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New Star Rank Requirements
Blog     29 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
This is is fifth in a series of posts abut the new rank requirements that take effect on January 1, 2016. Scout | Tenderfoot | Second Class | First Class | Star | Life | Eagle (these links will be active as each installment is published ) Exactly how the new requirements are phased in is explained in this PDF document – Notes on Transitioning to the New Requirements. I found the new requirements in this PDF – 2016 Boy Scout requirements—parallel comparison. There are three major components of advancing from Star to Eagle – merit badges, service, and positions of responsibility. I want to reflect on each of these components and...


BSA ends the ban on gay leaders
Blog     28 Jul 2015 | 7:54 am
“For far too long, this issue has divided and distracted us. Now it’s time to unite behind our shared belief in the extraordinary power of Scouting to be a force for good.” Robert Gates, BSA president. In a vote of the executive committee yesterday the BSA ends the ban on gay leaders. From a BSA press release– “On Monday, July 27, the National Executive Board ratified a resolution that removes the national restriction on openly gay adult leaders and employees. Of those present and voting, 79 percent voted in favor of the resolution. The resolution was recommended for ratification by the Executive Committee earlier this month....


Scoutmaster Podcast 277 – Hiker’s Gear Guide
Blog     27 Jul 2015 | 9:05 am
This encore presentation features my interview with ultimate hiker Andrew Skurka. Skurka’s Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide is my new go-to resource for backpacking  gear information. The first section of the book asks and answers the questions that many don’t think to ask until they are out on the trail with too much and/or too little gear, blistered feet, and soaking wet with no hope of getting dry; why am I doing this? Skurka uses his first real backpacking experience (a through hike of the Appalachian trail!) to explain what you are getting yourself into. He offers direction and advice that, if heeded, will save readers a great deal of discomfort. In...


B-P’s Blog – Health
Blog     26 Jul 2015 | 9:05 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. SIR GEORGE NEWMAN said recently: “National health is not dependent on doctors and nurses, but on the people themselves.” This impels me to remind Scouters that that is what we believe in our Movement, and, seeing the lamentable state of health of the nation as revealed by last year’s reports, let us press on with our effort to strengthen some portion...


New First Class Rank Requirements
Blog     23 Jul 2015 | 6:07 am
This is is fourth in a series of posts abut the new rank requirements that take effect on January 1, 2016. Scout | Tenderfoot | Second Class | First Class | Star | Life | Eagle (these links will be active as each installment is published ) Exactly how the new requirements are phased in is explained in this PDF document – Notes on Transitioning to the New Requirements. I found the new requirements in this PDF – 2016 Boy Scout requirements—parallel comparison. First Class Rank Requirements Here are my reflections on each requirement, followed by an explanation of how I would change them myself. CAMPING and OUTDOOR ETHICS 1a. Since joining, participate in 10...



   
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