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By: webmaster       On: 2010-01-20

As a Scout I backpacked the Grand Canyon twice. The first time we did it was my first long term, and my first serious backpacking trip. As a side note, the hike down only takes 4 to 5 hours, but the hike out takes 8 to 12 hours depending on your condition and the trail you choose. On our way down the Scout who happened to be my tent mate kept dropping his sleeping bag....[More]


By: webmaster       On: 2010-01-20

Many of you know that BSA has many DVDs and CDs available to aid us. Have you ever thought about the thousands of other resources availiable computer software (refer to the open source blog post at http://insanescouter.org/blog/208/Open_Source_Scouting.html), how to videos / software, audio cd ceremonies, map software, dvd camp promos, unofficial Scout movies, and so much more. You could participate in programs such as NASA's http://www.e-missions.net/ .You could also create your own, for example a...[More]


By: webmaster       On: 2010-01-20

After a day of trekking we picked out a camp spot. One of the Scouts started digging around in his pack and the next thing we knew he had produced a thumb skate board with ramp, a palm size dictionary, and electric screw driver, and I don't remember what else. When asked why he brought those items, his answer was simple “to keep my little brother out of them”. The next day we got up,...[More]


By: webmaster       On: 2010-01-20

I have been in Scouting in one way or another since 1982 when I first joined a new national program called Tiger Cubs. The photos that follow show the actual Cub Scout uniform I wore, a few of my actual neckerchiefs, some of my patches on my vest, my merit badge sash, OA sash and even my Scout Belt with the Skill Awards on them. I hope you enjoy a glimpse into my past and...[More]


By: webmaster       On: 2010-01-20

When I was a Scout we were on a training backpacking trip. A group of older Scouts repeatly got ahead of the main group by a fair distances. Finally the leaders got tired of it and had us “younger” Scouts put some rocks into there packs to slow them down. Well it didn't slow them down that much, but when they got to camp and found the rocks they were amazed. It was estimated by...[More]


By: webmaster       On: 2010-01-20

Since I was a young Scout when my parents bought me my first knife, I have been collecting them. Some may find this strange but that first knife which was like $2 next to the cash register and was really a complete piece of junk still sits in my collection. As you will note in this very small sampling of my collection there are knives of all sizes and types ranging from the large Bowie...[More]


By: webmaster       On: 2010-01-20

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]


By: webmaster       On: 2010-01-20

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]


By: webmaster       On: 2010-01-20

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]


By: webmaster       On: 2010-01-20

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]


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