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By: webmaster      

I just watched “759: Boy Scouts of Harlem” which is a great documentary Scout film by Jake Boritt and Justin Szlasa about a Boy Scout Troop 759. The film is 72 minutes long. I found the film reminding me of my first year at Summer Camp as a young lad, including the fears I had and the triumphs I made. The film honestly depicts inner city Scouting and what summer camp is like for them....[More]


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There has been a lot floating around on twitter and other social media venues recently in regards to the UK rain tax. I have spent the last few days trying to comprehend what it is all about. Here is my understanding and take on it.Various water utility companies are now charging non profits, including Scout Groups for the draining of rain water in the sewer. The tax is based on area. This means if...[More]


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This is another cool video that is well done. Worth a watch, at the time of this posting the video has been on youtube for two months. Please feel free to post your comments below....[More]


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I recently came across this video on a mailing list and I thought I would share it. The content of the video is interesting but is done by BSA and takes the "company line" approach. It does brefily talk about a cool virtual tool that BSA provides councils to get marketing materials that they simple tweak online and then send to the printers. Also seems BSA is going to provide councils with a simple hosting...[More]


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With the foruth of July having just past it got me thinking of a short story I wrote in August of 1996. I hope you enjoy.   KBOOM!!! The crackling thunder of firecrackers, lured me to an open window overlooking the dark alley below. Several lads stood stunned and appeared to be full of fear, as if something terrible had just happened. In the center of the group laid a boy in a puddle of blood, next to...[More]


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In a earlier post I talked about how I was as a Scout, my learning disabilities and what Scouting meant to me. In this post I would like to offer a few points on how to deal with other Scouts like me. The first thing don't hide the problems from the youth. When I was youth I did not know they were trying to kick me out or even some of the results of my actions....[More]


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What follows is a original heart warming fictional short story that I wrote called "Drew's Bad Birthday". It is long for a blog post but I think you will enjoy it all the same. I have many more stories so if you like this one I will post more.   “Mom,” I whined “Why do I have to go outside, it is my birthday?” “I have to clean the house, now get!” she yelled pointing at the door. Not...[More]


By: webmaster      

It is the small things in life that stand out in our memories. It is not the big battle we won, but rather the day to day things. From my childhood I remember camping with my dad especially on Scout outings and family trips. Yet I remember more clearly playing catch in the back yard and catching the boy where no boy should, piling pillows on him and yelling dog pile, or just laying on...[More]


By: webmaster      

In my last post I talked about how I was as a Scout, my learning disabilities and what Scouting meant to me. In this post I would like to offer a few points on how to deal with other Scouts like me. The first thing don't hide the problems from the youth. When I was youth I did not know they were trying to kick me out or even some of the results of my actions....[More]


By: webmaster      

Recently a virtual Scouting buddy from the UK asked me what the definition of an expedition is. It took a while before I understood what he meant. He explained to me that in the UK they have a badge called “The Expedition Challenge”. (The full requirements are at http://www.scoutbase.org.uk/library/hqdocs/badges/scout-exch.htm) and that to earn the badge the Scout has to complete a “Expedition – a purpose with a journey”. As there is no guidelines to...[More]


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