Girl Scouts recognize exceptional volunteers
News 23 Apr 2014 | 10:36 pm
Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois held the fifth annual Meeting on April 5. During the meeting, about 300 Girl Scout members (adults and girls) from the district elected members of the Board of…...
The Art of Traveling
blog 23 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
Mastering the art and skill of traveling is not accomplished through practice or any talent you may have. No school will give you a bachelor’s degree in not getting absolutely lost while backpacking through Ecuador, avoiding Montezuma’s revenge on your trek through Latin America, dodging angered Chinese guards as you trespass on the Great Wall of China, making friends on your cancelled flight as you get ready to sleep in an icy cold airport lobby in Japan, or being in the middle of the Peruvian Rainforest in a downpour of fireflies. Traveling is a way of life… a being, the...
Best Scouting apps for iPhone and Android, 2014 edition
Blog 23 Apr 2014 | 1:15 pm
Empty your backpack and leave everything behind. All you need on your next Scouting outing is your smartphone.
OK, so maybe that’s an exaggeration.
What is true, though, is that for the two-thirds of Americans who own smartphones, it’s now possible to fit reference books, a GPS device, a weather radio, a compass, a map, a camera, a field guide, a recipe book and more in your pocket.
But which apps are worthy of downloading (or even — gasp! — paying for) to enhance your Scouting experience? Your fellow Scouters helped me compile the ultimate list below.
First, though, a quick note on smartphones in Scouting. They’re here to stay;...
Officers teach Cub Scouts value of fingerprinting
News 23 Apr 2014 | 12:03 pm
Members of the Cub Scout Pack 0993 in Urbana received a good lesson in the importance of fingerprinting from two law enforcement officers March 20 at Prairie Chapel United Methodist Church....
The Boy Scouts Banned My Church Because We Support Gays
News 23 Apr 2014 | 9:59 am
Earlier this week, the Boy Scouts of America revoked the troop charter of a Seattle-area United Methodist Church because the church would not boot the scoutmaster Geoff McGrath, a married, gay Eagle Scout. Monica Corsaro, the pastor of the church, explains why....
Nolte State Park
Blog 23 Apr 2014 | 9:22 am
Nolte State Park is a tiny state park, on the edge of South-East King County, just a few miles down the road from us, in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains in Washington State. It is a great park because it is close in, and has a nifty loop trail around Deep Lake. The park itself […]
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Scouter Training Do’s and Don’ts
Blog 23 Apr 2014 | 9:05 am
I’ve headed up a number of Scouter training events, and been trained in several different volunteer positions. Scouters are typically gregarious, good-spirited folks; but the dedication and single-mindedness required to be a good Scouter sometimes makes us difficult trainees.
Here’s my do’s and don’ts for getting the most out of a Scouter training course:
Do Expect to Learn.
To get the most out of training you have to be open to new ideas and techniques, even those you have may have tried and rejected deserve a second chance. If you go to a training course thinking you won’t learn much, well, you won’t learn...
Digital Technology Merit Badge
Blog 23 Apr 2014 | 8:40 am
Scouts today are familiar with many types of digital technology – the Internet, smart phones, tablets, computers. The Digital Technology merit badge teaches Boy Scouts how to use technology safely and responsibly.
Technology has come a long way since Computers merit badge was first introduced in 1967. This badge will teach Scouts about technology in the digital age.
This merit badge will replace the Computers merit badge, which will be discontinued on December 31, 2014
Digital Technology Merit Badge Requirements
Show your counselor your current, up-to-date Cyber Chip. Earning the Cyber Chip can help you learn how to stay safe while you are online and using social networks...
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