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Peace and Scouting
Blog     23 Dec 2014 | 9:05 am
What is your message about kindness? In this season of peace take a moment to consider your connection, as a Scouter, to the lofty goal set by our founder: … let us go forth from here fully determined that we will develop among ourselves and our boys that comradeship, through the world-wide spirit of the Scout Brotherhood so that we may help to develop peace and happiness in the world and good will among men. Brother Scouts, answer me. Will you join in this endeavor? Baden-Powell at the first World Jamboree in 1920 Sometime soon you’ll open the doors of a meeting room and have the precious opportunity to advance...


Boy Scout troop rescues pilot whose plane crashed into river
Blog     23 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
Scouts learn to be prepared for anything, but nobody in Troop 597 could’ve expected this. The boys from Dacula, Ga. (40 miles northeast of Atlanta), were enjoying their annual Christmas paddling trip on the Congaree River near Columbia, S.C., when a plane passed them overhead. It was flying really low. The boys and their leaders continued paddling and came upon the Mooney M20 propeller plane in the water. At first it looked like a remote-controlled sailboat, but as they got closer they realized what they were seeing. Then they spotted the pilot standing on the shore calling for help. Scout Chris Ivory told WAGA-TV (Fox 5 out of Atlanta)...


And the Winner is…
Blog     23 Dec 2014 | 6:34 am
The winner of the Solo stove and Solo 900 pot give away is…. I want to thank everyone for some great comments.  The create the caption had me entertained  for the last week and I hope you had fun with it! It was fun to read the comments, unfortunately I only have one set to give away. We will do this again in the future. Congratulations to muralt!  You win!  Rather than randomly select a winner, I had a panel of caption experts… my family pick the winner.  5/5 all picked muralt and his caption, “Hmmm…I wonder, if I sing a Christmas carol SOLO...


Zamperini: ‘The first good thing that happened to me was Scouting’
Blog     23 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
Yesterday, Gretchen posted a fascinating look at how skills learned in Scouting probably saved Unbroken hero Louis Zamperini’s life. Today comes more proof of the positive impact Scouting had on Zamperini, an Olympian, prisoner-of-war survivor and general inspiration to us all. In January 2011, Chuck Bird, a committee chairman in California, sent Zamperini a birthday card. “I sent him a card not expecting anything in return,” Bird says. “Shortly thereafter I received a nice note from him in his handwriting thanking me for remembering his birthday.” Zamperini’s response came on Feb. 16, 2011:  Hi, Chuck, Thank you for the birthday greeting. The first good thing that happened to me was Scouting. Sincerely, Louis...


Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter December 21, 2014
Blog     22 Dec 2014 | 10:18 pm
Hank Birdsong and I have a new episode of our quick hitting video series Cloth Talk 2.0 published today. In this show we are sharing some ideas for how to organize your patch collection. While the series is built for the audience at CarolinaOA.com this video would appeal to any collector. I've got a link to watch it later in this newsletter. It looks to me like we have evidence of a crime in one of these listings. At first glance that nice pre-WWII sash pictured below has MBs that were cut down to fit nicely on the sash. I'm sure...


Inside the January 2015 issue of Boys' Life
Youtube     22 Dec 2014 | 7:12 am
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7 lifesaving tactics the Unbroken hero would have learned in Scouting
Blog     22 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
When Louis Zamperini’s B-24 Liberator was shot down over the shark-infested waters of the Pacific in 1943, he was prepared to meet the challenges of survival at sea. And after 47 days of drifting, when his raft was discovered by enemy forces, Zamperini was also prepared to endure two years of abuse and starvation in Japanese prisoner-of-war camps. Why? Because he was a trained Boy Scout. Zamperini, the hero of the 2010 book and new film Unbroken, often attributed his readiness for survival to the lessons he learned in Scouting, including the Scout motto: Be Prepared. How exactly did Scouting help prepare Zamperini for the incredible...


Why aren’t your leaders trained?
Blog     22 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
It’s the time of year when we look back on our past experiences and accomplishments over the previous twelve months and make resolutions on what we’re going to change and improve in the year ahead. In Scouting, sometimes our new year’s resolutions arise out of our unit’s performance on our annual Journey to Excellence evaluation. […]...


B.P.’s Blog – Citizenhood
Blog     21 Dec 2014 | 9:05 am
During his lifetime Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the worldwide Scouting movement, wrote many books and articles directed to Scouters. Each Sunday I’ll publish a selection from his writings in the hope that you’ll draw inspiration and understanding from his timeless ideas. As nearly every man will now have political voting power, one of the aims of education should be to prepare the young citizen for his responsibilities in this line. This is a matter, however, that cannot be taught by class instruction in “civics.” Then how are you to do it in the school training? Well, that question has proved a puzzler; it...


Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter December 19, 2014
Blog     21 Dec 2014 | 1:45 am
I got a call from someone yesterday asking me to about some old issues of Boy's Life Magazine. I should have known this but there is a searchable archive of every copy over on the website. You can search people's names or like me things you are interested in collecting and pull up the old articles. Very cool! I talked for a long time to a great Scouter in my home council yesterday named Larry Green. Some of you may know him from the website he has built to really push the outdoor skills program in the BSA over at www.scoutpioneering.com....



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