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: 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”

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”

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”

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”

Scouting: How to Identify and Deal With Burnout

Hey, Scouter! Do you remember the moment you felt the call to leadership? Were your eyes large, sparkly, and full of stars? Did you have a laundry list of great, new ideas to help execute this already fantastic program? Were you so excited to answer the call that you drove to the Scout Shop andContinue reading “Scouting: How to Identify and Deal With Burnout”

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: Raingutter Regatta

I am “admiring” what’s left of a little ice on the back deck as I type this, making it a little odd to be considering a fun summertime event like the Raingutter Regatta, but I am willing to do just about anything to get into a warmer state of mind. My sons have now participatedContinue reading “Cub Scouts: Raingutter Regatta”

Scout Activities: This Is Jeopardy! For Advancement

Hey, Scouters! It’s time for JEOPARDY! First category is “Lesser Known Scouting Pioneers,” you’ll take $100. “The influential leader known as ‘Green Bar Bill’ who was quoted as saying ‘Scouting is a game with a purpose’.” Say it with me, everyone… “WHO IS WILLIAM HILLCOURT?” Wait, who? Mr. Hillcourt is the dashing fella to theContinue reading “Scout Activities: This Is Jeopardy! For Advancement”