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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...]

Scouting’s Future – Scoutmaster Podcast 324

In an often pessimistic world Scouting's future is inherently optimistic. Scouting is greater than a hedge against the perilous future, or a return to a storied past. We typically associate the future with technological advances. While technology will have a big role in shaping our future there are, perhaps, greater factors to consider. Scouting is a transformative journey following a guiding … [Read More...]

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...]