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By: webmaster       On: 2013-04-18

My last tip discussed the Star and Life option for counting a Scoutmaster-assigned leadership project as a substitute for holding a position of responsibility. I asked you what sorts of projects you’ve used and quickly heard back from my friend James Spurgeon, who recently served as Scoutmaster of my home troop.James has used the provision a few times. The specific example he cited was when he named a Scout to be the troop’s Scout skills...[More]


By: webmaster       On: 2013-04-16

I traded emails last week with a Scouter who’d purchased The Scoutmaster’s Other Handbook. He and another adult in his unit were having a dispute about the option in Star and Life (but not Eagle) that lets the Scoutmaster assign a leadership project in lieu of a Scout serving in a position of responsibility. One of them thought a half-day project to clean out a storage shed would suffice; the other thought the project needed...[More]


By: webmaster       On: 2013-04-11

Most Eagle courts of honor conclude with a reception, but some include a full meal instead. Offering a meal adds cost and complexity, of course, but it also gives guests a better opportunity to linger and mingle. A meal is perhaps most appropriate when you expect a lot of out-of-town guests who can’t go home for dinner.If you’re interested in going the meal route, the first thing to decide is whether everyone should be invited...[More]


By: webmaster       On: 2013-04-09

Today I thought I would share an interesting perspective regarding parents and facebook. Are they trend setters, or maybe behind the curve? Are they modern and hip? With each passing year, more and more parents and jumping on to social media and creating their own profiles. This is a good time for parents to stop and think. Even if the parents are considered best friends of the youth, there is a good chance at some...[More]


By: webmaster       On: 2013-04-04

The highlight of every Eagle court of honor is probably that moment when the Eagle badge is pinned on the new Eagle Scout. In a sense, that moment is all about the past, because everything that has happened before (both in the ceremony and in the previous several years) builds to it.The future, meanwhile, is the focus of the Eagle charge, an admonition, challenge, word of advice—call it what you will—delivered by an adult or...[More]


By: webmaster       On: 2013-04-02

This comes to us from Bob CarlsonThe following is from an article about a US Submarine in July of 1945 that was off the coast of Japan. The commander was sending a party ashore to blow up a train and here was his criteria for the men who would be in group:The Captain established his criteria for the volunteer party:[ 1 ] No married men would be included, except for Hatfield, [ 2 ] The...[More]


By: ptsteve       On: 2013-03-28

Hello Everyone,Well the last time I made an entry my son's and their friends where still Webelos 2's. They bridged last Sunday and this Friday was their first Troop meeting. All but one moved into the Troop.Sunday when they bridged I was so proud all of them walked across the bridge to the 2 Troops there the boys were becoming a part of. It was a happy sad moment for me. I went from being...[More]


By: webmaster       On: 2013-03-26

This come from the scout-l mailing list and was titled "Interesting readings #422". It is a chunk of text regarding Baden Powell.Before founding the scouting movement, Baden-Powell was most famous for writing a book about wild-boar hunting (also known as "pig-sticking"). But his views on outdoor education were closely tied to his concerns about "the moral tone of our race." In Scouting, he stated that "one aim of the Boy Scouts scheme is to revive...[More]


By: webmaster       On: 2013-03-21

Once upon a time, most information from the national office was sent to local Scout executives, who passed it on to district executives and key volunteers, who...[More]


By: webmaster       On: 2013-03-19

Ok, yes I know I am running a bit behind here as this post should have gone out on Feb 22nd. Anyway here it is, better late then never......An Anglican clergyman and his wife welcomed a son to their family on February 22.Thirty-two years later to the day, an English brewer's family added a daughter.Those two seemingly unrelated events are marked on Feb 22, in memory of Lord Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell and Lady...[More]


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