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Blog     19 Dec 2014 | 8:13 am
Runoffs - When and Why to Run ThemBy Randy DavisYears ago, virtually every pinewood derby race used an elimination method (usually double elimination) for running a pinewood derby race. This method was relatively easy to implement and easy to understand, but did have issues including:1. Slowest racers ran a few heats and were then eliminated (and likely lost interest in the event.2. Possible unfair trophy assignment (third fastest car is eliminated early due to repeated pairing with the fastest two cars).3. Cars did not always run on all lanes, so some cars had an advantage if they were assigned to...

Eagle Scouts make Men’s Journal list of year’s greatest record-breaking feats
Blog     19 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
“Passion can always trump fear.” That’s the message behind the year’s 22 greatest feats of adventure — a list of you’ve-gotta-be-kidding-me moments in running, rowing, cycling, caving, kayaking, mountaineering, skiing, rock climbing, paragliding and skydiving. Included on the list of Men’s Journal‘s “22 Greatest Record-Breaking Feats of 2014” you’ll find two Eagle Scouts. And why not? They’ve conquered Scouting’s toughest challenge, so conquering the world’s highest mountains or deepest caves must feel natural to these guys. Let’s meet Matt Moniz and Bill Steele. Matt Moniz, 16-year-old climbing superstar Eagle Scout Matt Moniz became the youngest person to summit the fifth-tallest mountain in the world. Here’s what Men’s Journal said: “The Feat:...

AGU talk: Scaling climate change communication for behavior change
News     19 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
( Stanford University ) Stanford University researchers have developed two curricula for Girl Scouts to use energy more efficiently: one on energy use at home, and the other in transportation and food. Both courses were effective for girls in the short term, and the home energy course was effective for girls in the long term and for parents in the short term. This AGU talk will describe ......

Blog     19 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
I got a draft notice last night. Well, sort of. Our council’s Dean of Boy Scouts for University of Scouting e-mailed me to ask if I could teach the Strictly for Committee Chairs class, and I agreed to be drafted into service once again. I’ve taught the class a few times before. I try to impart some […]...

Girl Scouts take annual cookie sales online
News     19 Dec 2014 | 1:13 am
It’s Girl Scout cookie time — and ordering a box of Thin Mints or Tagalongs is about to get even easier. Starting Wednesday, scouts will begin taking online orders for the popular cookies....

Celebrate the Holiday Season with WOSM’s Season’s Greetings cards
News     19 Dec 2014 | 1:12 am
It’s that time of the year to celebrate and spread the festive cheer again....

Digital cookie sales teach Girl Scouts new skills
News     19 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
It’s Girl Scout cookie time — and ordering a box of Thin Mints or Tagalongs is about to get easier. Starting Wednesday, Scouts will begin taking online orders for the popular cookies. Jane Ransom, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pen...

Cub scouts race ‘cubmobiles’
News     18 Dec 2014 | 9:07 pm
STAR — Fifteen Cub Scouts enjoyed driving gravity-powered “cubmobiles” down a hill in Star prior to the Star Christmas Parade. Cubmasters, Richard Hinson and Michael Byrd, served as race officials. Star Pack 111 sponsored the trophies....

WOSM and UNCTAD to promote entrepreneurship skills among Scouts
News     18 Dec 2014 | 7:47 pm
"We need to educate young people to be resourceful, open-minded, and community-oriented....

Boy Scouts Assist In Creating Disc Golf Park In Melrose
Blog     18 Dec 2014 | 5:46 pm
It is official! The Melrose city council appropriated the funds at last month’s meeting, and tonight the Melrose park board has approved the purchase of equipment needed for a nine hole disc golf course to be installed at the Sauk River Park in the spring of 2015. Get your discs ready! This all came about because the Melrose Boy Scouts set up a disc golf activity during the August “Night To Unite” evening. It caught the interest of quite a few people, including the right people at the city administration level. The Boy Scouts also helped to design the future course....

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