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Podcast 326 – Advice for the Senior Patrol Leader

My son was frustrated, decided to change troops, and was elected senior patrol leader in his new troop. The Scoutmaster is a man of good intentions but with a commanding presence. Over time he has taken to leading himself because it's easier and less messy. The Scouts in this troop would like to have more say, and implement the patrol method as you talk about it. Which brings me to my question. … [Read More...]

First Class Rank Requirement 1a

Some requirements, like First Class Rank Requirement 1a, can be confusing; Since joining, participate in 10 separate troop/patrol activities, six of which include overnight camping. These 10 activities do not include troop or patrol meetings. On at least five of the six campouts, spend the night in a tent that you pitch or other structure that you help erect (such as a lean-to, snow cave, or … [Read More...]

Future Camping Gear Reviews

As a happy gear nerd I enjoy writing camping gear reviews once in awhile, especially when that gear stands the test of time. When I write about gear it's usually stuff I have used for at least a year or two, and often a decade or more. I turn down most of the requests I receive to review camping gear. Most of what is offered does more to weigh your pack down than significantly improve your camping … [Read More...]

Podcast 325 – Email Answers

I hope you had a great summer... The picture for this week's podcast is one of my favorite campsites on Proulx lake in Ontario Canada's Algonquin Provincial Park. We took twenty people in three crews this year and had a great time. I am glad to be back, and this week I'll answer some of the email questions you have sent over the break. In 30+ years as a Scouter I have been through difficult … [Read More...]