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The Membership Discussion
Blog     25 Oct 2014 | 4:55 pm
Lets talk about membership. We all know that we need members to keep Scouting alive.  There are many different angles and directions to answer the membership question.  I am not going to solve this issue in this post, rather, I am opening up the dialogue to see what you all think. Scouting in the United States if a bit different from the rest of the World Organization of the Scouting Movement (WOSM). First, we are not Coed, until you get to the Venturing Program. Second, our programs are not connected.  Yes, Cub Scouts go to Boy Scout etc… but in most cases outside of...

University of Scouting
Blog     25 Oct 2014 | 12:38 pm
I'm at University of Scouting today. My LNT presentation went well but I missed this Great dutch oven cooking session. :-( The fella doing this session is fun, and was in a first aid training I did a couple years ago. UofS is a nice opportunity to reconnect with other scouters in your council. Scout On...

Rumor control: No, Cub Scout uniforms aren’t changing
Blog     24 Oct 2014 | 9:37 pm
By now you’ve heard about the big, exciting changes coming to Cub Scouting in 2015. (Read all about them here.) But one change you may have heard about just isn’t true. In fact, we need your help quashing this rumor wherever it rears its head: roundtables, Scout meetings or online. There seems to be a rumor out there that all Cub Scouts will begin wearing the tan Boy Scout uniform shirt. I have confirmed today that this is absolutely false. Tigers through Bears will continue to wear their blue uniform shirt. Webelos Scouts will continue to have the choice of wearing either the blue shirt or the tan uniform shirt with blue...

Scoutbook: Great Alternative to a Cub Scout Tracking Spreadsheet
Blog     24 Oct 2014 | 1:12 pm
Tired of using a Cub Scout tracking spreadsheet? Scoutbook offers a great alternative that's FREE to use for one Scout....

Whittling Chip Card Corners
Blog     24 Oct 2014 | 12:31 pm
Ben sent in this question: We recently had an issue with some scouts on a camp out where a knife was used improperly. There was an incident and although no one was injured I realized there don’t appear to be clear guidelines on what is a “minor” vs. “major” infraction when it comes to revoking/cutting the Whittling Chip card. I have seen some references indicate that a major infraction is if someone is injured. What about if a blade is brandished but no one is injured? What if the blade is not brandished, but the knife is removed from the pocket?...

SansBug Photo Contest
Blog     24 Oct 2014 | 10:39 am
One of these tents is not like the other - can you tell the main difference?Canvas tents are an old stand-by of Scout Camps across the country. I've stayed in them at Philmont basecamp on both of my treks there. In a dry, arid environment, they work well, but there is absolutely no protection from insects while trying to sleep.Notice the netting on the cots in the lower picture? Frequent readers may recall my post about SansBug shelters this past spring. It is a very cool, very fun, protection from all form of bug, insect, creepy critter, and crawly rodent...

Blog     24 Oct 2014 | 8:50 am
Creating Accurate Pinewood Derby Axle SlotsBy Randy DavisMost brands of pinewood derby kits come with slots on one side of the block into which the axles are pressed. These pre-made slots generally work well, but there are occasions when the car builder would like to cut new axle slots. These include when:1. The existing slots are defective.2. The builder wishes to change the wheelbase by cutting new slots on the opposite side of the block.3. The builder wishes to build two cars from one block by cutting new slots on the opposite side of the block.Previously, cutting new slots was...

Jeremy Guthrie, Kansas City Royals’ starting pitcher, is an Eagle Scout
Blog     24 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
Still deciding which team to cheer for in the 2014 World Series? Better decide soon! Here’s a fact that might sway you: Jeremy Guthrie, the Game 7 starter for the Kansas City Royals, is an Eagle Scout. With all due respect to the San Francisco Giants, that’s reason enough for an impartial baseball fan like me to cheer for the team in royal blue tonight. Game 7 airs at 8 p.m. Eastern on Fox. There’s something about Kansas City and Scouting, it seems. Earlier this month I told you that Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, where World Series Games 1, 2 and 6 were played, is named...

One Of The Classics – Spam Fried Rice
Blog     24 Oct 2014 | 7:56 am
While going through photos and recipes, my mind wandered into Spam territory. Yes, you either love or hate it. There is no middle road. In fried rice though…oh, even a mostly plant-based diet eater, cannot resist its toasty n’ golden smell as it fries up. And yes, I go la-la-la in my mind as I […] The post One Of The Classics – Spam Fried Rice appeared first on Trail Cooking & The Outdoors....

DIY Dry Mixes For The Hiker’s Pantry
Blog     23 Oct 2014 | 1:51 pm
Manufactures make and discontinue dry mixes all the time – and what we might have been using 5-10 years ago, or even 6 months ago, can suddenly disappear. But most of all, having dry mixes around means you can control what you put into them (such as sodium, or organic only) and the mixes are […] The post DIY Dry Mixes For The Hiker’s Pantry appeared first on Trail Cooking & The Outdoors....

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