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I’m Happy When I Go Home
Blog     4 May 2015 | 4:02 pm
My weekend started with that. The cat, who apparently loves to launch himself off my foot – and only me – pulled his favorite stunt on Friday morning. I wasn’t feeling much like hiking on Saturday, but could at least wear shoes. So the family and I went to where I call home. Because nothing […] The post I’m Happy When I Go Home appeared first on Trail Cooking....


Eagle Scout organizes relief trip to area destroyed by Nepal earthquake
Blog     4 May 2015 | 2:46 pm
Last week, we shared Eagle Scout climber Matt Moniz’s story with you after he survived a deadly avalanche at Mount Everest base camp as a result of a magnitude-7.8 earthquake in Nepal. Matt was evacuated from Everest’s base camp to Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital. But instead of returning home to the U.S., the 17-year-old has refocused his energy to organize a relief expedition to Laprak, a village in the country’s Manaslu region (shown at right). In this remote area, Matt writes that the situation is “dire, many dead and injured, almost complete destruction of all homes.” He also cites a report of “250 children running out of food...


Podcast 266 – Scouting Source Code 3
Blog     4 May 2015 | 10:33 am
Where is it? What is it? In this week’s podcast I’ll complete our series on the search for the Scouting “source code”, we’ll find out where it is, who created it, and why. Links in this podcast My.Scouting.Org PDF by Martin Ohrenberg A Troop Revolution Why do Scouts go Camping? Page 9 – The promises of Scouting The Big Three Resources every Scouter should read Sponsored By ScoutmasterCG.com Backers Get The SCOUTMASTERCG APP Podcast Archive   The post Podcast 266 – Scouting Source Code 3...


DIY Bottle Catamaran Kit
Blog     4 May 2015 | 7:58 am
On a recent tour of garage sales in our area, we found this little treasure: A DIY Bottle Catamaran kit. At $3 I figured it’d make a great spring project for my son and I to work on. Typically these things retails for $15 on amazon so it was a steal, especially as it was new in box.   From a company called 4M, this kit makes use of your empty pop bottles for the floats of the catamaran. It’s a neat concept, and one of many “Green Science” kits available. Aside from the bottles, the kit includes everything you need to make...


15-year-old Girl Scout Named Winner of First National Girl Scout Cookie Recipe Contest, Sponsored by Taste of Home
Blog     4 May 2015 | 6:47 am
As revealed on Sunday’s Weekend TODAY, 15-year-old Girl Scout Stephanie Salmento is the grand prize winner of the first National Girl Scout Cookie Recipe Contest, Sponsored by Taste of Home, the world’s leading food magazine. Stephanie’s recipe, Delightful Caramel Bars, which used Samoas/Caramel deLites and Shortbread/TrefoilGirl Scout Cookies as ingredients, received the most consumer votes of all the 16 finalist recipes.The contest, which kicked off in February, invited cooking enthusiasts of all ages and levels to submit dessert recipes using the iconic cookies as ingredients in four categories: (1) cakes, pies, cupcakes, (2) cookies, brownies, bars, (3) pudding, ice-cream, gelatin...


This troop’s excellent technology policy is based on the Scout Law
Blog     4 May 2015 | 6:00 am
Our youngest Boy Scouts were 3 years old when the first iPhone came out. They don’t remember a world without iThings. Troops that absolutely forbid smartphones in Scouting — even confiscating them or locking them away — are fighting a losing battle. That’s why units like Troop 96 of Grayslake, Ill., have developed a technology policy that’s realistic and effective. Scoutmaster Pat Klemens shared his troop’s policy with me and agreed to let me blog about it. “In my mind, it’s no use to debate it any longer,” Klemens writes. “The devices are here to stay. I’ve had more than one Scout say that he wouldn’t go to camp without his phone. I...


Who Plans Pack Activities?
Blog     4 May 2015 | 5:59 am
Amy sent in this question: I’m CC and am being told by the CM that he and the outdoor activity chair are the only two who get to plan the summer activities. This is not how I understood the planning was handled. Shouldn’t it be open to all leaders to contribute to the planning, development, and scheduling of summer activities? Isn’t it the responsibility of the committee to plan the year, and the CM to execute? (A little background – pack became inactive last year, we had to get many new leaders, including myself and the CM, and our year started...


Financial practices for units: The unit budget
Blog     4 May 2015 | 5:00 am
Now that many troops and packs are winding down the most active part of their program year and are looking forward to scaling back a bit over the summer, and as adult leadership and committee assignments often change, it’s a good idea to review how you do business, from a business standpoint. While most Scouting […]...


Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter May 3, 2015
Blog     4 May 2015 | 1:07 am
For a long time now I've had intentions of filming some short beginner videos to help coach up some of the new collectors in the hobby. Not surprisingly this has remained on my to-do list for more than a year now. So I finally got the idea that Brad England and I can include that as a segment in our Thread Heads show. Hopefully the episode that comes out this week will include that and I'm looking for some ideas. For starters I'm going to review the list of items that are on the ISCA website. I believe Warren Kuhfeld helped...


B-P’s Blog – Brotherhood
Blog     3 May 2015 | 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. So long as (the spirit of of goodwill and co-operation is there; there is brotherhood). But, mind you, self slips in unexpectedly sometimes; maybe it takes the form of a feeling that one is blessed with a gift for making a specially fine troop, or one is keen to show one’s patriotism to be greater than one’s neighbors; or one rather fancies...


Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter May 1, 2015
Blog     3 May 2015 | 2:25 am
I have a new episode of Thread Heads loaded up in this issue. This one is an interview with Doug Chambers who is known as the "pin guy" around these parts. In the interview Doug shares how he got turned onto hat pins and how he has discovered it to be an inexpensive and fun hobby. My Girl Scouts are doing a very rare thing this summer - they are going to troop camp. I say rare because the vast majority of Girl Scouts attend summer camp as individuals. However, my wife and some other female leaders are taking a large...



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