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Do We Demand or Earn Attention?

Scouts endure demands for their attention. In a classroom we listen for things that sound like they'll be on the test, and strain out the rest. If someone asks a question everyone groans, because that makes the lesson longer. We learn not to interrupt, to run out the hour, and let the teacher talk. When it's "time for instruction" do your Scouts switch into classroom mode and start … [Read More...]


Podcast 261 – Avoiding the Troop Program Death Spiral

Sounds dramatic? But I got your attention, right? I'll explain what the dreaded troop program death spiral is and help you avoid it as well as answering email questions about Eagle Scout advancement, Advancement policies instituted by a troop, and "Webelos Purgatory". Links The New Scoutmastercg Android App Troop Program Death Spiral Article Sponsored By … [Read More...]


B.P.’s Blog – Shaving-paper Notes

During his lifetime Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the worldwide Scouting movement, wrote many books and articles directed to Scouters. Each Sunday I'll publish a selection from his writings in the hope that you'll draw inspiration and understanding from his timeless ideas. SOME dear old lady, not being up in the modern developments of patent razors, etc., sent me a birthday present of a little … [Read More...]

Android App Woes

Hopefully by the time you read this the new Android version of the ScoutmasterCG app will be available on Google play! Unfortunately the only way to get this fixed was to un-publish the old version and publish a completely new one, so Android users will have to uninstall the present app and install the newer version. Good news though - the new Android app is still free, (thanks to the continued … [Read More...]


Not Just Canoeing Wild Rivers

Reading Canoeing Wild Rivers is like attending a master class in wilderness travel. Cliff Jacobson's 30th anniversary edition of the classic Expedition Canoeing (now Canoeing Wild Rivers) is required reading for anyone planning or even thinking about a high adventure trip. This completely updated and revised edition features dozens of full-color photos, how-to illustrations, source charts, … [Read More...]