InsaneScouter Newsletter April 2012

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The Insanescouter April 2012

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Howdy Scouters! Can you believe its time for another issue of the InsaneScouter newsletter? All is going here in Las Vegas, including the weather. Summer is just around the corner, but boy is it getting hot here, almost hitting 100 degrees already.

Over the last week a massive number of updates have been happening. A few things you might notice include: updates to the home page, changed how top pages works, adding top pages to the right side, adding scouting news item to the right side, cleaned up categories pages, cleaned up news page, created a new and improved way to get resources “all on one page”, and removed page ratings. If you stumble across any problems please let me know.

Do you have a few minutes to spare? Would you like to help tens of thousands of Scouters world wide? I am looking for people to help me go through content category by category. The object is to make sure the content is in the right category, that it is not obsolete, maybe it should be removed because it relates to the Order of Arrow, etc. You may also notice spelling or other such problems that need to be fixed. If you can help, please let me know.

I have been thinking about creating a “InsaneScouter Honor Wall”. The idea would be for all of you to submit Scouts, Scouters, parents, sponsors, businesses, etc that have a positive impact on the program. Then InsaneScouter will choose one of them to honor each month. If you would know someone who should be honored please send me an email to with subject of “honor wall” and the body of the email should explain why they should be honored.

I would like to welcome our newest sponsors:

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Also, please don't forget our main sponsor a great way to track Cub, Boy Scout and Venture Crew advancement online.

On top of all of the updates on InsaneScouter, a number of updates have been done to my other site Please go check it out, I do blog their about camping and the outdoors. You can also find campgrounds and tourist attractions all over the nation. 

Lastly, I am looking for new clients to tutor in computers anything from the basics for Grandma all the way up to advanced website management. My going rate is $15 an hour, but is negotiable. Additionally, if you know anyone who has a website that would like help with the day to day tasks involved in running the site, please have them contact me. 

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Home > Resources > The Outdoors > Cooking > Dutch Oven

New Years Blackeyed Peas
2 c Dried black-eyed peas 1/2 lb Bacon 2 qt Water 1 c Uncooked rice 1 c Chopped onion 1 c Chopped celery 2 ts Butter 1/2 ts Italian seasoning; (up to 1) 1 ts Sugar 1 1/2 ts Salt 1/4 ts Pepper Sort and wash peas; place in heavy saucepan. Cover with water and bring to a boil; cook 2 min. Remove from heat; cover and let soak 1 hour. Drain. Combine ham & 2 qts water in large...

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New Orleans Red Beans and Rice
1 lb Red kidney beans; dried 1/2 lb Salt pork 1 Onion; chopped 2 Cl Garlic; chopped 1/4 c Celery; chopped 1 qt Ham or beef stock 1/2 ts Tabasco sauce 1 ts Salt 1 Bay leaf 1/4 ts Thyme 3 c Rice Soak beans in water overnight. Drain. In a Dutch oven, brown salt pork. Add onions, garlic, and celery and saute for 3 minutes. Add bean stock, Tabasco sauce, salt, and herbs. Simmer 3 hours or until beans...

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New England Baked Beans
1 1/2 lb Dried beans -- soaked overnight 5 c Water 1 md Onion 1 tb Salt 1 c Brown sugar 2 tb Molasses 2 ts Dry mustard 1 1/2 c Ketchup 1/2 lb Bacon -- cut in cubes Water -- to cover Soak beans overnight in 5 cups water, then simmer until the skins begin to break. Add remaining ingredients and cover with water. Cover pan and bake in a pit for 5 to 6 hours....

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Navy Bean Stew
1 lb Dry navy beans 4 qt Water; divided 1 1/2 lb Italian sausage; cut into 1/4" 2 cn (14 1/2 Oz) chicken broth 2 c Onion; chopped 1 1/2 c Carrots; thinly sliced 1 cn (15 Ounce) whole kernel corn 1 tb Minced parsley 1 1/2 ts Italian seasoning Soak beans in 2 quarts of water overnight; drain. Place in a large saucepan and add remaining water. Bring to a boil; boil for 2 min. Reduce heat; cover and...

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Mexican Lowfat Pinto Beans Bean Soup
4 c Water 1 lb Pinto beans 1 md Onion, chopped 1 t Minced garlic 1/2 t Lite sait, optional 1 t Cumin seed 1 cn Rotel Diced Tomatoes and Green Chiles, undrained soak beans overnight. Mix water, beans and onion in a 4-qt. Dutch oven. Cover and heat to boiling; boil 2 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand 1 hour. Add just enough water to cover beans. Stir in remaining ingredients. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. cover and...

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Mexican Black Bean Chili
1 lb Dried black beans 2 c Chopped onion 1 c Yellow bell pepper; 1/2" pieces 1 c Red bell pepper; 1/2" pieces 1 c Green bell pepper; 1/2" pieces 1 tb Chili powder 2 ts Cumin seeds 2 ts Dried oregano 1 ts Salt 1/2 ts Ground cinnamon 1 15 oz can Italian-style tomatoes; undrained & chopped 1 1/2 oz Semisweet chocolate; coarsely chopped 4 Cloves garlic; minced 2 Jalapeno peppers; seeded & minced 2 Bay leaves 1 c...

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Low Fat Cassoulet
Beans 1 lb Dried large white beans (such as Great Northern) 1 lb Dried red kidney beans 2 lb Smoked ham hocks (about 4 medium) 7 cn (14 1/2-oz) beef broth 1 cn (14 1/2-oz) diced peeled tomatoes, drained 1 tb Minced garlic 1 ts Ground allspice 2 10-oz packages frozen large lima beans, thawed Meats And Leeks 1 5-lb duckling (thawed if frozen), cut into 8 pieces 2 1/4 ts Ground allspice 2 lb Trimmed lamb shoulder or lamb...

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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 > Ceremonies > Flag Opening

Old Glory Red As A Sunset
(Cubmaster reads or it can be split up with a den reading several lines each.)Over the house tops Old Glory is flying. Red as a sunset, white as a cloud, blue as the midnight where little stars crowd.Up on the flagpole Old Glory is waving.Waving to airplanes that sput-sputter by.Waving to the birds that wave back as they fly.Up on the flagpole, Old Glory is waving.Never stop flying, never stop waving.Hold up your head over house tops and trees.As long...

Home > Resources > The Outdoors > Cooking > Dutch Oven

Lima Beans Creole
3 1/2 c Lima beans, fresh 1/4 c Onion; finley chopped 16 oz Tomatoes, whole; undrained 1/2 tsp Salt 1/8 t Pepper 6 ea Sl Bacon 2 T Green pepper; chopped Cook beans in boiling salted water in a Dutch oven until tender (20 to 30 minutes); drain. Return beans to Dutch oven, and set aside. Cook bacon until crisp. Remove from skillet, reserving2 tablespoons drippings; crumble bacon, and set aside. Saute onion and green pepper in reserved drippings until...

Home > Resources > Ceremonies > Flag

Charles Babbage
SUPPLIES: Flashlights, music, microphoneSCENE: Turn off the lights and have a few Cub Scouts shining the flashlights around the room like search lights. Start the music. Have it start loud then soften when you begin to speak. The music can be a theme from shows like Space Odyssey, Star Wars, etc.CUBMASTER: Many, many year's ago, Charles Babbage believed that he could build a machine that could handle a number of problems and print out the answers. He failed, but because...

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Join Us At The Circus
NEEDED: Five Cub Scouts dressed as clowns.CUB 1: Round and round the elephants plod, the monkeys swing on a shining pod.CUB 2: Bespangled ponies cavort and prance, Roly poly bears do a clumsy dance.CUB 3: A peddler lifts up his voice to sell, Fresh roasted peanuts in the shell.CUB 4: The acrobats whirl and loop the loop, A dog jumps through a flaming hoop.CUB 5: The circus is a sawdust flower, We ask you to join us for the next...

Home > Resources > Activities > Songs

Sweet Betsy From Pike
Did you ever hear tell of sweet Betsy from Pike, Who crossed the wide prairie with old Uncle Ike, With two yoke of cattle and one spotted hog, A tall Shanghai rooster and a large yellow dog.ChorusSingin' toora-li, loora-li, loora-li, ay [Repeat.]One evening quite early they camped on the Platte, 'Twas near by the road on a green shady flat, Where Betsy sore-footed lay down to repose, There was no sounder sleeper than that Pike County rose.They...

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Fast Food
This is an action song the actions will be given at the end The tune to this is a ram sam sam Pizza Hut a Pizza Hut Kentucky Fried Chicken and a Pizza Hut Pizza Hut a Pizza Hut Kentucky Fried Chicken and a Pizza Hut McDonald McDonalds Kentucky Fried Chicken and a Pizza HutA Burger King a Burger King Long John Silvers and a Burger King A Burger King a Burger King Long John Silvers and...

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How To Fight A Fish
An angler (he didn't deserve the title!) whom I once met on New York's famous Beaverkill River had just caught a 3-pound Rainbow Trout on tackle that would have made any fly-fisherman cry. His worm-baited hook was tied to a leader of about 15-pound-test, on a fish line too heavy to be called anything but "rope." His rod was a two-handed salt-water deal good for big Tuna; his reel could have held enough legitimate Trout line to encircle the world...

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Lord Baden Powell
(Tune: Father Abraham) Lord Baden-Powell has many friends Many friends has Lord Baden-Powell I am one of them, and so are you As we go marching on - - (shout out) “With a RIGHT” ARM (beginning swinging arm) Repeat verse above and add in turn: • “With a LEFT” ARM (begin swinging arm) • “With a RIGHT” FOOT (begin stamping foot) • “With a LEFT” FOOT (begin stamping foot) • “With a HEAD” ((begin nodding head) • “TURN AROUND” •...

Home > Resources > Activities > Skits

Travel Horizons
In this narrated skit, five boys pantomime and carry props representing different kinds of travel. Props may be made from cardboard. As each paragraph is read, the appropriate prop is displayed and moved across stage. At closing, all props are brought back and placed together as final paragraph is read, by all boys together. Costuming would add interest, but is not necessary. NARRATOR: Here’s a fact that we should all face, A trait of the whole human race, To long to be...

Home > Resources > Leaders > Leader Tips

Space Derby02
Human beings are always working toward goals, either consciously or subconsciously. The skillful use of this built-in capability is one of the characteristics of an effective leader. A person who has not set a specific goal will frequently tend to move toward whatever is uppermost in his mind, even though it may be a negative goal and not at all the kind of target he would set intentionally. Failure can even become a goal when a person has this foremost...

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Found an honest man, found an honest man, Baden-Powell was his name, Started Scouting back in England, Which led to his fame. First came Boy Scouts, Then came Wolf Cubs, At first their numbers were small, But they spread to other countries, Now we're several million all. When he died, it was sad, To lose such a special man, But his teachings have inspired us, To do the best we can....

Home > Resources > Ceremonies > Flag

The Greatest Show
CUBMASTER: Ladies and gentlemen, you have just witnessed the greatest of all shows in the world today. the Circus is for children of all ages, for eight to eighty. For your pleasure, we have presented the most wonderful and remarkable living animals, daring feats of skill and intelligence, a stupendous performance unlike and you have ever seen before. We will ask you to remain in your seats while the wild animals leave. That's all of our show. Good night folks....

Home > Resources > Activities > Skits

What the Heck Was That
Cast: Actors, directors, Gus Scene: Theater Director: Okay! Who's next for the auditions? You? Okay! Let's hear you! Actor #1: I'm trying out for the part of the Unknown Soldier. (He lies down, dead.) Director: Don't call us, we'll call you. Next! Actor #2: I'm trying out for the President ordering the men into action. Men, we must unite to beat the foe and protect the people! Director: Very nice. We'll call your agent. Next! Actor #3: I'm trying out...

Home > Resources > Ceremonies > Cub Scout

Its A Beautiful Tree
PREPARATION: Each boy is asked in advance to bring an ornament for the pack Christmas tree. Later these ornaments will be donated to a needy family. Ornaments are placed on the tree as the boys arrive.Cubmaster asks everyone to be seated.Suddenly an angel appears and says: "It's a beautiful tree, but something is missing. What could it be?"SOMEONE SAYS: "Its the star!" The angel agrees and explaining that he brought a star from heaven to place at the top of...

Home > Resources > Activities > Games

Cats Tail
Indoors Equipment: A supply of coloured yarn, 2 colours, one for each team Formation: Teams To get your Cubs in the Hallowe'en mood, try this game. Hide several pieces of cloth or yarn - a different colour for each team. One Cub on each team is a 'cat without a tail'. At the signal, all Cubs search for tails of their colour. As a piece is found, it should be tied to the belt of the cat who ties...

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The Sound
Props: Noisemakers such as drum, bell, whistle, kazoo, guitar, etc., carried by each Cub Scout; a triangle or dinner bell. (C.S.#1 comes on stage.) C.S.#1: I’ve just got to find THE SOUND. I’ve got to! (C.S.#2 comes on stage, carrying his noisemaker) C.S.#1: Have you got THE SOUND? C.S.#2: Sure. (he demonstrates sound) C.S.#1: No, that’s not the right sound. That’s not it at all. (Each Cub Scout comes on stage and is asked by C.S.#1 about his sound. Each...

Home > Resources > Leaders > Leader Tips

One of the first questions that new leaders ask is: "What am I supposed to do?" But an equally important question in the mind of new leaders is "How do I do it?" This is where training comes in. Training shows new leaders how to do their jobs and allows for an interchange of ideas with more-experienced leaders. Every Cub Scout deserves qualified, trained leaders who will provide him with the best program possible, the way it is intended. Trained leaders...

Home > Resources > Crafts

Cardboard Tube Marble Maze
You will need: lots of cardboard tubes (toilet paper tubes, paper towel tubes, etc.), scissors, craft glue or tape, a large piece of corrugated cardboard, marbles, stickers, markers or crayons. 1. Cut the tubes into different sizes and shapes. 2. Lay the tubes on the large cardboard so that they are all slanted slightly downward. Each tube should empty into the next tube. 3. Glue the tubes in place. Allow the glue to dry. 4. Prop the maze against a...

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Boy Scout Camp 1
Boy Scout Camp. Boy Scout Camp. The buses, they say they're really fine, But when they turn the corner they leave the wheels behind. I don't wanna go to Boy Scout Camp. Mo-o-om, I wanna go, back where the toilets flow. Mo-o-om, I wanna go ho-o-ome. The food, they say it's really fine, But when you try to eat it, it tastes like turpentine. I don't wanna go to Boy Scout Camp. Mo-o-om, I wanna go, back where the toilets...

Home > Resources > Ceremonies > Flag Closing

BadenPowell Had A Vision
The following closing could be done by a Den of boys standing up front and reciting together the first eight lines or have one of them as narrator, take a few steps forward and say:Baden Powell had a vision, That he made come true, So now we can enjoy Scouting, And have fun while we do. While he wasn't an American, He's become famous to us, Earning though America, Our admiration and trust.An adult leader dressed as Baden Powell comes...

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General Stuff
1. ***Always*** have more prepared than you need. Make a lesson plan for your meeting, then add one or two items, just in case. This is much like having a Plan B, but a plan B may not be sufficient if the boys finish everything you had planned and there's still 15 minutes before the parents arrive. You do *not* want to be running around the house trying to figure what to do next. You haven't really known fear until...

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Six Wise Travelers
The six wise travelers came to a river and discuss ways to get across. One of them sees a boy with a boat and asks him to take them across. the boy says they can use the boat, but he will not take them across. The travelers all get in the boat and it sinks. They scramble out of the river and count themselves, but do it wrong and come up short a person. This can be done more than...

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Border Crossing
A variation on The Ghost of Midnight and The Ghost With One Black Eye. Cast: Border Guard, Supervisor, Several Crossers, 2 Brooms Guard: Hi, Boss! I'm new here! What do I do? Supervisor: Well, you have to make sure that people don't try to cross the border without stopping first. You can shoot at them if you have to. Guard: With what? Supervisor: Well, we're out of guns, so here's a broom. People won't know the difference if you just...

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Space Shuttle
PROPS: Large cardboard box made to look like the space shuttle; projector and film. Chairs for each Cub in skit. The chairs are placed behind the shuttle with the astronauts sitting in the chairs.COSTUMES: Den Chief dressed to look like the ground control. All other Cubs dressed as astronauts.DEN CHIEF: Well men, are you ready for your first mission?CUBS: Yes, sir!LAST BOY: Mr. Ground Commander sir! I have been thinking about this first mission and there is just one last...

Taco Casserole
  • 2 pounds hamburger
  • 6 tortillas
  • cheese grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cans enchilada sauce
  • 1 small can tomato sauce

Brown meat and garlic. Add enchilada sauce and tomato sauce. Simmer for 30 minutes. Tear tortillas and layer pan with tortillas, meat, cheese. Repeat with cheese on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.


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.



Eagle Scout Certificates with the Click of a Mouse
If your troop regularly requests certificates and letters from dignitaries to be presented at Eagle courts of honor, you’ll want to take note of two certificates that are especially easy to get.The National Park Service and the U.S. Fish &...

Cool Scout Graphics
 I recently created a few, what I dub as "Cool Graphics". Please look at them below and let me know what you think. Also please feel free to share them.  ...

Scout Leader -- Proud to be an American
Fox News has been developing a series of 15 second feel-good spots showcasing people who do good things for their community and country. They end with a tagline about being proud to be an American. This was filmed in and around...

Boy Scouting-What it Really Is
This article was entitled, "Boy Scouting-What it Really Is," written by F.A. Crosby and published in the February, 1911 issue of "The World To-Day.The American boy used to live in the country, or in close proximity to it, and a healthy environment...

Striking before the Iron Is Hot
It’s never too early to start planning an Eagle court of honor. In fact, Laszlo Acs starts before a Scout’s board of review ends!How? He makes good use of the time that he and the Scout’s parents are cooling their...

Thirteen Steps to Build a Campfire
1. Split dead limb into fragments and shave one fragment into slivers.2. Bandage left thumb.3. Chop remaining fragments into smaller fragments.4. Bandage left foot.5. Make a structure of slivers (including those embedded in hand).6. Light match.7. Light match.8. Repeat "A...

Finding the Perfect Eagle Scout Service Project
Do your Life Scouts ever struggle to come up with service project ideas for the Eagle Scout rank? Do you ever struggle to get them to think creatively? If so, you’ll want to check out by Scouter David Harkins...

Life is tough � Rules for teenagers
 This was posted on one of the mailing lists I am on and I thought I would share it with you all. There is no cite to who originally wrote it or where it came from.Rule No. 1:Life is not...

Summer Camp for Adults
 High adventure can do wonders for your troop. It can help you retain older Scouts, give you something to prepare for during troop meetings, and energize adults who are sick to death of plop camping at the nearest state park.But...

Creative Leader Awards
When you have a special leader you want to give  a special award to but nothing seems right, you could do something like this...100 paperclips - keeping everything together100 twisty pretzels -  You are flexible100 Hershey kisses - You deserve...

New tour plan coming May 1st
So a new online tour plan is coming. See scout wire Apparently councils are really going to stop approving tour plans. The app seems to be a big improvement over the current system. You can also badger you DE to...

How not to Step into the Breach
Nature abhors a vacuum – and so do strong leaders. When your senior patrol leader doesn’t react quickly enough to get the troop’s attention or deal with some minor problem, there’s always an adult around who’s all too happy to...
Kamp Knots

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Methods – Outdoor Program
A long time ago a Scouting mentor of mine told me that the secret to success in a Troop is PROGRAM, PROGRAM, PROGRAM. When you have a strong program you...

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Why I give my time and my money
Why do I give my time AND my money to Scouting? I recently had a fun opportunity to be interviewed by the Last Frontier Council’s roving reporters Robby and Bobby...

Trail Cooking & The Outdoors
Ecoditty Bags
Recently we received samples from Eco Ditty of their organic cotton snack bags (ditty bags!). Reusable food bags have been getting easier to find, especially at farmer markets (a local...

Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland Blog
Volunteer Feedback Sessions Regarding the Property Plan
The council Property Committee has been working very hard for several months to develop a long-range property plan for Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland. The recommendations from that plan...

BSA Cracker Barrel
Watch Pip sing “Somewhere Only We Know” (SPOILERS)
Warning: Spoilers. Don’t read if you haven’t watched last night’s episode! Adam Levine warned his team that nobody was safe, and then he proved it. Adam eliminated Pip, the Eagle Scout from...

Pinewood Derby Stories and Photos from Maximum Velocity

5 Keys to Performance I can't count how many times I have been asked, "How do I make my pinewood derby car go fast?" If you have been involved in pinewood derby...

Girl Scout Blog
Girl Scouts Helped Launch Kathryn D. Sullivan to the Stars
In Tennessee, The Oak Ridger reports that Kathryn D. Sullivan credits Girl Scouts as something that "provided me with an avenue for my own array of interests and skills and...
Meeting and Outing Attendance Survey Results
Here’s the results from the Outings and Meetings Attendance Survey. 48 different troops responded to the survey, most have between 20-40 Scouts:   The vast majority meet weekly: Most see...

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SOUTH BRUNSWICK: Girl scouts had busy 2011 earning awards
Local Girl Scouts earned several awards in 2011 and participated in many projects throughout the community, according to leaders....

Girl Scouts race for the finish line
Girl Scouts from all over Vernon County brought their hand-made derby cars to the Vernon County Youth Fairgrounds on Saturday, April 21 to race for the finish line in the...

Girl Scouts moving to new Urban Program Center on Pershing Road
DECATUR — Girl Scouts of Central Illinois is looking forward to having a new home in Decatur this fall....

Boy Scouts to hold aerial show at Gratwick Park
Council to review fence ordinance in wake of neighbor dispute...

Boy Scouts Refuse Meeting with Ousted Lesbian Mom Jennifer Tyrrell
The Boy Scouts of America has refused to meet with lesbian mom Jennifer Tyrrell, the Ohio-based mom who was booted as den leader of her 7-year-old son’s Boy Scout troop...

Dialogue between Catholic leaders, Girl Scouts addresses criticisms
PHILADELPHIA (CNS) -- Tina Kent credits the Girl Scouts for teaching her skills in leadership, conflict resolution and critical thinking and for giving her an appreciation for the outdoors and...

Albany boy scouts invite you to wall climb
The Boy Scouts in Albany are inviting you to climb to benefit the blind in Southwest Georgia....

Gazette.Net: Cub Scouts gather in Cloverly for Pinewood Derby finals Saturday
Parents and children stood transfixed Saturday, eyes glued to a quartet of carefully sculpted miniature cars zipping along a slick metal track in the Lutheran Church of St. Andrew in...

Thoughts to Ponder

On The Trail

Once a long time ago a hound was out with his master trailing a mountain lion. The hound came to a place where a fox had crossed the trail, and the hound decided to follow the fox instead of the lion.

A short time later, a rabbit crossed that of the fox, and again the hound changed direction. Why should he chase a fox when a rabbit might be easier to catch?

When the hunter finally caught up with his hound, the dog was barking at a small hole in the ground. The hound had brought to bay a field mouse instead of a mountain lion.

Well, how about you? Have you set out on a trail to achieve your ambition? Are you able to follow it, or are you sidetracked by easier trails that cross it from time to time?

Don't be like that hound. Find out what it takes to achieve your ambition, and then get started. The best way to achieve anything in life is to set a true course for it and then stick to that trail.


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