Did I Tell You About My Glass Eye?
(From the chapter "A Scout is Courteous" within "Patches and Pins..." by Mike Walton (c) 1989. All 13 Scout Law points are posted as part of the U.S. Scouting Service Project's MacScouter web I chose this particular Scout Law point because, well, my eyesight in my left eye is challenging me. Eventually, over time, I was told I would lose much if not all, of the sight from that eye. In the meantime, they are... [More]By: settummanque On: 2020-03-30
Camp Onteora BSA
This BSA camp was one that was recommended to us by our readers. Some of the pictures shown on this web page were also sent in from one of our viewers. This camp is a part of the Theodore Roosevelt council...Located in the heart of the Catskill Mountains, Onteora Scout Reservation is affectionately referred to by those who have experienced the camp as "Land in the Sky." When you arrive at OSR, your... [More]By: scottyiserv On: 2020-03-23
Who you gonna call? Not THEM but...
Screenshot from my copy of Ray Parker Jr.'s "Ghostbusters" video A lot of what's posted on Facebook(TM) comes and goes several times a year. Those who use and follow others over there know that for the last, um, several weeks or more, various "friends of yours" have asked aloud:"You're kidnapped, and before they hide you somewhere, you have the opportunity to call ONE (television show, action-adventure actor or team, or other celebrity) to rescue you.... [More]By: settummanque On: 2020-03-16
Little Miami Scenic Trail
I have fond memories of biking parts of this trail on more than one occasion. The Little Miami Scenic Trail is a lot of fun to use. The trail stretches from the suburbs of Cincinnati to Springfield, Ohio, over bridges and through peaceful state parks and several small towns. According to https://www.traillink.com/trail/little-miami-scenic-trail/, the path is part of an extensive sequence of greater than 340 miles of off-road trails that pass through throughout Ohio’s Miami... [More]By: scottyiserv On: 2020-03-09
JUST DO IT!
Nike image used under Fair Usage guidelines (The NIKE company owns the copyright to the phrase "Just DO IT!" and is being used here with no infringement made. This article was originally in one of the last issues of American Scouting Digest magazine, where I served as a senior editor and writer. The Jamboree referred to was the 2010 National Scout Jamboree, the last one held at Fort AP Hill, Virginia.)A famous sports apparel and... [More]By: settummanque On: 2020-03-02
Best Pinewood Derby Ideas and designs
Some of the fondest memories that I have of the Cub Scout and Webelos program are about getting ready for the Pinewood Derby race and, of course, about the race itself. I remember getting the Pinewood Derby car kit and taking it home and sharing it with my mom. Mom told me that she couldn’t help me, that I would have to wait for my father to get home and that he would help me.... [More]By: scottyiserv On: 2020-02-27
Bankruptcy and the BSA
Open for Business image from the World Wide Web under Fair Usage guidelines (The national organization of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Tuesday 18 February 2020 to achieve two key objectives: equitably compensate victims who were harmed during their time in Scouting and to continue to carry out Scouting’s mission for years to come.Important to note, BSA local councils have not filed for bankruptcy. Their programs and that... [More]By: settummanque On: 2020-02-24
Camp Kern BSA summer camp
This BSA camp was one that was recommended to us by our readers. Scouts will thrive in the beautiful outdoor playground of Huntington Lake, California. Scouts spend quality time outside learning new skills and enjoying engaging outdoor adventures with new and old friends. Camp Kern is a place where Scouts experience a traditional summer camp life as Scouts have since 1939. Huntington Lake (elevation 7,000 feet) is nestled in a remote part of California’s... [More]By: scottyiserv On: 2020-02-17
About The Kings, Scouting and African-American
Personal Scouting photo collection image Last weekend I attended my Council's Executive Board meeting in Brussels, Belgium. My commitment to the Transatlantic Council -- the primary local Council I am registered through -- calls for me to attend in person at least one Board meeting each year and to participate via teleconference to three of the other four meetings during the year. In exchange, I get to help guide the local Council I grew up... [More]By: settummanque On: 2020-02-10
Alpha Phi Omega (APO)
Image of APO brother at a workshop.Paul asked me if I knew anything about APO:"Hey, Mike!! When I was in Scouts (and you too probably), there was a page and a half in our Scout Handbooks talking about the Scout Fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega. Today, I don't hear about them, don't see them on our campus (University of Minn.) and in talking with many of the Scouts, they don't seem to know about them. What... [More]By: settummanque On: 2020-02-03