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2014 Programs: Summit Images
Blog     28 Aug 2014 | 10:21 am
The first season of programs at the Summit Bechtel Reserve is in the books. Scouts and Venturers from all over pushed themselves further this summer and took their Scouting to a new level. For a glimpse of Summit scenes, enjoy the slideshow below. If you weren’t able to visit The Summit this year, you can still register for 2015 programs. Choose from the Paul R. Christen National High Adventure Base, James C. Justice National Scout Camp, or the Summit National Training Center. Check back this fall for 2016 programming information. Registration for 2016 programs opens January, 2015. The post 2014 Programs: Summit Images appeared...

Wildflowers and Whitetail Deer
blog     28 Aug 2014 | 9:06 am
Click to view slideshow. The trails in Hot Springs National Park are decorated in purple and gold with the arrival of late summer Wildflowers.  Glorious Aster and Goldenrod reach up from a Forest floor covered in dried Leaves from years past.  Humidity blankets the valley casting glimmering blue light across the Zig Zag and Ouachita Mountains. A Whitetail Doe takes care to shield her fawns from passing hikers.  She kindly steps out from the brush when we are alone and allows me to capture her beauty.  Her summer coat is shedding to make way for the new growth she will need for...

A post-campout checklist every Scout or Venturer needs
Blog     28 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
It’s Sunday night after a fun but exhausting weekend of camping. But before your Scout or Venturer collapses on the couch with a book, favorite show or videogame, hand them their post-campout checklist. You’ll be glad to have everything put away properly and your Scout smelling good again. They’ll be glad upon arrival at their next campout to find everything clean and ready for use. By following the 10-step post-campout checklist below, your Scouts/Venturers can make the transition from Scouting on Sunday to school on Monday much easier. The ideas come from Lombard, Ill., Scouter Sherrie Nielsen. Sherrie knows of what she speaks. She’s been in Scouting for 23 years as assistant Scoutmaster and committee chairwoman, in addition to serving...

Save a table. Save a life.
Blog     28 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
I was on the expressway driving to work the other day when I noticed a kitchen table lying upside-down on the shoulder of the road. A hundred feet or so later, a man was walking toward the table, and what must have been his car was parked several hundred feet down the shoulder. My guess […]...

How to Make a Shelter in the Backcountry
blog     27 Aug 2014 | 11:03 am
Shelter: It’s one of the back-country essentials, and in a survival situation it can save your life. But do you know how to make a shelter without your store-bought tent and directions in hand? Knowledge is power, and it weighs less than a tent. With some warm clothes, a poncho and some creativity, you’ll be able to spend weeks in the beautiful Washington wilderness with just a day pack. Sometimes when I go to REI, I’m overwhelmed by all the gear; I have to spend hours talking with people, looking at different items and comparing prices. Then I still need to go...

Six First Class Knots
Blog     27 Aug 2014 | 10:25 am
Here’s a handy one-page reference that shows six First Class Knots – the square knot, taut-line hitch, two half hitches, timber hitch, clove hitch and bowline. Here’s more knot infographics Six First Class Knots and over 40 more  infographics and helpful PDF documents Are included in the GET IT NOW BEFORE YOU CLICK THE DOWNLOAD BUTTON Join the growing number of Scouters who support producing and publishing resources like this. The  PDF file of Six First Class Knots is formatted for 8 1/2 x 11 paper.   The post Six First Class Knots appeared first on

Summer Forest Shimmers with Light and Life
blog     27 Aug 2014 | 9:31 am
Click to view slideshow. “If we carry only what we need on our journey life will be light.” ~ Lee Hiller Love to ALL! Lee Filed under: Hot Springs National Park Tagged: Aster, Blazing Star, Flowering Spurge, Hiking Trails, Hot Springs National Park, Moth, Nature Blog, Nature Photography, Photo Blog, Photography, Whitetail Deer, Wildflowers...

Cub Scout Outdoor Ethics Awareness Award
Blog     27 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
Scouts of all ages are guided by the Outdoor Code and the principles of Leave No Trace when they participate in outdoor activities. Cub Scouts and their leaders can earn the Outdoor Ethics Awareness award to start learning about being responsible citizens while outdoors. Then they can take it a step further and earn the Outdoor Ethics Action award by actively using their knowledge of the Outdoor Code and LNT. The Outdoor Ethics Awareness award can be earned by Cub Scouts and their leaders. Upon completion of the requirements, participants are presented with a patch. For requirement 4, BSA offers this information: The person...

Remember STEM as you craft your unit’s Annual Program Plan
Blog     27 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
Richard Stone won’t rest until every Scout unit includes STEM elements in its regular monthly program. But he doesn’t think you should have to wedge STEM in with a crowbar. Instead, the education and training leader of the BSA’s National STEM/Nova Committee says, it’s easy to integrate STEM activities into the fun you’ve already got planned for your Scouts and Venturers. And if you happen to earn some Nova awards along the way, even better! Dr. Stone, who has two degrees in physics and earned his Ph.D. in materials science, shares more below. Integrate STEM activities into your unit’s Annual Program Plan Our guest blogger with the famous Pedro at the 2014...

Alpine SUP: Taking SUP to a New Altitude
blog     26 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
Have you ever been to a high alpine lake, like 10,000 ft. and higher? I’m sure you know about the trek that often comes with it. This past spring I took on a personal goal and mission— to hike to and SUP on seven alpine lakes throughout Colorado. Some of the approaches were short and easy, while others definitely put my mind and body to the test. Spending my early twenties in Florida, my love for the water grew, and along with it came standup paddle boarding. After moving back to my native Pennsylvania, I wanted more out of life. After...

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