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The Insanescouter June 2012

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Greetings and welcome to another issue of the InsaneScouter Newsletter. Boy is it hot here in Vegas, around the 100 degrees, bet its hot enough to fry an egg on the pavement. Have you ever done that? As a kid I did it once, was kind of cool. 

 "60 Scoutmaster Minutes"
A cool piece of news we have released our first ebook called "60 Scoutmaster Minutes" it is a kindle book. It is loaded with our favorite Scoutmaster Minutes and we are sure you will love the portability and ease of having it on your phone. You can buy it on amazon for $2.99.

Newsletter Verfication
Please be aware that there have been a number of email errors when I send the newsletter. I am going to start flagging those address to be reverified, failure to reverify after being asked 3 times, over six weeks, will result in the account being deleted. If you do not receive a re-verification request don't fret, it means your account is fine. 

A BSA update
The Chief Scout Executive Selection Committee announced Wayne Brock as the next Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America starting September 1st. He will be replacing the current Chief Scout Executive, Robert J. Mazzuca who is retiring on August 31st. Check out this Scouting Magazine blog for more details. 

Fundraising Tip
Did you know your scouts can sell pasta to raise funds for their Pack or Troop? Maybe this would be a good way for them to take an active role in sending themselves to camp. Think about it, don't you use pasta at least once a week in your cooking? I am sure many others parents, leaders, relatives, friends and even coworkers do the same thing? Check out our sponsor Fun Pasta Fundraising for more details. 

Scouting's most unique challenge
There's still time to make your plans for one of Scouting's most unique and challenging events. The White River Canoe Race will be held July 25-28, 2012. Visit for more details. The race was recently featured in "Scouting Magazine". Canoes and paddles are available for loan to new teams. A very modest entry fee of $35 gets you a race t-shirt and patch, camping in nicely equipped parks, four evening meals, and competition and finishing awards. 

Pan American Jamboree
14th Pan American Jamboree - for some reason, they are calling it the 14th Inter American Jamboree, it is also being called the 1st Inter American Camporee, and JamCam Columbia 2013. The Jamboree will be held in Bogota, Columbia January 4-12, 2013. BSA will apparently be sending a contingent, but the details are not out yet. To find out about the Jamboree go to Bring your Spanish with you, as you will need it. 

Center Trail
Our sponsor has asked we pass on a number of updates they have made to the functionality of the websites they offer units. Some of the new features include: newsletters, calendar invitations, event RSVP and a new communication module which includes up to 1,000 emails to your unit members each month. Check them out at 

Scouting News
Did you know that you can find all sorts of Scouting news and amazing ideas through the “Scouting News” feature on InsaneScouter. The news is updated daily and comes from 99 different sources ranging from news sites, BSA directly, World Organization Scout Movement (WOSM), and a whole variety of blogs. Go check it out. 

Scouting Postcards
Another amazing thing you can do is send postcards to your Scouting friends. Why not drop them a nice card thanking them for their help, say hi, congratulate a Scout, or even make someone smile with fond Scouting memories. Send a card now.


Thanks for reading... You all are true Insane Scouters! Keep on wacky Scouting. 

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Home > Resources > Activities > Songs

Death Of Cock Robin The
All the birds of the air fell a sighin' and sobbin' When they heard of the death of poor cock robin When they heard of the death of poor cock robin Who killed cock robin? "I", said the sparrow, "with my bow and arrow" "I killed cock robin" Who saw him die? "I", said the fly, "with my little eye" Who'll make his shroud? "I", said the beetle, "with my thread and needle" Who'll dig his grave? "I", said the...

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Its a Scouting World
It's a world of laughter, a world of tears. It's a world of hopes and a world of fears. There's so much that we share that it's time we're aware It's a Scouting world.ChorusIt's a Scouting world for all. [repeat 2 more times.] It's a Scouting world.There is just one moon and a golden sun. And Scouting means friendship for everyone. Though the mountains divide and the oceans are wide, It's a Scouting world. ...

Home > Resources > Ceremonies > Flag Opening

Honoring Our Flag
PERSONNEL: 16 Cub Scouts, American Flag bearer, LeaderEQUIPMENT: American Flag, 7 red crepe paper streamers, 6 white crepe paper streamers, blue crepe paper rectangle, white cardboard five-pointed star.(7 Cub Scouts, each carrying a red crepe paper streamer march in single file onto stage. In turn, each boy displays his streamer. It should reach from above his head to his feet.)7 CUBS: (in unison) We are the seven red stripes in our flag. For hardiness and valor we stand.(6 Cub Scouts,...

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Den Chief Induction
PERSONNEL Cubmaster, den chief, den leader. EQUIPMENT Den chief shoulder cord and patch. Cubmaster: Cub Scouts and friends of Pack [number], we wish to recognize a new leader who will serve as a den chief in one of our dens. (Calls forward the new den chief and his den leader.) Before the den chief cord is placed on your shoulder, I ask you to pledge your support. Do you promise to help the Cub Scouts in your den to the...

Home > Resources > Ceremonies > Cub Scout

Leadership Closing
Setting: 6 candles, a flashlight, and 7 adults. Room darkened. All leaders stand with narrator.Narrator: To a Cub Scout it looks so very black, when there is no leader, no den, or pack. Wait, here is a leader with a lighted candle. (First leader lights candle.) But the job is more than one can handle. He needs den leaders and committee members, too, because there is so much you do. Now he has found one and now another. (Second leader...

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Doubtful Yell
How come? (Build up on the HOW COME? Build up on the HOW to a big volume and then cut it off with a soft "COME?")...

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For Goodness Sake For a really corny skit
Cheer Leader: Give me an OFER!Circle: OFER!Cheer Leader: Give me an OFER!Circle: OFER!Cheer Leader: Give me an OFER!Circle: OFER!Cheer leader: What have we got?Circle: OH FER GOODNESS SAKE!...

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Boy And A Girl In A Little Canoe
Just a boy and a girl in a little canoe And the moon is shining all around As they dipped their paddles they didn't even make a sound Well they talked and they talked till the moon went in And he said you better kiss me or get out and swim So you know what to do in a little canoe When the moon is shining all a, The moon is shining all a, The moon is shining all around...

Home > Resources > Crafts

Metal Buckets
Materials needed: Small metal bucket, stickers, and markers. Decorate the bucket with stickers and markers. Practice making letters different ways and let the boys add their name or a phrase onto the bucket. Fill with treats and papers from each other saying good things about that person....

Home > Resources > The Outdoors > Cooking > Dutch Oven

Black Beans and Rice 2
16 oz (1) pkg dried black beans; 1 md Size green pepper; chopped 1/4 c Onion; divided chopped 2 1/2 c Qts water; divided 2 cl Garlic; minced 1/2 ts Dried whole oregano; 1/4 ts Ground cumin; 3 tb Vinegar; 1 ts Salt; 3 c Rice; cooked hot cooked without salt/fat Sort and wash beans. Combine beans, green pepper, and 2 tb onion in a large Dutch Oven. Cover with 6 cups of water, and soak overnight. Add remaining 4...

Home > Resources > Activities > Skits

Lawnmower The
(One participant is on his hands and knees as the mower.) Owner : (Yanking imaginary rope, while mower sputters) This darned old mower, I can't get it going. I need some help. (Gets help from another participant.) Helper #1: So you just want me to yank on this rope, and get it started ? That's easy ! (Yanking rope) Mower : (Splutters, bobs up and down) Helper #1: I'm sorry. I can't seem to do it. Have you checked the...

Home > Resources > Ceremonies > Cub Scout

Personnel: Den Chief and 6 Cub ScoutsDen Chief: We have a lot to be thankful for at this time of year. We work and for this we see all the good things that come of it. Let us all share something good with each other at this time. Cub 1:Do the very best you can and leave the rest to God. Cub 2: Life is hard by the yard; buy by the inch life is a cinch. Cub 3: A...

Home > Resources > The Outdoors > Cooking > Alternative

aMAZEing popcorn
Ingredients 4-5 quarts popped corn 1 c. margarine 1 1/3 c. sugar ½ c. light corn syrup 1 tsp vanilla 2 c. nuts 3 c. small marshmallows 1 ½ c. spiced gumdrops Mix popcorn, nuts, marshmallows and gumdrops in a large pan. Melt margarine in a saucepan. Add sugar and syrup. Bring to a boil stirring constantly. Simmer 3 minutes. Add vanilla, blend well. Pour over popcorn mixture and mix well....

Home > Resources > Leaders > Leader Tips

Cubmobile Derby
Planning for a Cubmobile Derby should begin several months before the race date. The cars for each derby are built the same. The only difference is you do not use the starting ramp. The power comes from the Cub Scouts. Each den builds its own Cubmobile, with dads or other adults helping to supervise the construction. Each pack family should be furnished with an information sheet listing the rules, awards, procedures, building specification, date, time and place. This will help prevent...

Home > Resources > Activities > Games

Hula Wheel Game
Materials needed: One Hula hoop for each team, items for each obstacle course, one rubber bike handle Play: Set up identical obstacle courses for each team. Divide the players into equal teams. Give each team a hula hoop (wheel) and a rubber bike handle to turn it with. The first player on each team must turn the hula wheel through the course in the same fashion the pioneers played with their metal wheel rims, using the rubber bike handle. Once...

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In The Pond01
Formation – Group Circle Equipment – chalk Game: Draw a large circle with chalk on the black top. Have all the girls line up outside the chalk line. When you call “in the pond” all should jump in the circle. When you call “on the bank” all should jump out of the circle. If you call “in the pond” and they are already in the pond, they should move. “on the pond” or “in the bank”...

Home > Resources > Ceremonies > Cub Scout

Cub Scouting Is A Beginning
SETUP: The Cubmaster presents the pack flag and asks each den to send one boy to the front. The boys grasp the flagstaff with their left hands and make the Cub Scout sign with their right hands.CUBMASTER: Cub Scouts are asked to be loyal to their pack. Let's remind ourselves of that by repeating the Law of the Pack: (Boys repeat the Law of the Pack and return to their seats.)CUBMASTER: Cub Scouting is a beginning, not an end in...

Home > Resources > The Outdoors > Cooking > Dutch Oven

Ozark Baked Beans
2 cups dried white beans 1 1/2qt water 1 tsp salt 1/3 cups brown sugar 1 tsp dry mustard 1 tsp dry hot mustard 1/4 cups molasses or sorghum 1/4 lb sliced salt pork 1 large onion sliced Tabasco to tastePlace beans in water in Dutch oven and soak overnight. Add salt and cook 1 hour or until tender. Drain liquid into a separate pan. Add other ingredients and 2 cups drained liquid to beans. Mix well, cover and bake...

Home > Resources > Ceremonies > Flag Opening

The Web Of Life
This month the boys have been studying about the animals in the world we live in. They have discovered that all things in nature are related to each other. You cannot affect one element of nature - the air, plants, Earth, water, or animals - without affecting something else. They have discovered the smallest creatures need respect and understanding; an unspoken knowledge that something, or someone, has purpose. Let us stand and show our respect to out country by singing...

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I Can Carry A Tune In A Paper Bag
Write the words to a well-known song title on 3 x 5 cards—one card per word. Make two sets and place them in a large bowl/box. Create two teams, each composed of the same number of players as there are words in the song title. (For example, teams for “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” would have 4 players each.) Give the first player on each team a paper bag. Players take turns racing to the bowl or box, each taking one...

Home > Resources > Ceremonies > Flag Opening

Six Ships of Scouting
Six Cub Scouts appear in sailor's hats. They carry pieces of poster board cut out in the shape of ships. In large print are the words representing the six 'ships" of Scouting.Cubmaster: Tonight, we are going to tell you about the six ships of Scouting. These are the ships that guide us through life. 1st Mate: SCHOLAR-SHIP. This ship is very important on the sea of education. Her flag bears the symbols of the letter "A!', and a plus sign...

Home > Resources > Activities > Songs

Ba Ba Boom
We break the boys up between the younger and older. The oldest boys sing the ba,ba,ba, boom with deep voices. On a pad in a forest green ba,ba,ba boom Crazy Herman was surveying the scene ba,ba,ba boom Saw a farmer truck'n by, a rapping at his door. Like help, like help me please ba,ba,ba boom These's a farmer go'n to exterminate me ba,ba,ba boom Hey man don't scream and shout Come in and we'll hang out HEY...

Home > Resources > Activities > Games

Knee Balloon Relay
Formation: Form teams in single lines Equipment: Balloons (have plenty on hand) Game: Line up teams in single file. Give the first person a balloon to place between her knees. She then has to race to the end of the line without dropping the balloon. She hands it to the next person in line who passes the balloon up the line to the first person in line. Repeat. The team that finishes first wins. Make sure...

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Big Game Hunting
Two to four hunters talking together each says that he is packing a heavier and more powerful gun to shoot with. The first starts out with a small handgun and the last ending up with a very powerful rifle, shotgun, whatever. Two others come over who have overheard the hunter and want to settle a bet. Are the hunters going after wolves or moose. One of the hunters relies," "Why no, we are going after mosquitoes!!"...

Home > Resources > Ceremonies > Boy Scout

Eagle Pledge II
I, [ Scout's name ] on my honor as an Eagle Scout, promise to work to better Scouting in my Troop and to influence all Scouts for greater advancement and participation. I will conduct myself in a manner fitting and proper for one of this high rank. I will do my best, to give leadership in service whenever I can. This I promise to do always....

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Cheerful Attitude Closing Thought
"Did you ever notice how pleasant it is to be around people who have a cheerful attitude? On the other hand, we sometimes avoid a person who is grumpy and looks on the dark side of things. Sometimes we can't avoid being sad or unhappy when things go wrong, but even then it's best to try to be cheerful. Cub Scouts who have a cheerful attitude not only make life easier for themselves but spread that attitude to others."...

Home > Resources > The Outdoors > Cooking > Lunch

Feel The Heat Chili
1 tbs oregano 2 tbs paprika 9 tbs chili powder 4 tbs cumin 4 tbs instant beef bouillon 2 cans non-alcohol beer 2 cups water 4 lb ground chuck 2 lb hot pork sausage 1 lb chuck roast, cubed 2 large onions, chopped 10 cloves garlic, minced 1 tbs crushed dried habenero peppers 1 tbs sugar 1 tsp coriander 1 tbs Louisiana Red Hot Sauce 1/4 cups jalapenos, sliced 1 cup tomato sauce 2 large cans hot chili beans with...

Home > Resources > The Outdoors > Cooking > Dutch Oven

Twice Baked Camp Potatoes
4 medium potatoes 1 tbs shortening 2 tsp onion flakes 3/4 cups evaporated milk 2 tbs margarine 1/2 tsp salt 1 tbs parsley flakes 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese foilScrub potatoes well. Rub skins with shortening and pierce well with fork to allow steam to escape. Bake potatoes in coals for 1 hour, turning occasionally. While potatoes are baking, add onion to evaporated milk and let stand. When potatoes are done, cut in halves lengthwise. Scoop out insides. Reserve shells....

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Box Code Writing
All good wizards have their own special codes for writing down their spells. We will teach you some of the basics -- then you can create some of your own -- to keep your spells secret. Replace the letters to decode the messages! A = B = C = D = E = F = G = H = I = J = K = L = M = N = O = P = Q = R = S =...

Home > Resources > Ceremonies > Cub Scout

Pack Pack Pack
Begin with Cub Scouts in dens. Baloo enters from the center of the hall and calls:Listen, O Cubs of the jungle To these words of old Baloo, On your left paw (Cubs turn to face left) Turn to follow The trails laid down for you.Now raise your voice to the jungle, Let the shadows echo it back; Once, twice, and again repeat The Law of the Pack.At the final "pack," the Cubs start a slow, methodical march around the circle,...

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Cuckoo 2
'Twas on a summer's evening, I walked the forest through When suddenly I heard it, a sweet and low cuckoo Cuckoo, cuckoo, cuckoo, cuckoo cuckoo Cu ckoo, cuckoo, cuckoo, cuckoo cuckoo Mister Moon, Mister Moon you're out too soon The sun is still in the sky. Go back to bed and cover up your head Wait till the night draws nigh....

Home > Resources > Ceremonies > Cub Scout

Shere KhanWolf Advancement
PERSONNEL Father Wolf, Mother Wolf, 'Shere Khan' man cubs, parents, Akela, Cubmaster.EQUIPMENT Large name cards to identify characters, Wolf badges.Akela: Our scene starts in the cave of Mother Wolf and Father Wolf. Mother Wolf, Father Wolf, and the man cubs have just settled down for the evening. Shere Khan, the tiger, lurks outside. Suddenly the moonlight is blocked by the great head and shoulders of Shere Khan.Father Wolf: What does Shere Khan want?Shere Khan: The man cubs. Give them to...

Home > Resources > Ceremonies > Bobcat

The Beginnings Of
PROPS: Egg, cup of flour, package of seeds, 13 – star American flag.CUBMASTER: (Calls up Cub Scouts to be advanced and his parent(s). He picks up each symbol and explains in his own words how each is the beginning of something very special. The egg of a chicken, the cup of flour is of a cake or cookies, the package of seeds of a great harvest of food from our country. The flag is the beginning of our country. The...

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Crossing The Bridge
PERSONNEL Webelos den leader, Scoutmaster, a Boy Scout, graduating Webelos Scout and his parents.EQUIPMENT A rustic bridge; two spotlights, one directed on each end of the bridge; Boy Scout neckerchief.ARRANGEMENT Place the bridge on the stage or in front of the pack meeting room. The Webelos den leader, with the graduating Webelos Scout and his parents, stands on one end of the bridge. On the other end is the Scoutmaster with a Boy Scout holding a rolled troop neckerchief.Webelos Den...

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Make It A Good Gift
SCENE: Den Leader and 6 Cubs in a line in front of the room.DEN LEADER: Everyone will be gifted with the ability to be a computer whiz, but remember these words and you will make a good gift. What you are is God’s gift to you. What you make of yourself is your gift to God. Make it a good gift.CUB #1: Work while you work.CUB #2: Play while you play.CUB #3: One thing at a time, which is the...

Fun - Shaped Chips

large flour tortillas
cooking spray

Spray the tortillas with cooking spray.
Use cookie cutters to cut shapes from the tortillas.
Arrange the shapes on a baking sheet, lightly sprinkle them with salt.
Bake at 350 ° for 5-7 minutes.
A fun variation is to pour ¼ c sugar and 2 tsp cinnamon into a gallon-sized zipper bag and shake that up.
Then put cut-out chips in to the bag and shake them.

Double Berry Pie

• 1 jar (16 oz.) blueberry jam
• ¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
• 2 cups fresh blueberries or raspberries
• 9-inch frozen pie shell, cooked & cooled

1. Using a microwave safe bowl, combine jam and cinnamon. Microwave on high for about 1 minute, until mixture liquefies (do not overcook).
2. Stir in the fresh berries and spoon into pie shell.
3. Place in refrigerator for a hour to chill.
4. Serve with vanilla ice cream.



Eagle Tip: The Gift That Keeps on Giving
Description: NESA LogoWe often say at Eagle courts of honor that the Eagle Scout trail is never-ending. But many Eagle Scouts hit a speed bump not long after their courts of honor. In rapid success, they receive their Eagle badges,...

Fun Recipes for Scouts
Tuna Melts In A Pie Iron2 slices bread1 Tbs butter or margarinePrepared TunaCheese slicesButter bread and lay in pie iron, buttered side against iron. Fill center with filling. Close pie iron, pull off excess bread. Set in coals. Turn every 3 minutes....

Boy Scouts in the Everglades
This is the eighth book of this twelve part series, written by Maj. Archibald Lee Fletcher.Boy Scouts in the Everglades continues the new story line for the series that began with the seventh volume, Boy Scouts on Old Superior (also...

Eagle Tip: Celebrating Failure
Eagle courts of honor, by their very nature, celebrate success. But no one becomes an Eagle Scout without enduring a lot of failures first. When you present the Eagle charge during your next court of honor, consider using a text...

Egg-in-A-Bag from Pocket StewEggBaconSmall clean brown bagLayer two or three pieces of bacon in bottom of bag. Poke a stick through the top of the bag and hold it over the coals. When the bacon is almost cooked, crack egg...

Boy Scout on Old Superior
 This is the seventh book of this twelve part series, written by Maj. Archibald Lee Fletcher.Boy Scouts on Old Superior marks a major change in the tone and flavor of the series. Starting with this book, Fletcher leaves behind the...

SM tips - How not to Help a Scout
 “Mr. Smith, can you be a counselor for XYZ merit badge?” We’ve all heard questions like that, and we’ve all wanted to say – or actually did say – yes. Unless the topic is very specialized, such as nuclear medicine...

Picaria Native American Game
(Republished with permission of ScouterMom’m still looking for Native American games for next month’s Bear den meeting. I came across Picaria. It looks pretty simple. It seems like a cross between tic-tac-toe and checkers. The board is pictured on the...

Boy Scout Pathfinders
This is the sixth book of this twelve part series, written by Maj. Archibald Lee Fletcher.Boy Scouts Pathfinders puts us back in touch, for a final time, with the boys of the Beaver Patrol of Beverly, Indiana, a small Midwestern...

Winter is over, Spring is here, Time to go Outside
Hello All,Ptsteve again, well we are now into Spring and in most parts of the States the ice has come off the water.  It is time to let the Cub Scouts outside again when you can.Are you planning outdoors Pack...

Chatter From Pinewood Derby
This post was written by Gary Holewinski We had our district Pinewood Derby a few weeks ago. Overall it went very well. Two conversations really stick with me.1. I was talking with a committee member from a troop in...

Boy Scouts Woodcraft Lesson
In the fifth book of this twelve part series, written by Maj. Archibald Lee Fletcher, finds the boys of the Beaver Patrol of Beverly, Indiana, as they continue to build and grow their patrol. These boys, living shortly after the...
Kamp Knots

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Anna Maria Chávez Aims to Increase Girl Scout Membership by One-million in the Next Five Years
The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that Girl Scouts has set out to increase membership by 1 million in the next five years, according to Anna Maria Chávez, CEO of Girl...

Girl Scout Blog
Child Advocate, Abduction Aurvivor Elizabeth Smart to Speak at Girl Scouts Event
In Oklahoma, NBC News 2 reports that Elizabeth Smart is coming to Tulsa this August to share her story of overcoming adversity as the inaugural guest with the new Women...

BSA Internal Communications
The Buzz - June 19, 2012, "2012 National Annual Meeting"
Marianne Elden shares highlights from the 2012 National Annual Meeting held in Orlando, May 30-June 1....

Pinewood Derby Stories and Photos from Maximum Velocity

Getting Great Results with Pro-Tools - Part 2 In a previous article (Volume 4, Issue 6) we discussed how to get the most benefit from three of the Pro-Tools(1): the Pro-Hub...

Akelas Cubs
District Cycle Rally - 16th June 2012
...... and congratulations to 9th Benoni on sharing 1st place! Well done to all the cubs you have done us proud!We also congratulate 1st Benoni who shared the victory...

Akelas Cubs
Harley Heaven - Father's Day Programme - 15th June
What fun! Akela has organised a special bike rally for us - I know my dad would love to be here cause I am going to ride a Harley!Steam...

BSA Cracker Barrel
Find the tools to make recruiting for your Venturing crew easy
Have you ever slept 300 feet underground? Stood atop a 14,000-foot peak? Created a robot? The BSA is betting those questions and other enticing messages will help bring prospective members to...

Trail Cooking & The Outdoors
Walking A Ridge
8 years ago I hiked part of a trail on the crest of Eastern Washington, Crow Lake Way Trail, in a miserable rain/snow storm. My oldest (Ford) was with me,...

Scout News

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Local Girl Scouts earn Gold Award
Two local Girl Scouts recently received their Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor the organization bestows.Kylie Nicole Tettemer, a recent graduate of El Toro High School in Lake Forest,...

Boy Scouts presented $500 by Civil Air Patrol
The General Claire L. Chennault Senior Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol recently presented $500 to the Louisiana Purchase Council of the Boy Scouts of America....

Celebrating 100 years of Girl Scouting on Callawassie Island
The U.S. Marines have a similar saying, but for both active and inactive Girl Scouts, the motto is "Once a Girl Scout, always a Girl Scout....

Girl Scouts Have Baking Battle
Local Girl Scouts turned to the oven in hopes of earning a new patch for their sashes and raising some money for the program....

UPDATE: Girl Scouts Have Baking Battle
Local Girl Scouts turned to the oven in hopes of earning a new patch for their sashes and raising some money for the program....

Indonesian Scouts act for sustainable development
The Gerakan Pramuka Scout Organization in Indonesia is World Scouting’s largest NSO. Thus, it comes as no surprise that beginning in January 2012, the NSO launched not only one, but...

Local girl scouts take part in first camp of the year
Mild temperatures and minimal precipitation made for perfect camp weather last week when the Valley City Service Unit Girl Scouts enjoyed two evenings at Camp Tonweya-Tiayta, which means “Scouts Home,”...

Boy Scouts of America say 'no' to gays: Local scout council addresses national news of controversial policy
Last month, the Boy Scouts of America made headlines for a policy adopted more than 100 years ago that bans homosexuals and atheists from the organization....

Thoughts to Ponder

Caring For Tools

(Show various hand tools)
Tools like these are essential in making repairs around the house and in doing the kind of community Good Turn we're planning this month. You couldn't do the job without them.

But they must be in good condition. If your hammer head is loose, the hammer becomes a dangerous weapon. If your saw blade is dull, it makes the work harder and you also run the risk of cutting yourself if the blade jumps out of the groove. And if your screwdriver's blade is all beat up, you're going to ruin a lot of screws.

Your character is like a set of tools. Think of your character as a set of attributes we talk about in the Scout Law - trustworthy, loyal, helpful and so on. if you're not trustworthy, that part of your character is like a hammer with a loose head. you could be dangerous to others because no-one could depend on you to do what had to be done in an emergency. If you're not loyal, you're like a dull saw blade - not reliable when the chips are down.
A good craftsman keeps his tools in excellent shape because they are his livelihood. A good Scout keeps his character in excellent shape because he knows that the attributes that make up his character are his most precious possession. Let's remind ourselves of that by joining in the Scout Law.


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