How Interactive Digital Pamphlets Are Revitalizing Merit Badges
Blog 20 Oct 2016 | 1:18 pm
Story Janice Downey, National Service Center Pilots & Program Development and Pearson Education
When the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) started updating and innovating the merit badge program, I knew it would be an interesting journey full of possibilities and potential opportunities. The project involved more than just creating digital fliers and web pages; we wanted to provide an interactive experience that would inform and inspire a renewed enthusiasm for the entire organization. Now that we have rolled out the program, we are getting great responses from users including Scouts, their parents, merit badge counselors, and leaders.
But before I cover the...
Klymit Static V2 Sleeping Pad – Gear Review
blog 20 Oct 2016 | 9:26 am
The Test The Klymit Static V2 sleeping pad accompanied me on two camping trips, one backpacking in the Mt. Baker backcountry, and one car camping in the Teanaway Community Forest. Setting up site at 5450ft near Park Butte fire lookout, rangers alerted me that temperatures would be dropping below freezing on an already rainy night…
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An Outing of Bears
Blog 20 Oct 2016 | 8:00 am
The Bears Den of Melrose Cub Scout Pack 68 had fun last weekend. They had their first overnight camping trip. It was held a couple miles south of Melrose in the backyard of one of the families. With a nice big backyard, and hiking trails nearby, it was a good spot for this fun activity. Eight of the ten Bear Scouts were able to attend the outing. I believe they each had a parent in attendance.
The Bears were kept busy with several activities. They assisted in setting up the tents and laying out their gear. They took a hike to a nearby gravel...
Lions and Tigers and Bears
Blog 20 Oct 2016 | 7:15 am
Oh my, it's fun to have all three of those critters part of the Cub Scouting program now. The kindergarten Lion program seems to have been 'in the works' forever since our council has been piloting it for a few years now. Pretty much every pack has been happy with the new, younger members.I finally met my first real Lion scout out in the wild! At camp this past weekend, a pride of them were rambling through the forest past our training site and I convinced one to slow down enough for a picture. That's what the Lion t-shirt looks...
Scouter who completes 1 millionth eLearning module will win free Philmont conference registration
Blog 20 Oct 2016 | 6:00 am
Getting trained for your Scouting position is its own reward.
But the Scouter who completes the 1 millionth module in the BSA Learn Center will get an additional reward: free registration for a conference at the Philmont Training Center — up to $540 in value.
The BSA Learn Center’s web-based training courses, created in response to feedback from leaders saying they want position-specific information delivered on multiple devices, went live in September 2015. They were an instant success, especially among busy parents.
As of this writing, more than 975,000 modules have been completed. In other words, the 1 million mark is just around the corner.
The free courses, available at my.scouting.org,...