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By: webmaster       On: 2011-09-29

Let's play a little game. Think about a location where you often attend meetings or ceremonies (perhaps the sanctuary in your place of worship or the conference room at your office). Got it? Good. Now, answer these questions: Where are the light switches? How do you control the central heating or air conditioning? What about the sound system? Is the room accessible to wheelchair users? What's the seating capacity of the room? How would you...[More]

By: webmaster       On: 2011-09-27

I have been asked many times to share more Scouting news related items. So when I came across this article about Two Boy Scout Councils merging I thought I would share it with you. The voting members of both the Southeast Wisconsin Council and the Milwaukee County Council agreed to consolidate into a new entity, and the name of the new council will be Three Harbors Council. Pretty good name selection since all three...[More]

By: JenFletcher       On: 2011-09-26

While searching for information relating to GS troop organization I came across the neatest website: Scout Mom. This site is an amazing source of information for both new and experienced leaders alike. Jennifer Wood, the mastermind behind Scout Mom, explains her reasons for starting the site back in October of 2002: “I have designed this site to help leaders of girls involved in scouting to provide an awesome experience for their troops. Scout Mom...[More]

By: webmaster       On: 2011-09-24

Submitted by Cheryl Humenski If you're looking for a creative alternative to traditional guestbooks, try this idea from Cheryl Humenski: Take blank scrapbook pages, personalize them with pictures of your Eagle Scout, and lay them out on a couple of tables. Invite guests to sign their names and add messages to these pages, which you can later assemble into a scrapbook. This approach allows guests to write more than just their names. It also prevents...[More]

By: webmaster       On: 2011-09-22

J. Sterling Morton, the founder of the National Arbor Day Foundation once said, "If you seek my monument, look around you." The same could be said of Eagle Scouts; their monument lies in the people they've touched through their leadership, service, and example. But wouldn't it be great to have a permanent monument to your troop's Eagle Scouts, one that's entirely appropriate to Scouting? Imagine starting a grove of trees at your meeting place...[More]

By: JenFletcher       On: 2011-09-20

September 7th marked the release of the BSA’a newest merit badge: the Chess Badge. This badge is definitely not for the feint of heart and it’s nothing to “play” around with; there are some very stringent requirements for earning this badge. You can find information for this and every other Merit badge at the Scout Manage website. Good luck!...[More]

By: JenFletcher       On: 2011-09-19

When I joined the Girl Scouts as a child in the (ahem) early 80’s, the beginning level was Brownies. We sold calendars in the Spring and Cookies in the fall/early winter. I proudly wore my brown jumper, sash, socks and penny loafers to school on days I had meetings. I’m pretty sure my dad still has my brownie sashes – I had 2 because of all the patches I earned.We started every meeting by saying...[More]

By: webmaster       On: 2011-09-17

After months of promoting itself through Facebook, The Summit Bechtel Reserve-the new BSA high-adventure base currently under construction in West Virginia-has unveiled a new website. You can check it out at Like everything else about The Summit, the new site is an intriguing mix of serious high adventure and cool technology. And like everything else about The Summit, the site invites the active involvement of Scouts. In fact, Scouts who respond to the...[More]

By: webmaster       On: 2011-09-15

Ever since I became an adult Scouter, tour permits have been required for certain troop outings-typically those beyond council borders, although local rules varied. I long ago lost count of the tour permit applications I filled out. But no more. Tour permits-both the local and national variety-have been replaced by the tour plan form. The change is more than just a semantic one. The new form is quite different from the old one. In...[More]

By: JenFletcher       On: 2011-09-13

My boys just joined Cub Scouts - I can't tell you how proud I am of them! Not only are they starting out on a great life path, but they're also continuing their parents' Scouting legacy.In an effort to learn more about the "other" side of Scouting, I went on a web hunt and came across a website called TroopTrack. What a cool site! This website is basically web-based scouting software! I know, there...[More]

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