to wipe brushes on Paper Plates to use ... [more]


Pizza Hut a Pizza Hut Kentucky Fried Chicken and a Pizza Hut Pizza Hut a Pizza Hut Kentucky Fried Chicken and a Pizza Hut McDonald McDonalds Kentucky Fried Chicken and a Pizza Hut A Burger King a Burger King Long ... [more]


Fire's burning, fire's burning Draw nearer, draw nearer In the gloming, in the gloming Come sing and be merry Here is what I think is the original song, "Campfire's Burning", which is often sung in the UK! Camp fire's burning, ... [more]


Version One: This song is sung when, for example, during a meal at camp a group of kids gets together and shouts "Bananas!" The councillors all stand up and yell... Did Somebody say bananas? Bananas of the world unite! Peel ... [more]


Characters: Senior Scout (like a Den chief, Denner, etc.) Junior “Cub” Scouts. Setting: All Scouts are on stage as the skit starts. Cub 1: When I grow up I’m going to be the world’s greatest broad jumper and jump like ... [more]


Materials Needed: Foam cup, bell on a string, or bell and string to attach bell to, stickers. Turn the cup upside down. Cut a small hole in the top (bottom normally) of the cup. Thread the string attached to the ... [more]


Materials Needed: See-through ornaments, metallic wrapping paper, puff paints, scissors. Cut the metallic wrap into thin strips. Take off the top of the ornament and place the strips inside. Replace the cap. Decorate the outside with puff paints or glitter. ... [more]

20 New Blog Posts


Secrets to Successful Scout FundraisingNow that most of the country is on daylight savings time and daffodils are starting to sprout in my yard, it's getting easier to believe that spring will really arrive this year. (I had my doubts ... [More]


Twelve Questions for Patrol LeadersHere's an interesting self-test to give to the patrol leaders at your next patrol leaders' council meeting. It comes straight out of the 1939 edition of the Handbook for Patrol Leaders but is as relevant today ... [More]


Another Storm, Another Snow DaySchool is out again here in Louisville due to the weather. It’s our eighth or ninth snow day of the year (I’ve lost count), and I’ve been thinking about how Scout troops decide to cancel meetings ... [More]


If You Build It, Will They Come?Think about the last major purchase you made. How many times through how many media did you hear about that product before handing over your credit card or signing on the dotted line? My ... [More]


Boosting Troop Attendance at Eagle Courts of HonorWhat if you threw a court of honor and nobody came? While that's not likely to happen, the reality is that getting people to Eagle courts of honor can be challenging. People today ... [More]


Color-coordinated CandyStylish Scouters and parents—I don’t count myself among their number—find all sort of neat ways to enhance Eagle courts of honor. One fun idea is to serve patriotically colored red, white, and blue M&Ms at a court of honor ... [More]


The Scout Law in ScriptureAn important part of every Eagle court of honor is what I call the Scouting segment (having failed to come up with a catchier name). This is a ceremony, reading, or presentation that comes soon after ... [More]


A Cool Eagle Scout VideoWe live in a video age, but many courts of honor are a lot more audio in nature. In fact, oftentimes guests could close their eyes through most of a ceremony and not miss much—although the ... [More]


Sending a MessageAt many courts of honor, you’ll find a guest register where guests can record their names. These registers are nice, but a reader named Shellie Tucker came up with an even better idea, one that encouraged people to ... [More]


Bodie CA Ghost TownSagebrush and colourful yellow flowers makes the heart leap – who wouldn’t want to make this place home? Wooden houses that emanate comfort and the sun that radiates liveliness! Run away from the bindings of a gruesome ... [More]


That's the Way the Cookie CrumblesOne of my earliest holiday memories is of my mother’s sugar cookies, cut to resemble Christmas trees, candy canes, and Santa Clauses and decorated with red and green sugar. While other treats probably tasted better, ... [More]


Big Sur CaliforniaWild flowers and plants adorn the sides of the sea – a pretty sight for travellers and tourists! A good spot to take rest from an arduous hiking trip! Breathe in gulps of the fresh, saline air and ... [More]


Roll-a-away camp cot reviewThis wide cot is perfect for people who prefer a little extra space. They are easy to set-up and tear down, sturdy and cool in the heat. For people with joint problems in the hip or back ... [More]


George Washington's Scout LawGeorge Washington might be called America's first Boy Scout. Although the famous incident about chopping down the cherry tree ("I cannot tell a lie") is apocryphal, it has endured because it accurately represents the kind of man ... [More]


Grand Canyon NPThe mighty Grand Canyon – nature’s beauty- formed by the mood swings of the meandering Colorado River. It is quite humbling to see the cliffs and how Mother Nature has carved out such beautiful structures on the surface ... [More]


North Country RiversDiscover the Maine outdoors with North Country Rivers. This place is easy to find just as you get to Bingham, it is right on Highway 201 on the south side of the road. The adventure includes of white ... [More]


Tallgrass Prairies National Preserve, in central Kansas, is located in the central United States. Established on November 12, 1996, Tallgrass Prairies NP represents a new sort of NPS destination. Much of its land is own by The Nature Conversancy, who ... [More]


Inviting InvitationsThis week, I received a really clever save-the-date card for an upcoming wedding. Styled to mimic a movie poster, it showed the happy couple walking away from an explosion on a gritty urban street. (Picture James Bond, his forehead ... [More]


San Diego CA, Bay at nightPicturesque view of the night-time San Diego docks! The vibrant neon lights emit life of its own and from the sea the port looks like a sky full of stars on the surface of planet ... [More]


Bowline KnotBowline Knot is a loop knot that neither slips nor jams. It is used to make a loop at one end of a line. The Bowline is referred as King of the knots because of its importance. It makes ... [More]

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Raising the Performance BarMost people have a sense of fair play. When two mismatched teams or individuals compete with each other, interest usually wanes, and from a sense of sympathy oftentimes the underdog is the crowd favorite. But when inferior...


You are a hiker who likes the finer things in life, even if it means packing in wine in your backpack. You want fresh foods. You are there for the views, the company, the fresh air. Yes, it might only...


What do the resources say? Who signs rank requirements? It’s up to the unit leader to select and train those who approve advancement, that’s the short answer! Listen for the longer answer and answers to email questions about troop meetings, terms for positions...


New Merit Badge for Boy Scouts...


For many people around the world, dogs are part of their family. If you are like me, then your dog is your perfect travel companion, but before you take your dog camping with you, there’s certain planning you need to...


New Content for Webelos scouts...


New Content for Webelos scouts...


Originally posted on Lee Hiller: Celebrating America’s Best Idea! Dead Chief Trail Hot Springs National Park Poster View originalFiled under: Hot Springs National Park...


To err is human. We’re all familiar with the observation that Alexander Pope made in his writings on criticism. So why do we get all bent out of shape when things go wrong? With adults it’s one thing – by now,...


Fishing with kids becomes really easy when a) your grandad loves fishing and b) he lives on a lake. When the lake offers an abundance and variety of fish, it makes learning how to fish a blast. Our Kit All of our...


About two weeks ago I shared a preorder form to get the new lodge jacket patches being ordered by my home lodge. The deadline is coming this week so I figured everyone (including me!) who has not placed an order...


At Outdoors Geek we have many years of camping and outdoors experience. So something we know for sure after many years testing all kinds of camping gear, is that camping with top-notch outdoors gear makes a very big difference; and that’s why we...


The incredible character we’ve associated with Eagle Scouts for 103 years is alive and well in 2015. You see proof in Shane Uribe, a former foster child who, for his Eagle Scout project, provided high-quality duffel bags filled with a flashlight, stuffed animal and warm blanket...


This summer, whether you live in Snohomish, Wash.; Paisley, Fla.; Raymond, Maine; or anywhere in between, the Order of the Arrow is coming to you. ArrowTour will bring all of the excitement and brotherhood surrounding the Order of the Arrow’s 100th anniversary this year to council...


Memorial Day Weekend is coming up this week – and that means it is the “official” start to backpacking season, no? But you say….I’m too busy to go pack food. I hear I can go to Costco and buy a...

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