Scouting Activities: SCOUTERGORIES Zoom Game!

Do you remember family game night growing up? Some games made for a fun evening, like Candy Land and Life while others turned typically sweet family members into wild-eyed logophiles, like Scattergories. Was that just my childhood home? I hope so. As an adult, I’ve come to love the game again. My son (the PL)Continue reading “Scouting Activities: SCOUTERGORIES Zoom Game!”

Scouting Activities: Flag Ceremonies and Retirements

On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight. Our Scout Oath goes back to the 1908 publication of “Scouting for Boys”, where “BeContinue reading “Scouting Activities: Flag Ceremonies and Retirements”

Scouting Tech: Using Zoom Breakout Rooms for Survival Situation Games

My oldest son is working to complete his Eagle and has the special opportunity to lead the newest Scouts (recent AOL graduates) in earning their Scout Rank virtually. He’s leaned heavily on the 30 Day Rank Challenge posted by the Heart of America Council, and over the last few weeks has learned a lot aboutContinue reading “Scouting Tech: Using Zoom Breakout Rooms for Survival Situation Games”

Cub Scout Leadership: Annual Pack Program Planning

I’ve been mulling over what I would jot down next, and I had considered Annual Pack Program Planning but thought it was too much to wrap my head around these days. Fifth-grade fractions and decimals and ninth-grade geometry are eating up all of my available brain cells, so my processing power has been maxed outContinue reading “Cub Scout Leadership: Annual Pack Program Planning”

Scouting Tech: Free Cub Scout and Scouts BSA Backgrounds for Virtual Meetings

If you’re looking to switch things up in your next Zoom meeting, and hide the piles of Scout Stuff stacked up in your room, consider virtual backgrounds. I’m sure you’ve had Scouts floating in space or enjoying a tropical vacation in recent meetings, and maybe you’ve wondered how. Check out this great article by canva.comContinue reading “Scouting Tech: Free Cub Scout and Scouts BSA Backgrounds for Virtual Meetings”

Pack-to-Troop Transitions: Hiking Staves for Outgoing AOL Leadership

“The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness.” – John Muir What an adventure it truly is to lead a group of young boys and girls through the Cub Scouting program. They tell us we need the Scout Six Essentials to do it; water, sun protection, a first aid kit, flashlight, whistle,Continue reading “Pack-to-Troop Transitions: Hiking Staves for Outgoing AOL Leadership”

Kids Stuff: Snake Savvy

It’s officially springtime on the East Coast of the United States, and as the temperatures rise, all manner of creature starts to emerge. There are bees buzzing, mosquitoes biting, and I imagine we’ll be covered in inchworms by the end of the month. Of all the creatures making their way out into the warm, wideContinue reading “Kids Stuff: Snake Savvy”

Warm & Cozy Recipes: Family Favorite Crock Pot Beef Stew

Between a respiratory issue that just wouldn’t quit and the holidays, I took a little “blog break” in December and am finally back and ready to share. I made a bunch of new recipes over the holidays and have a beef stew recipe that I’ve been dying to share for two reasons; first, it’s delicious,Continue reading “Warm & Cozy Recipes: Family Favorite Crock Pot Beef Stew”

A Mother’s Musings of an Eagle Project at Pocahontas State Park

If you would have your son to walk honorably through the world, you must not attempt to clear the stones from his path, but teach him to walk firmly over them – not insist upon leading him by the hand, but let him learn to go alone.  Anne Bronte A young man’s journey to EagleContinue reading “A Mother’s Musings of an Eagle Project at Pocahontas State Park”

Cub Scouts: Gift Exchange and Holiday Party Ideas (Achievements, Too!)

We are officially two days into December, which means it’s time to break out the holly and jolly, make with the merry, and find ways to bring cheer into the lives of our Scouts. There’s that old saying, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” By December, your Scouts might be feelingContinue reading “Cub Scouts: Gift Exchange and Holiday Party Ideas (Achievements, Too!)”