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If your troop regularly requests certificates and letters from dignitaries to be presented at Eagle courts of honor, you’ll want to take note of two certificates that are especially easy to get.The National Park Service and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service have both created downloadable certificates that you can simply print and present. The Park Service certificate is athttp://www.nps.gov/gettinginvolved/youthprograms/eagle-scout-certificate.htm; the Fish & Wildlife Service certificate is at http://www.fws.gov/letsgooutside/leaders.html.If you’re also involved in Venturing or...[More]


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I recently created a few, what I dub as "Cool Graphics". Please look at them below and let me know what you think. Also please feel free to share them. ...[More]


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Fox News has been developing a series of 15 second feel-good spots showcasing people who do good things for their community and country. They end with a tagline about being proud to be an American. This was filmed in and around a troop's cabin in suburban NY - just outside NYC. It's a great marketing piece for Scouting, and didn't cost National or our local council anything but their approval. The municipalities involved were also...[More]


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This article was entitled, "Boy Scouting-What it Really Is," written by F.A. Crosby and published in the February, 1911 issue of "The World To-Day.The American boy used to live in the country, or in close proximity to it, and a healthy environment and nature's schoo1ing gave him a practical knowledge and a resourcefulness which have brought forth empire-builders. This boy could ride, swim, hunt and skate; he was handy with tools: knew nature's secrets in...[More]


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It’s never too early to start planning an Eagle court of honor. In fact, Laszlo Acs starts before a Scout’s board of review ends!How? He makes good use of the time that he and the Scout’s parents are cooling their heels while board members are grilling the Scout. After reassuring the parents that the Scout will almost survive his grilling, Acs talks about how big a deal the court of honor is and what the...[More]


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1. Split dead limb into fragments and shave one fragment into slivers. 2. Bandage left thumb. 3. Chop remaining fragments into smaller fragments. 4. Bandage left foot. 5. Make a structure of slivers (including those embedded in hand). 6. Light match. 7. Light match. 8. Repeat "A Scout is Cheerful" and light match. 9. Apply match to slivers, add wood fragments, and blow gently into base of flames. 10. Apply burn ointment to nose. 11....[More]


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Do your Life Scouts ever struggle to come up with service project ideas for the Eagle Scout rank? Do you ever struggle to get them to think creatively? If so, you’ll want to check out http://www.myprojectfinder.com/.Created by Scouter David Harkins (who’s both a volunteer leader and associate director of business development for BSA Supply Group), the site stimulates Scouts’ creativity using a decision-tree model. Scouts answer a few simple questions (e.g., “Do you prefer to...[More]


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This was posted on one of the mailing lists I am on and I thought I would share it with you all. There is no cite to who originally wrote it or where it came from.Rule No. 1: Life is not fair. Get used to it. The average teen-ager uses the phrase "It's not fair" 8.6 times a day. You got it from your parents, who said it so often you decided they must...[More]


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High adventure can do wonders for your troop. It can help you retain older Scouts, give you something to prepare for during troop meetings, and energize adults who are sick to death of plop camping at the nearest state park.But how do you move from plop camping to high adventure? The best way is to send some of your adults – and older Scouts – to Powder Horn. Dubbed a resource management course, Powder...[More]


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When you have a special leader you want to give a special award to but nothing seems right, you could do something like this...100 paperclips - keeping everything together 100 twisty pretzels - You are flexible 100 Hershey kisses - You deserve kisses 100 crayons - You have colorful ideas 100 puzzle pieces - You make all the pieces fall into place 100 50 cent pieces - You add value 100 tea bags - You...[More]


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