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The Villa Philmonte
Blog     24 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
When you participate in a program at Philmont Scout Ranch, whether a 12 day trek or a training session, you should try to schedule a tour of the summer home of Waite Phillips, known as the Villa Philmonte. The home now serves as the anchor of the Philmont Training Center (PTC) and is only a short walk from the Philmont Base Camp. Tours are scheduled through the Seton Museum and Library. I first toured the Villa way back in 1984 when I attended scoutmaster training at PTC. I was, and still am, employed as a draftsman at a local lumber yard so...

Girl Scouts celebrate Thanksgiving with young cancer patients at UIC Children's Hospital
News     24 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
The Girl Scouts of Chicago and northwest Indiana, among other groups, celebrated Thanksgiving with pediatric oncology patients at UIC Children's Hospital....

One week left to vote for Boys’ Life as Hottest Kids/Teen Magazine
Blog     24 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
Your procrastinating days are numbered. You have just one more week to vote — as many times as you want — for Boys’ Life in the Adweek Hot List Readers’ Choice Awards. Adweek is a well-known advertising trade publication, and its awards recognize magazines that are “alive and thriving in the digital age.” Boys’ Life, the magazine that contains everything in a boy’s life, has survived the final cut from six titles to three in the category of Hottest Kids/Teen Magazine. BL is going against two other heavyweights, Seventeen and National Geographic Kids, meaning we need your help to propel it across the finish line. Go here and scroll...

It’s waaay different!
Blog     24 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
It’s been said that change is inevitable, and that nothing worthwhile is accomplished without change. We cannot start to change until we move out of our comfort zone. Cub Scout leaders, prepare to be uncomfortable! We’re a little under a year away from the national rollout of the new Cub Scout structure and program, initiated […]...

Bike rides: a winning way for the whole family to get out
Blog     23 Nov 2014 | 4:40 pm
Here comes a Caravan The first Saturday of November we spontaneously decided to drive an hour to the Mission Creek in Kelowna, a trail wide and flat, as city trails often are.       It was wonderful to stretch our legs after a long week of school and work. Our six-year-old was so proud of himself for biking the 6 or so miles. The fall leaves were golden, the sky was silver, the river was a ribbon of blue, and we all felt like a million bucks. Unfortunately, since our wallets don't feel the same way, to make this all happen, we had to...

B.P.’s Blog – Shorts
Blog     23 Nov 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. A CERTAIN slackness has crept in during the war in some Troops, as regards wearing shorts, which suggests a possible deficiency in the Scout spirit. It would be an interesting study to find out why each boy who is a Scout first joined the Scouts. It would also be equally interesting to ascertain why each ex-Scout left the Scouts.  So far as...

A New Scouting Role, For One Year!
Blog     23 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
Tis the season for all units… in the Central Minnesota Council to complete their recharters. Begin the caroling and pass the eggnog. The new committee of Cub Scout Pack 68 is about to learn how it is done. The recharter was one of the things on the agenda at last Monday night’s Pack committee meeting. Fortunately, our district executive was on hand to explain how to complete the online registration and answer questions. Unfortunately, our new treasurer announced that he is stepping down from the position because he has accepted a new pastoral position in another part of the state. His...

The Meet And Greet: Committee & Charter Organization
Blog     22 Nov 2014 | 6:23 am
It has been an interesting fall as we work to reorganize the leadership of Cub Scout Pack 68 and carry out the new program. It has also been fun and rewarding. The boys have been telling their parents they are having fun. The parents are commenting that they like they way things are going. At Monday night’s pack committee meeting, I took the next step toward a better Pack by inviting the commander of the local American Legion Post to attend. The Legion has been the charter organization of the Cub Scout Pack for several years but the two groups really...

The Top 5 Booze for Backpacking
blog     21 Nov 2014 | 11:55 am
Those of us who have breathed mountain air, walked through golden alpine meadows, or slept beneath starry skies know that the great outdoors are a kind intoxicant in and of themselves. However, many of us also know that there’s nothing wrong with cracking open a cold one after a long day of getting your wilderness on or sharing a drink with your hiking partners around the fire. But enjoying a drink in the backcountry comes with its own set of issues – how much weight am I willing to take on for that backpacking buzz? How do I negotiate weight versus tastiness...

2014 September-October ‘Where Am I?’ winner, location revealed
Blog     21 Nov 2014 | 11:13 am
If only seagulls could talk … they might have revealed the secret destination of Scouting magazine’s September-October Where Am I? contest titled “On the Edge.” The picturesque destination of Anacapa Island — part of the Channel Islands National Park on the coast of California — was correctly identified by Craig Senzig, a committee member for Troop 279 in Lexington, Ky. Senzig was randomly selected as lucky number 24 from our pool of 248 entries, and he will receive a $100 gift certificate to spend at his local Scout Shop or at Congrats, Craig! Don’t forget: You can view the photo and clues in our newest Where Am...

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