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Dorothy Vaughan: Meet the G.I.R.L.s Behind ‘Hidden Figures’
Blog     13 Jan 2017 | 9:50 am
Dorothy Vaughan, Katherine Johnson, and Mary Jackson are the real-life go-getters, innovators, risk-takers, and leaders of Hidden Figures, story of the African American women mathematicians behind some of NASA’s greatest victories. Follow along as we honor each of these inspiring women who broke through countless barriers around race, gender, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math).Dorothy Vaughan—the Go-getter Dorothy Vaughan, Lessie Hunter, and Vivian Adair - the "Human Computers." Image via NASA“I changed what I could, and what I couldn’t, I endured.”Dorothy Vaughan was born in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1910. Her mother passed away when she was only two years...

SHF Radio #75: eBay Powerseller Nick Loesch – firstcalltx
Blog     13 Jan 2017 | 8:02 am
Listen in to hear the wisdom of Uncle Nick.  My interview with Nick Loesch will trace his history in the hobby and get his impressions on how it's changed over the years.  Nick attened the 1964 Jamboree as a boy and caught the patch collecting pretty hard.  It was at the 1965 NOAC that he burned a Blue Heron Lodge flap to make a point about boys ripping off each other while trading.  After taking a break from the hobby to raise kids Nick jumped back in the late 1990s and never looked back.  He started on eBay in 2001...

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...

Commit to Serve on This MLK Day
Blog     12 Jan 2017 | 4:16 pm
Happy New Year! If you’re like me, the start of the new year is a welcomed reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the holidays. It’s a time to hit the reset button, make resolutions, establish goals and refocus on priorities. For Scouts, one of these priorities is helping other people at all times, which we pledge to do in the Scout Oath. And there’s no better time than the month of January to redouble our commitment to this important activity. Although the holidays are a time of giving, it’s easy to focus our attention to giving to those in our immediate...

How the New Venturing Website Was Designed By Actual Venturers
Blog     12 Jan 2017 | 2:17 pm
Have you checked out lately? If not, you’re in for a surprise because the website is now completely revamped and optimized to fit the Venturing experience. Even better, the site redesign was entirely youth-driven! National Venturing President Pratik Vaidya says the site makeover was one of the key goals he sought to accomplish during his term as the program president with the hope that he could improve the way Venturing communicates to its members on a national scale. Beginning in late September, Venturing representatives from each region – Cathie S., Central Region; Ripley P., Northeast Region; William C., Southern Region; and Pratik Vaidya, Western...

5 Ways One Pacific NW Council Serves Families by Keeping Things Simple
Blog     12 Jan 2017 | 1:23 pm
The Inland Northwest Council, which serves more than 15,000 youth members and volunteer leaders in eastern Washington and northern Idaho, has spent considerable time and effort to find — and simplify — the key drivers of success for their council. What works? What doesn’t? Why? To help spread the word about their findings, we asked Scout Executive Karen Meier to share some of the magic of the Inland Northwest Council team. Read on to find out why simpler is almost always better, and how a personal touch can make all the difference: 1. Be Transparent. We hold monthly all-staff meetings where everyone is hearing the same message at...

Making a Pinewood Derby Kit in Just 73 Seconds
Youtube     12 Jan 2017 | 10:55 am

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) Tape 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: 1960-63 1964-66 1967 1968 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...

12 Ways to Live Like a Scout Today
blog     12 Jan 2017 | 4:01 am
Question: How can I take the Scouting Oath and Law more seriously in my day-to-day life? An oath is a very solemn thing. It isn’t a motto or positive incantation. It is a verbal commitment on one’s honor do a certain thing. This is a question I have been thinking a lot about lately. If you haven’t picked up on it yet, writing is one of the ways I think best. Just putting the thoughts down on paper is my go-to method of brainstorming. So, when faced with such a question, I recently sat down and came up with a list of ways...

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