Badlands National Park is located in the northern part of the central United States. The entirety of the designated land is located in South Dakota. The badlands have a long and interested history. They used to be home to now-extinct American mammals such as the saber-toothed tiger and one species of rhino. Later, its geological formations housed outlaws and fugitives.Nowadays, it is a beautiful, federally protected national park that’s perfect for the family.Notable featureThe geology...[More]
Sharpen Your Ax Before Planning a Court of HonorDespite what various websites claim, Abraham Lincoln probably did not say, "Give me six hours to chop down a tree, and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe." (Details are here.) That doesn't mean whoever did say that was wrong, however. In fact, the wisdom definitely applies to Eagle courts of honor. You'll probably spend at least twice as much time planning a court of...[More]
Boy Scouts Nashville Folding FlagReporter Joshua Maxwell interviews Boy Scout Chris Levell asking him “Why is folding the flag so important?” Chris Levell replies that one should respect everything about the nation. As Americans everyone should know how to fold a flag, when to take it down, when to fly the flag specially (eg: half mast). Boy Scout camps raise the flag every morning and take it down in the evening and during rainfall.To fold...[More]
Favourite Scouting Songs: Camping is livened up with the help of energetic and appropriate camp songs. It’s always a good end to a wonderful day of hiking when all the scouts are sitting around the fire and lending their voice to some music or the other.Scouting and camping songs inspire, motivate and lift dead spirits on a day when things haven’t quite gone right! Leaders should step forward, memorize a few good songs and ask...[More]
Assateague Island National Seashore is an east coast, mid-Atlantic barrier island located jointly off the coasts of Maryland and Virginia. The island is 37 miles long and generally less than one mile wide. Located just south of Ocean City, Maryland, the island stretches south to Virginia’s Chincoteague Inlet (near the NASA Wallops Flight Facility) and is a great destination for individuals, couples and families. Notable features The island’s harsh conditions make it home to specially...[More]
Party Time Times TwoMost Eagle courts of honor are followed by a cake-and-punch reception, often held in the same room or just down the hall. Such receptions give guests a chance to meet and greet and to offer personal congratulations to the new Eagle Scout.For one of our troop's Eagle Scouts, one reception wasn’t enough. His family held a second reception at their home the weekend after his Thursday court of honor. While some of...[More]
Thousands Of Boy Scouts (1931):Thousands of young boy scouts assemble at Somerset House for the 22nd Annual Church Parade at St. Paul’s Cathedral. Older members of the organisation are honoured for their services and scouts hoist the flag to general applause. The felicitation ends with hundreds of young men raising their hats at the end of the grand occasion. ...[More]
BUDDHISM AND SCOUTING:Many suffer from the misconception that scouting, as an activity, is exclusive to Christians. Nothing can be further from the truth. Buddhist youth have participated in scouting, actively, for the past 80 years, making their presence known in every aspect of Scouting. The religious emblems that a young Buddhist scout can receive at the end of certain levels of his study are as follows: Metta Emblem: Metta signifies love, kindness and goodwill, one...[More]
Lake Mead National Recreation Area is located in the Southwestern United States, straddling the borders of Nevada and Arizona. Specifically, it is north of the Colorado River between the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas. Over 90% of the 200,000 acre area is covered by water. Lake Mead is a manmade phenomenon created by the Hoover Dam and supplied by the Colorado River.Formerly named for the Boulder Dam, this was the first nationally designated recreation area...[More]
Fill in the BlankMany troops have perpetual plaques (like this one from ScoutStuff.org) on which they engrave their Eagle Scouts' names, each one on a separate plate. Such plaques look great when displayed in a meeting room or at a court of honor.A reader gave me a great idea a few years ago for getting more use out of such a plaque. Her troop displays its plaque at each court of honor, but the plaque...[More]
Video: What is the Order of the Arrow’s ArrowTour?
This summer, whether you live in Snohomish, Wash.; Paisley, Fla.; Raymond, Maine; or anywhere in between, the Order of the Arrow is coming to you.
ArrowTour will bring all of the excitement and brotherhood surrounding...