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Scoutmaster Podcast 323 – Scout Camp!

Scout camp is a privilege, an opportunity, and an obligation. We get just so many great good places in life, and one of my favorites is our Scout camp. The history, names, stories and traditions are specific to our camp, but they share common threads with every Scout camp. This week I'll share some snapshots of a our annual alumni weekend, and the message we can carry to our Scouts about these … [Read More...]

Authentic Scouting is Viral!

How do you share knowledge or skills with more than one person? If it's just three or four people we get them together and tell them. Easy, right? What if it's ten or twenty people? How about thirty? When numbers grow we start thinking in terms of economy. The classroom is an economical model of instruction, we are all familiar with classrooms, so we'll probably employ that … [Read More...]

Scoutmaster Podcast 322 – Youth Engagement

Scouting is something Scouts do for themselves ... ... rather than a program of activities presented for them. This week I'll discuss the way Scouts should be engaged in leading one another, in making decisions affecting what they do and how it is done. Our ideal responsive leadership role as a barely perceptible influence empowering young people to do things for themselves. We accomplish this … [Read More...]

Scoutmaster Podcast 321- Brownsea Island Moment

21 boys boarded a boat in Poole Harbor... ... they had no way of knowing they were pioneering a movement for millions of young people around the world. Several lived well into old age to vividly recount their experiences decades later.   Scouting's pathways are now worn by travel, but each new Scout today has a "Brownsea Island Moment" when they encounter a new and unexplored land, … [Read More...]