Hi all, Your favourite bear cubs here. We thought it was time to let you all know what has been going on in our lives. Well apart from the obvious as Scout still loves all things cocoa and Fuz still tries to outcook 5 star chefs. First of all we have moved to a nicer, better cave with a really nice kitchen. Also we have done some winter camping, although Scout did not think it...[More]
Here is a sing along for those who may be doing a Halloween theme pack meeting. It is one of those echo type song. This is from the Fisher-Price Halloween Sing Along CD. The other day (audience repeat: The other day) I met a ghoul, (audience repeat: I met a ghoul) A great big ghoul (audience repeat: A great big ghoul) Outside my school. (audience repeat: Outside my school) Leaders and audience together: The other...[More]
I recently had the chance to talk with Steve Belkin one of the brilliant minds behind Scouting Thomas, a Scouting & camping related mobile app. What is the Scouting Thomas AppScouting Thomas is an animated app geared toward elementary school aged kids approximately 4-12. The app is intended to educate and entertain kids about the respect and enjoyment of the great outdoors, teamwork and safety. It features the fictional "Campout Scouts" and the character members...[More]
The Scoutmaster’s Other Handbook has always included a section on merit badge programs at museums, and I’ve long maintained that the best counselors are men and women who have a passion for a badge’s subject matter. (Scouters who are a chapter or two ahead in the merit badge pamphlet just can’t offer the same experience.)Case in point: the Engineering merit badge program at the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee (http://www.harley-davidson.com/en_US/Content/Pages/HD_Museum/explore/programs-and-tours/boy-scout-merit-badge.html). I can’t think of a better...[More]
My last tip introduced Wikimedia Commons, a source for (usually) free images that you can use in court of honor programs and slideshows. It’s not the only source for free photos online, of course. Another, and my personal favorite, is Stock.XCHNG, whose URL is the odd http://sxc.hu. The site features hundreds of photos of eagles, mountains, and other images that would be appropriate for courts of honor and other Scouting uses. In most cases, the...[More]
Like most things in our world, Eagle courts of honor have become multimedia affairs in recent years. For example, slick (and easily produced) slideshows do a great job of chronicling the journey new Eagle Scouts have taken since their Cub Scout days.But you might want to include other pictures in your ceremonies or printed programs, such as photos of bald eagles or American flags. Where can you find such photos? A great place to start...[More]
Most people are not aware of how to wash dishes while camping. Scouts definitely are not a dishwasher! So they should be aware of how to wash dishes by hand in camp. It is important to practice proper dish washing techniques in order to maintain healthy scouts. It can be refreshing and enjoyable to wash dishes, shifts eyes around, yeah uhm....Materials needed for washing your dishes: 3 sets of plastic wash basins, pans, etc Dish...[More]
Are you an Eagle Scout, there are many college grants for you. Being an Eagle Scout Scholar, like any prospective college student, requires a lot of work. For starters, you will need to apply with granting organization.There are many organizations that make grants available for Eagle Scouts. Here are some of them: The National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) is a society of men who attained the Eagle Scout rank and who trust to engage their...[More]
This week, for an upcoming Eagle Scout Magazine article, I had the pleasure of speaking with Mohammed Al-Jumaili, who is apparently the first refugee of the Iraq War to become an Eagle Scout. I also talked with his Scoutmaster, Steve Bauer. Mohammed has a unique story, but Steve told me something that contains a bit of truth for all of us who are longtime Scout leaders. He said that on one of Mohammed’s early camping...[More]
Todays post comes to us courtesy of the Ted Talks. It is about how we think about charity and "The O Word". The talk is done by activist and fundraiser Dan Pallotta who calls out the double standard that drives our broken relationship to charities. Too many nonprofits, he says, are rewarded for how little they spend -- not for what they get done. Instead of equating frugality with morality, he asks us to start...[More]
BSA’s Fieldbook wins 2014 National Outdoor Book Award
The BSA’s Fieldbook, already a fixture in Scout backpacks and troop libraries, has officially joined the pantheon of history’s greatest outdoor books.
The nonprofit National Outdoor Book Awards Foundation just announced that the Fieldbook: Scouting’s...