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By: outdoorsygirl       On: 2012-12-29

I received an email the other day from a list subscriber who wondered about the propriety of recognizing two brothers at the same court of honor. My answer, of course, was yes. Doing so would maximize attendance and simplify attendance for out-of-town relatives.There was a kicker, however. One brother is still in the troop, while the other is over 18 and hadn’t previously had a court of honor (because he originally didn’t want one).So how...[More]

By: wackyeagle       On: 2012-12-27

Last week, I had the opportunity to attend the National Order of the Arrow Conference and report on the array of Eagle Scout-related activities that were part of this year’s event. (You can read my reporting at As I walked around the Michigan State University campus, I was struck by how many attendees were wearing both OA sashes and Eagle Scout badges.Of course, it’s no surprise that so many members of Scouting’s national honor...[More]

By: webmaster       On: 2012-12-24

I remember my first Christmas party with Grandma. I was just a kid. I remember tearing across town on my bike to visit her on the day my big sister dropped the bomb: "There is no Santa Claus," she jeered. "Even dummies know that!"My grandma was not the gushy kind, never had been. I fled to her that day because I knew she would be straight with me. I knew Grandma always told the...[More]

By: outdoorsygirl       On: 2012-12-22

The old saying about things being hotter than noon on the Fourth of July is taking on new meaning this summer as much of the country swelters under miserable conditions. Of course, many Scout camps seem to be specifically sited to catch the most afternoon sun possible while repelling any cool northerly breezes (at least that’s the way it can feel).While we can’t do much to make camp cooler, we can take steps to...[More]

By: ptsteve       On: 2012-12-20

Hello Everyone,Hope you are having a great Scouting Year. The last Den Meeting for my Den was a outing to the local Home Depot.They had a wood project for the boys to build which help meet Advancement requirements and also gave the boys experience with hand tools. They built window bird feeders and had a great time, even my special needs Scouts.They took us on a tour of the Home Depot and we got to...[More]

By: webmaster       On: 2012-12-19

1/2 cup Hugs 4 tsp. Kisses 4 Cups Love 1 Cup Special Holiday Cheer 1/2 Cup Peace On Earth 3 tsp. Christmas Spirits 2 Cups Goodwill Toward Man 1 Sping Of Mistletoe 1 Medium-Size Bag Of Christmas Snowflakes (The Regular Kind Won't Do !! Mix hugs, kisses, smiles, and love until consistent. Blend in holiday cheer, peace on earth, Christmas spirits and good will toward men. Use the mixture to fill, warm heart, where it...[More]

By: webmaster       On: 2012-12-18

This is a collection made up of 63 E-books that relate to Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cooking, Christmas, Children's Stories, and Woodlore. The licensing of these books allow you to buy this collection once and give one or all of the books to every one of your Scouting friends. After receiving your payment, I'll email you the link to download the 278mb zip file containing all the books.Here are the books that make up this...[More]

By: webmaster       On: 2012-12-18

I recently discover a new fundraising opportunity for Scouts that is unusual, a bit insane, and a lot of fun. So I contacted them and asked if they would be interested in being a sponsor – they were! We all use pasta, so why not sell some cool pasta and raise a few bucks for your unit? The details that follow are in their own words.Fun Pasta Fundraising is a unique, easy and healthy approach...[More]

By: webmaster       On: 2012-12-17

Each December, I vowed to make Christmas a calm and peaceful experience.I had cut back on nonessential obligations - extensive card writing, endless baking, decorating, and even overspending.Yet still, I found myself exhausted, unable to appreciate the precious family moments, and of course, the true meaning of Christmas.My son, Nicholas, was in kindergarten that year. It was an exciting season for a six year old. For weeks, he'd been memorizing songs for his school's "Winter...[More]

By: webmaster       On: 2012-12-16

The Christmas Scout By Samuel D. BoganIn spite of the fun and laughter, 13-year-old Frank Wilson was not happy.It was true that he had received all the presents he wanted. And he enjoyed these traditional Christmas Eve reunions of relatives - this year at Aunt Susan's - for the purpose of exchanging gifts and good wishes.But Frank was not happy because this was his first Christmas without his brother, Steve, who, during the year, had...[More]

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