Psychological First Aid: Helping Others in Times of Stress

Just like traditional first aid, the purpose of psychological first aid is to provide basic care, comfort and support to anyone experiencing stress. However, psychological needs are often not as obvious as injuries like...

Update on the Ute Park Fire at Philmont Scout Ranch

The Ute Park Fire that has been burning since June, 1st reached Northern New Mexico's Philmont Scout Ranch, which has drawn generations of Boy Scouts who arduously train for its rugged trails and peaks.  The...

How to Select Your Dutch Oven with Buffalo Red

What makes a cast iron oven Dutch? No one knows for sure, but here are three theories you can choose from: 1.  In the early 1700's Abraham Darby traveled to Holland to learn about a Dutch...

How To Pack for a Backpacking Trip Like a Pro

Backpacking has always been the quintessential Scout activity, and for many reasons. It is one of the only ways you can get out and see some of the most beautiful places on earth. It...

Join Other Scouters Who Make Youth Protection Matter

The BSA's brand new version of Youth Protection Training rolled out March 1, 2018. This new program, known as YPT-2, is mandatory for all registered BSA volunteers and employees. Because of the changes to...

Safety Moment: Propane Stoves

Years ago in Scouting, we had to talk a lot more about chemical fuels and equipment, but these days most Scouters I know have moved to propane. In this post, we will consider some...

A Female Indie Culture Journalist Finds Her Place in the Boy Scouts

Maddy Agers is not your average Boy Scout. For one thing, she's a girl. For another, there's not much average about her. She conquered her dreams to be editor-in-chief of her own pop culture site...

Hobie Call: “Superstar” World Spartan Winner Inspires Boy Scouts

200 feet loomed between him and the finish line of the World Championships. But one taxing challenge remained—a super slippery, slick sideways rock climbing wall. If he made it across, he could win first place. If...
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Jamboree, A History

The first National Scout Jamboree was in Washington D.C. in July 1937. Around 25,000 Scouts attended the gathering, mostly arriving by train. Over 600 reporters showed up,  President Franklin D. Roosevelt attended, and Dan Beard started...
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After Scoutmaster Basic Training, What’s Next?

Last Spring BSA announced online training for all Scouting programs on BSA's Learn Center. Scoutmasters, assistant Scoutmasters, Team Coaches and their assistants must must complete leader specific training online or from their district or council...