Warm & Cozy Recipes: Crispy, Savory Salmon Patties

It’s officially fall here in Virginia (although I’m sure we’ll go through all four seasons today by sundown), and that means our household is breaking out the decor, lighting the Autumn Wreath Yankee Candles, and whipping up our fall family favorites. Over here, we eat salmon in some form or another at least once aContinue reading “Warm & Cozy Recipes: Crispy, Savory Salmon Patties”

Scouting Tech: Syncing Your ScoutBook and Google Calendars

There’s no denying the convenience of the ScoutBook calendar function, especially when it’s organized by Pack and Den events. It can be frustrating to hold your annual Pack Committee planning meeting, determine your upcoming Year in Scouting, load it all into ScoutBook, share the heck out of your calendar, and still have families out ofContinue reading “Scouting Tech: Syncing Your ScoutBook and Google Calendars”

Cub Scouts: Den Chief

No one can pass through life, any more than he can pass through a bit of country, without leaving tracks behind, and those tracks may often be helpful to those coming after him in finding their way. Lord Robert Baden-Powell At it’s very core, Scouting is a program built around guiding youth to become independentContinue reading “Cub Scouts: Den Chief”

Cub Scouts: Harry Potter Blue & Gold

We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already. We have the power to imagine better. – JK Rowling I love that quote because it reminds me very much of Lord Robert Baden-Powell’s quote “Look wide, and even when you think you are looking wideContinue reading “Cub Scouts: Harry Potter Blue & Gold”

Cub Scouts: Star Wars Blue & Gold

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, our Pack decided to ditch what had become a tradition of sad sack Blue & Gold Banquets and give this fun annual event the attention it deserved. In years past our Pack had gone the route of the Bear adventure, Grin and Bear It, andContinue reading “Cub Scouts: Star Wars Blue & Gold”

Scouting: Introducing Webelos to the Patrol Method

“The patrol system is not one method in which Scouting for boys can be carried on. It is the only method.” Lord Robert Baden-Powell It’s true! The patrol system truly is the singular method in which we adult leaders pass the baton to the youth in our charge, providing them with their own leadership skillsContinue reading “Scouting: Introducing Webelos to the Patrol Method”

Scouting: All About Cub Scout Knot Tying

Look wide, and even when you think you are looking wide – look wider still. Lord Robert Baden-Powell I firmly believe that there are opportunities within the existing Scouting program that, no matter how impeccably mapped out, can always use a little injection of fun or maybe a slightly different perspective. Most of us areContinue reading “Scouting: All About Cub Scout Knot Tying”

Cub Scout: Camping Emergency Response Plan And Scout Safety

It’s about that time for Scouts to hit their local camp grounds for all the outdoor adventure (and s’mores) they can stomach! Along with your seasonal camping checklist, consider adding an Emergency Response Plan to your basic camp materials. In another life I worked extensively in Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity, professional experience I feelContinue reading “Cub Scout: Camping Emergency Response Plan And Scout Safety”

Cub Scouts: Pack and Den Recruitment

Cub Scout Recruitment: 4 Steps for Recruiting New Cub Scouts for Your Pack and/or Den With back-to-school officially under our belts, Scouting recruitment and popcorn fundraisers are kicking off or in full swing! You laid the groundwork over the summer months when your Pack Committee met to discuss and plan your upcoming Year in Scouting,Continue reading “Cub Scouts: Pack and Den Recruitment”

Elfcapades & Hijinks: Tips, Tricks, and Calendars!

Ah yes. September. The season of snowflakes, jingle bells, Hallmark movies, and… HOLD UP! When it comes to Christmas countdowns, my attitude sits firmly between Yosemite Sam and Scrooge. It doesn’t bring me joy to know there are 110 days until Christmas. School has just started, it’s still technically summer, and people are already neckContinue reading “Elfcapades & Hijinks: Tips, Tricks, and Calendars!”