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B.P.’s Blog – Real Attraction of Camping
Blog     24 Aug 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. As regards camps, I am delighted to see Scout camps being held in every county, if not in every parish, in the land. The camp is the real attraction to the boy, as it is also the real opportunity to the Scoutmaster. It is the one practical school for moulding the Scout spirit and for character-making. It is a great thing...

Raising the Youth Protection Bar
Blog     22 Aug 2014 | 1:16 pm
Recent events in my extended family have me contemplating the importance of Youth Protection Training, and the cavalier way in which we go about it (I am probably projecting my own ideas here). I have a feeling that there are four years in which a boy talks about this topic with his parents, but only because the Wolf, Bear, Webelos and Tenderfoot badges require it, and after that, we're silent on the subject. When is the last time a Priest Quorum/Venture crew had this discussion (to say nothing of our young women!!)? What about their parents?The last...

Bear Elective Adventure Requirements: Marble Madness
Blog     22 Aug 2014 | 8:18 am
[cs2015] Marble Madness is one of the Bear elective adventures. In the current Bear Cub Scout program, it is most similar to the Marbles Belt Loop and Pin. For the Marble Madness adventure, Bears learn all about marbles and play a variety of games with them, from ringer to marble mazes. The requirement for this adventure are shown below. Upon completion of this adventure, Bears will receive a belt loop. Bear Adventure Requirements: Marble Madness Discuss with your family and den the history of marbles, such as where and when the game began. Talk about the different sizes of marbles and what they are made of and used for. Learn about three different marble...

Press Rep Gabby explains Girl Scouting on Local TV
Blog     22 Aug 2014 | 8:16 am
Press Rep Gabby appeared on the Studio Ten program on Fox 10 TV.  She did an amazing job explaining the fun and benefits of Girl Scouting!  Thanks for representing Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama so well, Gabby!Here's the link to her interview:

Let's Convention! Make the Trek to Trefoil Ranch!
Blog     22 Aug 2014 | 6:39 am
This year, Girl Scouts of Utah is the host of the Girl Scouts’ 53rd national convention in the spectacular Salt Lake City, Utah, October 16–19, 2014. If you love outdoor adventures, if camp is in your blood, or if you’d just like to get out and experience the natural beauty of Utah, we invite you to register hereand join Girl Scouts of Utah on October 16 as we take you on an adventure to discover and tour our remarkable Trefoil Ranch.You’ll travel by coach to this picturesque camp with facilities that excite beginning riders and skilled equestrians alike. Once there, you’ll learn all about our A.I.A. award–winning collaborative partnership with the University of Utah’s College of Architecture, through which girls engaged in STEM...

OA Lodge History Initiative makes sure no story is forgotten
Blog     22 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
Storytelling is a vital part of American Indian culture, in which true tales are passed from one generation to the next. It’s similarly important in the Order of the Arrow, the Scouting honor society that uses American Indian-style traditions and ceremonies. That’s why the Order of the Arrow Lodge History Initiative is so vital. The project, timed in the run-up to the 100th anniversary of the OA in 2015, aims to preserve each lodge’s unique story to make sure it’s never lost to the erosion of time. The National Scouting Museum has partnered with the “Green Bar Bill” Hillcourt Trust to sponsor the OA Lodge History Initiative. Robert Mason, a young...

Pioneering at Pukkelpop festival
Blog     21 Aug 2014 | 10:30 pm
image courtesy Universiteit HasseltThis pioneered structure at Pukkelpop 2014 in Belgium was seen by thousands of people during the annual music festival. Designed by Jakob Ghisjebrechts, it was built with the help of Gouw Limberg, a regional Scouting organization in Belgiumdesign model. Image courtesy Universiteit HasseltThe pavilion was designed as part of the first year architecture programme at Universiteit Hasselt, and was the winning entry by student Jakob Ghijsebrechts. The pavilion was home to Salon Fou, a hair salon for people at Pukkelpop to get a festival haircut. You can listen to an interview with Jakob (in Flemish) on Youtube here.image...

How I became a Birder
blog     21 Aug 2014 | 5:23 pm
Click to view slideshow. In 2009 when I began my foray into Nature photography I was not a birder.  When I began hiking in Hot Springs National Park during the winter of 2009-2010 Birds became my companions.  Even in the harshest weather Woodpeckers, Cardinals, Sparrows, Mockingbirds and Pine Warblers were with me along each trail.  In those early days of hiking I only had my 5-year-old Sony Cybershot and each clear shot of a moving bird felt like a miracle.  I used to call my camera the “Magic Box” as often I had no clue what I had captured until I returned...

Walking Out Your Door
Blog     21 Aug 2014 | 3:03 pm
Living on a trail can have its benefits: All I have to do is walk out my door, and in a few minutes I am deep into green: On Sunday, life was hectic but I wanted to get out, so I took Walker and Alistaire for a one-way hike on the Green to Cedar Rivers […] The post Walking Out Your Door appeared first on Trail Cooking & The Outdoors....

Darn Tough Vermont Socks Review
blog     21 Aug 2014 | 2:39 pm
Darn Tough Vermont Socks, they make a bold claim— “If you can put a hole in our socks, send them back to us personally and we’ll replace them free of charge.” Their unconditional lifetime guarantee— “simply and without strings or conditions: If our socks are not the most comfortable, durable and best fitting socks you have ever owned, return them for another pair, or your money back. No strings. No conditions. For life.” I’ll get back to this… Overall, I enjoyed wearing and testing these socks. I put both the Men’s Hike/Trek Micro Crew Light Cushion and the Men’s Run/Bike No Show Ultra Light Non-Cushion through...

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