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Inspiring Canoe Videos

Take a little time to watch these two inspiring canoe videos, it's worth it. "The Canoe" features footage of Algonquin Provincial Park where we go for our Venture Crew's annual canoe trips. There's a segment on building a birch bark canoe, so I just had to add the second film to this post. Filmed in the early 1970's "Cesar's Bark Canoe" features what bushcraft guru Ray Mears calls the epitome … [Read More...]

Scoutmaster Podcast 337 – Scouts and Money

We ended up drawing a kind of dividing line ... ... between adult and Scout responsibilities, and it has a lot to do with Scouts and money. In this podcast, in answer to a listener's question, I'll discuss how we decided who would be responsible for Scouts and money. I do think there’s some return in having Scouts be responsible for administrative paperwork (permission slips, collecting money, … [Read More...]

Scoutmaster Podcast 336 | One Sentence Scouter Job Description

I am often asked ... "How do I get my troop's adult volunteers to use the patrol method?" I'll answer that question with a one sentence Scouter job description. Over the past decade of writing the blog at I’ve been looking for a one sentence definition of Scouting. Something we can tell ourselves that focuses us on what’s important about our work as Scouters. I think I … [Read More...]

1925 Scouting Equipment Catalog

This Scouting Equipment Catalog from 1925 is a fantastic piece of Scouting history. I've scanned all 50 pages and created a PDF document that you can download at the end of this post. On the cover there's a full color illustration by Benjamin Goodwin Seielstad of Scouts in their campsite with a cowboy in the background. No new-fangled sleeping bags (since there was really no such thing in … [Read More...]

Scoutmaster Podcast 335 | The Opportunity Business

I have had plenty of Scouts seize the opportunity to be cold, wet, and miserable... ... but that usually only happens once or twice, then they learn not to be cold and miserable. When it's raining they have the opportunity to take your word for it and be prepared, or to learn by experience. I do tell parents that I want every Scout to have rain gear and polypro every time we go out – … [Read More...]