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Stallings: We need Boy Scouts
News     15 Apr 2014 | 8:59 pm
Former University of Alabama head football coach Gene Stallings laid out the numbers: “A typical dad works 40 hours per week, sleeps 50 hours per week, spends eight hours a week grooming himself, getting ready to go someplace — and two and a half minutes a day with his child.”...

Westar activities spark Girl Scouts toward STEM careers
News     15 Apr 2014 | 6:50 pm
There was no shortage of volunteers as several sixth-graders shot their hands skyward for the chance to swing a hammer down on a stake Tuesday evening to support a newly planted sapling....

Memories & Milestones
News     15 Apr 2014 | 5:20 pm
Congratulations to all those who participated at the recent Cub Scout district race. New Castle Pack 221 had scouts in the Tiger Cub, Wolf and Bear division compete (first through third grades)....

Kern County Girl Scout sells more than 5K packs of cookies
News     15 Apr 2014 | 3:21 pm
A Kern County girl topped cookie sales for Girl Scouts of Central California South, which includes troops in Fresno, Kings, Madera, Tulare and Kern counties....

Issue 393 – April 15, 2014
blog     15 Apr 2014 | 12:50 pm
________________________________________ Hi Andy, My son just crossed over into a pretty good troop. Based on my own experience as a Scout (my two highlights were being elected Senior Patrol Leader and making it to Eagle along with my two best friends) the troop seems to be getting lots of stuff right, like using The Patrol Method, the Senior Patrol Leader runs the meetings, there’s an active Patrol Leaders Council with minimal need for Scoutmaster intercession, meetings run on time and have lots of fun activities, and my son’s in a new-Scout patrol with a Troop Guide who understands he’s not an “acting...

BSA Substance Abuse Prevention Program
Blog     15 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
Scott sent in this question: My son is home schooled and has to do the requirement for second class 9a. The drug awareness part. do you have any suggestions on what he can do to meet this requirement? Any help would be great. Thanks Scott This is Second Class requirement 9a: Participate in a school, community, or troop program on the dangers of using drugs, alcohol, and tobacco, and other practices that could be harmful to your health. Discuss your participation in the program with your family, and explain the dangers of substance addictions. I recommend you check out the BSA substance abuse program Drugs: A Deadly Game . You...

USA Swimming Foundation Adds Boy Scouts of America to Affiliate Coalition
News     15 Apr 2014 | 11:31 am
The USA Swimming Foundation has named Boy Scouts of America (BSA) as a member of its Affiliate Coalition. This alliance has been forged to help increase nationwide efforts to prevent drowning....

Girl Scouts learn how to operate a business
News     15 Apr 2014 | 11:07 am
MILLSTONE — Janet Byrne, the owner of Millstone Preserves, Millstone Township, hosted Girl Scout Troop 941 on March 28 to teach the girls about her local business and to demonstrate the art of jam-making. read more...

Shackleton’s Board of Review
Blog     15 Apr 2014 | 9:04 am
Sir Ernest Shackleton’s board of review for the rank of World Explorer assembled one evening and began reading over his application and supporting documentation. He earned all of his merit badges on Captain Scott’s Antarctic Discovery Expedition in 1901–04, and clocked his leadership tenure as the leader of British Antarctic Expedition in 1907–09. For his World Explorer project Shackleton had proposed “The Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition”. The project was enthusiastically approved, and it’s progress carefully followed. The Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition began with great promise but, because of Shackleton’s miscalculations, ended in great difficulty after taking a great deal longer than he had planned. His project report was a...

2014 Fieldbook: Your must-have user’s guide to the outdoors
Blog     15 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
Here’s one owner’s manual that’s actually worth reading. It isn’t for your car, smartphone or new camp stove. The 2014 Fieldbook is a user’s guide for the entire outdoors, and it’s a must-own for everyone who spends time outside. The fifth-edition Fieldbook: Scouting’s Manual of Basic and Advanced Skills for Outdoor Adventure is published by the Boy Scouts of America. It covers hiking, camping, canoeing, mountain travel, ultralight backpacking, wilderness navigation, whitewater kayaking and much more. While Scouts and Scouters will find it indispensable before and during every outing, it’s a great tool for non-Scouts, as well. “For more than a century, our organization has focused on teaching outdoor skills and leadership and providing opportunities for adventure...

Blog     15 Apr 2014 | 8:22 am
Tidbits of Wisdom (Pinewood Derby Number Three)By Michelle MitchellFor those of you who may not have a Cub Scout in the family, March was pinewood derby month. This was the third of five derbies for us, and through it all I've gleaned a few tidbits of wisdom.1. If you give your Cub Scout his car kit expecting the pieces to remain intact until needed, you're insane. In the history of the Derby I don't think one boy has made it through without losing at least one part from his car kit. So be prepared. In our case, Spencer and David...

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