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The Eight Piece Starter Village
Blog     14 Sep 2014 | 7:47 am
I remember when the Boy Scout stores began selling the Scouting Village pieces a couple years ago. I decided to start collecting them a little too late and missed out on getting the lighted Trading Post building. I still do not have one. When this year’s village pieces became available at our local Scout Shop I bought all three immediately. I did not want to make the same mistake a second time. I recently noticed that in addition to this year’s collection pieces, has an eight piece starter set available to purchase. The set includes all the pieces from 2012...

Join Scouting Night Dos and Don’ts
Blog     13 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
As a unit commissioner, I’ve been helping plan and assist with recruiting nights at Cub Scout packs in our town this year. This is nothing new to me; I’ve conducted many during my time in Cub Scouts. I’ve seen the good, the bad and the ugly, so I thought I’d share with you some of […]...

Jambo Patch Collection Grows
Blog     12 Sep 2014 | 4:35 pm
I know many of you collect patches, be they council strips, Order of the Arrow lodge flaps, or activity patches. One of the several patch collection I have is of the 2001 National Jamboree. I collect from that event because I attended it with nine Boy Scouts from my troop. I still add patches to this collection when I can pick them up at a reasonable price. Here is a photo of the patches I collected from eBay auctions in the last three weeks....

Blog     12 Sep 2014 | 3:40 pm
Before we begin the primary topic of this column I would first like to introduce myself. My name is Mark West, I am 23 years old and have been involved with Scouting since the second grade (1997). In August 2006 I earned my Eagle with Troop 780 which is located in Castle Rock, Colorado (Denver Area Council). During April 2007 I moved to Soldotna and became involved with Troop 1616. Troop 1616 is now known as Troop 669, due to a change in the charter organization. The first unit I served with in Anchorage was Troop 1316 where I served...

September Blog Update
Blog     12 Sep 2014 | 12:26 pm
Here is a little update.  I thought I owed it to you to hear it from me about the progress of my Blog ticket which in turn has led to me seeing that I am falling short on my goals. It is good to review once in awhile as I now know that I need to regain some focus and get back on track delivering the promise thought the blog (and Youtube channel). Pardon all the “um’s”.. Have a Great Scouting Day! Filed under: blog Tagged: blog...

Helping an Auditory Learner with Webelos Requirements
Blog     12 Sep 2014 | 10:06 am
Cayti sent in this question: Hey, I am a Webelos I leader this year (going through again with younger son), but this time, I have a kiddo in our group who is solely an auditory learner. Are there any videos or games geared towards helping these kids memorize/learn the Webelos requirements? Songs are usually very helpful to auditory learners. You can use a song like Trustworthy Tommy to help him learn the Scout Law. Or make up your own songs. The whole den will enjoy singing the requirements. Here are some other games and ideas related to the Webelos badge and the Arrow...

Esquire: ‘Are There Still Boy Scouts?’
Blog     12 Sep 2014 | 9:58 am
Update Sept. 16: The Gates article is now available on Esquire’s website. The headline and teaser alone will hook you: “Are There Still Boy Scouts? Millions of them, in tens of thousands of troops, though not nearly as many as there once were. Robert Gates is hoping to change that.” Esquire, the highly respected men’s magazine that reaches 2.6 million adults, profiles BSA National President Robert M. Gates in its October 2014 issue. I got a sneak peek at the article this morning and can tell you it’s a must-read. The 3,100-word piece covers Gates’ own experience as the son of a Boy Scout, as an Eagle Scout and now...

Building your first treehouse
Blog     12 Sep 2014 | 12:44 am
A simple treehouse, 6 feet off the ground in a willow with multiple stems.Tree houses are a fun and challenging pioneering project (if the safety rules of your Scout Association allow them) that provide a memorable adventure. But starting with a 9 metre high platform isn't easy. This post will discuss the basics of building a treehouse and how to get started.Choosing a tree For any tree house, and especially your first one, selecting a tree that has a few branches radiating out at the same level will make things much simpler. For a first treehouse, a tree like a...

In Search of Gold – Traversing the Chilkoot Trail
blog     11 Sep 2014 | 1:40 pm
It was 1897 in a creek three hundred miles south of the Arctic Circle in the heart of Canada’s Yukon Territory, when gold was discovered near the town of Dawson City. Soon after, tens of thousands of would-be miners from across the world set off propelled by the prospect of riches. The journey to the Yukon, for many, began in Dyea, Alaska— home to the start of the Chilkoot Trail. Carved into the Coast Mountains on the border of Alaska and British Columbia, the thirty-three mile Chilkoot Trail winds through two national parks and takes visitors back in time to...

Volunteer Spotlight: Bruce Sexauer, Mr. Troop Leader, Girl Scouts of Alaska
Blog     11 Sep 2014 | 1:26 pm
With recruitment in full-swing, we are kicking off a series that will share stories about some of our amazing volunteers with the entire Girl Scouts community.  There are 30,000 girls waiting for the chance to be a Girl Scout, so the time is now to build our volunteer force!  These exceptional people prove that anyone can be a Girl Scout volunteer:  they are young professionals, senior citizens, men, and so much more.  And 88% of Girl Scout volunteers believe their lives are betterbecause they volunteer.  So what are you waiting for? Volunteer today!When you ask someone what they think of...

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