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Urban Tourism In Seattle
Blog     23 Jun 2016 | 3:46 pm
Kirk had to be at DockerCon this week, so with the boys out of school, we joined him. It isn’t like Seattle is far away (it really is only less than 30 miles away). I just don’t much care for cities and avoid them, unless I need to go. Still, the boys are getting old […]...

The Pacific Northwest Trail – The Last Wild National Trail
blog     23 Jun 2016 | 10:34 am
All of us have grown up hearing the stories of the historic Appalachian Trail, and the movie Wild made the Pacific Crest Trail saturated with[Read More...] The post The Pacific Northwest Trail – The Last Wild National Trail appeared first on Seattle Backpackers Magazine....

Sparks will fly when Cub Scout leader competes in Season 2 of ‘BattleBots’
Blog     23 Jun 2016 | 8:07 am
A software developer by day and an assistant Cubmaster by night (and weekends), Randy Farmer has one of the coolest hobbies imaginable. Farmer (top row, left) is a member of Chaos Corps, a robot-building team from Atlanta that will appear in tonight’s Season 2 premiere of BattleBots on ABC. In BattleBots (8 p.m./7 p.m. Central tonight), robots equipped with jets of fire, spinning blades and spiky jaws enter the ring to fight against similarly weaponized hunks of metal. The robot still standing (er, rolling) when time runs out moves on to the next round. The entry from Farmer and Chaos Corps is Bombshell, a 250-pound robot with an ax, a...

A modern application of lashings
Blog     23 Jun 2016 | 7:20 am
Not just something your ancestors did, that "pointless skill" is still used today to create a gleaming future. Prepared. | For Life.™...

Five tips for starting a new Scout unit in an underserved market
Blog     23 Jun 2016 | 6:00 am
To grow Scouting, consider looking in communities where Scouting hasn’t yet flourished. That’s a skill Brian Collins has perfected. By tapping into underserved markets, this assistant Scoutmaster and district commissioner in the Central Florida Council has started new Scouting units in unexpected places. New packs, troops, teams, posts, ships and crews enrich communities that need Scouting most — including areas with diverse races, religions and cultures. In his day job, Collins creates marketing strategies and builds new partnerships. In his Scouting job? It’s a lot of the same. “I decided to focus on using my professional expertise to identify and cultivate new units by looking at where there might be untapped opportunities — what you might call ‘niche’ or ‘underserved’...

Still Holding Up Well
Blog     22 Jun 2016 | 10:29 pm
No, the title isn't about me and my aging body.  Rather, these nice picnic tables.  The pack built 4 of them back in 2013 as a donation to our District's Cub Scout Day Camp and the park hosts the camp each year.  I got a chance to see them again at Camporee this spring.  Light snows the past couple years have helped their longevity I suspect, but we got some pretty good snowfall this past winter and these still look pretty good.  Hopefully they'll last a few more years.The camp area could always use more tables, so I think this...

Great American Campout
Blog     22 Jun 2016 | 4:23 pm
Enjoy the outdoors with your Cub Scout during the Great American Campout. Learn about the National Wildlife Federation's annual event. The post Great American Campout appeared first on Cub Scout Ideas....

Why You Should Tune in to This Jamboree Event Next Week
Blog     22 Jun 2016 | 10:02 am
Be sure to mark your calendars for Tuesday, June 28 at 6 p.m. CST for the next 2017 National Jamboree Livestream event! This online event will be a quick-hitting 30-minute program of the latest jamboree updates and developments with featured guests Ralph de la Vega, 2017 National Jamboree Chairman; Matt Myers, 2017 National Jamboree Director; and Chief Scout Executive Mike Surbaugh. The event will cover topics like why the Jamboree is important to the BSA, the elimination of late payment penalties, how to get ready and how the 2017 Jamboree is unique from years past. During the Livestream event you’ll also learn what the...

New Jersey triplets receive Eagle Scout Award — together, of course
Blog     22 Jun 2016 | 6:00 am
I’ll give you three good reasons to be excited about the future of Scouting. Their names are Nicholas, Anthony and Justin Neves. In January, this set of triplets from Troop 46 of Montgomery Township, N.J., received the Eagle Scout Award. They lived Scouting’s adventure together, so there was never a question of whether they’d earn Scouting’s highest honor at a joint court of honor. That’s Nicholas, Anthony and Justin — left to right — in the picture above with their mom, Antoinette, and dad, Norberto. The boys have a lot in common, but each took separate paths to the Eagle Scout Award. Here’s a look at each of...

Visitors Passes are Available for July 9th and 30th 2016
Blog     22 Jun 2016 | 5:52 am
With the Summit Visitors Pass, we've got you covered. The Summit is opening up to visitors this summer! A  visitors pass is a great time for family and friends, and open to the public. We’re all set and can’t wait for you to visit. There are two kinds of passes: the Summit Center Visitors Pass, and, if you really want to go big, the Summit Center Action Pass. Dates July 9, 2016 Register for July 9 July 30, 2016 Register for July 30 Time:  9am – 5pm 2 Pass Types Visitor Pass - come check us out -Summit Center Hiking Trails -Gottschalk Boardwalk & Causeway -Sustainability Treehouse - a 5 story treehouse with exhibits discussing living a sustainable...

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