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By: webmaster      

When I first started in Scouting, troops figured out where to go camping based on word of mouth and the “where to go camping” directories that Order of the Arrow lodges occasionally published. These days, of course, camping information is as close as your web browser. But it’s easy to get overwhelmed; search for “camping in Kentucky” on Google, and you’ll get 11 million hits.Now, thanks to Circle 10 Council Scouter Anthony Morris, searching is...[More]


By: webmaster      

When it comes to congratulatory letters at Eagle courts of honor, I’ve long preferred quality over quantity. Rather than solicit 100 random letters, request a tenth that many that will really mean something to the honoree.If your next honoree is interested in the military, you’ll definitely want to include the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) on your solicitation list. To receive a certificate from JCS, send a request letter to:Office of the Chairman of the...[More]


By: webmaster      

One of my favorite court of honor moments is when a new Eagle Scout looks into the audience and challenges younger Scouts to follow in his footsteps. That moment is especially great when he’s not afraid to name names and offer a personal challenge to, say, his younger brother or a Scout who needs a little extra encouragement.Awhile back, tip subscriber Rita Guarino offered an idea for making this moment even better. The idea: have...[More]


By: ptsteve      

Hello Everyone,While I have been an Adult Leader I have served with many other Adult Leaders who have been asked to serve again and I have been able to introduce in being a Cub Scout Leader.At the last Blue and Gold Dinner my boys Bridged to Boy Scouts and I was able to have both of my other Den Leaders step up and and become Den Leaders again for their younger boys. All I had...[More]


By: webmaster      

People planning Eagle courts of honor often include slide shows or videos during their ceremonies. Computer technology is making such presentations easier than ever.But what about a video that documents a court of honor for the future? I don’t mean a straightforward video of the ceremony—although that’s a great keepsake to have—but a short video that encapsulates the spirit of the ceremony.That’s what Troop 360 in Garland Texas did recently. You can see the result...[More]


By: ptsteve      

Hello Everyone,I have been humbled. I have been asked by the local BSA District I am in to establish a Special Needs Youth Troop. I said yes and started to work on this project as my son's were in their last year of Cub Scouts.I have gone through many challenges starting this Troop and many around finding a Charter Organization. I was able to recruit my "Dream Team" of Adult Leaders and they are now...[More]


By: webmaster      

My last tip discussed the Star and Life option for counting a Scoutmaster-assigned leadership project as a substitute for holding a position of responsibility. I asked you what sorts of projects you’ve used and quickly heard back from my friend James Spurgeon, who recently served as Scoutmaster of my home troop.James has used the provision a few times. The specific example he cited was when he named a Scout to be the troop’s Scout skills...[More]


By: webmaster      

I traded emails last week with a Scouter who’d purchased The Scoutmaster’s Other Handbook. He and another adult in his unit were having a dispute about the option in Star and Life (but not Eagle) that lets the Scoutmaster assign a leadership project in lieu of a Scout serving in a position of responsibility. One of them thought a half-day project to clean out a storage shed would suffice; the other thought the project needed...[More]


By: webmaster      

Most Eagle courts of honor conclude with a reception, but some include a full meal instead. Offering a meal adds cost and complexity, of course, but it also gives guests a better opportunity to linger and mingle. A meal is perhaps most appropriate when you expect a lot of out-of-town guests who can’t go home for dinner.If you’re interested in going the meal route, the first thing to decide is whether everyone should be invited...[More]


By: webmaster      

Today I thought I would share an interesting perspective regarding parents and facebook. Are they trend setters, or maybe behind the curve? Are they modern and hip? With each passing year, more and more parents and jumping on to social media and creating their own profiles. This is a good time for parents to stop and think. Even if the parents are considered best friends of the youth, there is a good chance at some...[More]


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