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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...


Olympic Day 2015
Blog     2 May 2015 | 9:44 am
The BSA ScoutStrong program is a healthy living initiative, promoting an active lifestyle for youth and their adult guides. So, it makes sense that celebrating Olympic Day fits into the ScoutStrong initiative and is yet another opportunity for you to get your gang out and active. Olympic Day is officially June 23, but events are being held throughout the month of June. Olympic Day can be used as a theme for your June weekend campout, week at summer camp, picnic, or special community event such as a 5K run/walk or your own mini-olympics. Working on 'active' merit badges...


Product Review: Catapult Cruzers
Blog     2 May 2015 | 7:21 am
Catapult Cruzers recently sent me a couple of samples to review. Catapult Cruzers are toy airplanes which you put together. Then you launch them using a lightweight bungee cord. They are also going to give a free Catapult Cruzer to one of you! See below. ZM put together the airplane. He is 14 years old and he was able to do it himself just by following the directions. Younger Scouts will need some assistance from a parent since there is some cutting and superglue involved. But overall, you should be able to assemble the plane in about 30 minutes or so. ZM...


Girls Scouts Partner With National Park Service to Give Girl Scouts Everywhere Access to the Outdoors
Blog     2 May 2015 | 6:28 am
Girl Scouts is excited to announce a partnership with the National Park Service to launch the “Girl Scout Ranger Program,” a joint venture connecting girls with National Park Service sites throughout the United States, including monuments, seashores, and urban sites. Through the program, girls can participate in a variety of organized educational or outdoor service projects. Additionally, Girl Scouts may design their own project that aligns with their Girl Scout Journey experience, various badge activities, or a Take Action (“highest award”) project. Girls who successfully complete projects will be awarded certificates from the National Park Service and Girl Scout patches.“Providing...


Help GSMH meet our Give Ozarks goal!
Blog     1 May 2015 | 1:34 pm
Please support Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland on May 5 for Give Ozarks!Your gift will not only support GSMH and the ToGetHerThere campaign, but it will make us eligible for prizes awarded throughout the 24-hour giving event. Each hour during Give Ozarks a prize will be awarded to an agency who has a least one individual/unique donor. The more unique donors we have in a particular timeframe allows GSMH more opportunities to be eligible for prizes. We would appreciate your support of GSMH at any time throughout the day on May 5, but please consider the following hours which provide larger incentives! Quick Start: Midnight – 1:00 a.m. The first...


May 2015 ScoutCast, CubCast get you ready for the new Cub Scout program
Blog     1 May 2015 | 10:00 am
It’s May 1, meaning we are exactly one month away from the launch of the new Cub Scout program. It’s officially time for Cub Scout leaders and, yes, Boy Scout leaders to make sure they’re ready. The May 2015 episodes of CubCast and ScoutCast, the BSA’s official podcasts for adult leaders, have you covered. Cub Scout leaders, you’ll get info on the new Cub Scouting materials and how to use them effectively in CubCast. Boy Scout leaders, you’ll learn how the new Cub Scout program affects your troop in ScoutCast. Speaking of new, I’m honored to announce that I’ve been asked to be the new co-host of ScoutCast, alongside fellow...



Blog     1 May 2015 | 8:51 am
PINEWOOD DERBY CAR SHOWCASEGuitar Car - Mark RobisonThis is one of the more recent cars I have made. I downloaded a picture of a Fender guitar, worked it into a pattern, used a little intuition, and voila... a Fender guitar car! This will surely be a hit among the kids (especially Guitar Hero fans -- like my wife).Cobra - Mike McBrideI always try to do a theme car every year that I don't intend to race. I've got many interesting pieces of art on wheels, like this fluorescent cobra car that I did for a Halloween race this year.From Pinewood...


Which merit badges would each of the Avengers be most qualified to counsel?
Blog     1 May 2015 | 6:00 am
When they’re not saving mankind from total annihilation, what exactly do the Avengers do? If they’ve got some free time, might I suggest they serve as merit badge counselors? It turns out each of the Avengers — Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Hawkeye and the rest — would be pretty great at counseling certain merit badges. In honor of today’s opening of Avengers: Age of Ultron, I thought I’d explore which merit badges each Avenger would be best at counseling. Here we go. Captain America (Steve Rogers) Superpower: Olympic-level athleticism, great leadership abilities, incredible physical and mental conditioning Most qualified to counsel: American Heritage Why: Because he truly knows what it means to be an American and lives up to...


May 2015 - The New Cub Scouting Materials and How to Use Them
Podcast     1 May 2015 | 2:00 am
If you’re a regular CubCast listener, as you should be, you know we’ve had quite a few episodes about getting ready for the new Cub Scouting program. In those shows, we mentioned the materials that were created for the new program and now we’ve invited Cub Scout online training task force member Nancy Farrell to have an in-depth discussion with us about those materials and how they’ll make your life as a Cub Scout leader so much easier....


May KNOTS Scout Cartoon - Alpine Butterfly Tying an Alpine Butterfly
Blog     30 Apr 2015 | 11:46 pm
An Alpine Butterfly tying an Alpine Butterfly! Cafe Press ItemsCopyright - U.S. Scouting Service Project | Visit us at http://usscouts.org | News at http://usssp.blogspot.com...


Project: Kid’s Bouldering wall – Part 1
Blog     30 Apr 2015 | 9:50 pm
What do you do when someone breaks in and damages the drywall in the playroom? You do the obvious thing: Make a bouldering wall.   Last fall I started working on converting a downstairs wall into a multi-angled bouldering wall for the kids. It frequently got sidelined by more important projects, but slowly it has made progress… and I brought the video camera along with me. I picked up two climbing sets, one synthetic batch from Metolius and another real stone set from Rocky Mountain Climbing Gear.   I have more than enough holds, but apparently not enough T-nuts, so I’ve put in an order for...



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