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How Do You Purify Water?

We'll purify many gallons of drinking and cooking water for three crews spending a week canoeing in Ontario's Algonquin Provincial Park this summer. Here's what I have learned about purifying water for a hundred or so Scouts and adults who have taken this trip over the past dozen years. We need water for drinking and cooking, and treat them differently. Boiling We purify nearly all our … [Read More...]

Scoutmaster Podcast 313 – Troop Leader Guidebook

Have you seen the first volume of the Troop Leader Guidebook? Join Walter Underwood and myself as we review the first volume of the Troop Leader Guidebook. Like Walter I accumulated a collection of Scoutmaster Handbooks. From the very first edition to the last they were uniformly mediocre at best. Both Walter and I agree that the most useful offical guide to how Scout troops work remains the … [Read More...]

Scoutmaster Podcast 312 – Summer Camp!

How about your Scouts? How about their parents? This podcast features advice for Scouters attending summer camp and parents who are staying home. I'll discuss ten things that will make life at summer camp smooth sailing for you and your Scouts, and also share some things parents can do to prepare their Scouts and themselves for the best week for the year - Summer Camp! Parents of Scouts headed to … [Read More...]

Scoutmaster Podcast 311 – Scout Camping

What constitutes a night of Scout camping? You'll find the qualifier "under the auspices of Scouting" or something similar in advancement requirements that describe nights of camping. What, exactly, does this mean? I'll give you my best answer to this and other email questions that we'll discuss in this podcast. You don't want to miss Scoutmaster Kevin Rhodes' story of how his youth leadership … [Read More...]

Scoutmaster Podcast 310 – Parents 3

We work with our Scouts as they come to us.... I'll discuss two different parent-related issues in this third (and final) in a series of podcasts about Scout parents - First we'll acknowledge getting parents to understand the way advancement works can be a big challenge. I’ve worked with many parents who I would consider to be overly involved in their son’s Scouting. They usually calm down a … [Read More...]