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Scoutmaster Podcast 217 – Resolving Differences
Blog     14 Apr 2014 | 10:05 am
Sponsored By Backers From time to time I receive email from Scouters who have some basic disagreement with the way the program is being presented in their unit. These disagreements aren’t over things that endanger Scouts, the disagreements are usually around the application of the patrol system or youth leadership. This can be very frustrating. What do you do if you find yourself in a situation like this? Listen to Scoutmaster Podcast 217 Podcast Archive The post Scoutmaster Podcast 217 – Resolving Differences appeared first on

B.P.’s Blog – Training Scouts
Blog     13 Apr 2014 | 9:33 am
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 understanding from his timeless ideas. WHEN I visit a district to inspect Scouts a big parade of them is held at which as many as possible are present, but though this is the only way in which a large number can be seen at one time, I think we must all feel — Scouts, Scoutmasters, and myself — that it is, after all, a formal...

Native American History and Skills
Blog     11 Apr 2014 | 9:38 am
Ernest Thompson-Seton founded his vision of Scouting on the lore of Native American life. I’ve devoted a great deal of time over the years to studying the Native American Peoples who once occupied Southeastern Pennsylvania where I live (specifically the Lenape and Susquehannock). I think it is important our Scouts have the opportunity to connect with these traditions. C. Keith Wilbur’s books have always been one of my favorite resources for studying and sharing the material culture of Native America on the east coast. His exacting illustrations and handwritten text are informative and compelling. A detailed look into the ‘how to’ for dozens...

Simple Versus Complicated Scouting
Blog     10 Apr 2014 | 10:14 am
The steps in training have become so absorbing and important that in many cases the aim has come to be lost sight of. -B.P Take a moment and step back from all of your roles and responsibilities and observe how simple Scouting is. The aim is simple: Providing opportunities for the development of character, fitness, and citizenship. The method is simple: We share ideals,  express our unity by wearing uniforms, organize using the patrol method based on youth leadership in the outdoors, and recognize the resulting personal growth using an advancement system. All of this happens as our Scouts form useful association with caring adults. The organization is simple:...

Taking Your Place in the World Scouting Movement
Blog     9 Apr 2014 | 9:05 am
Steve Fox’s list of roles and responsibilities in Scouting spans five decades. From his boyhood home in Maryland, to college in Indiana and Illinois, as a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand, and during eight tours of duty with the Foreign Service in East and South Asia, the Middle East, and Africa Scouting has continued to be a big part of his life.  Steve was generous enough to write this article and share some important thoughts and resources to help us all take our place in the world Scouting movement.  Our Scouts are already connected to the world in very practical ways; they wear a...

Scoutmaster Minute – Fuzzy or Focused?
Blog     8 Apr 2014 | 9:05 am
Here’s a Scoutmaster minute idea for your notebook: If you visit the archery range at camp this summer (and you should!) you’ll get the opportunity to shoot an arrow at a target. If you shoot six arrows at the target how many do you think will hit the bull’s-eye? Before you answer; an archer shooting in Olympic-level competition gets about 70-80% of their arrows in the bull’s-eye.  How many of you will aim your arrow at the upper right hand corner of the target? How many of you will aim at the third circle in the target? How many of you will aim at...







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