Scouting is a game. Being a well trained leader allows you to guide the boys how to better play the game and have fun. Being a well trained leader you have the knowledge how to play the game safely and keep the boys coming back.Now taking the required training is now REQUIRED by BSA before you can become a leader and stay as a leader. Bottom line, get trained either online or in live training...[More]
There is actually a fair amount of gadgets I carry for pioneering. A few notes of caution, the stakes shown are normal tent stakes are too small for securing large pioneering projects. I do have larger rebar stakes, but most often tend to just secure bridges to local trees, rocks, etc. The orange stakes are actually sand stakes for a tent, when setting up in soft soil. Also the pulley, hooks, carabineers are not rated...[More]
The uniform is an important part of the Scouting experience and not in the military sense. It makes us stand out and show off the progress the boys have made during their Scouting experience. It also teaches the boys to take care of their uniform and how to wear it correctly, skills they will apply when they are an adult and have to take care of and wear appropriate cloths for different occasions.Since I have...[More]
Hi all, Fuzzy and Scout here. How have you been the past month? It seems already sooooo long ago that we had our summer holidays, and our summer camp :( In fact it summer seems a long time ago already, as it is turning colder already. But with the colder weather and it turning dark early in the night now it brings new challenges too, like night games with our torches and nature...[More]
When I was still a teenager I started working at the local Scout Camps teaching Pioneering merit badge. The camps supply of material was lacking in those days, so I started creating my own stock inside a trunk. As you can see this one box holds a lot of stuff. Including of course synthetic rope, natural rope, string, stakes, a pulley, s hooks, carabineers, gloves, etc.In this one box is enough material to lash together...[More]
I am republishing this with permission... it just took me many months to do so, as I was given this back in February. Looks around innocently, good things i was looking through my email... Hope you like it... Here is the mini-sermon my 11 year old son gave in Children's Sunday School.
My son crossed over to Boy Scouts in December. He went to Winter Camp 3 weeks later and earned 3 Eagle Required Merit Badges...and...[More]
Recently, I had the honor of interviewing Mark Ray, the author of “The Eagle Court of Honor Book” and “The Scoutmaster's Other Handbook”. You can find more information about these books at http://www.eaglebook.com. Lets just get rolling with some questionsCan you tell us a little bit about when you were a Scout? What did you do for you Eagle Project? Do you have any embarrassing moments as a Scout? What were your greatest highlights, favorite...[More]
For some people, light in camp is a big deal. Camp light can range from a simple flashlight, a campfire, a battery lantern, a gas lantern, and many other options. This post is going to be about lanterns. In this photo you can see two gas lanterns stored in two different type containers, and two battery lanterns.The gas lanterns put off more light, but are also harder to use. You have to screw on the...[More]
I grew up as an Air Force Brat, moving every few years and not being permanently attached to a house. So when it came time to create a way to store gear in the garage, well this experience played a roll.As you can see in this photo, the shelving unit is made up planks of wood, and bricks. All you do is stand up a few bricks on the floor, lay a board across the...[More]
The Den Meeting has started and all of the sudden the boys are bouncing off the wall and seem to out in front of everything. Maybe your first reaction is to panic and head for the door, your second reaction is to start raising your voice and try to get control again, both are understandable. How would I handle it, I will answer this from the view point as a new leader and experienced den...[More]
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A new adventure awaits
Deep down in many ways I thought attending the 2013 National Scout Jamboree would end up being my last big Scouting adventure with the son and with our Troop. After...