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Sunday Scouting Hot Finds Newsletter May 24, 2015
Blog     25 May 2015 | 12:19 am
About two weeks ago I shared a preorder form to get the new lodge jacket patches being ordered by my home lodge. The deadline is coming this week so I figured everyone (including me!) who has not placed an order could use a reminder. The big Centennial jacket patch is going to be something like 15" across so it's a monster. This is the first time the lodge has shared an order form on social media with Scouters from around the country so I hope we can field enough orders to get to the minimum order size of 100 patches....

Messengers of Peace evaluation survey
News     24 May 2015 | 9:31 pm
Dear friends in Scouting,...

Thankful Memorial Day 2015 Following My Dreams
blog     24 May 2015 | 7:45 am
WWII Veterans Dad and Mom in Uniform Lee Hiller Hiking in Hot Springs National Park My beloved husband Rick and me on the trail Thankful my Mom and Dad found each other in ‪WWII‬ I miss them deeply. Each sacrificed, each found the course of their Dreams change as have many Veterans of past  and present wars. They never gave up on who they were and found ways later in life to reclaim their original Dream path. Today I honor them by reclaiming my original Dream path. My beloved husband Rick London he too climbed over obstacles to reclaim his. I celebrate the...

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...

Get to Know Our North Face Exclusive Packages
Blog     23 May 2015 | 10:00 am
At Outdoors Geek we have many years of camping and outdoors experience. So something we know for sure after many years testing all kinds of camping gear, is that camping with top-notch outdoors gear makes a very big difference; and that’s why we only work with the best outdoors gear brands in the market. One of these high quality bands in the camping industry is The North Face. We have decided to partner with them to bring you exclusive rental camping & backpacking packages, including the North Face tents and sleeping bags. We offer two premium North Face Exclusive Camping & backpacking packages which are: The North Face Family Camping Packages: camping packages...

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...

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