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Summer Camp Survey

How was your troop's week at camp this summer? Summer camp can be the most important week in a patrol and troop’s year - it's challenging, adventurous, and full of possibility. How well did the camp you attended this summer provide those sorts of opportunities for your Scouts? The summer camp survey is designed for Scout troops who have already attended camp this summer and asks for your … [Read More...]

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New Star Rank Requirements

This is is fifth in a series of posts abut the new rank requirements that take effect on January 1, 2016. Scout | Tenderfoot | Second Class | First Class | Star | Life | Eagle (these links will be active as each installment is published ) Exactly how the new requirements are phased in is explained in this PDF document - Notes on Transitioning to the New Requirements. I found the new … [Read More...]

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BSA ends the ban on gay leaders

"For far too long, this issue has divided and distracted us. Now it's time to unite behind our shared belief in the extraordinary power of Scouting to be a force for good." Robert Gates, BSA president. In a vote of the executive committee yesterday the BSA ends the ban on gay leaders. From a BSA press release- "On Monday, July 27, the National Executive Board ratified a resolution that … [Read More...]

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Scoutmaster Podcast 277 – Hiker’s Gear Guide

This encore presentation features my interview with ultimate hiker Andrew Skurka. Skurka's Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide is my new go-to resource for backpacking  gear information. The first section of the book asks and answers the questions that many don’t think to ask until they are out on the trail with too much and/or too little gear, blistered feet, and soaking wet with no hope of getting dry; … [Read More...]

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B-P’s Blog – Health

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. SIR GEORGE NEWMAN said recently: "National health is not dependent on doctors and nurses, but on the people themselves." … [Read More...]