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Potable Aqua Water Purification Giveaway
Blog     17 Jul 2014 | 6:26 am
On my first backpacking trip, I was introduced to something called beaver fever (or giardia). I remember a friend’s dad pulling out a mess of hoses and filters and a pump… and then sitting around, taking turns to filter water for a group of about twenty people. It took a long time, but there wasn’t much alternative. We didn't get sick, but we didn’t want to ruin our trip by suffering from intestinal problems in the backcountry. Water-born parasites are all too common in lakes and streams, especially in areas with lots of people, wildlife and/or cattle. In fact, you don’t even have...

Read this Texas Poet Laureate’s ode to his departed Scoutmaster
Blog     17 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
Like most of us who were in a Boy Scout troop growing up, Dave Parsons had a Scoutmaster who changed his life. But unlike most of us, Parsons is a gifted writer able to put his memories into beautifully written words. The 2011 Texas Poet Laureate was so moved by his Scoutmaster that he wrote the brilliant poem below to honor the man’s memory. TRAIL MARKER For Jack Wilkes Every first Monday of the month you would pick us up, 6:30 P.M. sharp for Boy Scout meetings: Troop 1 at the O. Henry Junior High gym, my school, the same space I learned to dance in socks, doing the two step, and how basketball was a kind of dance from...

Wandering Around Wee Alpine Lakes
Blog     16 Jul 2014 | 9:24 pm
Sometimes plans don’t go the way you hope, but I found us something to do that was fun. Our plan had been to go backpacking – the three boys and me. But alas, Sunrise at Mount Rainier National Park didn’t open till late afternoon. There is a missing hiker, and they needed to stage the […] The post Wandering Around Wee Alpine Lakes appeared first on Trail Cooking & The Outdoors....

Scout Video – Flintstones & Flash Mobs
Blog     16 Jul 2014 | 9:05 am
My Scout video picks for this week include Flintstones, a  flash mob, and futuristic publications. Flintstones Jamboree Fred and Barney lead a rousing rendition of  “Old MacDonald” at a World Jamboree. Scout video of Flash Mob in Turin, Italy A tremendous display of Scout Spirit and excitement; Scouting’s universal language! UK Scouting Magazine App Scout’s UK introduces a trial Scouting Magazine App and asks you to try it out and let them know what you think. I tried it, and I think it’s great. iTunes -… Google Play -… Web -… The post Scout Video – Flintstones & Flash Mobs appeared first on

Don’t Let Fun-in-the-Sun Turn into Beat-by-the-Heat!
Blog     16 Jul 2014 | 7:58 am
As with every other Scouting activity, when it comes to sun safety, preparedness and risk prevention rule the day! Learn to recognize symptoms of heat stress long before a heat stroke becomes a possibility: Of course the only way to eliminate risk completely in the out-of-doors is to give up the pleasures, challenges, and satisfaction of taking part in an adventure. Rather than attempting to do away with it, group members and leaders can manage risk by identifying its sources, understanding its boundaries, and tailoring their behavior to minimize exposure to danger. So on that note, to learn more about managing risk in...

Blog     16 Jul 2014 | 7:54 am
PINEWOOD DERBY CAR SHOWCASECamping Tent - Jack LongCamping Tent was a car I made just for fun for the 2006 pinewood derby. The tent is canvas, the poles are toothpicks, the feet are from a doll, and the fire has a red light bulb that lights up.Old #25 - Robert MarechesI wanted to share my car with all the fine young racers. This car is probably 40 years old. My Dad and I made this car together when I was seven or eight years old. We didn't know anything about weights or polished axles. With lots of guidance from Dad,...

Navy football coach Ken Niumatalolo ready to serve Scouting
Blog     16 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
Before his team plays a single game this fall, the head football coach at Navy is already a winner. Ken Niumatalolo has agreed to serve as the Baltimore Area Council’s honorary recruitment chair. Each new Cub Scout and the Scout who recruits him in the Baltimore Area Council will meet Coach Ken at Navy’s Football Media Day on Aug. 2 and get pictures with the Coach and the Navy football team. And, naturally, they’ll also get the patch seen here, which was designed by Coach Ken’s family. Ken and his family are Hawaiian, and you can see the influence his heritage played on the awesome patch design. This is great news for current and future Cub...

The Scout’s Guide to Naming Your Patrol
blog     16 Jul 2014 | 4:33 am
While working on an article that will be published this weekend on GreenBar Life, I found some really cool quotes from John Thruman, William Hillcourt, and others talking about the importance of the Patrol Name. This is a topic which I didn’t think much about when I first joined Scouting. To me, a Patrol name just needed to be something cool, but I learned that there is so much more to it! I wanted to take some time to further expand upon what I’ve learned from others on the subject by going into more detail in this article. The Patrol name should...

Camping Road Trip Locations You Must Try To Visit This Year
Blog     16 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
Inspired Camping... Smoothing the edges of roughing it! Glamping and Cool Camping with Inspired Camping Adult life can be difficult, tiring and stressful. The working week is full to the brim of papers, contracts, deadlines, and a ton of job-related errands. Sometimes you just want to take a road trip somewhere, pitch a tent, and spend the day looking towards the seaside. However, fret not for here are the best camping destinations in the UK which are just a short road trip away. Scotland offers a variety of topographies—from hills, moors, glens, and lochs. Because of relaxed trespassing laws, campers can just pitch...

Next Time You Go Camping Be Aware Of Poisonous Plants
Blog     16 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
Inspired Camping... Smoothing the edges of roughing it! Glamping and Cool Camping with Inspired Camping Intrepid campers are often happy to set up tents off the beaten track in forests, fields, mountains, and tracks. Sometimes they’re tempted to try the odd leaf or fruit or mushroom, and don’t worry about brushing across curious looking plants and flowers. But be warned – some of these innocent-looking little leaves can cause illness, paralysis or death! From the Mala Mujer of Mexico to the Castor Bean of eastern Africa, there are many plants that possess toxins devastating to man and beast. Here’s an infographic created by Spalding...

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