When the Eagle Project Becomes a Group Effort

I coached a girl’s softball team years ago. The city gave me a list of twenty girls. When we met, it was obvious some were really good ball players, but the rest could not...

Simple Patrol Menus: Day 1

These simple meals will offers Scouts the opportunity to pass off skills toward First Class or the Cooking Merit Badge. Even more importantly, when cooking and cleaning up, the patrol will improve its teamwork....

Simple Summer Camp Menus

I have seen a lot of cooking disasters while working with a new Scout patrol for five years. Pancakes ended up scrambled. Mac and cheese transformed to soup. But with a bit of planning, you...

Slot Canyon High Adventure

Zebra Canyon, by Brian W. Schaller - Own work, FAL, Link Slot canyons, sculptured by water over millions of years, offer an adventure experience that is amazing and vastly different from anything you've probably seen...

Why Scouting Units are Church-Owned and Operated

My hubby and I both work for non-profit youth oriented organizations. I'm a writer for the Scouts. He implements STEM programs through 4-H.  My husband's job is great.  Like Scouting, 4-H is a nice organization for...

Completing all of the Merit Badges Changed A Scout’s Life

This story is not about Michael Holland completing all 141 merit badges. Nor is this story about Holland completing something that only .0018% of all Scouts do. This story is about how by accomplishing...

Geocaching 101

Sometimes the best bedtime stories are the ones with pirates; You know, the pirates with the quest to find a treasure? Have you ever wished there was a modern day treasure map that you and your Scouts...

Does a Scout Stave Make Life Easier?

A SCOUT STAFF, by Robert Baden-Pow­ell “The Scout staff is a use­ful addi­tion to the kit of the Scout. Per­son­al­ly, I have found it an invalu­able assis­tant when tra­vers­ing moun­tains or boul­der-strewn coun­try and espe­cial­ly in...
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Online Scout Roundtable: Cooking

The first time I cooked at camp I found out how much fun it was. As the years went on, I transitioned from my mess kit to a patrol cook kit. Then, I started using...

Survival Tips Learned From a Real, Tragic Hiking Experience

“When you find my body, please call my husband George and my daughter Kerry,” she wrote. “It will be the greatest kindness for them to know that I am dead and where you found...

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