Inside the Scouter Code of Conduct, a critical checklist for adult volunteers
Blog 13 Jan 2017 | 8:00 am
We ask our Scouts to follow the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Adult leaders, though, are held to an additional standard.
It’s called the Scouter Code of Conduct.
Think of it as a checklist of expectations for adult conduct in the Scouting program. At Scouting meetings and events, these are your rules to live by.
The Scouter Code of Conduct, available here as a PDF and included at the end of this post, outlines 10 standards for adult leader behavior. The code is aimed at keeping young people safe in the Scouting program.
It debuted in its current form around October 2015, but this is the first time I’m blogging about it.
You’ll notice it addresses some...
Use your Pinewood Derby track as an advancement ceremony centerpiece
Blog 12 Jan 2017 | 9:00 am
You can get twice the use out of your Pinewood Derby track — and make an important point about the Cub Scouting journey.
It just takes some advance preparation to make your pack’s existing track the focal point for an advancement ceremony.
Use the track as a visual aid to symbolize a boy’s progress through Cub Scouting.
What you’ll need
Pinewood Derby track
Rank logos printed on large sheets of paper (logos are easily located via a online, or you can draw/paint your own)
Eight-inch sticks (or paint stirrers)
Awards to present to the boys
What you’ll do
Print the rank logos on cardstock or heavy paper (or print on regular paper and tape or glue the sheet...
12 classic Scouting cartoons from 1969
Blog 12 Jan 2017 | 8:00 am
A bugle alarm clock replacement, a Good Turn at the soda shop and the sweet reason to select a Den Mother are among the witty subjects in this latest batch of Scouting magazine cartoons.
This grouping comes from 1969, and I found 12 great Scouting-themed cartoons printed that year in the magazine for BSA leaders.
This is stop No. 5 in our tour of Scouting cartoons of the 1960s. So far I’ve shared cartoons from:
By the way, if you enjoy looking back at old issues of Scouting magazine, you simply must download the Scouting magazine app for iOS, Android and Kindle devices.
For just $4.99 a year, you get access to every issue of...
Lamar Wallace, likely the oldest living Eagle Scout, turns 105
Blog 11 Jan 2017 | 8:00 am
Lamar Wallace is 105 years old.
That likely makes him the oldest living Eagle Scout.
Officials at the National Eagle Scout Association tell me Wallace is the oldest Eagle they know about, but NESA doesn’t have Eagle Scout birth dates before 1983.
While I can’t say with certitude that Wallace owns the record, I do know this: He was born Nov. 28, 1911.
In case you, like me, can’t wrap your head around how long ago that is, consider that he was born just four years after his home state of Oklahoma became the 46th U.S. state. William Howard Taft — our 27th president — was in office in 1911.
105 birthday candles
Wallace celebrated his 105th...
World Scout Moot 2017, an adventure event for older Scouts, seeks BSA participants
Blog 10 Jan 2017 | 8:00 am
This summer, join fellow Scouts from around the world as you backpack, kayak and explore Iceland — a land of incredible natural beauty where the late July sun rises at 4 a.m. and sets just before 11 p.m.
It’s called the 15th World Scout Moot, and the Boy Scouts of America has space for about 125 participants at this official event of the World Organization of the Scout Movement, of which the BSA is a proud member.
This high-adventure international gathering, which has been held since 1931, is for those 18 and up.
If you’re a BSA member born on or between Aug. 2, 1991, and July 25,...
Scout Sunday 2017, Scout Sabbath 2017 and Scout Jumuah 2017: Everything you need to know
Blog 9 Jan 2017 | 8:00 am
Scout units and religious-based chartered organizations share a special bond that lasts all year.
But on certain days each year — namely Scout Sunday, Scout Sabbath and Scout Jumuah — we set aside time to celebrate a partnership that benefits all parties involved: the religious institution, Scouts, Scouters and the communities they serve.
On these important days, which are timed to fall near the Feb. 8 anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America, Scouts give back in visible and meaningful ways.
In some units, that means simply wearing the full field uniform to worship services, where the worship leader presents religious awards to Scouts and Scouters. In...