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Blog     27 Mar 2015 | 7:50 am
PINEWOOD DERBY CAR SHOWCASEChima Eagle - Tony JochmanThis is the car that my son and I built for the PineCar Derby last year. He wanted a car that looked like the Lego Chima eagle tribes motorcycle set he had gotten for his birthday. Well this was definitely a challenge, but we did end up tracing parts from his Lego set which helped a lot. After he got done painting, even I was amazed at how it turned out. He got 3rd place in speed (and 1st in craft) at the train level, then 4th place for speed at the...

What Is a Pack Meeting?
Blog     27 Mar 2015 | 6:07 am
Tammy sent in this question: What is considered a Pack Meeting? Our pack has monthly pack meetings and also other events for the entire pack, such as family camping, pinewood derby, etc. Do events such as these take the place of the pack meeting for the month or should they be in addition to the pack meeting? We have mixed feelings in our committee and some feel we should cancel the pack meeting or a den meeting when there is a weekend pack event while others think we keep the schedule as is and people don’t have to attend everything. I...

Venturer says Scouting helped prepare her for cancer fight
Blog     27 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
Katie Casserly never knew how much the Scout Motto — “Be Prepared” — would apply to her life until she was diagnosed with cancer last fall. The 18-year-old Venturer from Staten Island, N.Y., wanted to be in Scouting ever since she was little, and she has enjoyed every minute. “Scouting teaches you numerous things, gives you millions of chances, makes you cross paths with many people,” she says. “I’ve done things I never would’ve imagined, met people who have become family, and I’ve learned things that have set me for life. Without Scouting, I would have nothing right now.” Katie got the word she had Hodgkin’s lymphoma,...

Basic Tenkara Casting
blog     26 Mar 2015 | 4:34 pm
Editors Note: Tenkara is the perfect companion on any backpacking trip. The rod and equipment is ultralight. Setup is quick and simple enough that you can get your[Read More...] The post Basic Tenkara Casting appeared first on Seattle Backpackers Magazine....

National Venturing VP describes meeting President Obama to deliver Report to the Nation
Blog     26 Mar 2015 | 2:40 pm
Jillian Infusino had been to the White House before, but this time was different. This time she was meeting the president of the United States. Jillian, who is the National Venturing Vice President, was part of a Scouting delegation that presented the 2014 Report to the Nation to President Obama on Wednesday. In spite of her monumental responsibility, Jillian said she felt pretty relaxed as the group proceeded through security, toured the East Wing and waited in the Oval Office reception room. Then an aide said it was time, and it hit her. “When we got in line and starting walking down, it was like, oh man, we’re really going to do...

Awakening Spring Forest Hot Springs National Park
blog     26 Mar 2015 | 1:28 pm
Click to view slideshow. The waking Forest is painted with a gentle dusting of spring. Love to ALL! Lee  Filed under: Hot Springs National Park Tagged: Chickweed Fungi, Downy Serviceberry, Field Pansy, Flowering Trees, Hot Springs National Park, Nature Blog, Nature Photography, Photo Blog, Photography, Serviceberry Tree, Skunk Bush, Spring Beauty, Wildflowers...

Scouting for grown-ups
Blog     26 Mar 2015 | 12:11 pm
Scouting volunteers know that the Scouting program is all about youth. We are here specifically to support and provide a Scouting experience for the Scouts. And while we may have some fun along the way, the program isn’t in place just so the adults can enjoy themselves. I heard a story this week on the […]...

Not Just Canoeing Wild Rivers
Blog     26 Mar 2015 | 9:27 am
Reading Canoeing Wild Rivers is like attending a master class in wilderness travel. Cliff Jacobson’s 30th anniversary edition of the classic Expedition Canoeing (now Canoeing Wild Rivers) is required reading for anyone planning or even thinking about a high adventure trip. This completely updated and revised edition features dozens of full-color photos, how-to illustrations, source charts, canoeing and camping techniques, and a chapter full of hard-won advice from a couple of dozen  canoeing experts, and a new chapter devoted to paddling desert and swamp rivers. Although this is the best and only canoeing book of its type, and Jacobson writes in great detail about canoeing techniques; don’t get the idea that this is just for canoeists!...

More than a purple patch: On the relationship between BSA and World Scouting
Blog     26 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
In physical size, that purple patch above your left pocket is one of the smallest items on your Scout uniform. But in significance, it’s one of the biggest. The purple patch — official name: World Crest — represents the Boy Scouts of America’s membership in the World Organization of the Scout Movement, or WOSM. It’s worn by registered youth and adult leaders in all of the 161 National Scout Organizations around the world. When I blogged about the World Crest last month, many commenters wanted to know more about WOSM and its relationship with the BSA. So I wrote Scott Teare, the former director of the Boy Scouts of America’s International Division who now leads...

Visiting a Boy Scout Troop
Blog     26 Mar 2015 | 5:48 am
James sent in this question: My son has earned his Webelos badge and is working on AOL . all he has left to do for his AOL is with your Webelos den attend one boy scout troop meeting . The other boys in his den have barely got there Webelos badge req. done (they are not as into cub scouts as my son ) MY question is does he have to wait until the whole den is ready to visit a troop meeting or is that something he can do in order to get is arrow of light because who knows when they will get...

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Not Just Canoeing Wild Rivers
Reading Canoeing Wild Rivers is like attending a master class in wilderness travel. Cliff Jacobson’s 30th anniversary edition of the classic Expedition Canoeing (now Canoeing Wild Rivers) is required reading for anyone planning or...


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