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Patagonia alone, with just a few hundred of my closest tourist friends
Blog     16 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
I stepped off of the plane in El Calafate, Argentina, day pack and shoulder bags stuffed full and betraying my regret at not bringing my good pack down to South America. I was squeezing a trip down to Patagonia just before taking my leave of Argentina, where I had been living for the preceding 4 months. There, amongst the friendly and effusive meat-eating and fun-loving Argentinians, I had been learning Spanish and working with my church. A trip down to Patagonia would be a perfect place to try out my newly earned language skills, as well as enjoy some scenery...

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter December 16, 2014
Blog     16 Dec 2014 | 7:21 pm
I posted a video last night with some scenes from the recent Old Hickory TOR. I've got it linked in below for you to see. I hope you enjoy today's issue of the Hot Finds. I almost bid on a nice MB sash yesterday that was in the Hot Finds this weekend. This one was from the 1930s and had some nice Senior Scout titles and MBs. I sat down with Ron Oslin and Joe Klos at the TOR this past weekend and started getting educated on Merit Badges. As if folks didn't already know it really does work when you post...

Kate Middleton visits low-income Scouts in London
Blog     16 Dec 2014 | 11:25 am
Kate Middleton’s latest royal stop trumps even her high-profile visit to the U.S. earlier this month — in my opinion, at least. Today she visited a newly established Scout group in east London to lend a hand to the U.K. Scout Association’s “Better Prepared” campaign, which brings Scouting to young people living in low-income areas. In January 2012, I blogged about the Duchess’ new role as volunteer with the U.K. Scout Association. And in March 2013, she did what every Scout volunteer should: She got trained. Today, Kate, who is pregnant with her second child, is at it again. She’s wearing a black Scouting hoodie with jeans and boots...

Gear Find: Kid Sized Water Bottles
Blog     16 Dec 2014 | 9:11 am
Something to ponder….ever gone shopping for child sized water bottles that are neither heavy, flimsy as a paper cup or heavily encrusted with cartoon characters and not break your wallet? Yeah, not so easy! If I ever see another Frozen The Movie water bottle in hot pink it’ll be way too soon….. While I had […] The post Gear Find: Kid Sized Water Bottles appeared first on Trail Cooking....

A New Scoutmaster – Chapter Thirteen
Blog     16 Dec 2014 | 9:05 am
This is the thirteenth installment 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 | Chapter Five | Chapter Six Chapter Seven | Chapter Eight | Chapter Nine Chapter Ten | Chapter Eleven | Chapter Twelve CHAPTER THIRTEEN The next evening Dave and...

2014 Troop Auction Results
Blog     16 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
Wow! It was a lively troop auction this year. The Boy Scouts of Melrose Troop 68 seemed to like the selection of prizes and they were ready to spend their “troop bucks”. (See the last post for the explanation of the troop auction and the troop bucks.) They surprised me once again with what they valued and placed the high bids for. Here is a quick summary of the evening. The item that went for the highest bid, and what I expected to go high, was the $20.00 cash prize for which only this year’s troop bucks could be used. The final...

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter December 9, 2014
Blog     16 Dec 2014 | 6:14 am
Read down in today's issue to see the video that I just published which has already received some glowing reviews on Facebook. I've designed a simple system to use Boxware frames as a nice vertical display for Scouting memorabilia. In the 11+ minute video I share all the details and for the DIY type you can build one of these too. Last night I finished typing up labels for my merit badge collection. I did this using Jensen's excellent MB Price Guide from 1994. I am going to compare it to the other resources I have today and see if I...

Andy Best’s Top 5 Wild Places
blog     15 Dec 2014 | 5:57 pm
  Editor’s Note – Photographer and cinematographer Andy Best has built his life around traveling to the world’s most wild places. He gets out there[Read More...] The post Andy Best’s Top 5 Wild Places appeared first on Seattle Backpackers Magazine....

Manfrotto Advanced Travel Backpack Review
blog     15 Dec 2014 | 4:38 pm
When I moved to Colorado twelve years ago, I was still shooting strictly with film. I had a 35mm system, a few medium format systems[Read More...] The post Manfrotto Advanced Travel Backpack Review appeared first on Seattle Backpackers Magazine....

12 Great Stocking Stuffers for Boys
Blog     15 Dec 2014 | 3:42 pm
Do you have trouble coming up with great stocking stuffers for boys?  I know I do!  I want to buy things they’ll like and use, but I don’t want to spend a lot of money. I searched through several lists on Pinterest looking for items that would be awesome for our Cub Scouts.  Things related […]...

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