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Favorite Camping and Hiking Spots
Blog     16 Apr 2014 | 9:05 am
What are your favorite places to go camping or hiking? How would you reply? Leave a comment or let me know on the forum. I was asked to share my favorite camping and hiking locations for Florida Outdoors It takes a certain kind of person to go out alone and enjoy wild places. I am really not that kind of person. I’ve been to lots of great places in thirty years of Scouting but my favorite location for camping is not a place on a map. My favorite place to go camping or hiking is anywhere my Scouts are because wilderness is something I feel compelled to...


Themed Summer Camps for Scouts and Venturers
Blog     16 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
This summer, our troop and crew will be attending Catholic Adventure Week at Swift Base. This is just one of several themed camps offered by our council.  Our Boy Scout troop does this as a second week of summer camp, with the first being a traditional Boy Scout camp. Catholic Adventure Week is for Boy Scouts and Venturers. In the mornings, the participants get to try out the different programs at Swift Base, including water skiing, tubing, kneeboarding, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, standup paddle boards, swimming, climbing and rappelling on natural cliffs, horseback riding, challenge courses, and more. The camp even has...


Qualified, Trained Leaders
Blog     16 Apr 2014 | 6:55 am
We often talk about having all of our adult leaders trained.  When we speak of training we are talking about the basics.  Has the adult completed Youth Protection?  Attended their Basic Course for the specific position?  And according to the Boy Scouts of America, that’s pretty much a trained leader. You are qualified to be an adult that delivers the promise of Scouting.  Really. Ok, now… everyone just take off your Scouting hat and put on your parent hat.  Now you know nothing about Scouting except that your son wants to be a Scout.  You know that Scouting is a great organization...


When worlds collide: What are Scouts seeing on your Facebook page?
Blog     16 Apr 2014 | 5:25 am
Your boss views your tailgating photos on Instagram, your Facebook friends see you complaining about your job or your Scouts read your tweets in favor of a politician. You’ve just encountered context collapse. That’s the phrase for something intended for a specific audience that becomes seen by a much wider, unintended audience. It happens in the real world, like if you run into a coworker, Scout or Scouter at church or a political rally. But it happens even more frequently online, where we can instantly share sometimes-controversial views with a few simple taps on the keyboard. Eagle Scout Mark Ray, skilled author and regular contributor to both Scouting and Eagles’ Call magazines, writes on his blog about this phenomenon: Thanks to context...


Issue 393 – April 15, 2014
blog     15 Apr 2014 | 12:50 pm
________________________________________ Hi Andy, My son just crossed over into a pretty good troop. Based on my own experience as a Scout (my two highlights were being elected Senior Patrol Leader and making it to Eagle along with my two best friends) the troop seems to be getting lots of stuff right, like using The Patrol Method, the Senior Patrol Leader runs the meetings, there’s an active Patrol Leaders Council with minimal need for Scoutmaster intercession, meetings run on time and have lots of fun activities, and my son’s in a new-Scout patrol with a Troop Guide who understands he’s not an “acting...


Quinault’s Wolf Bar – Where the Wild Things Are
blog     15 Apr 2014 | 12:26 pm
Wild and majestic, the North Fork trail of the Quinault River to Wolf Bar Camp is perfect for getting the kids out, impressing a date or indulging in some personal quiet time.  Old-growth cedar and spruce stand command while the sandy-turn-rocky trail winds through an intimate river valley. This five-mile out-and-back adventure is under-utilized compared to popular hikes on the canal side of the peninsula.   Autonomy, space and a slower pace are easily attainable. Adding to the allure and romance of the trail is the fact this path was blazed by the 1889 Press Exhibition.  This hardy and adventurous group journeyed...


BSA Substance Abuse Prevention Program
Blog     15 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
Scott sent in this question: My son is home schooled and has to do the requirement for second class 9a. The drug awareness part. do you have any suggestions on what he can do to meet this requirement? Any help would be great. Thanks Scott This is Second Class requirement 9a: Participate in a school, community, or troop program on the dangers of using drugs, alcohol, and tobacco, and other practices that could be harmful to your health. Discuss your participation in the program with your family, and explain the dangers of substance addictions. I recommend you check out the BSA substance abuse program Drugs: A Deadly Game . You...


Shackleton’s Board of Review
Blog     15 Apr 2014 | 9:04 am
Sir Ernest Shackleton’s board of review for the rank of World Explorer assembled one evening and began reading over his application and supporting documentation. He earned all of his merit badges on Captain Scott’s Antarctic Discovery Expedition in 1901–04, and clocked his leadership tenure as the leader of British Antarctic Expedition in 1907–09. For his World Explorer project Shackleton had proposed “The Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition”. The project was enthusiastically approved, and it’s progress carefully followed. The Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition began with great promise but, because of Shackleton’s miscalculations, ended in great difficulty after taking a great deal longer than he had planned. His project report was a...


2014 Fieldbook: Your must-have user’s guide to the outdoors
Blog     15 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
Here’s one owner’s manual that’s actually worth reading. It isn’t for your car, smartphone or new camp stove. The 2014 Fieldbook is a user’s guide for the entire outdoors, and it’s a must-own for everyone who spends time outside. The fifth-edition Fieldbook: Scouting’s Manual of Basic and Advanced Skills for Outdoor Adventure is published by the Boy Scouts of America. It covers hiking, camping, canoeing, mountain travel, ultralight backpacking, wilderness navigation, whitewater kayaking and much more. While Scouts and Scouters will find it indispensable before and during every outing, it’s a great tool for non-Scouts, as well. “For more than a century, our organization has focused on teaching outdoor skills and leadership and providing opportunities for adventure...



Blog     15 Apr 2014 | 8:22 am
Tidbits of Wisdom (Pinewood Derby Number Three)By Michelle MitchellFor those of you who may not have a Cub Scout in the family, March was pinewood derby month. This was the third of five derbies for us, and through it all I've gleaned a few tidbits of wisdom.1. If you give your Cub Scout his car kit expecting the pieces to remain intact until needed, you're insane. In the history of the Derby I don't think one boy has made it through without losing at least one part from his car kit. So be prepared. In our case, Spencer and David...



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