March 2012 Newsletter

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A special thank you to everyone who has taken advantage of the InsaneScouter Dump. If you have not checked it out yet; for a mere $15 you get access to ceremonies, games, ideas, clip-art, ebooks, and more. To learn more go to I recently took about a 2.5 mile hike around the local Wetlands park. While there I shot video and photos of the scenery and wildlife. Scenes change every few minutes, set to soft music. Please take a look at it on my hubpage at and leave a comment so that I know you stopped by. 

Do you find it difficult to raise funds for your unit? I know I always did, thus I spent months hunting the web and talking to fellow Scouters to compile a huge list of fund raising ideas. I turned this list into an ebook and now I am offering it to you for free. All you have to do is click on this button 12_Novels_by_Fletcher.html. I also suggest you check out The First Encampment, a DVD put together by Eagle Scout Blake about the first BSA scout camp and includes some interesting scouting history. To learn more check out my blog posts on the dvd at 

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Home > Resources > The Outdoors > Cooking > Dutch Oven

Lentilvegetable Stew
Boil Until Tender 4 c Water; or stock 48 oz Tomato juice 2 c Lentils; dried 1 c Rice, brown; uncooked 28 oz Tomatoes, canned; chopped 3 Garlic cloves, crushed 1 Onions, chopped 2 Celery stalks; sliced 3 Carrots; sliced 2 Bay leaves 1 ts Basil leaves 1 ts Oregano leaves 1 ts Thyme leaves 1/2 ts Black pepper, ground 3 tb Parsley, chopped Then Add 1 Zucchini; sliced 2 Potatoes; peeled & diced 2 tb Lemon juice 1 ts...

Home > Resources > Activities > Campfire Stories

Four Magic Arrowheads Story
There was once a young man who wanted to go on a journey. His mother provided him with sacks of dried meat and pairs of moccasins, but his father said to him: "Here, my son, are four magic arrows. When you are in need, shoot one of them!"The young man went forth alone, and hunted in the forest for many days. Usually he was successful, but a day came when he was hungry and could not find meat. Then he...

Home > Resources > The Outdoors > Cooking > Dutch Oven

Lemon Lentils with Curried Shrimp
Lentils 1/4 c Plus 1 tbs corn oil 1 md Onion(s), sliced 1 lb Dried green or brown lentils picked over and washed 2 2" pieces cinnamon stick 1/2 ts Cayenne 3/4 ts Ginger, peeled and minced Peel of 1 large lemon minced (about 2 tsp) 3 1/2 c Chicken stock 2 Bay leaves 1/2 sm Onion(s), minced 1 md Garlic clove(s), minced Salt and pepper to taste Juice of 1 large lemon (about 1 tbs) 3 tb Cilantro, coarsely...

Home > Resources > Activities > Campfire Stories

Flesheating Rabid Zombie Chipmunks Story
This Story has scary parts and is meant for Boy Scouts. Decide for yourself if it is appropriate for your younger scouts or not. Years ago, when I was your age, I endured a night of terror from which I will never completely recover. To this day, certain sounds, smells, and sights chill me to the bone.It was a nice, peaceful evening much like tonight - warm, quiet, but with fog beginning to roll in from the south. I had...

Home > Resources > The Outdoors > Cooking > Dutch Oven

Kahlua Baked Beans
1 lb Dried navy beans, picked over; rinsed 1/2 lb Bacon slices, cut in pieces with scissors 2 c Onion; finely chopped 1 12-oz bottle chili sauce 1/2 c Tomato-based barbeque sauce, preferably smoked 1/2 c Kahlua 1/2 c Strong brewed coffee 1/4 c Dijon mustard 1/4 c Unsulfered molasses 2 tb Thick, spicy steak sauce, such as Heinz 57 2 tb Tabasco sauce 1 ts Salt 1. Soak the beans in lots of water to cover overnight. Drain. 2....

Home > Resources > Activities > Campfire Stories

First Mocassins Story
There was once a great chief on the Plains who had very tender feet. Other mighty chiefs laughed at him; little chiefs only smiled as he hobbled past; and though they did not dare to smile, the people of the tribe also enjoyed the big chief's discomfort. All of them were in the same canoe, having no horses and only bare feet, but luckily very few of them had tender feet. The unhappy medicine man who was advisor to the...

Home > Resources > The Outdoors > Cooking > Dutch Oven

Jalapeno Pinto Beans
1 pk (16-ounce) dried pinto beans 2 1/2 c Water 1 lg Onion; chopped 3 Garlic cloves; pressed 1 Jalapeno pepper; seeded and minced 1 Bay leaf 1 ts Ground cumin 3/4 ts Salt 1/2 ts Pepper 1/4 c (1 ounce) shredded cheddar or monterey jack cheese Place beans in a large saucepan. Cover with water 2 inches above beans; soak overnight. Drain. Bring beans, 2 1/2 cups water, and next 4 ingredients to a boil in a Dutch oven;...

Home > Resources > Ceremonies > Cub Scout

I Am An American
ARRANGEMENT: Flags are presented in the usual manner. 12 uniformed Cub Scouts have speaking parts.1ST CUB: My country gives each one of us the opportunity to advance according to his ambition. Education is for all. I am an American.2ND CUB: My country means love of freedom, faith in democracy, justice, and equality. I am an American.3RD CUB: My country believes in the moral worth of the common man. I am an American.4TH CUB: My country gives us the privilege of...

Home > Resources > Ceremonies > Flag Opening

America Is Special To Me
Arrangement: Eight Cub Scouts in uniforms stand in a straight line. Seven boys hold poster boards, each with one letter of AMERICA on one side. The other side shows a colorful drawing by the Cub Scout that corresponds to the description or of what...

Home > Resources > The Outdoors > Cooking > Dutch Oven

Green Chili With Pork
1/2 cups olive oil 2 large onions, chopped 8 garlic cloves, minced 8 jalapeno peppers, minced 3 carrots, peeled and cut crosswise into 1/2in pieces 1 1/2 tbs oregano 3 lb boneless pork shoulder, cut into 1/2in cubes 2 cans chicken broth 1 large can Italian plum tomatoes drained 1 potato, peeled and grated 4 cans mild green chilies, chopped 1 large can hot chili beans with gravy In a Dutch oven, heat olive oil and add onions, garlic, jalapenos,...

Home > Resources > Activities > Songs

Camp Song The
Oh, give me my home With its comforts and foam, With a stove and a show'r and some lights; Where seldom at all do you trip up and fall, Where the stars are not needed for lights. Home! Give me my home! Without snakes and the ground's not so hard. Where Mom cooks and slaves And takes care of my days, While I sleep or I play in the yard....

Home > Resources > Activities > Games

Hot Moon Rock
Equipment: Moon rock (rock painted with fluorescent, glitter or glow in the dark paint – or covered with aluminum foil.), musicTo Play: Players sit in a circle and passes the moon rock around while the music is playing. When the music is stopped, the person holding the moon rock is out. Continue until only one person is left....

Home > Resources > The Outdoors > Pioneering > Knots

The Power of Friction
The Power of FrictionThe frictional resistance force, shown above, varies exponentially with the number of turns around the fixed round object and exponentially with the coefficient of friction. What that means is that given a big enough rope and a strong enough round beam, a child could gently lower a loaded log truck off the edge of a cliff as long as there are enough wraps around the beam. Just be sure that the object you wrap around can take...

Home > Resources > Activities > Songs

All Pull Together
We'll all pull together Comrades, birds of a feather Happy Cubs, Snappy Cubs, Ready Cubs, Steady Cubs, Where'er you find us Adding our story, To our Pack's glory, For all of our Pack are jolly proud To know they belong to the finest Cub Pack of them all....

Home > Resources > Ceremonies > Flag Closing

The Little Bug Who Had The Blues
MATERIALS: Cut Scouts could make bug posters to hold up with the words written on the back.1ST CUB: There was a little bug who had the blues, And cried because he had no shoes.2ND CUB: He walked around with six bare feet, And hid them when other bugs he would meet.3RD CUB: Such a small, sad bug was he, Until one day he changed to see.4TH CUB: A happy, wiggly worm crawl by, With a smile as big as the...

Home > Resources > Ceremonies > Cub Scout

Mother Nature
CAST: Leader (Mother Nature), 5 CubsMother Nature: Everything living and properly cared for grows. It needs warmth, water, and care and protection. Cub Scouts grow. What do they need?Cub#1: He needs food to grow.Cub#2: He needs a home for shelter.Cub#3: He needs a man to be his friend.Cub#4: He needs to go to school to grow mentally.Cub#5: He needs to go to church or synagogue to grow spiritually.Mother Nature: It is our job to see that we do not take...

Home > Resources > The Outdoors > Cooking > Lunch

Grecian Green Beans
2 cans green beans, drained 2 cloves garlic, minced 1/4 cups fresh parsley, chopped 2 tbs sugar 2 tsp oregano 2 tsp prepared mustard 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 cups Coca-Cola 1/4 cups olive oil 2 tbs white vinegar 2 onions, thinly sliced, then separated into rings In a large pot, combine the garlic, parsley, sugar, oregano, mustard, salt, Coke, olive oil, and vinegar. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Add green beans and onions. Toss lightly. Pour into double gallon...

Home > Resources > Activities > Cheers

Mount Rushmore Cheer

Home > Resources > Activities > Skits

Is It Time Yet 2
Group lines up, sits down, crosses right leg over left leg, crosses arms in front of chest and bow head as if to be asleep. First person wakes up, nudges next person and says, "Is it time yet?". Each person asks the next one all the way down the line. Last person says, "Nope" and goes back to sleep. As the message goes back to the beginning each one goes back to sleep. Do this 3 or 4 times, but...

Home > Resources > Activities > Pre-Openings

Tissue Paper Relay
Give each player a drinking straw.  Divide the den into two teams.  Give the first player on each team a square of tissue paper.  On signal, he tries to lift the tissue paper off the table by inhaling through the straw and pass it to the next member of his team without dropping it.  The next player must take the tissue paper using the straw and pass it to the next team member.  If the paper falls, it must be...

Home > Resources > Ceremonies > Flag Closing

Extend Thy Hand
During a hike in the woods, a troop of Boy Scouts came across an abandoned section of railroad track. Each, in turn, tried walking the rails but eventually lost his balance and tumbled off.Suddenly, two of the boys, after considerable whispering, offered to bet they could both walk the entire length of the track without falling off. Challenged to make good their boasts, the two boys jumped up on opposite rails, extended a hand to balance each other, and walked...

Home > Resources > Activities > Games

Centre Catch
Players form a circle with arm's-length spacing. "It" stands inside the circle. The players pass a basketball, play ball or football from one to the other. "It" attempts to touch it or catch it. If "It" touches or catches the ball, the last player who touched it is "It." The ball may be passed across the circle at random or to the next player in either direction....

Home > Resources > Crafts

You Are My Hero Buttons
We all have many people in our lives that we admire, dad, mom, teacher, Scout leader etc. This month would be the perfect time to let that person know how much they are appreciated and looked up to. Present them with a “You Are My Hero” button and put a smile on their face! WHAT YOU WILL NEED: Wooden badges (craft stores have all shapes and sizes) Acrylic paint Sponge and paint brushes Water to rinse brushes in Paper plates...

Home > Resources > Activities > Songs

Brownie Flag Song
I am your Brownie Flag, Brownie Flag, Brownie Flag, I am your Brownie Flag, I am Brown and Gold. When you carry me, stand tall, You stand tall, We stand tall, When you carry me, stand tall, Never let me fall....

Home > Resources > Activities > Skits

Candy Store
The leader gives instructions for playing candy store. He asks that one person take a long string and hold on and then adds others until there is a long line of people holding onto the string. Then the leader explains that this is a candy store because there are some suckers hanging on the line....

Home > Resources > Activities > Games

Dodge Ball
Type: Team game Equipment: Two or more large balls. The aim is to dismiss as many of the opposing team as possible within a given time. The time can vary, but each game takes from about 10 to 15 minutes. About 15 on each side is ideal. Rules: Players have allocated areas, indicated by rope or chalk lines. They must not go outside these areas. Two players from each team stand in tramlines behind the opposing team (see diagram). Two balls are...

Home > Resources > Activities > Games

Shere Khan
(The Tiger Game; it is also known as Pom-Pom-Pullaway.) One Cub Scout is Shere Khan, the tiger. All others line up against a wall. Shere Khan stands in the center of the play area. The object of the game is to cross to the opposite goal without being tagged. To start the game, Shere Khan says, "Who's afraid of Shere Khan?" The others answer, "No one," and immediately run across the open space towards the opposite side. All cub Scouts...

Home > Resources > Activities > Songs

My Friend
(Tune: Jimmy Crack Corn) I am playing with my friend. Fun like this should never end. We’re bouncing balls and climbing trees And running races in the breeze. Chorus: Toe the mark and then shout, “Go!” Our four feet are never slow. Down the walk we run with glee...

Home > Resources > Ceremonies > Flag Closing

Have den form a living circle and sing "Taps"Day is done, Gone the sun, From the lake, From the hills, From the sky;All is well, safely rest, God is nigh.Fading light, Dims the sight, And a star, Gems the sky, Gleaming bright;From afar, drawing nigh, Falls the night. ...

Home > Resources > The Outdoors > Cooking > Alternative

Banana Nut Bread
1/3 cups vegetable oil 4 bananas, mashed 3 eggs, beaten 2 1/3 cups biscuit mix 1 cup sugar 1 cup chopped walnuts 1/2 tsp vanillaMix all ingredients in large pot. Beat vigorously with fork for 1 minutes. Pour 1/2 mix into greased loaf pan, then other 1/2 into another greased loaf pan. Bake in cardboard oven at 350 for 1 hour. Cool 5 minutes. Run knife around sides of loaf and remove from pan....

Home > Resources > Activities > Skits

The Announcement
Campfire chief and a volunteer in the audience Campfire Chief: And now it's time to make a spot announcement.(Dog barks from the audience.) Thank you Spot....

Home > Resources > Boy Scouts > Advancement

Athlete Being Healthy
Good Health Habits Circle the correct answer(s). Bathe/shower (every/day OR 1/week) and especially after exercise. Wash your hair (1/month OR 2+ times/week). Wash hands (before eating OR after using the restroom) and when they're dirty. Eat right - (3 OR 4 OR 6) regular meals each day at regular times! Eat (just some OR a variety of) food from each of the 4 food groups. The average 10 year old should get (6 OR 9 OR 12) hours of...

Java Coffee Cake With Espresso Glaze

2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cups margarine, softened
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup sour cream
2 tbs instant espresso, dissolved in 1 tbs hot water


3 tbs strong brewed coffee
1 1/2 tsp instant espresso powder
3/4 cups powdered sugar

In a medium pot, mix together flour, baking powder, soda, and salt. In a large pot, add sugar to the margarine slowly, and cream together. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Beat in the vanilla. Add the flour mixture alternately with the sour cream. Begin and end with the flour. Blend well after each addition. Transfer about 1/3 batter to a small pot and blend in espresso mixture thoroughly. Spoon 1/2 plain batter into a well greased Dutch oven. Spoon coffee batter over the plain, spreading evenly. Spoon remaining plain batter and spread evenly. Bake at 350 for 1 hour. Let cool for 30minutes, then turn out to cool completely. Mix glaze ingredients together and pour over cake. Let stand for 10 minutes to let glaze set. Serve warm.

Patrol Chili

2 lb. lean ground beef
1 green pepper, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1 tbs garlic flakes
2 one lb cans tomatoes
2 tbs chili powder
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp cumin
3 dashes Tabasco
1 cup hot water
2 15oz cans chili hot beans
1 15oz can whole kernel corn

Cook beef, green pepper, onion, and garlic in Dutch oven until beef is slightly browned. Drain off excess grease. Add all ingredients except corn and beans. Simmer uncovered 1 hour. Stir in undrained beans and corn. simmer 30 minutes longer. Serve. For the brave, Jalapeno pepper may be substituted for the green pepper or added. Or you may add additional Tabasco sauce. Guten Appetit.



Adventure of Beaver Patrol - 12 Novels by Fletcher
Big Rock Publishing presents the Centennial Edition of The Boy Scout Series, originally published in 1913, and written by Maj. Archibald Lee Fletcher. This edition features a foreword written by P. Todd Kelly, noted Scouting historian...

Kamp Kitchens � Revisted
Awhile back I wrote a series detailing my group camp kitchen which included an array of helpful tips and hints. Since I originally wrote this series many more Scouters have started to use InsaneScouter and I thought the series might...

Hang a Hammock Inside a Mini-Van
This is a cool video I stumbled across with a guy showing how he hangs a hammock in his mini-van. All he really does is hook each end of the hammock in the doors, one in the front passenger door,...

Interview of the Center Trail team
Recently I was able to talk with the folks at, a website that provides simple template based hosting to Scout units. In interest of full disclosure Center Trail is a sponsor of InsaneScouter, but in no way was this...

Cool Camp Sink Video
I was poking around YouTube and found myself hooked on the video below. The first gadget in this video is a cool camp chef stove with an oven, but the second gadget (around 1:10 into the video) is the sink....

Ride-on Ice Chest
Have you ever wished you could ride on your cooler and drive it to where ever you need it? Well now you can! Watch this video, but don't let your kids watch or they will want to go for a...

Awards Binder Idea
Here is an idea on how you can organize and keep track of all those award cards you have or will receive while involved with scouting. Get a small, one-inch binder and various sizes of plastic sport card holders...

The First Encampment
I wrote about this DVD sometime ago and thought I would bring it up again as it really is a good film. Read my original review with promotional trailer ...I recently saw a message on one of the Scouting mailing...

Trade-O-Ree News
Todd Kelly, of Big Rock Publishing, a Strategic Partner of, will be participating in a number of Scouting Memorabilia Shows (Trade O Rees) around the country. Todd will be promoting his books, available on the Amazon Kindle Store and at...

Camp Gadget Technology Video
While playing with YouTube I found this video with some great ideas for technology when camping and protecting your gadgets. It Includes tips for protecting your phone and tablet, a nice HD camera with mp3 player, a solar powered radio,...

Kamp Knots

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Rich Diesslin

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Blogs and Podcasts

RoadCEO Blog
The Perfect Campfire Grill
My good friend Jeff Walker, founder of The Perfect CampfireGrill, has designed and built an amazing line of grills to cook over a campfire. Jeff's grills are made from heavy-guage...

Scouting Maniac
Walk the line? After review, the BSA gives slacklining a (qualified) OK « Bryan on Scouting
Walk the line? After review, the BSA gives slacklining a (qualified) OK « Bryan on ScoutingHeres one of the newest activities that has been approved for Scouts to do in...

Scouting Maniac
General Typing of Campouts and Summer Camps For Boy Scouts Weekend Camping (Part 3)
Before we dive into long term and summer camp types we need to review the concept of the weekend outing. Weekend outings have always been a essential part of the...

Scouting Maniac
The Easiest Way To Cover Safe Swim Defense
Ok so over the years I have learned that for many Boy Scouts concepts like safe swim defense even though the rules are great still isnt the best way to...

Scouting Maniac
trusting Our Youth
Trust its such a interesting and complex word that takes years to develop a true level of trust with another individual but can also be completely or at the very...

BSA Cracker Barrel
Walk the line? After review, the BSA gives slacklining a (qualified) OK
Find two trees, grab some friends, and work on your balance: Slacklining is now an approved Scouting activity — with qualifications. After a thorough review, the BSA’s Health and Safety team...

Girl Scout Blog
Anna Maria Chávez Acknowledges U.S. Senate Resolution Honoring Girl Scouts
Today, Anna Maria Chávez, CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA, released a statement on the U.S. Senate passage of S. Res. 310, “Designating 2012 as the ‘Year of the...

Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama
Press Rep Cheyenne Interviews 2012 Women of Distinction Honoree Liz Sutton
Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama is honoring Liz Sutton at the annual Women of Distinction on Thursday, March 15, 2012 in Montgomery. Press Rep Cheyenne sat down with Mrs. Sutton...

Pinewood Derby Stories and Photos from Maximum Velocity

PINEWOOD DERBY CAR SHOWCASECars with a military theme:Tiger Tank - Randy BrittMy son Cameron wanted to do a tank this year, and although it waschallenging to stay under 5 ounces,...

Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland Blog
New Research Affirms Lifetime Benefits Of Girls’ Participation in Girl Scouting
According to a new Girl Scout Research Institute report, Girl Scouting Works: The Alumnae Impact Study, women who were Girl Scouts as children display significantly more positive life outcomes than...

Random Scout News

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Boy Scouts merger affects councils in Michigan, Wisconsin
APPLETON Two councils of the Boy Scouts of America recently voted to merge to better deliver the Scouting program in Michigans Upper Peninsula....

MANVILLE: Blue and Gold dinner kicks off Scouting 60th year in borough
Cub Scouts from Pack 193 and Boy Scouts from Troop 193 were honored Sunday at their annual Blue & Gold dinner at the VFW....

Girl Scouts celebrate 100th anniversary, look to future
Photo by Jessica Masulli Reyes/New Jersey Herald - Girl Scouts hold candles during a candlelighting ceremony at Perona Farms in Andover Township. The ceremony was part of the 100th anniversary...

Girl Scouts mark 100 years with Camp Tanglewood event
Augusta-area Girl Scouts joined in worldwide celebrations to mark 100 years since the organization was founded in Savannah, Ga....

Cub Scouts raise money to furnish disabled vet’s house
A Magnolia Cub Scout den has made it their mission to turn a disabled veteran’s house into a home....

Cub Scouts win trophies in Pinewood Derby
Area Cub scouts hold the trophies they won in the Neosho District Pinewood Derby on Saturday in Fort Gibson....

Girl Scouts across the central time zone participate in 100 year celebration
No matter how many years go by, Girl Scouts remember the words of courage, confidence and character they are taught to recite and live by....

Girl Scouts: Lifting girls’ voices for a century
Girl Scouts of the USA officially turned 100 Monday, and to honor the milestone, several local troops are channeling their girl power to make a difference in the community....

Girl Scouts celebrate 100 years of sisterhood
Girl Scouts, Scout alumni and family gathered Monday in Bath’s Pulteney Square for an event marking the 100th anniversary of the organization....

Girl Scouts mark 100 years
Local Girl Scouts joined in worldwide celebrations to mark 100 years since the organization was founded in Savannah....


Thoughts to Ponder

Can Eight Words Make A Difference

Doctrines, credos, manifestos, laws, declarations, codes of ethics. Ever since people have been able to communicate they have compiled words to live by. But the world is still troubled. Take these words: Honesty, Workmanship, Ambition, Faith, Education, Charity, Responsibility, Courage. Chances are that four and half billion people won't agree to live their lives by them. But think how much better your life would be if just one person does. You.


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