As most of you know I am a geek that swears by Linux and a variety of other open sourse software. Today I am going to toss out some software that is available for free and may help you with in Scouting, home, or your kids education. All the software mentioned is available for Windows, Mac and Linux.Open Office: This is an office suite similar to Microsoft Office, which includes a word processor (word), spreadsheet...[More]
When I teach the Firem'n Chit to Scouts one of the things I teach them is there are three things needed to have a fire. If even one of the things is missing it is impossible for a fire to exist. Do you know what the three things are? When I ask the Scouts I get answers that include water, dirt, large cleared out area, an adult, wood, shovel, matches, a fire pit, etc. Well...[More]
Hello Everyone, yes it is PackTrainerSteve. Happy Holidays Everyone. I just wanted to take a moment and say thanks to all of those that allow us to take the time away from family to train and to be better leaders. Without your support we couldn't have the time to be the best leaders for the Scouts we are responsible for. Always remember without you we couldn't be the best leaders for the Scouts.Yours In Scouting,...[More]
As a change of pace I am posting a craft project today on how to make some really cool hot dog roasting sticks. I did not create this craft but came acrossed it on a mailing list and thought I would share. ...[More]
Who has your back? Who is your back up in case you can't be at the meeting?I found out the hard way you need to have additional leaders to take up when you are not there. Fortunately, this year one of the other Fathers in my Den volunteered even before I had to ask. Why do I mention this, a motivated and interested leader is an important and sometimes rare asset. I will talk about...[More]
There are many reasons that come to mind, besides BSA is going to require it soon. The chief one is that we want the best scouting experience for the scouts we are guiding. Luckly, the group of leaders I work with is great because we work together and share knowledge and experiences to make life for everyone easier and to deliver the best possible program to the Scouts we work with.Sharing the responsibility of advising...[More]
Hello from PackTrainerSteve,This post is for New Leaders looking for resources and direction. Are you asking the question "Do I really need to be trained?" The answer is Yes, Yes, Yes!!!!!First, you need to at least complete Youth Protection Training. It is best to do it in a Live training session if possible, but you can also do it online. The important thing is to DO IT!Second, complete your leader specific training. This will give...[More]
Hello Again from PackTrainerSteveWell attended PowWow last week or Cub Scout College and learned a whole lot of good stuff to take back to the Pack and Den. Yes, I had to attend a couple of not so fun, but really good for you sessions and the trainers were great. Now you are probably saying please stop with the do more training speech. I take advantage of most of the training opportunities offered because it...[More]
I have a new website called KampSpace.com which is a travel site for the outdoor explorer such as those who do road trips, go camping, and travel in rv's. The site itself does or will include listings for campgrounds, trails, attractions, lodging, restaurants, stores, fishing / hunting, tours, and much more. Each listing may include details about the property, directions to the property, prices, contact info, what discounts the property accept, weather, photos, comments, and...[More]
Here are ten tips for ways to get your kids outside Lets Eat Outside Who can resist a picnic? A hunk of bread with warm water - mmmm... No matter what it is it just tastes better outside. There Is Treasure To Be Found What is more fun then to find something? You can find stuff just by walking around and keeping your eyes open, or by using something like a metal detector. You can...[More]
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Shackletonâ€™s Board of Review
Sir Ernest Shackletonâ€™s board of review for the rank of World Explorer assembled one evening and began reading over his application and supporting documentation.
He earned all of his merit badges...