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Five Essentials for Fall Camping
blog     20 Oct 2014 | 4:55 pm
Photo by Vincent Lock The leaves are changing, the temperatures are dropping and you are beginning to realize you aren’t ready to call it quits with camping quite yet. You want to take advantage of this beautiful time of year and pitch your tent in the amber forests, scramble up mountains covered in vibrant colors and warm up around a toasty fire. However, tackling this new ambition with your summer camping gear will surely deter you from ever embarking on this adventure again, so make sure you’re properly equipped. Below are five essentials for fall camping.   Photo by Matt Hosford 1)...

Hip Patrol Patches
Blog     20 Oct 2014 | 2:01 pm
If scouts in your troop or Webelos den are tired of the same old choices in official BSA patrol emblems, have them take a peak at patrol emblems where they may find something new and fun.Maybe the BSA will regain some of the market lost to custom patrol patch manufacturers with these new patrol options. Some are just redesigns of older versions, like the Native American and Bison patches. Others strike me as silly, such as the Computer Geek and Game Master patches. And a few, Raven, Knight, Bull, look pretty cool to me.If you want to just see...

Podcast 240 -Elections, Reviews, & Conferences
Blog     20 Oct 2014 | 10:29 am
Elections, Boards of Review, and Conferences Should a Scout be denied a Scoutmaster’s conference because, horror of horrors, he’s wearing white socks? I hope you know the answer to that already, but in this podcast I answer an email question from a parent whose son is having a problem with getting though a Scoutmaster’s conference because the adults conducting them have no idea what they are doing (this answer includes some advice about finding a new troop). In addition we’ll discuss electing the senior patrol leader (what qualifications and preparation, what if the candidate isn’t ideal?), clarify the issue of Scouts being expected or required...

Plan to Eagle – 4 years
Blog     20 Oct 2014 | 9:14 am
I met an Eagle Scout this summer at camp that just turned 18 and had joined scouts at the age of 16.  I always knew you could earn Eagle that quickly, but never met anyone that had.  As a matter of fact, most stories that I heard were always of 12 or 13 year old […]...

Inside the November 2014 issue of Boys' Life
Youtube     20 Oct 2014 | 8:28 am
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The Leaders Campfire: “I’m Not Dead Yet”?
Blog     20 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
A week ago I was on Skype chatting with Chris (formally known as Cubmaster Chris) and we began talking about were we currently involved in the world of Scouting. Chris’ youngest son is a Boy Scout, and I have been spending time assisting the local Cub Scout pack get reorganized for the new year. It is almost like our roles have kinda somewhat reversed from the days we hosted a little podcast called The Leaders Campfire. As we were talking Scouting it was inevitable that our old podcast would come up in the discussion. It has been nearly three years since we...

Q&A: Why recharter in December; extending youth registration
Blog     20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
Time for answers to a couple more of your questions. Why do we recharter in December? Fall is the time that we recruit for Cub Scouting. Many troops and crews recruit new members in the fall as well. So with all these applications coming in, and with our packs renewing their members for the coming […]...

B.P.’s -Blog – Don’t
Blog     19 Oct 2014 | 9:05 am
During his lifetime Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the worldwide Scouting movement, wrote many books and articles directed to Scouters. Each Sunday I’ll publish a selection from his writings in the hope that you’ll draw inspiration and understanding from his timeless ideas. I NOTICE whenever we have people rising up to improve our code of Scout Law, etc., they are generally blind to the spirit which underlies it. They think that we have forgotten some of the boyish vices, and they start to set us right by ordering the boys not to do this and not to do that. What happened a few...

Tonkawampus Lodge Patch
Blog     18 Oct 2014 | 4:44 pm
I recently had a great visit with a couple of old Scouting friends of mine. We had not seen each other for a few years so it was great to get together for a few hours to reminisce about the “old” times and catch up on how we have all been doing. Of course, we also exchanged some Scouting memorabilia. I gave him two 2010 Boy Scout Fleece blanket patterns which he can use to make a couple patch blankets, and he gave me various patches for my collection and a special surprise. A fair number of the patches given to...


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