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Eagles on the Appalachian Trail – Podcast 338

This should be fun! This week there's no deep dive into policies, no procedural advice or philosophizing, just a conversation with two of my old Eagle Scouts who headed out for a hike last week. Bucky Kellorg and Wade Bastian join me from their "zero day" about fifty miles into a 2000 mile quest to reach the end of the Appalachian trail on Mt. Katahdin in Maine. Hear an unvarnished account of … [Read More...]

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...]