This come from the scout-l mailing list and was titled "Interesting readings #422". It is a chunk of text regarding Baden Powell.Before founding the scouting movement, Baden-Powell was most famous for writing a book about wild-boar hunting (also known as "pig-sticking"). But his views on outdoor education were closely tied to his concerns about "the moral tone of our race." In Scouting, he stated that "one aim of the Boy Scouts scheme is to revive...[More]
Once upon a time, most information from the national office was sent to local Scout executives, who passed it on to district executives and key volunteers, who...[More]
Ok, yes I know I am running a bit behind here as this post should have gone out on Feb 22nd. Anyway here it is, better late then never......An Anglican clergyman and his wife welcomed a son to their family on February 22.Thirty-two years later to the day, an English brewer's family added a daughter.Those two seemingly unrelated events are marked on Feb 22, in memory of Lord Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell and Lady...[More]
Hello Everyone,Well ptsteve is still a Pack Trainer with the Cub Scout Pack his son's were a part of, but have since graduated to the associated Troop and my Special Needs Troop.Earlier in this Scouting year I was asked to look into starting a Specail Needs Boy Scouts Troop. I did my homework and found the right leaders for my team and we are now moving ahead with the Troop. First, we need to find...[More]
A recent post on one of the Scouting mailing lists caught my eye. It was about a Boy Scout Troop who ran their own Outlaw Pinewood Derby race. An outlaw derby does not use the normal pinewood derby kits, the rules are also different in some ways. Think creative, think insane, think crazy... Think SUV towing troop trailer.. think CO2 power ...Here is part of what Ted from Troop 33 had to say in his...[More]
Hello Everyone,Ptsteve is back. It has been a wonderful 5 years as a Den Leader and 3 years as a Pack Trainer. Next month my sons and the other scouts in my Den will be bridging to Boy Scouts at the Blue and Gold Dinner.I have been able to watch all of them grow up and become better young men over the last 5 years and it will be hard giving up being a Den...[More]
Balanced Rock is located in Garden of the Gods Park in Colorado Springs, CO. Many of our itineraries include a terrific hike that begins at Kissing Camels and ends here at Balanced Rock. This formation is quite impressive and makes for a great photo op for your crew! Yours in Scouting,The Blue Sky Adventures Team...[More]
If you read Scouting magazine and follow various blogs, you’ve probably heard about a bunch of new merit badges in the last year or so, including Chess, Welding, Kayaking, Search and Rescue, Programming, and Game Design. While new merit badges can be exciting, it’s easy to get confused about which badges can now be earned and which have only been announced.To help clear up any confusion, Bryan Wendell at Scouting magazine recently added a calendar...[More]
Scouting lingo is an alphabet soup of abbreviations and acronyms; think PLC, SPL, ISLT, NYLT, NAYLE, etc., etc. I’d like to add one more abbreviation to the mix, courtesy of Scouter Jeff Taylor from Cincinnati: CFD.CDF stands for Confusion, Frustration, and Danger, and it represents the only times adult leaders should interfere with the Scout-led troop program. Jeff said adults in his troop memorize that abbreviation and use it to determine whether they should...[More]
Skit bout a Scout Leader who lost the “new kid”. I have not seen this one before but worth it for the giggles. It seems like the opening skit for summer camp where the introduce you to all the program areas at the camp....[More]
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The COLD Attitude
When preparing for winter camping or camping in colder temps than you are typically used to it is important to get your mind right.
It is a must to have the...