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Don’t stress out!
Blog     20 Nov 2014 | 12:25 pm
Adult Scout leaders sometimes try to take on too much, try too hard to be perfect or try to out-do one another. Usually, these actions are because we are focusing on our own needs or want others to see what great things we are doing. This kind of thinking can lead to stress. That’s not […]...

How to Make a Tape Ball for Cub Scout Activities
Blog     20 Nov 2014 | 11:28 am
One of the most fun Cub Scout activities is the Tape Ball game. Watch this video to learn how to make one!...

1940s-era ‘Handbook for Boys’ praised in New York Times Sunday Book Review
Blog     20 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
To the classics of American literature like The Great Gatsby, Of Mice and Men, and To Kill a Mockingbird we must add one more: the Handbook for Boys, the BSA’s manual for life. Before you balk at the notion, read this piece published earlier this month in the renowned New York Times Sunday Book Review. In it, Dr. Edward O. Wilson, Distinguished Eagle Scout, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and Harvard professor, calls the Handbook a “classic of literature.” He defines that as “writing that stirs the soul” and “contributes to the growth of a civilization.” Wilson’s referring to the fourth edition of the Handbook, published from 1940 to 1948. That’s the one he...

Patagonia Tenkara Kit – #Tenkara review
Blog     20 Nov 2014 | 9:59 am
If you spend time in the lightweight backpacking or fly fishing communities, you’ve probably heard of Tenkara. This traditional, Japanese “simple flyfishing” method has been growing immensely in popularity in North America, so much so that Patagonia has brought out their own answer to this by partnering with Temple Fork Outfitters and producing a complete Tenkara kit, designed to give you the gear and instructions to get out and enjoy the magic of fly fishing in mountain streams and lakes. Patagonia sent me a setup with their 10’ 6” collapsible Tenkara rod to try and test. Let’s look at what’s included...

A New Scoutmaster – Chapter Six
Blog     20 Nov 2014 | 9:05 am
This is the sixth of twelve installments in a story that follows a new Scoutmaster, Chuck Grant, attempting to use the patrol method in a troop that has forgotten how. I’ve based this work of fiction on the stories shared by readers and listeners, questions they have asked, and the advice I commonly share in reply. Scoutmasters can expect to encounter challenges and setbacks along the way. I’ve tried to avoid being unreasonable optimistic, or overly pessimistic about the progress we can make when we stick to the basics. Chapter One | Chapter Two | Chapter Three Chapter Four | Chapter Five Chapters will be published each Tuesday and Thursday. CHAPTER SIX Two weeks before our mountain climbing...

Thanksgiving On The Trail Recipes Galore
Blog     20 Nov 2014 | 8:27 am
Over the years we have gotten many emails asking for meal ideas for late fall trips that fall on or near Thanksgiving weekend. A couple dfferent ways to have a great dinner on the trail in late fall are below, ranging from very simple to more elaborate. You can pick and choose of course, some […] The post Thanksgiving On The Trail Recipes Galore appeared first on Trail Cooking....

Inside the December 2014 issue of Boys' Life
Youtube     20 Nov 2014 | 8:23 am
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What’s the difference between Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts?
Blog     20 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
This goes way beyond blue vs. khaki. The difference between Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts encompasses critical categories like unit structure, leadership, parental involvement, advancement and camping. Both programs are built on Scouting’s time-tested values. And beginning in May 2015, both programs will use the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Beyond that, though, you’ll find more differences than similarities — for good reason. You wouldn’t teach a third-grader the same way you’d teach a ninth-grader. That same logic tells us your approach to Cub Scouting and Boy Scouting shouldn’t be the same. So, gathered from several Scout leaders in the know, here’s a rundown of the ways in which...

Aqua-Bound Freedom Paddle Review
blog     19 Nov 2014 | 4:21 pm
Photos by Jessie Keller When I’m stand-up paddle boarding and focusing on my balance, I usually find myself wishing my load could be just a little lighter. Mostly my gut. But sometimes my paddle. A lighter paddle isn’t just about the ease of carrying it to and from the shore. A lighter paddle means less distraction from your balance and less fatigue throughout ride. The Aqua-Bound Freedom Paddle is a 29-ounce, 100% carbon shaft that is noticeably lighter than most SUP paddles. Working from side to side across the water, it was far easier to pick up and never threw me off...

Girl Scouts Joins Intel on Capitol Hill to Reduce the Tech Gender Gap
Blog     19 Nov 2014 | 10:09 am
Building on the release last week of a new Intel report that found “Making” can engage girls in computer science and engineering, Girl Scouts was proud to participate at a bipartisan Capitol Hill briefing focused on broadening the participation of girls and underrepresented minorities in the Maker Movement.Emily Sullivan, a 16-year old Girl Scout from Nation’s Capital, shared her personal experiences with STEM and Maker activities, and how much Girl Scouts has enabled her interests.  While she was in middle school, Emily shared ideas about modifying the wheelchair for a friend with physical disabilities, intending to make it easier for...

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