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True North or Magnetic North?
Blog     14 Oct 2014 | 9:05 am
More than once, out hiking or paddling, I followed my instincts (the campsite is right over there!) rather than my map and ended up off course. Good pilots and navigators trust instruments over instincts. Compasses point at magnetic north. Scouters have assumptions or impressions about  Scouting. Meridians of longitude on maps converge at true north. Scouting aims and principles are the Scouter’s map. To follow a true north meridian on a map with a compass we compensate for the difference between magnetic and true north. To Apply Scouting we must align our impressions and assumptions with Scouting aims and principles. Once we learn the aims we need to adjust course or we’re in danger of steering...


How Wolves Restored an Ecosystem
Blog     14 Oct 2014 | 9:03 am
John Muir said, "When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe." We have an amazing testimony to this in the wolves of Yellowstone. Wolves were taken out of the ecosystem in Yellowstone more than 70 years ago, and although the impact of this wasn't immediately seen, we can see what amazing change took place when they were brought back. Take a look at Sustainable Human's video, "How wolves Change Rivers"...


Assistant Patrol Leader and Rank Advancement
Blog     14 Oct 2014 | 8:02 am
Elise sent in this question: For the rank advancement leadership requirement can the scoutmaster require the scout to lead an approved troop outing to qualify the leadership position ? Our scoutmaster says unless they lead an approved troop activity the leadership role (asst patrol leader) doesn’t count towards rank advancement. Can you help us understand ? Thank you. First, let’s look at the requirement. For Star requirement 5 it says: While a First Class Scout, serve actively in your unit for four months in one or more of the following positions of responsibility (or carry out a Scoutmaster-assigned leadership project to help the...



   
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