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Flip the Bird Tag
Blog     25 Feb 2015 | 11:49 am
This is an active game which is a combination of tag and keep away. In it, a players work together to keep their friends from being tagged. “Flip the Bird” is the traditional name for this game, but if you think it will cause too much of a stir, you can just call it “Bird Tag”.(...)Continue reading the article at

From Trail Cooking: Spicy Chicken Quesadillas
Blog     25 Feb 2015 | 11:10 am
My mind got picked the other day by a post on the Backpacking Light forums on making quesadillas. Like I was craving them badly! So I ran to the store and picked up everything for them and whipped up a batch. The recipe is from Trail Cooking: Trail Food Made Gourmet, on page 80. You […] The post From Trail Cooking: Spicy Chicken Quesadillas appeared first on Trail Cooking....

2015 Silver Buffalo class to be announced in May
Blog     25 Feb 2015 | 10:00 am
Updated Feb. 26: Oops, I jumped the gun by sharing these names. Look for the complete list in May around the time of the BSA’s National Annual Meeting. The edited post follows. You can call these people Scouting legends. Or maybe Scouting Hall of Famers. Whatever you call them, call me grateful for their incredible service to the Boy Scouts of America. The 2015 Silver Buffalo class will consist of 13 Scouting volunteers whose tireless service and dedication to Scouting on a national level has earned them the BSA’s highest honor for adults. The names of these individuals will be announced in May. They’ll receive their red-and-white medals in a special recognition ceremony...

Campfire Ballads
Blog     25 Feb 2015 | 9:05 am
Do you know the campfire ballads about Sam and Dan? If you are fortunate you’ve sat in rapt attention around a campfire, chills running up your back, a smile on your face, listening to a skilled orator recite the campfire ballads of Sam McGee or Dan McGrew. Both of these venerable, spooky (yet humorous), campfire ballads were penned by “The Bard of the Yukon” author Robert William Service. Service reflected ; “Verse, not poetry, is what I was after … something the man in the street would take notice of and the sweet old lady would paste in her album; something the schoolboy would spout and the fellow in the pub would...

Countdown to National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend!
Blog     25 Feb 2015 | 8:12 am
Starting Friday, February 27, Celebrate the Positive Impact Girls Make on Their Communities Through the Girl Scout Cookie ProgramNational Girl Scout Cookie Weekend, which has become a national holiday for Girl Scout Cookie fans, kicks off this Friday, February 27, and runs through March 1, 2015. Girls across the country will sell cookies at booths, door to door, and through Digital Cookie, the first national digital platform that enables girls to learn 21st-century skills while selling cookies through their own personalized cookie websites or face-to-face using a mobile transaction app. The 2015 Cookie Weekend will mark the 98th year of...

Terramar Sports TXO 2.0 Crew
Blog     25 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
As a part of the Terramar Tribe I’ve had the opportunity to test out a lot of gear. Each piece has its role, and today I want to talk a bit about the Terramar Sports TXO 2.0 Men’s Crew.   Features:   Layer type: 2.0 – Midweight Base Layer Synthetic fabric embedded with Activated carbon (will not wash out) Fast-drying, breathable and soft UPF Rating 50+ All-flat seam construction TXO Brushed Inside 18% Spandex 82% Polyester Fabric weight: 175 grams MSRP: $55     Testing:   I’ve had this crew for about a year now. It is a warmer base layer, and I use it with a 1.0 layer in cold mountain evenings when I’m not moving, or...

Why isn’t the World Crest pre-sewn on BSA uniform shirts?
Blog     25 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
That little purple circle on your Scout uniform shirt means a lot. It’s the World Crest, and it’s worn by all registered youth members and adult leaders to symbolize membership in the World Scouting movement. You wear it centered horizontally over your left pocket and vertically between left shoulder seam and the top of the pocket. So if it’s worn by all registered members, why doesn’t come pre-sewn on the shirt, like the American flag patch on our right sleeves? I found the answer in today’s Ask the Expert.  Why do we wear the World Crest? Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Sea Scouts, Varsity Scouts and Venturers wear the World Crest because we’re members of the World Organization...

Snow Day on the Trail in Hot Springs National Park
blog     25 Feb 2015 | 5:51 am
Click to view slideshow. It was a wonderful snow day in Hot Springs National Park.   I always feel Nature’s Love and today lovely valentines were waiting for me on each trail. Love to ALL! Lee Filed under: Hot Springs National Park Tagged: Hiking Trails, Hot Springs National Park, Hot Springs Snow 2015, Nature Blog, Nature Photography, Photo Blog, Photography, snow, Snow 2015, Snow on Trail...

The Value of time
Blog     24 Feb 2015 | 9:10 pm
One of the most frequent excuses I hear from Scouters is that they do not have enough time. Time for family, work, sports, scouting, hobbies, church, volunteering, etc. There’s just not enough time. Well folks, there is plenty of time.. in fact no matter how you slice it, time never changes. There are 24 hours in a day, 168 hours a week, about 672 hours in a month etc.. etc.. Time is constant and extremely valuable. Because there are only 24 precious hours in a day and typically 6 to 8 of them are chewed up in sleep we need to...

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter February 24, 2015
Blog     24 Feb 2015 | 7:03 pm
The snow is falling in my corner of North Carolina and the kids are home from school (again) so it's a good day to work on patches. I've been working on two boxes of camp patches that I hope to have ready tonight to get up on eBay as a fixed priced listing. Last week I posted my needs in the Tuesday newsletter. That did generate some leads but it also confirmed what I suspected - that my needs are pretty tough! I've got just one patch that I am going to highlight in a block below that would make me...

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