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Scouting For the Long Haul
blog     29 Jul 2014 | 4:09 pm
Endurance When Baden-Powell wrote Scouting for Boys, he heavily emphasized that one of the attributes Scouts should strive for is endurance: A Scout saying is “Never say die till you’re dead”— and if he acts up to this, it will pull him out of many a bad place when everything seems to be going wrong for him. It means a mixture of pluck, patience, and strength, which we call “endurance.” It is such an important things for Scouts to have, that I wrote about it in my Keystones of a Scout series.   Why is endurance important in Scouting? When people think of endurance, they often...

A Test of Two Blister Resistant Socks
blog     29 Jul 2014 | 3:03 pm
When it comes to an adventure on the trails, I consider socks to be my most essential piece of clothing. It doesn’t matter if I’m chasing toddlers down an easy local trail, out for a morning jog or bagging a peak, a good pair of socks can make or break the day. For the past several months, I’ve put two different pairs of running socks to the test, the Balega Blister Resistant Quarter and the Fitsok ISW with a no-show cuff.   Balega Blister Resistant Quarter Since I have very blister prone feet, I was excited to test the Balega Blister resistant socks. But,...

St. Louis real estate moguls donate campground to Girl Scouts
News     29 Jul 2014 | 1:45 pm
Scott Properties turning over Honey Bend resort in Litchfield...

Girl Scouts deal with Barbie has some parents upset
News     29 Jul 2014 | 1:41 pm
LOS ANGELES — Barbie has worn many hats in the past 55 years, but this is the first time she’s worn the Girl Scouts sash. The Girl Scouts organization has signed a three-year deal with Barbie maker Mattel that will let the company roll out a Girl Scout Barbie, according to the Houston Chronicle. But […]...

Tiger Elective Adventure Requirements: Family Stories
Blog     29 Jul 2014 | 10:57 am
[cs2015] Family Stories is one of the Tiger elective adventures.  In the current Tiger Cub program, it is most similar to Tiger Achievement 1 – Making My Family Special and the Heritages Belt Loop and Pin. For this adventure, Tiger Cubs and their adult partners learn about their family heritage and make a family tree. The requirement for this adventure are shown below. Upon completion of this adventure, Tiger Cubs will receive a belt loop. Tiger Adventure Requirements: Family Stories Discuss with your adult partner and/or family where your family originated. Discuss their history, traditions, and culture—your family heritage. Share a story or bring something to share with your den...

Shooting the Milky Way
blog     29 Jul 2014 | 10:52 am
Palouse Falls One of the biggest challenges in getting good shots of the Milky Way is simply getting far enough away from the ambient light of “civilization.” Once you’ve already lugged your stuff, not to mention yourself, all the way out to some fantastic spot to camp, why not take advantage of it by getting some shots of the Milky Way? Nowadays, I find myself planning my trips around the moon cycle so that I can get to some remote, cool spots for astrophotography.                   The basics of capturing good shots are not really very complicated. You’ll need a decent DSLR, a wide angle lens...

Blog     29 Jul 2014 | 9:05 am
You gotta have a cake! I am more interested in the bigger ideas of Scouting rather than writing about my own Troop or my individual experiences. Bear with me today as I share what’s been going on recently. Short of two years ago I delivered this letter to our Troop Committee: Tuesday, October 09, 2012 To The Committee Troop 24 April 2014 marks my 30th year as Scoutmaster and I have come to the decision that September 1, 2014 will be the date of my retirement. Our long-range plans at this writing include a trip to Kandersteg in the summer of 2014 and with your permission I...

Ross Lake Packrafting Trip photo & video essay – Part 2
Blog     29 Jul 2014 | 8:45 am
In the end of May I headed out to the North Cascades for a 3-day backpacking and packrafting trip, with a bit of hammock-ing thrown in for good measure. I've decided to share the experience via photo and video. Click here for Ross Lake Packrafting Part 1.   After packing up the rafts, we headed up the trail into yet another climate. Day two continued along the east side of the lake, where water was plentiful from the Spring Run-off. Instead of wading through the creek, we wandered downstream, opting to test our balance on the trees that were strewn across the gulley.     This...

Webelos/AOL Elective Adventure Requirements: Art Explosion
Blog     29 Jul 2014 | 8:22 am
[cs2015] Art Explosion is one of the Webelos/Arrow of Light elective adventures.  In the current Webelos Cub Scout program, it is most similar to the Artist activity badge and the Art belt loop and pin . For the Art Explosion adventure, Webelos learn about all types of art – drawing, painting, sculpture, origami, digital art, graphic design, photography, comics, and more. The requirement for this adventure are shown below. Upon completion of this adventure, Webelos will receive a pin. Webelos/AOL Adventure Requirements: Art Explosion Do all of these: Visit an art museum, gallery, or exhibit. Discuss with an adult the art you saw. What did you like? Create two self-portraits using two different techniques, such as drawing, painting, printmaking,...

Philmont’s Famous Dinosaur
Blog     29 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
Bob and I had a quick discussion about what we would do that Wednesday afternoon in June. We were at the Philmont Training Center and trying to plan our afternoon activity since there were no classes to attend. Philmont offered several options. I wanted to take a hike into the mountains, maybe go to the Tooth of Time. Bob wanted to check out the T-Rex footprint since he had never seen it during his previous visits to Philmont. The hike to the Tooth was not an option presented to us. I had not seen the footprint either, and it would give...

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