Northern Tier Gear List
Blog 5 Dec 2013 | 4:00 pm
I worked up a gear list for our crews that are going to Northern Tier in 2014. We will test the list as we do our training outings to see what can be cut or added. Taking as little as possible is a goal given the limited amount of space that will be available. Give the list a look over and leave your comments with feedback. Most of the items are directly from the official NT participant manual. Dry Clothes (Camp) Lightweight camp shoes, close toed Synthetic long sleeve shirt ...
Issue 374 – December 5, 2013
blog 5 Dec 2013 | 10:13 am
A Scout recently earned every merit badge Scouting has to offer. Here’s the link…
It’s interesting that this clip talks about some folks not “approving” of this—as if their lame-brained opinion had any weight or merit. To Scout Carter, GREAT GOING! To anyone who doesn’t “approve” of a Scout setting a goal for himself and then achieving it, go pound sand down a rat hole.
A short while ago, our troop’s Committee Chair asked an Assistant Scoutmaster to resign over a difference of opinion. To avoid a confrontation, he did so. But now the CC has announced she’s stepping down. Can...
Rediscovered Games for Scouts
Blog 5 Dec 2013 | 8:33 am
Here’s a guest post featuring four great rediscovered games for Scouts from Enoch Heise. Enoch’s blog Scouting Rediscovered should be on your reading list. Enoch has loads of enthusiasm and practical information on getting to the heart of Scouting from the perspective of a young (18 years old) Eagle Scout. Listen to a discussion with Enoch on Podcast 136.
Like you I am always looking for something new to add to the program but the best new ideas almost always turn out to be old ideas!
Sometimes, Meetings and Troop activities can get stuck in a rut, and this vital, 2-hour opportunity for fun and...
Dream World Of Autumn Fog in Hot Springs National Park
blog 5 Dec 2013 | 7:14 am
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In Dreams we open our Hearts to touch the limitless places of possibility. ~ Lee Hiller
Fog changes the trail creating a fantastic world of unknowns. The familiar landscape vanishes replaced by unexpected twists and turns. Fearlessly enter Nature’s Dream World… Places and Beings of Dreams seem Destined to Emerge from the Fog
Love to ALL!
Filed under: Hot Springs National Park Tagged: Autumn, Fog, foggy trails, Hiking Trails, Hot Springs National Park, Inspiration, Nature Blog, Nature Photography, Nature Poetry, Photo Blog, Photography...
While Data Is Not Destiny, Many Girls Are Falling Behind in America
Blog 5 Dec 2013 | 5:20 am
Although girls in the United States have made substantial progress in the classroom and elsewhere, persistent disparities and challenges exist that could keep many girls from achieving their full potential. Black/African American and Hispanic/Latina girls are far more likely than their white counterparts to face an array of socioeconomic hurdles that range from growing up in poverty or a low-income household to dropping out of school and struggling with obesity, according to a report released today by the Girl Scout Research Institute.The State of Girls: Unfinished Business charts the often-vast disparities that cleave the girl experience along racial and ethnic...
Gifts for Scout Christmas Celebration
Blog 5 Dec 2013 | 5:00 am
Reader Amy sent in this question:
My husband and I are the leaders of a Cub Scout pack. We plan to have a party before the winter break and wanted to get each boy a little gift. The problem is the pack doesn’t have a lot of money (even spending $5 each is pushing it right now!) Do you have any suggestions? Thanks!!
Gift Ideas for Leaders to Give Scouts
Many packs give the Pinewood Derby kits as Christmas presents to their Cub Scouts. This depends on the timing of your Pinewood Derby, but if you wrap them up then you have a...
Santa Claus Camp
Blog 4 Dec 2013 | 12:34 pm
Christmas at Philmont
If you have been on a Philmont trek that included the northern and central portions of the ranch, then chances are good that you have hiked through Santa Claus Camp. The camp is located in Santa Claus Canyon, north of Bear Canyon and southeast of Head of Dean Camp.
I have been through Santa Claus Camp a few times on my Philmont treks. Usually, it was an unstaffed camp, but in 1992 I was surprised to discover that it had become a staffed camp, complete with a volleyball court for the day and a telescope for the evening. The...
GSMH Holiday Open House & Winter Weather Policy
Blog 4 Dec 2013 | 10:18 am
December 10, 2013
Due to inclement weather our Dexter, Joplin, and Springfield Service Centers are closed today. Staff are available to assist you via email and voicemail.
December 9, 2013
Due to weather and road conditions our Cape, Dexter and Springfield Service Centers are closed today.
December 6, 2013
Due to the weather and road conditions, the Holiday Open Houses scheduled for Saturday, December 7 at our Dexter, Joplin, and Springfield Service Centers will be rescheduled. The Jefferson City Open House will continue as planned.
December 6, 2013
Due to inclement weather the Cape, Dexter, Joplin and Springfield Service Centers are closed.
December 5, 2013
Due to inclement weather our...
The Scout’s Guide to Patrol Dens
blog 4 Dec 2013 | 9:28 am
What does the Patrol System look like?
If there was one tangible thing that you could look at and tell how well a Patrol is working, what would it be? The Patrol Flag? The uniform? No, there is something even better that requires the personal initiative of the whole Patrol: The Patrol Den.
Having a Patrol Den should be the goal of every proactive Patrol. It's mentioned in many old Scout Handbooks, William Hillcourt (Green Bar Bill) wrote often and enthusiastically about it in his long-running Boys' Life Column, John Thurman said it will turn a “paper Patrol” into a “real Patrol”.
Nominate a Scout or Venturer for the Citizen Honors Awards
Blog 4 Dec 2013 | 8:45 am
Courage. Sacrifice. Selflessness. Patriotism.
Do those words describe an act of service performed by a Scout, Venturer or Scouter you know?
Chances are, they do. And you’ll need to act quickly to recognize this person by nominating him or her to the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation’s Citizen Honors awards. The nomination deadline is Jan. 10, 2014.
The same foundation that honors acts of wartime valor (with the Congressional Medal of Honor) seeks to also celebrate “unsung heroes” or citizens who’ve selflessly put the lives of others first through an act of heroism. And, as Scouts pledge to “help other people at all times,” it’s...
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