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By: ptsteve      

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]

By: ptsteve      

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]

By: ptsteve      

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]

By: webmaster      

I have a new website called 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]

By: webmaster      

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]

By: ptsteve      

The evening before PowWow and it has me thinking. A year ago I attended my first PowWow and it was eye opening. This one I am looking forward to learning more things I can bring back to my Den and the Adult Leaders in the Pack. I do have to learn some serious stuff, but also signed up for the fun stuff the Cub Scouts will enjoy. Well I will have an update in the...[More]

By: ptsteve      

Hello Cub Scouters,How often are you communicating with your Cub Scouts and parents. Do you send out reminder emails for upcoming meetings and Pack events? Email works great to remind everyone what is going on, but Den Leaders still need to pick up the phone and ask the families that have a responsibilities for the next meetings are they comfortable with it. Even if they say "we have it under control" or yes, ask again....[More]

By: ptsteve      

Hello Cub Scouters,Yes it is PackTrainerSteve again and also a Den Leader. We have found that you can hold a Hayride with off and on rain. I am proud to say most of my Den showed up and had a great time. We had 100 say they would come and 60 did and most of them were my Wolf Scouts and families. If the weather forecast says rain, make sure to see what is going...[More]

By: webmaster      

It has come to my attention that in many areas its that time of the year... time for OA elections so I thought I would take a few moments to explain what the OA is all about and how Scouts should choose who they elect into the brotherhood. In case you are wondering I am a OA member having earned my ordeal level as a Scout and then many years later Brotherhood while on Summer...[More]

By: ptsteve      

Welcome NEW Cub Scout LeadersI am a Pack Trainer for Pack 340 in Maryland and also the Wolf Den Leaders. If you are reading this blog entry you are at a great resource that will help you answer many leadership questions. First, read the handbook for the level Den or Webelos Den you are leading. After you have done that, you will have questions and doubts, ask the other leaders in your Pack for advice....[More]

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