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B.P.’s Blog – Religion of the Backwoods
Blog     14 Dec 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. THE man who has been knocking about the world, the man who has tasted danger and faced death, the man, in fact, who has seen life in the better sense of the phrase, is generally deeply religious.  But his religion would not be recognised by some; it is unorthodox — it has not been formulated by man, but is the natural...

Solo Stove Give Away!
Blog     13 Dec 2014 | 3:26 pm
Today I was putting up the Christmas lights and getting the tree ready to decorate.  Carols being sung in the background and the smell of Christmas in the air.  When what to my wandering mind did ah ha!!!  A give away of gear! So here is the way it’s going to work… Create the Caption. 1st.  You must “Like” this post. 2nd. In the comments section create a caption for this picture! 3rd.  “Like” us on Facebook.  If you already “like” us on Facebook, Thank You! The caption that I like the most wins! What do you win?  A brand new, in the box, Solo Stove...

Cold Weather Camping pt. 2 Skills
Blog     12 Dec 2014 | 11:13 pm
Just as a recap… Cold weather camping is a High Risk activity that is challenging, fun, and rewarding for those that venture into the cold weather environment.  This type of camping takes discipline, skills, and a great attitude. Once leaders understand their role in accountability to those they lead, monitor behavior, and maintain the same “can do” attitude, they will provide fun programs in the cold weather camping environment. In this post we are going to continue some of the discussion on training for camping in the cold, focusing on some of the skills that need to be developed to ensure a...

Chums Storm Series Downriver Bag Review
blog     12 Dec 2014 | 3:26 pm
Photo by Jessie Keller When you’re rafting, kayaking, SUPing or scrambling around waterfalls, you need a place to keep your camera, keys and backcountry permit. The Chums Storm Series Downriver bag is a waterproof satchel designed to keep everything from your iPhone to your spare t-shirt dry. There are two compartments. The smaller front pocket is closed with a zipper, and there are five small drainage holes to keep water from collecting. (This is not the pocket you want to keep your smartphone in.) The main pouch is larger and has a roll-top closure that is secured with two side-release buckles to keep...

Guest Blog Post: My Experience at the National Christmas Tree Lighting
Blog     12 Dec 2014 | 1:27 pm
Guest Blogger Sophia, Girl Scout SeniorOn December 4, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to attend the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at the President’s Park in Washington, D.C. Through Google’s Made with Code program, girls like me had the opportunity, for the first time in history, to code the lights that appear on the 56 state and territory trees in front of the White House. At the event, it was fascinating to see all the beautiful, sparkling lights in person. I also couldn’t believe how close we were to President Obama and the First Family. This is one...

Paul R. Christen HAB 2016 Contingent Info
Blog     12 Dec 2014 | 10:27 am
2016 Council Contingent Info It’s here! 2016 council contingent information for the Paul R. Christen National High Adventure Base. The Summit’s a big place and there’s a ton of fun and development to be had for Scouts and Venturers alike. Let this document be your guide. Here’s a quick peek at what’s inside: Requirements Focused programs Focused program Electives Advanced programs How to make a reservation Available dates Rates Use this document to get the ball rolling for your contingent’s 2016 high adventure plans. When you’re ready, come on back to to register and download the relevant forms and documents. BONUS: 2016 also means the arrival of a new program: Summit...

Blog     12 Dec 2014 | 8:47 am
Pinewood Derby Car ShowcaseRelated to the previous post, here are a few more of James White's frame and skin cars.From Pinewood Derby Times Volume 14, Issue 5Subscribe to this Free Pinewood Derby E-newsletter(C)2014, Maximum Velocity, Inc. All rights reservedMaximum Velocity Pinewood Derby Car Plans and Supplies

Gear Review: SunBell
Blog     12 Dec 2014 | 7:38 am
A few months back we were sent a Bright Products SunBell to review. Solar and LED’s have made what once unreachable, now something many of us can have along. The SunBell is interesting. It isn’t the lightest at 1 pound, 3 ounces, nor is it the smallest device. It does though work well, charge easily […] The post Gear Review: SunBell appeared first on Trail Cooking....

Christmas Games: Stocking Surprise
Blog     12 Dec 2014 | 7:34 am
Here is an easy game for your December meeting. It works with almost any age group. When choosing items for the “stocking”, think of all of the senses. Include something with a scent, or something which makes noise. Include it in your Christmas games this year. To make this into a party favor, include items they can take home with them. Suggestions include small stuffed animals, candy, crayons, small toys, etc for younger children. For teens, include some gag items. Each sock may include the same item or different items. Christmas Games: Stocking Surprise Supplies 1 sock for each participant 4 or 5 small, non-breakable items...

Duty to country
Blog     11 Dec 2014 | 2:32 pm
A boy went out to walk his dog after school one chilly December afternoon. He had homework to do, it was getting dark, and his mom was expecting him home for dinner soon. On his walk he spied a patch of red and white cloth on the ground. That looks like a flag, he thought […]...

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photo courtesy of Thermarest Getting a good nights sleep is an important part of any camp out, and very important when camping in the cold.  Sleeping in the cold creates some...


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