This is not so much a lesson as it is just an amusing antidote. When I was a Scout we had a kid in the Troop that was a bit small for his age. He was part of our Troop High Adventure Team, as this was before Venturing. When we went to Philmont he came along and someone took a picture of this backpack with two legs walking down the trail. You could not see...[More]
Lets take a moment to talk about what written resources are available to you. In the photo you will see there are a lot of books, Scouting and non Scouting ones. There are also maps, trail guides, books created for special trainings and events such as WoodBadge. In addition to all of this there are handouts, flyers from places you visit, posters, informational booklets you collect from fairs and shows, and so much more.Many years...[More]
On a backpacking trip, during a break the Scouts were bored. The decided to start daring each other. The dares were innocent enough until, “I dare you to sit on a corckscrew”. Well one Scout did it and then exclaimed “Its going ...” ok I will leave that up to your imagination. He ended up with a hole in his pants. Needless to say the leaders nor his parents were to pleased when we found...[More]
There are literally thousands of battery powered lighting devices on the market. These devices range in size from small pin lights up to mega multi-million candle power spot lights. Some of these devices you can even recharge in the field, for example, there are ones you just shake up, others you crank, and yet others have a solar panel on them. Another thing to consider is if it is a regular bulb or an LED,...[More]
Not that many years ago I was on a campout with the Troop I worked with. We were playing a game, Capture The Flag or something like that. Next thing we know a Scout is trotting into camp obviously in some pain. Turns out he slid down a embankment, maybe 15 feet or so right into a cactus. Considering we live in the desert this alone would not have been that big of a deal,...[More]
Everyone needs to exercise to stay healthy. Unfortunately, most of us don't exercise because of time or its just well boring. Luckily for us there are outdoor activities can offer many of the same benefits that a gym does. However in my mind the outdoor activities are far more enjoyable while still getting my heart pumping, my blood flowing, my mussels moving and my mind de-stressing.I found this interesting tidbit online at http://depression.about.com/od/exercise/qt/exercisetip.htmIf you're feeling...[More]
When my dad was a Scout they were on some kind of hike, like all good Scout Troops do. One of the Scouts needed to fertilize the forest really badly and found a good looking spot. After doing his thing the Scout grabbed a handful of leaves to use to clean up with. The leaves turned out to be poison ivy and for rest of the trip he spent scratching his rear end.The lesson …...[More]
We are in the 100th year of Scouting!!! We are planning for the next 12 months what we are going to do with our Pack. Oh, and surprise, we need you to take over the Pack Coordinator for Cub Scout Day Camp position.If you got this far and have seen my other blogs, I am a Den Leader, Pack Trainer, etc. so when I was asked to do this, I almost burned out. The Lesson...[More]
Please enjoy Drew on Trial written and read by Scott Robertson. The story is about a adolescent boy who is on trial for having a messy room and in possession of stolen objects. The audio is 2 minutes and 52 seconds....[More]
Happy New Years !!!I hope everyone will have a great year. That 2010 will only bring joy and happiness to all. In the spirit of things I decided to share my resolutions for the new year, I guess you call them goals too... Feel free to post your own resolutions as comments below. In 2010 I will work with the IRS to sort out my exact problems I will start paying off what...[More]
Hummingbird – Seeing Past The Camouflage
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I don’t set up shots, it is all random luck. Serendipitous moments captured while hiking. When I was a child I was always good at the ‘spot...