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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


Transformational ServiceI spent last week on a week long choir/mission trip with 40 or so high-school and college students from my church, something I’ve been doing since 2000. During the week, our kids served in a homeless feeding program, built ... [More]


Scouting in the Video AgeWhile you and I may still be living in the 20th century, our Scouts all live in the Internet Age. They’re born with cell phones in their hands. They devote untold hours to instant messaging, texting, ... [More]


Requiem for the PreopeningOne of my current projects is working on the BSA’s new Program Planning Features, which will replace the old Troop Program Features and will offer 48 updated themes to Boy Scout troops, Varsity Scout teams, and Venturing ... [More]


A Scout Is ... Tech-SavvyEarlier this month, Deputy Chief Scout Executive Gary Butler wrote a guest blog at Scouting magazine in which he compared cellphones to utility knives. His bottom line: “I guess if we can control the proper use ... [More]


Don't Forget to Play the GameScouters often complain about youth sports. They say that sports are all consuming, that coaches only care about building character when they’re winning, and that sports just teach kids to win at games while Scouting ... [More]


Conquering Context CollapseOn my blog recently, I wrote about It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens, Danah Boyd’s landmark study on kids’ use of social media. The upshot of Boyd’s work is that the kids are (generally) alright, although ... [More]


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]

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Tyler Alan Peacock, 16, of Mooresville, received his Eagle Scout Award Sunday, May 31, 2015, at Ebenezer Lutheran Church. Former Scoutmaster Lewis Safrit of Troop 328 made the presentation. Tyler has earned 38 merit badges and has served as Senior...


REGION – From June 13-27, a total of 18 Scouts and seven adult advisors from scouting units in Traverse City, Elk Rapids, Lake Ann, Honor and Suttons Bay went on a life-changing trek through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains wilderness...


Did you know the Boy Scouts of America is one of the very few organizations that have an official code for flag retirement? Respect for our nation’s symbols are an integral part of being a reverent, responsible Scout; thus we...


Not only must an Eagle Scout candidate move up through the various Scouting ranks, but he must maintain and hone the skill-set gained over the years. The skills acquired are ultimately put to the test during a candidate’s service project....


President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama talk with Girl Scouts on the South Lawn of the White House late last month. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) (Photo: Evan Vucci/The Associated Press) Thank heaven for little girls. So sang French actor...


Liberty State Park will be transformed into a massive campground this fall when more than 5,000 Boy Scouts set up camp there for one weekend in October. The Patriots Path Council chapter of the Boy Scouts of America, which serves...


Sometimes, when the votes are counted after an OA election, adult leaders are disappointed with the results. Perhaps they feel a deserving young man wasn’t elected because he’s not as popular as the other boys. Frustrating as it may be, Scouters aren’t permitted...


You’ve got a story to tell. It’s about a group of young people who have come together as a team to go on adventures, experience new things, grow as individuals and have a ton of fun. Sounds like the plot for a best-seller,...


Caleb Erickson is a lifesaver. The soon-to-be Bolingbrook freshman and Boy Scout, with family ties in Ottawa, was honored by the Rainbow Council, Boy Scouts of America, for rescuing a drowning victim at a Waco, Texas, hotel. He received the...


Thank heaven for little girls. So sang French actor Maurice Chevalier in a famous song celebrating “their little eyes so helpless and appealing” and the fact that “they grow up in the most delightful way.” Well, we are here to...


I’ve spent a lot of trail miles the past few years hiking and re-hiking a few certain trails, that I know well, are kid-friendly and please my senses. Shadow Lake Loop Trail at Sunrise in Mount Rainier National Park is...


On the Fourth of July, the Scouting nation will celebrate one of the most revered and celebrated days in American history: Independence Day. A time for appreciating our nation’s freedom, Independence Day is a special holiday for Scouts and Scouters to...


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STRATHAM – After all their ambitious work, three scouts from Boy Scout Troop 185 are on their way to completing their Eagle projects and becoming Eagle scouts. These three Eagle Scout candidates are Nate Chretien, Alex Johnson and Ricky Daley....


Denmark bring us alt pop from Soleima and Iris Gold’s hummable hip-hop pop in this week’s playlist As though to prove that Denmark is the new locus for alt-pop greatness, here comes Sarah Mariegaard, AKA Soleima. She used to be...

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