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Ahnu Coburn Hiking Boots Review
Blog     20 May 2015 | 10:31 pm
While I’m a fan of lightweight trail runners, there are times when they just don’t cut it. For muddy trails, heavy loads and adventures off the trail I need something tough, supporting, but not too heavy. My go-to boot for these tasks in the past year has been the Ahnu Coburn. This is a long term review of Ahnu’s Coburn Boot that I was sent for review last spring. It’s been through a lot of testing in that year and not only are they still going strong, they’ve found a permanent space in my footwear rotation. The Ahnu Coburn hiker is an aggressive,...

Patch Trading
Blog     20 May 2015 | 5:29 pm
One of the fun traditions of Scouting is patch trading. I have been acquiring patches now since about 1978. I would like to say that I have a ton of patches, but I really don’t. You see, I did like most Scouts and Scouters do and did, I got a patch for going to Camporee or Summer camp, a new Lodge Flap, or a special event and threw them in a box. No rhyme or reason, just a box of patches. Over the years some got tossed and others given away. I wish I knew then what I know now. Then...

Menu: Hiker Trash Approved Vittles
Blog     20 May 2015 | 2:18 pm
Memorial Day Weekend is coming up this week – and that means it is the “official” start to backpacking season, no? But you say….I’m too busy to go pack food. I hear I can go to Costco and buy a bin of freeze-dried meals. Or…I’ll survive on ramen. Or a stack of flour tortillas and […] The post Menu: Hiker Trash Approved Vittles appeared first on Trail Cooking....

Video: Scott Lagasse gives us a tour of his NASCAR truck
Blog     20 May 2015 | 2:11 pm
Scott Lagasse Jr. is as real as it gets. The NASCAR driver is a big supporter of Scouting. He races with BSA and STEM Scouts logos on his cars and trucks. He makes local news when he drops Cub Scouts off at school in his race car. He let Scouts build a car for him at the 2013 National Jamboree. To the shock of some of his competitors, he even drove the Scout-built car in a real race — and won! This week Scotty is at the BSA’s National Annual Meeting in Atlanta. Instead of taking the week off, he’s meeting BSA volunteers and professionals to find out how...

Video: Inside the Vortex, the STEM Scouts mobile lab
Blog     20 May 2015 | 12:32 pm
Boys and girls won’t have to travel far and wide to participate in STEM Scouts. They can just let all the fun of STEM Scouts come to them. I’m at the BSA’s National Annual Meeting this week, and I got to check out the Vortex, the STEM Scouts mobile lab. It’s a whole lot of STEM Scouts awesomeness on wheels. STEM Scouts, for those who don’t know, is a new program that’s expanding to include 13 councils this fall. Paul Sharp, Assistant National Director of STEM Programs, gave me a quick tour. I put together this video, which is the first of several I’ll make from the...

CM Scrubber for Cast Iorn
Blog     20 May 2015 | 9:07 am
When you first see the CM Scrubber you’ll probably say the same thing I did; “it’s too expensive!” But the next time you have a crusty dutch oven to clean you’ll agree that it’s worth every penny. Put some water in the oven while it’s still warm, and scrub away. The chain mail design won’t scratch, and is very effective at lifting tough baked-on residue. No soap needed, cooked-on crud will clean up easily and you’l have a clean dutch oven pretty fast without worrying about damaging the seasoning. My CM scrubber lives in a plastic box in my kit along with...

After Spring Storms the Fungi and Wildflowers Bloom
blog     20 May 2015 | 6:48 am
Click to view slideshow. When I say after I mean the 8 hour break before the next wave of storms.  We basically ran out for a hike yesterday and now it is back to lightning, thunder and flash floods.  Sadly the lightning kept me away from photographing the always short pink phase of spring Wildflowers.  Purple Wild Garlic, Indian Tobacco, Venus Looking Glass plus Smooth Petunias, yellow Cutleaf Coreopsis and Hairy Hawkweed with tiny white Partridge Berry (Partridgeberry) paint the trail edges now.  Red, tan, yellow, orange and beige Gilled Fungi have blossomed pushing up through the forest floor debris and moss. Love to ALL! Lee  Filed under: Hot Springs National...

Sea Scout Ship 1000 of Texas wins 2015 National Flagship award
Blog     20 May 2015 | 6:00 am
Captain Kirk would be proud. Sea Scouts, BSA has named Ship 1000 — also known as the Enterprise —  the recipient of its 2015 National Flagship award. The annual award honors one ship that demonstrates the best in program quality, youth achievement and adult commitment. Ship 1000 of Rockwall, Texas, in the Circle Ten Council includes Boatswain Aaron Parks-Young, Skipper Don Henry, a dedicated youth crew and many adult volunteers. Sea Scouts, BSA will inscribe the name of Ship 1000 and the Enterprise on a trophy that lives at the National Scouting Museum in Irving, Texas. The ship will also get its own identical version of the trophy to place on its mantel. What did Ship 1000...

Greening the Country, One Tree at A Time
News     19 May 2015 | 7:30 pm
Kenya Scouts Association (KSA), the national Scouting organisation of Kenya, prides itself in the community involvement of its members....

Top 12 Fundraising Resources for Schools & Non-Profits
Blog     19 May 2015 | 10:44 am
12 Fundraising Resources on the web that will help your school or non profit meet and exceed their fundraising goals. Need to raise money? We can help. The post Top 12 Fundraising Resources for Schools & Non-Profits appeared first on Fun Pasta Fundraising....

Can You See What Scouts See?
Blog     19 May 2015 | 9:05 am
If your perspective of developing leadership is limited to what you believe needs to happen rather than observing what is actually happening you’ll miss opportunities, Let’s imagine we’re sitting around a table with the patrol leader’s council before a troop meeting. There’s a lot of chatting and dithering around, you turn to the senior patrol leader, and he reigns the council in. They’ve decided that they’ll be brushing up on their orienteering skills, and the senior patrol leader looks at you expectantly. “Sounds good,” you remark, “are you guys ready, do you know what you’ll be doing?” They all nod their heads, and the Scouts are up...

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