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Friday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter May 22, 2015
Blog     24 May 2015 | 2:29 am
Next year will bring some changes for the Swapper so I'm going to start the process of prioritizing things within my online business. My son is going to Kindergarten which means it's time for the "work from home dad" to get back into his career as an educator. Patrick was born in September of 2009 and when my school year ended in June of 2010 I became the "eBay dad" who stayed home to raise him, chase after his older sister, and enjoy turning my favorite hobby into a business that could support the family. It is pretty crazy all the...

Tuesday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter May 19, 2015
Blog     24 May 2015 | 2:25 am
eBay instituted the changes outlined in their Spring Seller Update on May 1. Now that we are 2/3 of the way through the month it might be interesting to think about how eBay's changes have shifted anything in the category. For those of you who don't remember the switch is that auctions that end in a sale are now free (listing not final value). This was to encourage more auctions with realistic minimum bids. One of the grumblings on the fee changes was from eBay store owners. In the past eBay gave you so many "free" listings each month with your...

Step by step: How to buy interactive digital merit badge pamphlets
Blog     23 May 2015 | 8:00 am
Earlier today, I told you about the new interactive digital merit badge pamphlets. I just purchased one myself and can report back that the process is very user-friendly. Just in case you need a little help, I put together this step-by-step guide. Here’s how to buy them: Step 1: Visit   Step 2: Add one (or all!) to your bag Step 3: Go to checkout when ready Step 4: Log in or set up an account with ScoutStuff (it’s easy) Step 5: Continue checking out. Be sure to use a working email address. That’s how you’ll get a link to your digital download. Step 6: Continue payment Step 7: Enter payment info Step 8: Finalize...

Rollout of interactive digital merit badge pamphlets begins
Blog     23 May 2015 | 7:30 am
This is an exciting time to be a Scout. The Boy Scouts of America just released its first wave of interactive digital merit badge pamphlets, and they’re insanely cool. Starting now, Boy Scouts (and troop leaders and merit badge counselors) can download digital versions of the pamphlets for Cooking, First Aid, Animation and Robotics merit badges. More are coming soon (see the list below). These digital pamphlets are the same price as their print siblings ($4.99), but you get so much more for your money. In addition to everything in the paper versions, Scouts who use the digital versions get: Videos, including “how-to” clips, career bios, virtual...

Meet your 2015 Silver Buffalo Award class
Blog     22 May 2015 | 4:00 pm
You can call these people Scouting legends. Or maybe Scouting Hall of Famers. Whatever you call them, call me grateful for their incredible service to the Boy Scouts of America. The 2015 Silver Buffalo class consists of 13 Scouting volunteers whose tireless service and dedication to Scouting on a national level has earned them the BSA’s highest honor for adults. The recipients include Andrew J. Young, former Atlanta mayor and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom; Glenn A. Adams, president of the National Eagle Scout Association; Larry M. Gibson, recently released first counselor in the LDS Church’s Young Men general presidency; and 10 other outstanding Scouters. You can read about all 13 recipients...

Video: What is the Order of the Arrow’s ArrowTour?
Blog     22 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
This summer, whether you live in Snohomish, Wash.; Paisley, Fla.; Raymond, Maine; or anywhere in between, the Order of the Arrow is coming to you. ArrowTour will bring all of the excitement and brotherhood surrounding the Order of the Arrow’s 100th anniversary this year to council camps across the country. Check out this map to see when ArrowTour will make a stop near you. ArrowTour will feature interactive exhibits, activities such as silk-screening and branding, and challenge games. Participants will meet some of the Order’s national leaders, and alumni can learn about the Scouting Alumni Association and local alumni efforts to supporting Scouting in their area. If you’re an Arrowman like...

Blog     22 May 2015 | 11:16 am
Raising the Performance BarMost people have a sense of fair play. When two mismatched teams or individuals compete with each other, interest usually wanes, and from a sense of sympathy oftentimes the underdog is the crowd favorite. But when inferior equipment, questionable coaching, or unawareness of the rules disadvantages one competitor, most people hardly consider theevent to be a truly fair contest.People generally prefer to watch an event where the teams or individuals are evenly matched. When skills, equipment, coaching, and officiating are all relatively even, then a sense of fairness prevails and -- because the outcome of the event...

Menu: Spa Nibbles with a side of bug spray
Blog     22 May 2015 | 11:04 am
You are a hiker who likes the finer things in life, even if it means packing in wine in your backpack. You want fresh foods. You are there for the views, the company, the fresh air. Yes, it might only have been a 3 mile hike in, but your classical music is playing softly, your […] The post Menu: Spa Nibbles with a side of bug spray appeared first on Trail Cooking....

Here are the outstanding young men who won 2015’s top NESA scholarships
Blog     22 May 2015 | 9:45 am
The incredible character we’ve associated with Eagle Scouts for 103 years is alive and well in 2015. You see proof in Shane Uribe, a former foster child who, for his Eagle Scout project, provided high-quality duffel bags filled with a flashlight, stuffed animal and warm blanket to 100 foster children. You see proof in Frank Nash, an Eagle Scout who will attend the University of Missouri – Kansas City and learn to provide medical care to underserved communities. And you see proof in Trevor Case, an Eagle Scout whose passion for STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — drove him to receive all of the BSA STEM Nova awards. These three young men received...

Hot Springs National Park Dead Chief Trail
blog     22 May 2015 | 6:49 am
Originally posted on Lee Hiller: Celebrating America’s Best Idea! Dead Chief Trail Hot Springs National Park Poster View originalFiled under: Hot Springs National Park...

Celebrate Memorial Day the Girl Scout Way!
Blog     22 May 2015 | 6:00 am
(photo credit: Heartwarming Authors)Memorial Day has come to be recognized as the official kickoff to another great summer. It’s the day we all get to break out the shorts, swimsuits, and sandals and fire up our grills, cannonball into pools, and celebrate the sunny days that lie ahead.But more importantly, this national holiday is a day of reflection, when we remember the men and women who died while serving our country in the U.S. military. Just as you abide by the Girl Scout Promise—“On my honor, I will try: To serve God and my country, to help people at all...

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