Choosing a Patrol Name
Blog 18 Jul 2014 | 9:05 am
I remember very clearly the time I first sat down with my new Patrol to choose a Patrol name. We had some suggestions from the Boy Scout Handbook and an old printed list of a couple-dozen creative names. We didn’t think much about what should go into choosing a good Patrol name; we just decided to go with whatever sounded coolest.
As you might imagine, our panel of six scouts finally ended up on a tie between six different names!
Not too promising, but it was progress. Finally, after much debate, it came down to a contest between the two Scouts who...
Perfect Job – What is yours
Blog 18 Jul 2014 | 8:26 am
See for me there is no easy answer to that question it depends on my situation I have four categories for which perfect job could fit into.
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Why aren’t female youth allowed in the Order of the Arrow?
Blog 18 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
There have been many great women in the Order of the Arrow over the years, all with one thing in common.
They’re 21 or older.
Women under 21 cannot be inducted in the Order of the Arrow, which is the National Honor Society of the Boy Scouts.
Of course, young women 14 or older (or 13 and finished with 8th grade) can join Venturing, a program of the Boy Scouts of America. So what gives?
Order of the Arrow professionals and volunteers get that question all the time. Scouter Herb Dodds, a volunteer in the Garden State Council, asked me recently, so I went to the experts.
This time, not one but two experts weigh in: Peter...
Scout Camp 2015, Summit Style
Blog 18 Jul 2014 | 1:21 am
Scout camp—the learning, the merit badges, the advancement—it’s pretty cool, a classic Scouting experience.
The new Walter Scott Summit Center at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve—with its lakes, trails, zip lines, boulder cove, sustainability treehouse, and more—might be considered an “instant classic.”
Between the amazing structure that serves as the hub of the Bechtel Summit and the surrounding activity areas, it has something for everyone.
Put them together and you’ve got an amazing Scout camp experience.
Whether you are a unit leader, Boy Scout or Venturer, in 2015 you can take your Scouting further at the James C. Justice National Scout Camp...
Pioneering as community service: permanent bridge by 1st Blairgowrie
Blog 17 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
Today is Nelson Mandela's birthday. Over the last few years, South Africans have been encouraged to spend 67 minutes of the day serving the community- signifying the 67 years Mandela gave in service to the country. This post looks at a permanent pioneering project that serves the community.I was running through Delta Park, a large municipal park near my office, a few weeks ago when I noticed a Scouts South Africa notice pinned to the foundations of a bridge.1st Blairgowrie Scout Group are responsible for this project, which is being led by James, a Springbok Scout candidate. The bridge is...
STM Drifter Laptop Backpack Review
blog 17 Jul 2014 | 3:16 pm
STM begins their description of the Drifter Laptop Backpack saying, “The drifter is like your favorite pair of cargo pants; easy to wear, pockets in all the right places and comfortable to boot.” Now, I don’t wear a whole lot of cargo pants, but casual, comfortable and organized are all things I can agree with about the Drifter. And, as I bet many of you have your favorite pair of cargo pants double as everyday, on-the-trail clothing, the Drifter, too, makes an easy transition between commuter/travel pack and hiking daypack. The folks at STM say that they got their inspiration...
Interview with Tent Designer Mike Cecot-Scherer
blog 17 Jul 2014 | 11:12 am
Mike Cecot-Scherer has been designing outdoor gear professionally for 29 years. He owns and operates thetentlab.com is currently offering a test on Kickstarter and has done design work on 244 tents and counting. With a degree in Physics from UC Berkeley combined with 10 years in retail, 16 years as an in-house designer for Kelty, 11 years as a freelance designer, and an avid skier since 1985, he knows a little about the stuff we outdoor gear junkies love. I had the opportunity to talk with Mike recently to learn what inspires him, what’s it like to be involved in the...
Patch Trading At The Training Center
Blog 17 Jul 2014 | 9:58 am
It is inevitable. If you are in the Scouting program for several years you will start collecting something. It could be activity patches. Maybe it will be council shoulder patches (csp’s) or Order of the Arrow lodge flaps. It might be coffee mugs or bolo ties. Would handbooks or fieldbooks be more to your liking? What do I collect? All of the above.
When I went to the Philmont Training Center in June I brought along some Central Minnesota Council shoulder patches to trade with Scouters from around the country. The first time I was introduced to patch trading was at...
Turk’s Head Knot Neckerchief Slide
Blog 17 Jul 2014 | 9:05 am
The “Turk’s head” knot (named for its resemblance to a turban) is a familiar traditional neckerchief slide or woggle.
Elaborate Turk’s head knots can be made with additional passes and leads (see Ashley’s Book of Knots for a thorough education in this versatile, decorative knot).
Here’s a few Turk’s Head neckerchief slides I made from 425 Paracord (3mm) and coated with Mod Podge to hold everything together and harden the neckerchief slide.
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