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”

Kids Stuff: Geocaching Adventures

Also see my post, Kids Stuff: All About Geocaching Adventure Labs! Picture it; Suburbia, 2014. I had managed to design a fabulous schedule where I could get the kids out of daycare and work from home full-time. It was a gift, one that changed my life in a number of ways for which I willContinue reading “Kids Stuff: Geocaching Adventures”

Easy Mexican Casserole Done Two Ways For Busy Nights

Anyone else struggling at least seven times a week to make a quick dinner before Scouts or sports that everybody looks forward to eating? The kind of recipe that comes together quickly, warms bellies, and makes for bomb.com leftovers? Let me introduce you to my mother-in-law’s Mexican Casserole, a regular life-saver over here with myContinue reading “Easy Mexican Casserole Done Two Ways For Busy Nights”

One-Pot Savory Italian Mac

The seasons are changing, much to my chagrin. It’s hard to stay sad about summer coming to a close when there are so many delicious one-pot recipes on the horizon, and this one in particular is a family fave. It’s flavorful, full of veggies, and simple to prepare, even on those busy school nights. TheContinue reading “One-Pot Savory Italian Mac”

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”

Kids Stuff: Cheeser Car Game

It’s been all fun and no games over here with Cub Scout Recruitment in full-swing, so I thought I’d take a few minutes to pass on some good, clean fun! We’ve all been on that long car ride where the tablets have lost their shine, you’ve been looking for a “Q” on the highway signsContinue reading “Kids Stuff: Cheeser Car Game”

Elfcapades & Hijinks: Tips, Tricks, and Calendars!

Updated 11/14/2020 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 areContinue reading “Elfcapades & Hijinks: Tips, Tricks, and Calendars!”

Room Parent Survival: The Basics

Whatever we accomplish belongs to our entire group, a tribute to our combined effort.– Walt Disney It’s true, people, we are in this thing together so we may as well learn from one another. This is my 9th straight year serving in the role of Room Parent in my kids classrooms and, since the youngestContinue reading “Room Parent Survival: The Basics”