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BSA discourages unit-owned credit cards, debit cards
Blog     23 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
The convenience of credit cards — one swipe buys you a Dutch oven, a new tent, a boat — is both their advantage and their downfall. Having a credit card or debit card that belongs to your Scout unit seems handy, but it’s that very convenience that presents potential problems. That’s why the Boy Scouts of America discourages the use of unit-owned credit cards and debit cards. Online event registration and other Web purchases should be paid by a volunteer and reimbursed according to BSA policies. Read more about this guidance from the BSA in my latest Ask the Expert.  The question With more and more councils using online event...

Girl Scouts and Microsoft Bring Girls and STEM Role Models Together on Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day
Blog     23 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
Today is national Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day! It's a day when parents across the country are showing their daughters and sons what their jobs are all about. It’s an experience that can spark the imagination of a child and help them see new possibilities for their futures. Inspired by President Obama’s call to make sure young people get to experience different kinds of careers, Girl Scouts and Microsoft are teaming up to host a “Girl and STEM” event at the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center in Washington, D.C. Over 30 girls ages 14 and up from...

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter April 21, 2015
Blog     22 Apr 2015 | 11:54 pm
I did shoot a lot of pictures and video of the patch trading at the conclave last weekend. However, instead of making that into a video yesterday I got sucked into working most of the day on the fundraiser project that I'm helping to chair at my daughter's school. So keep en eye out for the video that I hope to crank out later today. I'll post it on social media. One of the interesting patterns from patch trading was how much 2013 jamboree stuff was still in circulation. Some councils are getting to the point now where they are dumping...

The Lions Volunteer Dinner
Blog     22 Apr 2015 | 7:19 pm
Every year the Melrose Lions Club invites folks from the various volunteer organizations in town to a special meal to be recognized for all the work they do during the year for the community. This includes members of our volunteer fire and ambulance corps, the food shelf, Project Give A Gift, the history museum, and others. The Boy Scout, Cub Scout, and Girl Scout leaders are also invited. Scoutmaster Jim Engelmeyer and assistant scoutmaster Eymard Orth represented Boy Scout Troop 68. Cubmaster Steve Borgerding represented Cub Scout Pack 68. It was a great meal and good fellowship. The evening ended with the...

Scouts at Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day
Blog     22 Apr 2015 | 2:57 pm
Representatives from the World Organization of the Scouting Movement and Boy Scouts of America spoke during the Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day event....

Summit Bechtel Reserve bikes aren’t included in Trek recall; are yours?
Blog     22 Apr 2015 | 2:11 pm
The bike maker Trek has recalled almost 1 million of its bicycles, but those Trek bikes in use at the Summit Bechtel Reserve are not included in the Trek recall. That’s good news for Scouts planning to bike at SBR this summer, but if your troop or crew owns or uses any Trek bikes, I’d recommend you take a look at them right away. Trek announced this week it would recall 900,000 bikes in the United States after an injury paralyzed a rider. The affected bikes, according to the official recall notice, include “any Trek bicycle equipped with disc brakes and a front quick-release lever that can open beyond 180 degrees and...

Mountaineer Weekend | 19 Adventures over 2 days
blog     22 Apr 2015 | 1:10 pm
Get a taste of the adventure and action sports opportunities available at The Summit Bechtel Reserve. The Mountaineer Weekend program gives you access to all venues in the Scott Summit Center. This area is a microcosm of the Summit with sample versions of each of the exciting activities found elsewhere on the property. For more information click on the link below.

Funky Colored Flames – Campfire Fun
Blog     22 Apr 2015 | 10:48 am
How do you make a campfire even more entertaining for kids? Why not try adding some funky colors when the marshmallow roasting is done? A couple months ago two little boxes arrived promising a “brilliant spectacle of colors” in my campfire. I was keen on giving it a try, so when the time was right I pulled them out. I tried them in our fireplace in the house and later (read a few days ago) in our outdoor firepit. Let’s take a look at what they are and then look at how they performed.   Features: Colored Flame Crystals Burn Blue, Green and Purple Non-Toxic Burns for 30...

Join GSMH and Give Ozarks ToGetHerThere
Blog     22 Apr 2015 | 10:08 am
The first-ever Give Ozarks 24-hour online giving days is scheduled for May 5, 2015 and GSMH is participating. GSMH has a goal of raising $5,000 to support the ToGetHerThere campaign – a campaign that’s all about girls and helping them become successful leaders in their communities. Making a secure donation is simple! On May 5, donors can to go Give Ozarks-GSMH to complete a basic credit-card donation. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by the IRS. May 5 is Give Local America Day when community foundations across the country will be holding similar online fundraising events to boost resources for...

Wyoming Wonders: Fascinating Facts on the Cowboy State
Blog     22 Apr 2015 | 9:38 am
Inspired Camping... Smoothing the edges of roughing it! Cool Camping and Glamping UK and Worldwide If you’re lucky, you’ve been all over the great land of America. However, it is common for most people to stay in their immediate areas without exploring other terrains. Commonly, those not born there, don’t have relatives who reside in the state, or do not ski or bike ride, have never been to the state […] Visit the site today for loads more free camping tips and tricks. Cool Camping and Glamping UK and Worldwide...

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