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By: JenFletcher       On: 2011-11-12

Admittedly, I didn't earn my Bobcat - both of my boys earned theirs. I am truly bursting with pride for them because I know how hard they worked to achieve this milestone in their Scouting path.They quizzed each other during our daily home/school commutes on the Cub Scout salute, the Scout handshake, the Boy Scout Promise and the Boy Scout Law. They read their handbooks without needing a reminder (mostly). Six months ago my boys...[More]


By: JenFletcher       On: 2011-11-09

Blue door hangers are popping up everywhere this weekend, courtesy of Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers and Explorer Scouts. These Scouts are taking part in a program called A National Good Turn; this program helps feed the hungry of America. My area Scouts are hanging the signs this weekend; other areas may have later (or earlier) dates.Here's how the program works: you place canned goods that you would like to donate in any paper or...[More]


By: JenFletcher       On: 2011-11-07

21st Century humans are evolving into a people who take life for granted. Go to your local supercenter at any given time and watch the kids throwing fits because they don’t get the latest and greatest “whats-it” if you need proof. Most of us have grown so accustomed to the homeless people on the corner that we don’t even see them anymore – not even the kids. I would like to share the following letter...[More]


By: JenFletcher       On: 2011-11-05

The First Lady is asking military children from around the globe for some personal contributions to the finishing touches on the White House decorations this holiday season. The request is for military children to submit 5x8" handmade holiday cards with words of appreciation for their military parents, as well as pictures and drawings. The White House will display as many of the cards as possible.Participants are asked to send holiday cards to the following...[More]


By: JenFletcher       On: 2011-11-03

Many Scouters have compiled exhaustive lists of celebrities, dignitaries, and other famous folks who will send new Eagle Scouts a congratulatory letter. You can find links to several of these lists on my Web site, athttp://www.eaglebook.com/free_sites.htm. The best list in the world is not online, however. Instead, it’s probably in Mom’s address book.You see, letters from the President and other celebrities are fine – and you should certainly solicit them – but you shouldn’t leave...[More]


By: JenFletcher       On: 2011-10-31

I love Halloween. What other day of the year can we transform into a wholly different persona and be accepted for doing so? As a parent, Halloween has taken on a new kind of joy for me: picking out costumes with my kids, carving spooky and fun jack-o-lanterns, the anticipation of the loot to be gained from trick-or-treating. The parent I have become is also a little concerned every year at this time. I worry...[More]


By: JenFletcher       On: 2011-10-27

If your Eagle ceremony/reception venue can’t accommodate a slide-show presentation of the Scout’s journey to Eagle—or if your technology know-how is lacking!—why not use a digital photo frame? Photos from the Scout’s years as a Cub Scout, his progression through the ranks of Boy Scouting, and his Eagle project can be scanned, downloaded, and displayed. Because of its small size, the frame can easily be placed near the guest book or on the cake table...[More]


By: JenFletcher       On: 2011-10-24

Early in The Scoutmaster’s Other Handbook I talk about balancing the methods of Scouting—making sure you’re using all eight methods on a fairly even basis. The problem is that Scouters often focus so much on one method (usually advancement, outdoors, or youth development) that they forget to use the others (usually ideals, personal growth, or uniform).From time to time, in fact, one method even cancels another out. I recently chatted with a Scout leader about...[More]


By: JenFletcher       On: 2011-10-22

My boys’ Webelo den just had their Raingutter Regatta; being new to the boy side of Scouting, I had never heard of – much less participated in – such a thing. The boys brought home their boat kits, we painted and assembled them, and the night of the regatta they lined up with the other boys and raced their boats by blowing on the sails. Every scout who participated received a ribbon. Even my daughter...[More]


By: JenFletcher       On: 2011-10-20

I’m a strong believer in making the Eagle court of honor a separate event from the regular troop court of honor. When you do that, however, you often run the risk of having a poor showing of Scouts. Other Scouts, especially younger ones who don’t know the honoree, may see little reason to show up.So, what can you do to get Scouts to turn out? Here are a few ideas: Send invitations to their homes;...[More]


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