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Inside the December 2014 issue of Boys' Life
Youtube     20 Nov 2014 | 8:23 am
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What’s the difference between Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts?
Blog     20 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
This goes way beyond blue vs. khaki. The difference between Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts encompasses critical categories like unit structure, leadership, parental involvement, advancement and camping. Both programs are built on Scouting’s time-tested values. And beginning in May 2015, both programs will use the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Beyond that, though, you’ll find more differences than similarities — for good reason. You wouldn’t teach a third-grader the same way you’d teach a ninth-grader. That same logic tells us your approach to Cub Scouting and Boy Scouting shouldn’t be the same. So, gathered from several Scout leaders in the know, here’s a rundown of the ways in which...

Aqua-Bound Freedom Paddle Review
blog     19 Nov 2014 | 4:21 pm
Photos by Jessie Keller When I’m stand-up paddle boarding and focusing on my balance, I usually find myself wishing my load could be just a little lighter. Mostly my gut. But sometimes my paddle. A lighter paddle isn’t just about the ease of carrying it to and from the shore. A lighter paddle means less distraction from your balance and less fatigue throughout ride. The Aqua-Bound Freedom Paddle is a 29-ounce, 100% carbon shaft that is noticeably lighter than most SUP paddles. Working from side to side across the water, it was far easier to pick up and never threw me off...

Girl Scouts Joins Intel on Capitol Hill to Reduce the Tech Gender Gap
Blog     19 Nov 2014 | 10:09 am
Building on the release last week of a new Intel report that found “Making” can engage girls in computer science and engineering, Girl Scouts was proud to participate at a bipartisan Capitol Hill briefing focused on broadening the participation of girls and underrepresented minorities in the Maker Movement.Emily Sullivan, a 16-year old Girl Scout from Nation’s Capital, shared her personal experiences with STEM and Maker activities, and how much Girl Scouts has enabled her interests.  While she was in middle school, Emily shared ideas about modifying the wheelchair for a friend with physical disabilities, intending to make it easier for...

New Leader Orientation
Blog     19 Nov 2014 | 9:09 am
Tom sent in this question: The New Leader Meeting for our Pack was basically, read the hand book and ask us any questions. As an Eagle Scout I was able to figure a bunch out on my own and our Den is running strong. However, I see other new leaders that are new to Scouting are having a tougher time. I am putting together a Leader Orientation for next year and was wondering what you would include, especially with the upcoming program changes. It is great that you are thinking ahead, especially with the significant changes coming to the Cub Scout program...

Scouting and Money
Blog     19 Nov 2014 | 9:05 am
A reader asks: I would really like to hear how various troops handle money. While I am certain there is no “one” right way  to handle Scouting and money, I feel we can learn from sharing each other’s methods. How is the money collected, who collects it and when is it collected? How much is an average weekend camping trip, how are these fees determined, and does fundraising cover these expenses? Do Scouters pay the same as Scouts for camping trips? What about annual dues? How much are they, when are they paid, and how are they used? How are fundraiser proceeds allocated; to the troop,...

A Military Rescue in Madagascar: Risks of Exploring Uncharted Regions
blog     18 Nov 2014 | 6:42 pm
  As I pulled out the satellite phone, I thought to myself, “I can’t believe I’m about to do this. I can’t believe I am calling for rescue.” It was surreal and a situation completely new to me. My three-man reconnaissance team sat on a barren hill top, sweating and enduring the relentless buzzing of the “sweat bees,” which swarmed exposed skin during daylight hours. We were 9 hard fought miles from our base camp and nearly out of food and water. Our planned exit strategy involved at least another 5 miles of bushwhacking to reach a trail on the map....

Nominate a Volunteer for a Council Recognition
Blog     18 Nov 2014 | 1:30 pm
We love our volunteers and we know you do, too! Help GSMH recognize the greatness of our volunteers and thank them for the contributions they make in developing girl leaders. Tell us about the amazing and inspirational Girl Scout volunteers you know. Council awards are given to adult members who go above and beyond the expectations of their volunteer role and make a positive difference in the lives of girls.  Think of the volunteers you know, consider all they have done over the past year for Girl Scouts, check out the descriptions of  the council awards, and nominate that special volunteer today! Don’t delay!...

Armpocket® Armband Aero i-10 Review
blog     18 Nov 2014 | 1:20 pm
You know you’re a runner when you think it’s perfectly reasonable to get up before sunrise to squeeze in a run before work; or you have multiple playlists with names like “race pace energy,” “long run jams” and “hill killers.” However, the ongoing struggle is finding that “ultimate armband” to carry your music, necessities and that has absolute comfort. After running the Armband Aero i-10 through a thorough test, overall, I was impressed and would agree completely with Armpocket® armband’s message –  “It’s not any one thing. It’s everything! The ultimate armband is comfortable to wear, stays put, protects your device, has...

A New Scoutmaster – Chapter FIve
Blog     18 Nov 2014 | 9:05 am
This is the fifth of twelve installments in a story that follows a new Scoutmaster, Chuck Grant, attempting to use the patrol method in a troop that has forgotten how. I’ve based this work of fiction on the stories shared by readers and listeners, questions they have asked, and the advice I commonly share in reply. Scoutmasters can expect to encounter challenges and setbacks along the way. I’ve tried to avoid being unreasonable optimistic, or overly pessimistic about the progress we can make when we stick to the basics. Chapter One | Chapter Two | Chapter Three Chapter Four Chapters will be published each Tuesday and Thursday. CHAPTER FIVE I called Jake, and the three patrol leaders...

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