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Memorial Day 2015 – Peace Scouting

On this Memorial Day  we honor the memories and continuing dedication of women and men who have served our country. We must rememebr that when meet, when we camp, when we march in parades and decorate the graves of those who served, the great debt we owe. Our remembrances today are one small payment on that debt, and our work in Scouting has the great potential to foster peace by educating our … [Read More...]

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B-P’s Blog – Sunday in Camp

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. THERE are few who can deny that Sunday is the most viceful day of the whole week. In the Scouts we have it in our power, … [Read More...]

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CM Scrubber for Cast Iron

When you first see the CM Scrubber you'll probably say the same thing I did; "it's too expensive!" But the next time you have a crusty dutch oven to clean you'll agree that it's worth every penny. Put some water in the oven while it's still warm, and scrub away. The chain mail design won't scratch, and is very effective at lifting tough baked-on residue. No soap needed, cooked-on crud will … [Read More...]

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Can You See What Scouts See?

If your perspective of developing leadership is limited to what you believe needs to happen rather than observing what is actually happening you'll miss opportunities, Let's imagine we're sitting around a table with the patrol leader's council before a troop meeting. There's a lot of chatting and dithering around, you turn to the senior patrol leader, and he reigns the council in. They've … [Read More...]

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Scoutmaster Podcast 268 – Rank Requirements

What do the resources say? Who signs rank requirements? It's up to the unit leader to select and train those who approve advancement, that's the short answer! Listen for the longer answer and answers to email questions about troop meetings, terms for positions of responsibility, alcohol stoves, and backpack weight. Links in this podcast Going Camping Go Light! (more Horace Kephardt … [Read More...]