Newsletter - June 2013
By: InsaneScouter Posted On: 2021-12-03

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The June 2013

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Greetings Scouter's! Welcome to the June issue of the InsaneScouter newsletter.


Tornadoes in Texas and Oklahoma have caused massive destruction and left many injured and homeless. Thousands of people, including Scouts, and Scouters, have been affected by these disasters. We would like to thank all the Scouts and Scouters who are helping provide basic needs to as many of those affected as possible. We salute you! We ask that you pray for those effected.

The Pasta Shoppe Fundraising

The Pasta Shoppe has an amazing fundraising program that could generate funds for your unit and Scouts. I would like to welcome them back as a one of our great sponsors.

Briefly here is what they offer: Our fundraising program is simple and effective. There are two ways your group can sell Fun Pasta: Brochure Sales + Online Sales: Your participants will sell from a colorful brochure and also with an online link.

To learn more:

Boy Scouts approve plan to accept openly gay boys

The Boy Scouts of America threw open its ranks Thursday to gay Scouts but not gay Scout leaders - a fiercely contested compromise that some warned could fracture the organization and lead to mass defections of members and donors.

Of the roughly 1,400 voting members of the BSA's National Council who cast ballots, 61 percent supported the proposal drafted by the governing Executive Committee. The policy change takes effect Jan. 1.

Here is BSA's statment

Here is a news article

Here is what the Mormon Church had to say

BSA Stand Up Paddleboarding Award

The BSA Stand Up Paddleboarding award introduces Scouts to the basics of stand up paddleboarding (SUP) on calm water, including skills, equipment, self rescue, and safety precautions. This award also encourages Scouts to develop paddling skills that promote fitness and safe aquatics recreation. For more details

Scouts Canada Survivorman Challenge

I came across this challenge and it sounds cool and thought some of you might want to implement it in your own units.

Scouts Canada has long been known for preparing youth for leadership roles and for helping them gain knowledge, skills, and outdoor expertise through experiential, hands-on learning. We are excited to announce a partnership with Les Stroud, Canadian filmmaker and survival expert, to take the Venturer Outdoorsman Award program to new heights, while introducing a new challenge for Rovers. Scouts Canada feels Les is a strong role model for youth, and have now created the Scouts Canada Survivorman Challenge for Venturers and Rovers. For full details


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The Litterbug

CHARACTERS: PAPER (Crackle-Crackle) CANS (Clatter-Clatter) TRASH (Dump-Dump) LITTERBUG (Toss and Throw) NARRATOR: God put bugs in this world for many reasons. He made them to live in every kind of season. But the pesky LITTERBUG with his PAPER and CAN, was made through neglected TRASH by the foolish person. To keep America beautiful, get rid of the LITTERBUG, so beach goers can again lounge on a clean sandy rug. Because of this pest, we must woller around, In PAPER and...

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The Lost Lollipop 2

(Small boy is sitting, crying) Passer-by #1: (Enters) What's wrong little boy, why are you crying? Boy : (Sobbing) I lost my lollipop ! Passer-by #1: Have you looked for it ? Boy : (Continues to sob) Oh, yes, I've looked under my bed, in my sock drawer, and even in Charlie's pocket. Passer-by #1: I've heard that chanting often works. You think very hard about the lollipop until you can see it in your mind, and chant 'lollipop' over...


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A Wooney Gooney
  A wooney gooney cha a wooney A wooney gooney cha a wooney I, I, I, ippee I, I, anna I, I, I, ippee I, I, anna A wooney, A wooney, cheche!  ...

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A Boys Eyes
  "I'd like to be a Cub Scout"  His eyes were deepest blue. "I'd like to learn, and play, and build Like Jim and Freddy do." "I know how to use a hammer; I can drive a nail if I try. I'm eight years old, I'm big and strong And hardly ever cry." I gave him the application and parent participation sheet. His eyes were filled with sunshine as he left on dancing feet. Next day, my friend was back again...

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Hanukkah The Temple Is Asleep
SCENE: As you extinguish the Hanukkah candles, read the following poem:The Temple is asleep.The lamp burns bright;Judan, the LeaderHas started the light.The sun shines by dayAnd dark is the night;But always and alwaysThe lamp burns bright. ...

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Dinosaurs In The Garden
The dinosaurs were quite brave. They strutted over the light dusting of snow on the sidewalk and approached the food. They cast darting glances from side to side, sometimes observing the black, four-legged mammals that lay on the grass and other times eyeing suspiciously the two-legged mammal that stood, partially concealed, behind a shadowy screen. With quick motion, the dinosaurs captured morsels of dog food in their beaks and flew away. The particular dinosaurs I speak of are commonly referred...

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The Pledge Of The Tribe
CUBMASTER: Braves of the tribe of Akela, our council fire is lit, but the time grows late. Let all braves stand now and raise their right hands toward the Great Spirit in the sky. Now let us give the pledge of our tribe of Akela - the Cub Scout promise.And now may the Great Spirit of all good Indians and Scouts be with us till we meet again. ...

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Webelos Arrow Of Light Candle Lighting
PERSONNEL: Akela, Arrow of Light Award Candidate and parents, two Webelos Scouts.EQUIPMENT: Arrow of Light Ceremonial Board, four red candles, three White candles, Arrow of Light Award Certificate, straight pins.ARRANGEMENT: Akela and two Webelos Scouts stand at left of candles, Candidate and parents at right.1ST. WEBELOS: (lights four red candles) The four red candles represent Bobcat, Wolf, Bear, and Scout. The Arrow of Light means progress along the trail from Bobcat cub Scout to Scout -- the trail to good...

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Banana Nut Bread
1/3 cups vegetable oil 4 bananas, mashed 3 eggs, beaten 2 1/3 cups biscuit mix 1 cup sugar 1 cup chopped walnuts 1/2 tsp vanillaMix all ingredients in large pot. Beat vigorously with fork for 1 minutes. Pour 1/2 mix into greased loaf pan, then other 1/2 into another greased loaf pan. Bake in cardboard oven at 350 for 1 hour. Cool 5 minutes. Run knife around sides of loaf and remove from pan....

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Little Bunny FruFru
Little bunny Fru-fru, hoppin' though the forest, Scoopin' up the field mice and battin' them on the head. Along came the good fairy, and she said: "Little bunny Fru-fru, I don't want to see you Scoopin' up the field mice and battin' them on the head. I'll give you three chances to change your ways, and if you don't obey, I'll turn you into a goon." So the next day . . . [Repeat-two more chances ....

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Baby Beluga
Baby beluga in the deep blue sea, Swim so wild and you swim so free. Heaven about you, sea below, Just a little white whale on the go. Baby beluga, baby beluga, is the water warm? Is your mother home with you, so happy. Way down yonder where the dolphins play, Where they dive and splash all day, The waves roll in and the waves roll out, See the water squirting out of your spout. Baby beluga, baby beluga, sing...

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Sign Language Closing
Ask everyone to stand. Cubmaster gives the words and demonstrated the signs used in the ceremony. Then everyone joins in. Boy Scout Sign May the spirit of Scouting Cub Scout Sign and the light of Akela Point finger be with you and me Both arms out. until our paths Arms crossed cross Cub sign (on wrist, then elbow, then shoulder. again. ...

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Space Shuttle
PROPS: Large cardboard box made to look like the space shuttle; projector and film. Chairs for each Cub in skit. The chairs are placed behind the shuttle with the astronauts sitting in the chairs.COSTUMES: Den Chief dressed to look like the ground control. All other Cubs dressed as astronauts.DEN CHIEF: Well men, are you ready for your first mission?CUBS: Yes, sir!LAST BOY: Mr. Ground Commander sir! I have been thinking about this first mission and there is just one last...

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Firestarter 5
Just to add one more thought. The temperature of your wood is important. Surely you've noticed that it's much easier to light your campfire on a warm afternoon than on a cold morning? The same applies to damp wood, if you can warm some tinder inside your parka, you'll have a much better chance of getting it to blaze....

Home > Resources > Activities > Cheers
Everyone yell together, "Clap your hands," then clap hands together two times. Then yell "Stomp your feet," then stomp feet three times on the floor. Then say, "PACK(TROOP) _____ can't be beat."...

Home > Resources > Leaders > Leader Tips
Boy Behavior Revisions in Progress
How can you take 5-10 boys, between 1st and 4th grades, for one hour a week, teach them something, have them create something, express themselves, enjoy themselves, and still maintain your own sanity? That's a question den leaders have often asked themselves. This section hopes to offer some suggestions to help make it all possible. Trying to maintain control of a group of active cubs isn't easy--but it's not impossible either. The first and most important thing you...

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Baby Duck
Oh what a bit of luck That I was born a baby duck With rubber socks and rubber shoes I can waddle where I choose Quack,quack,quack,quack,quack,quack,quack,quack. ...

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Thank you God for all you do Alleluia Thank you God for all you do Every single day....

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Bravo 2 For an excellent performance
The cheer leader says:"That deserves a real cheer. Give me a 'B' "...(and the group responds with a resounding 'B'),"Give me an 'R'"..., etc.When all letters have been called,"What have you got?" Response from all: BRAVO!...

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Picture Ornaments
Materials Needed: Foam sheets, clay, juice or plastic lids, paper, paints, ribbon, clay ingredients (listed below).For the juice or plastic lids cut out two pieces of paper. One is for the background and the other piece is for the backside of the lid. Glue the picture inside the lid. Wrap and glue the ribbon around the edge of the lid. Remember to add a loop for hanging. Write the date of the picture on the back of the ornament for...

Home > Resources > The Outdoors > Cooking > Lunch
Baked Spaghetti
1 large onion, chopped 1 clove garlic, minced 4 tablespoons shortening 1/2 lb ground beef 2 cups water 2 cans tomato soup 2 teaspoons chili powder 1/2 lb uncooked spaghetti 1 cup sharp cheese (grated)Cook onion and garlic in shortening in Dutch Oven. Add beef and cook, stirring occasionally, to keep meat particles separated. Drain excess grease off. Mix in the soup, water and chili powder and cook a few minutes longer. Break spaghetti into inch...

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Dinosaur Bones
Let the boys shape play dough into bone shapes, creating a dinosaur skeleton with the bones.   Take pictures and let them dry until the next meeting.   At the next meeting let them try to reassemble their dinosaur from the picture....

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Wildlife Pledge
(Provide copies of the Wildlife Pledge below to each person in audience, and ask them to repeat it together.)I pledge to use my eyes to see the beauty of all outdoors.I pledge to train my mind to learn the importance of nature.I pledge to use my hands to help protect our soil, water, woods, and wildlife.And by my good example, show others how to respect, properly use, and enjoy our natural resources. ...

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Mousetrap Catapult Plans
There are several catapult plans on the Internet, for Webelos Engineer #9 requirement. Here’s one using a mousetrap that I made twice with each of my Webelos dens, that I want to share with you. This one’s not too complex to build, and having a miter saw and a drill press will make it fairly easy (but these are not necessary). This catapult takes quite a bit of prep time, and with the Webelos Engineer activity pin scheduled for February and March, there...

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The Lost Aliens
Cast: Two space aliens, Ma, Pa, Sonny, and Sis Setting: The two aliens arrive in front of the hillbilly family seated around a cook pot or a campfire. Ma: Howdy strange lookin' green fellers. What ya'll want? Alien #1: Tell us how to get to Bloomington. Ma: Well I don't rightly know, but I'll ask Sonny. Oh Sonny, how do you get to Bloomington? Sonny: Well Ma, I don't rightly know, I'll ask Sis. Sis, how do you get to...

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Bugs Things Closing
You can learn a lot about life by watching insects. Have you ever taken time to watch a colony of ants? They are always busy, working together, doing what needs to be done without complaining. The Greek writer Aesop told a story about the ants and the grasshopper. All summer long the ants worked hard to gather and store food for the winter. Meanwhile, the grasshopper wasted its time, playing and singing in the long grass. In the fall, when...

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Questions Webelos Scouts Should Ask Each Troop
  Question Ideal Answer Do I know anyone in the Troop? (Possibly) Have I been invited to visit this Troop (Maybe - does not matter) Are any of my friends looking at this Troop (Maybe) HOW large is the Troop (Six to over one hundred boys) Is the Troop mostly older boys? (15+ years) Is the Troop mostly younger boys? (less than 15 years) Do the older scouts help the new scouts my age? (Ideal situation) When does the Troop meet? Where? For How Long? (Every xx week night, x pm for 1.5 hours, - at church, school,...

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Our Heritage Of Freedom
PERSONNEL: Narrator and 6 or more Cub ScoutsEQUIPMENT: American Flag, record player, recording such as "America the Beautiful" or "This is My Country", Pack flag.ARRANGEMENT: The color guards advance the flags in the normal manner while the patriotic record is playing. They come to the front and stand at attention, facing audience while narrator reads the ceremony. The record player volume should be turned down to provide background music during narration.NARRATOR: The heritage of freedom that is ours today was...

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Jungle Book Ceremony for Advancing to Scouts
People required: Akela, the leader of the wolf pack (the Cubmaster) Scoutmaster and Boy Scouts from the patrol(s) that will be accepting the Cubs. Props: Bridge (a small symbolic one is adequate) New Boy Scout bandannas Suitable recorded music and tape player Hints: It is very common for the Boy Scouts to be responsible for the crossing over ceremony. If you want to use this ceremony for crossing over, be sure to discuss it with the leaders of the Boy...

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Someone Chanted Evening
Props: Blankets and rope to make Monk's Cassock. Friar: Good morning, everyone. Monks: Good morning. Friar: For our Matin, we are going to practice chanting. All together now, repeat after me: (Chanting) Morning, morning, mor-or-ning. Monks: (Rather raggedly) Morning, morning, mor-or-ning. Friar: Not bad, but we need to get more feeling and rhythm into t. Let's try again. (A couple more attempts are made, each one better, then on the third try it sounds excellent, but one Monk chants loud...

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The Bobcat Campfire Induction
Equipment: Artificial campfire as shown here, a stick for each Cub Scout who will receive the Bobcat badge; Bobcat badges and straight pins.Personnel: Cubmaster, new Bobcats and their parents.The Cubmaster calls forward the Bobcats and asks them to form a semicircle behind the fire; parents are behind their sons.CUBMASTER: Cub Scouts, you have learned the things a boy must know to join our pack. Will you join me in repeating the things you learned-The Cub Scout Promise. (Leads the Promise)Parents,...

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Uncooked Dough
This dough is fast and easy to make because it doesn’t need to be cooked. It is best to use this dough for making stuff you want to harden and keep rather than for playing with over and over again. You will need: 1 cup flour, ¼ cup salt, ½ cup water, food coloring, a bowl and a spoon, plastic tubs or plastic bags. 1. In the bowl, stir together the flour and salt and then add the water. 2....

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Mexican Lowfat Pinto Beans Bean Soup
4 c Water 1 lb Pinto beans 1 md Onion, chopped 1 t Minced garlic 1/2 t Lite sait, optional 1 t Cumin seed 1 cn Rotel Diced Tomatoes and Green Chiles, undrained soak beans overnight. Mix water, beans and onion in a 4-qt. Dutch oven. Cover and heat to boiling; boil 2 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand 1 hour. Add just enough water to cover beans. Stir in remaining ingredients. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. cover and...

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Painting the Walls
In the middle of the singing a person wearing two coats, holding a paint bucket, paint brush, and a step ladder pushes through the crowd. He excuses himself saying he is a painter and needs to do the next room. The leader asks him why he is dressed for winter. The painter replies that he was told to paint the room with two coats....

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Sunday School
ChorusYoung folks, old folks, everybody come, Join our happy Sunday School, and have a lot of fun, Please check your chewing gum and raisins at the door, And you'll hear some Bible stories that you've never heard before.Shadrak, Meshak, and Abednigo Wouldn't obey the king, so they had to go. Put 'em in a furnace to burn 'em up like chaff, But their asbestos B.V.D.s gave the king a laugh.The world was made in six days and...


Wild Animal Cake

Cake mix and ingredients to make cake white frosting
Animal crackers gumdrops
Silver Dragees

Prepare and bake cake according to package directions for a 13 x 9” pan. Let cool in pan for 10
minutes and then invert onto a serving tray, let finish cooling. Frost and decorate.

Early Morning Susage Ring
  •  2 lbs hot pork sausage
  •  2 eggs, beaten 
  • 1 onion, chopped fine 
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced 
  • 1 1/2 cups Italian bread crumbs 
  • 1/4 cups parsley flakes 
  • 1 tsp red pepper 
  • 1 tsp cumin 
  • 1 tsp coriander 

Mix ingredients well in large pot. Place small pot in center of Dutch oven. Mold sausage mixture around inside wall of Dutch oven and pot to form ring. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. Drain off grease. Bake 20 minutes more. Remove small pot and turn ring upside down onto plate. Fill with scrambled eggs or EGGS ALA KING (see entry)





Save the Date--and Time - Eagle Tip
This week, I received one of those “save the date” postcards that are increasingly popular for weddings these days. The wedding will be held next May 10 at … well, the card didn’t say.Given that May 10...

Stay out of the Risk Zone - smtip
How many people are killed each day by distracted drivers? What’s the most important factor in towing a trailer? How can drivers combat drowsy driving? Why are 15-passenger vans more susceptible to rollovers than other vehicles?Those are...

Choose Your Own Adventure - SMTip
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,...

A Salute from the Top - Eagle Tip
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...

A Lesson in Penmanship - eagle tip
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...

Getting Cub Scout Leaders to Serve Again
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...

A Video Letter to the Future - Eagle Tip
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...
Kamp Knots


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Rich Diesslin

KNOTS Cartoons full-color paperback book is here!
Great Gift for Scouts and Scouters!




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This coming Saturday will be the first day of Staff Week for Camp Gorsuch and while I am looking forward to having the opportunity to serve on staff as the...

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Get Out of The Heat With AES To Help Arizona's Wildlife On The Mogollon Rim
Get out of the heat and enjoy the Mogollon Rim area near Clints Well,AZ, while restoring and improv......

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Sung to the tune of “My Boyfriend’s Back”
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Ask the Expert: The rapid-fire FAQs edition
So far, Ask the Expert posts have offered one often-lengthy answer to one complicated Scouting question. You can read past posts here. Perhaps a question you have is answered there. But...

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Celebrating Outdoors Week, Girl Scout Style!
Girl Scouts are celebrating the great outdoors this week! Emily Smith, chief marketing officer for Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada, has penned a column for Parents Guide of Las Vegas...
Scoutmaster Podcast 173 – Policy Shift Issues
This edition of the Scoutmaster Podcast I join Frank Maynard and Walter Underwood for a discussion about the recent change to BSA membership policy. Our aim is to look at...

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Enter daily to win a pair of Merrell Barefoot water shoes
Go barefoot at the lake without worrying about stepping on a painful rock thanks to a pair of Vibram-soled shoes. The Merrell Barefoot Water Torrent Glove shoes protect bare feet during...

Venturing Ranger Award Elective – Shooting Sports
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Inuit Boot Drying Trick
My friends and I had been on the trail three days when the rain hit. It started as drizzly rain, then changed to a fat-drop rain, then to a misty...

Bobwhites Blather
How Scouting helps identity development
Last week I attended an orientation session at the university my son is attending in the fall. There were separate sessions for the new students and for the soon-to-be parents...

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The Park Of Many Meetings
Even before I took over as the scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 68 in Melrose, troop meetings were sometimes held at the Jaycee Park. After I took the scoutmaster position,...

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Farm Animals - 31st May 2013 at 9th Benoni
Today we went down to the farm to see what we could see!Old Macdonald had a farm and on that farm he had a "duck, duck, goose"  An easy quick...

Scoutmaster Minute
Straight from the Dead Horses Mouth
I am posting this just for clarification. I will not debate this nor will I further the discussion about it. The reason I am posting this is that there seems...

John Scout
Scouting is the Idea
What would B-P do? Robert Baden-Powell founded Scouting over 100 years ago to fill a void. He took what he had learned in service to his country and adapted it for...



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OUR OPINION: Scouts open the door and welcome (almost) all
It took awhile, but the Boy Scouts of America last week began applying its traditional values - which include respect and opportunity for every boy - to the issues of...

Boy Scouts holding flag retirement ceremony June 14
The Boy Scouts of America Annual Flag Retirement Program will be June 14 at 5:30 p.m. inside Coy Burnett Stadium. Gates will open at 5 p.m....

Girl Scouts holds awards night
Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest for Grant County and the Animas area recently held their annual awards night....

Boy Scouts March in Uniform at Utah Homosexual Pride Parade
SALT LAKE CITY – Despite orders from their local council not to do so, a number of Boy Scouts and their leaders marched in uniform at the Salt Lake City...

National Catholic support for Scouts on gays
The Boy Scouts of America’s newly adopted policy of accepting gay Scouts “is not in conflict with Catholic teaching” and parishes should continue to sponsor scouting, according to a letter...

Brush Scouts receive American Legion donations
Area American Legion Members gathered recently at Brush's Bunker Hill Country Club for an annual program that, among presenting programs from speakers, also rewarded Brush Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts...

Despite Warnings, Gay Boy Scouts March in Salt Lake Pride
Uniformed Boy and Cub Scouts marched alongside supportive Mormons in the Utah Pride Parade Sunday. read more...

Chicago area church scraps Boy Scout sponsorship
A suburban Chicago church is no longer sponsoring two groups of Boy Scouts after the organization voted to allow openly gay members....

SALINE: Local Girl Scouts to serve in prestigious program
This summer, a number of local Girl Scouts will be heading to Mackinac Island to serve as the Honor Guard for Gov. Rick Snyder....

Boy Scouts’ pivot on gay youths begs question: Why now?
In 1980, the Boy Scouts learned that Eagle Scout Tim Curran was gay and rejected the 18-year-old’s application to be an assistant Scoutmaster. For the next 17 years, Curran fought...

Boy Scouts’ Gay Policies Benefit Alternative Groups
The controversies over gay Boy Scouts and their leaders have benefited alternative groups geared to the secular and the religious....

Elizabeth Tenety: PHOTO: Boy Scouts march in uniform at Utah's Gay Pride Parade
The Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the single largest chartering organization of Boy Scouts nationwide....

Cub Scouts Design Cakes to Benefit Local Packs
Boy Scouts in Hampden are earning new ranks and enjoying some sweet treats along the way. On Sunday, cub scouts pack 41 took part in a crossing over ceremony. While...

Del Mar residents among Girl Scouts’ ‘10 Cool Women of 2013’
Del Mar residents Arlene Harris and Zandra Rhodes were honored at the San Diego’s “10 Cool Women of 2013” luncheon, held by Girl Scouts San Diego on April 19....



Thoughts to Ponder


Flag Day

Who can tell me what day falls on June 14th? That's right it's Flag Day. Another question, why do we celebrate Flag Day on June 14th.

Because it was on that day in 1777 we got our first official US Flag. The Continental Congress which made the laws in those days, specified that the flag would have 13 stripes, alternating red and white, and 13 white stars on a blue field.

But that was all the description they gave. If you remember your flag history, the result was that a lot of different flags appeared during the Revolutionary War. You can see pictures of some of them in your handbook. It wasn't until 1912, 135 years later, that the flag became standardized.

It's not very important that you know a lot about our flags history. What is important though, is that you are aware that our flag was born very soon after we became an independent nation, and that millions of men have fought for the flag as our symbol of freedom.

That's why I hope that if your family owns a US Flag, you will fly it proudly on Flag Day this year. In that way, we can show our pride as Americans and our determination to live as free men.


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