Scouts BSA Merit Badge: Diversity and Inclusion

We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color. Maya Angelou I want to grow. I want to be better. You grow. We all grow. We’re made to grow. You either evolve orContinue reading “Scouts BSA Merit Badge: Diversity and Inclusion”

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”

Scouts BSA Patrol Activities: Scout Rank Bingo Game

My son (PL) is wrapping up the 30 Day Rank Challenge posted by the Heart of America Council, with his brand new patrol of brand new Scouts, and as he mulled over how to test them on what they’ve learned. After careful consideration, we talked over his strategy and he decided he’d rather make itContinue reading “Scouts BSA Patrol Activities: Scout Rank Bingo Game”

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”

Cub Scout Activities: Webelos & AOL Elective, Adventures in Science

At the very beginning of our Webelos year, I told my Scouts that they could vote on and determine the electives we’d complete throughout the year. In the back of my mind, I almost dreaded the day that they’d choose Adventures in Science. Why? I harkened back to my high school chemistry class and gotContinue reading “Cub Scout Activities: Webelos & AOL Elective, Adventures in Science”

Pack-to-Troop Transitions: Final Reporting and Unit Transfers in ScoutBook

It’s finally happened. Those adorable Tigers (or Lions) of yesterday have completed the Cub Scout program and are bursting out of the nest, soaring toward their next big adventure. We usher them out in ceremony and are sometimes so distracted by the to-do lists and the emotions that we forget to wrap up the digitalContinue reading “Pack-to-Troop Transitions: Final Reporting and Unit Transfers in ScoutBook”

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”