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”

Pack-to-Troop Transitions: Preparing AOLs (and their PL’s) for Scout Rank

If you had asked me two months ago how my AOL Bridging plan was coming along, I would’ve told you I was prepared for our big April event. I had, afterall, been dreaming about the day my den of Cub Scouts would cross into the care of their new Troops since they first donned theirContinue reading “Pack-to-Troop Transitions: Preparing AOLs (and their PL’s) for Scout Rank”

Cub Scout Activities: SCOUTStrong PALA Rank-Specific Scavenger Hunts

Since my last post, Cub Scout Activities: SCOUTStrong PALA & the “Where in the World is my Cub Scout Leader” Game, I decided to work on some rank-specific SCOUTStrong Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA) Scavenger Hunts to make our outdoor adventures a little more… adventurous. As many neighborhoods are posting rainbows, Easter eggs, and inspirationalContinue reading “Cub Scout Activities: SCOUTStrong PALA Rank-Specific Scavenger Hunts”

Cub Scout Activities: SCOUTStrong PALA & the “Where in the World is my Cub Scout Leader” Game

What is the SCOUTStrong PALA Award? Leaders familiar with the SCOUTStrong Healthy Unit award know that this special series of activities fit perfectly into the den setting. You can incorporate healthy snacks, water, and physical activities into just about every adventure and easily earn this special award as you go. In particular, my den enjoyedContinue reading “Cub Scout Activities: SCOUTStrong PALA & the “Where in the World is my Cub Scout Leader” Game”

Scouting Tech: Youth Protection in a Virtual World

It seems to me that social distancing has brought the world closer than ever, from apartment complexes in Italy and China singing in concert, to authors performing Facebook Live readings for the masses, singers and songwriters performing free concerts from home, artists sharing tutorials so we can release our collective creativity, educators hosting live classesContinue reading “Scouting Tech: Youth Protection in a Virtual World”

Cub Scout Activities: How to Run a Virtual Pack Meeting

The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry. Robert Burns Well, if you’re doing your part to flatten the curve by sitting on your couch and brainstorming all of the ways you and your Pack can Scout in these difficult times, welcome to the One Hour A Week Club. We’re starting campfires withContinue reading “Cub Scout Activities: How to Run a Virtual Pack Meeting”

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”

Scouting Tech: Online Conferencing Tools for Virtual Meetings

We’re navigating some seriously uncharted territory right now, trying to find ways to maintain some normalcy and keep the kids from physically turning into the Fortnite character they’re obsessively playing. It’s been pleasantly surprising to witness the outpouring of knowledge and generosity in the last week; the sharing of wisdom and resources is truly inspiring.Continue reading “Scouting Tech: Online Conferencing Tools for Virtual Meetings”

Cub Scout Activities: Adventuring from Home Rank Challenges

My Pack is issuing Rank Challenges to help our Scouts stay involved and entertained over this prolonged period of self-quarantine and social distancing. As an addition to my post about Webelos/AOL Adventures to Complete at Home, which includes an extensive look at how Scouts can complete numerous adventures from the safety of home, I decidedContinue reading “Cub Scout Activities: Adventuring from Home Rank Challenges”

Cub Scout Activities: Webelos/AOL Adventures to Complete At Home

THIS POST WILL BE UPDATED WITH ADDITIONAL RESOURCES AS THEY ARE AVAILABLE! As the nation struggles to get used to the idea of our unplanned coronavirus cancelations, I can’t help but think about what it means to be Scouts with a Duty to Country. I saw a meme this morning that simply stated, Our grandparentsContinue reading “Cub Scout Activities: Webelos/AOL Adventures to Complete At Home”