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Flag Retirement Ceremonies, Which is Really the Correct Way?

Flag Retirement Ceremonies, Which is Really the Correct Way?

The subject of flag retirement ceremonies sparks heated debates every year in Scouting circles. Like discussions of religion and politics, the flag and flag retirements evoke strong feelings in a lot of people. Many are willing to tell you that their way is the only way. So who’s to say which elements of flag retirement ceremonies are correct and which are not? Who is the “authority” on flag retirements? As Scouters, we are bound by the … Read entire article »

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“Gimme the Cache!”

“Gimme the Cache!”

That’s probably my favorite line from The Fifth Element, but this has nothing to do with money. Geocaching This past Roundtable, we met and had a high level discussion about Geocaching, given that we now have a new Merit Badge available our Young Men can work toward achieving. So  … what is Geocaching?  It is a high tech global treasure hunt … but … Read entire article »

Do We Really Need a Tour Permit?

Do We Really Need a Tour Permit?

You’re probably not suprised at how often this question comes up. When I hear it, my initial response is generally, “Do you really want to be in a situation without one?” Several years ago, one Troop was out on a weekend activity. Against the direction provided in the Guide to Safe Scouting, they were driving ATVs up the side … Read entire article »

Troop Fundraising Allocation Calculator

Troop Fundraising Allocation Calculator

Several years ago, our unit was EQUIPmentally challenged.  One fundraiser was already on the books in order for the boys to earn money toward their Summer Camp fees, leaving almost no time after that to have another fundraiser for necessary Troop & Patrol equipment.  The solution? Our Charter Organization has a policy rule in place that we can have as many … Read entire article »

Adult Religious Knots and Continued Learning – Part 5

Adult Religious Knots and Continued Learning – Part 5

Adult Recognition – On My Honor Award – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) Adult Scouting Award The requirements for this recognition, as given in the On My Honor Adult Recognition card (item no. 31530), are as follows: Be registered and participate in a Church-sponsored Scouting unit. Be at least 21 years of age. Have served a minimum of three years … Read entire article »

Adult Religious Knots and Continued Learning – Part 4

Adult Religious Knots and Continued Learning – Part 4

Adult Recognition – Servant of Youth Award – Lutheran Adult Scouting Award   ELIGIBILITY A Servant of Youth recipient should: Be an active member of a Lutheran congregation OR be an active member of another Christian congregation who serves Lutheran young people through a civic youth agency affiliated with a Lutheran congregation. Have a minimum of five years of service to the church. Have a … Read entire article »

Adult Religious Knots and Continued Learning – Part 3

Adult Religious Knots and Continued Learning – Part 3

Adult Recognition – The Lamb Award – Lutheran Adult Scouting Award   ELIGIBILITY A Lamb Award recipient should: Be an active member of a Lutheran congregation. Have a minimum of 10 years of distinguished volunteer service to the church. Have a minimum of 10 years of distinguished volunteer service to one or more civic youth agencies (BSA, GSUSA, CFUSA, 4-H). Serve as a Christian role model … Read entire article »

Adult Religious Knots and Continued Learning – Part 2

Adult Religious Knots and Continued Learning – Part 2

Adult Recognition – The Shofar Award of the National Jewish Committee on Scouting The Award The National Jewish Committee on Scouting established the Shofar Award to recognize outstanding service by adults in the promotion of Scouting among Jewish youth. Just as the Shofar (Ram’s Horn) calls people to the service of God, so the Shofar Award is a recognition of the individual … Read entire article »

A Pastor, a Rabbi and a Priest walk into a bar………. OOPS

A Pastor, a Rabbi and a Priest walk into a bar………. OOPS

At Basic Outdoor training a few of the leaders asked about the Knots that I wear on my Uniform. One in Particular is the Adult Religious Award. Within the group that was talking were 4 religions that I know of, Catholic, Jewish, Lutheran, and LDS (Mormon). I mentioned that for the LDS leaders completing the Basic training was one of … Read entire article »

The Outdoors are Everywhere

The Outdoors are Everywhere

My most memorable event in Scouting to date didn’t take place in a distant wilderness area with spectacular rugged beauty, and majestic views.  This event occured at Heard Scout Pueblo in October of 2008.  The views of South Mountain and the city lights of Phoenix, with the traffic on 20th street were the backdrop for this event.  This was my ordeal for the Order of the … Read entire article »

A Twisted Knot Story

A Twisted Knot Story

One year, our Troop was practicing a requirement for one of the awards for Scout Camp: tie and name 10 knots within 3 minutes. All the boys were working with each other, learning their knots, so naturally, I was fiddling with a 10 foot hank of rope, tying whatever knot I could think of. It just so happened, our Senior … Read entire article »

Not All Burned Up (maybe just singed a little)

Not All Burned Up (maybe just singed a little)

As a Wilderness Survival Merit Badge Counselor (one of my many hats in Scouting), Firecraft happens to be one of my favorite topics … not only is building a campfire fire enjoyable and rewarding in both non-survival and survival situations, but to see the enthusiasm in Scouts as they learn how to start their campfires with more than a match … Read entire article »

Dutch Oven Cooking – How Many Briquettes DO I Use Anyway?

Dutch Oven Cooking – How Many Briquettes DO I Use Anyway?

There is always a question about how many briquettes to use when cooking with your Dutch oven. The answer is that there are a number of ways to determine the correct number of ways to use when cooking with a Dutch oven. THE MULTIPLICATION METHOD The rule is: For a 350F oven, twice the number of the oven (6”, 8”, 12”, etc.) equals … Read entire article »

Plan Ahead And Prepare

Plan Ahead And Prepare

Ever hear the phrase 7 P’s? Proper Prior Planning Prevents Pitiful Poor Performance Well this rings true with your troop program, meetings, campouts and just about anything you set out the accomplish with your boys.  Start your troop off right by holding an annual planning meeting with your Patrol Leaders Council. This is the SPL, ASPL, PL’s and a Scribe.  Do your … Read entire article »