Recently I was able to talk with the folks at CenterTrail.com, a website that provides simple template based hosting to Scout units. In interest of full disclosure Center Trail is a sponsor of InsaneScouter, but in no way was this interview paid for or influenced by their sponsorship of this site. What follows below is my interview with them. Everything in bold is my questions and comments. 1. What exactly is Center Trail?Mark: Center Trail...[More]
I was poking around YouTube and found myself hooked on the video below. The first gadget in this video is a cool camp chef stove with an oven, but the second gadget (around 1:10 into the video) is the sink. The sink stand and basin looks home-made from sprinkler pipe, some plumbing hardware, a wash basin with a drain in it, and a bucket to capture the water. But the foot pump to get the...[More]
Have you ever wished you could ride on your cooler and drive it to where ever you need it? Well now you can! Watch this video, but don't let your kids watch or they will want to go for a ride on it. ...[More]
Here is an idea on how you can organize and keep track of all those award cards you have or will receive while involved with scouting. Get a small, one-inch binder and various sizes of plastic sport card holders and sheet protectors. The sport card holders work great for all of the cards and sheet protectors are great for all the certificates. I also like to type up a list with all the award names,...[More]
I wrote about this DVD sometime ago and thought I would bring it up again as it really is a good film. Read my original review with promotional trailer ...I recently saw a message on one of the Scouting mailing lists I follow about this film. In a nut shell that person explain that the title of the film refers to the first BSA experimental camp at Silver Bay New York in the summer of...[More]
Todd Kelly, of Big Rock Publishing, a Strategic Partner of InsaneScouter.org, will be participating in a number of Scouting Memorabilia Shows (Trade O Rees) around the country. Todd will be promoting his books, available on the Amazon Kindle Store and at http://bigrockpubs.com and passing out flyers promoting InsaneScouter. A Trade-O-Ree is a Scouting Memorabilia Show where participants buy, sell and trade Boy Scouting and Girl Scouting memorabilia. Trade O Rees are great places to acquire...[More]
While playing with YouTube I found this video with some great ideas for technology when camping and protecting your gadgets. It Includes tips for protecting your phone and tablet, a nice HD camera with mp3 player, a solar powered radio, and a very cool manual crank blender. ...[More]
Arrow of Light Award Plaque Procedure written by Melissa Cole, Pack 164, Yorktown Heights, NYThis is not an original project. I used many internet sources to build the final project.Materials needed for each plaque: One piece of lumber, 1” X 6” X 26”. One website I found suggested using red oak, which I’m sure would make a nicer-looking plaque. However, red oak has the following drawbacks: 1) it’s expensive, and 2) being a hard...[More]
After listing uses for duct tape, clothes pins and a safety pin I found myself wondering what to do next. And then it hit me - why not the under-utilized pie tin? Here are some ideas I came up with; please share yours by commenting below. Pet water/food dish Emergency singling device (flashing it in the sun like a mirror) Emergency pan for cooking Bowl /plate to eat from Put one in the bottom of a...[More]
It never ceases to amaze me the places I will run into current and past adult scouts/leaders. For example, I am writing this post while with a friend at a poetry meet up and one of ladies here is a scouter who just completed her wood badge, is still working on her ticket and serves as leader with a unit in the same district I am in. Some of you know may know I...[More]
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Wildflowers and Whitetail Deer
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The trails in Hot Springs National Park are decorated in purple and gold with the arrival of late summer Wildflowers. Glorious Aster and Goldenrod reach up from...