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By: webmaster       On: 2010-09-02

This is a dish a friend taught me many years ago. He originally refereed to it as a European Casserole, thought I have no idea why. It is a pretty simple and cheap dish to make. It also makes a large quantity.Ingredients bacon turkey spam mixed vegetables (I normally use a mix with broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, etc) elbow macaroni mushrooms (optional) fresh or powder garlic (optional to taste) chicken stock (option I use it...[More]

By: webmaster       On: 2010-08-31

There are several techniques to find out how heavy your backpack is before a trek. The most common method is to stand on a scale with and without the pack on. The differences between the two numbers is the weight of the pack.There is another way. For years my dad keep looking in stores at fishing scales. The problem was none of them handled more then like 40 pounds. Eventually when in San Diego I...[More]

By: webmaster       On: 2010-08-28

This is a nice video chopped full of campfire cooking idea. It has some great ideas on how to cook over the fire. A few ideas I had not seen before. Check it out....[More]

By: webmaster       On: 2010-08-26

First, let me get the disclaimer out of the way the best way for the Scouts to pass any knife is to lay it down and let the other person pick it up. However, if it can't be laid down they need to know how to pass a non-folding blade properly. Of course if the knife can fold, then it is always past when folded.As you can see in the first picture, you hold the...[More]

By: webmaster       On: 2010-08-24

First let me get this straight, this is not one of those flimsy tin foil emergency blankets. What is it? An all weather space blanket is half tarp and half emergency blanket. On one side it is a tarp that comes in an array of colors. On the other side is a shinny foil – kind of like a durable emergency blanket. Just like the emergency blankets these provide you 90% of your body...[More]

By: webmaster       On: 2010-08-21

Looking at the video I bet this thing weights a ton, but I love all the fold out table space. The leg systems seems reasonable. And the wheels on bottom to make it easier to move is genius. Ok maybe I am easily impressed......[More]

By: webmaster       On: 2010-08-19

I recently had the honor of talking with Alvin Townley, who is the author of two Scouting related books and is actively taking a role in spreading the word about Scouting. You can check out his website at ... What follows are some questions I asked him, and his answers are in caps.... Why did you decided to write "Spirit of Adventure" and "Legacy of Honor"? Where can people find them?I HAD SOME REAL...[More]

By: webmaster       On: 2010-08-17

This is a very neat and simple idea that the Scouts could do it themselves. The jest of the idea is taking a bag of corn chips and mixing in the taco meat and other items that make up a taco....[More]

By: webmaster       On: 2010-08-15

I am pleased to announce that Dean Whinery has agreed to occasionally write blog posts for us. What follows is his bio of sorts, so that you know the person behind future posts. Please make him feel welcome... Born in East L.A., I lived in South-central LA until the family moved to Whittier during hgh school sophomore year. Sold newspapers on corners and in industrial areas of South-central. One of my sometimes customers was a...[More]

By: ptsteve       On: 2010-08-14

Hello again from ptsteve or aka Pack Trainer Steve,What is Toastmasters? It is Toastmasters International and I have been a member of this organization for more than 25 years. Has it made me a better Adult Leader, YES!!! How, now that is the secret sauce and you need to read on.First, Active Listening, you never know when you will hear that important moment from your Cubs or Parents. Always listen while talking. You are in...[More]

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