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”

Cub Scouts: How to Teach the Outdoor Code and Leave No Trace Principles for Kids

We all know that a great way to connect with our kids is to get them disconnected from all of their electronics, and that Scouts in particular love a good adventure into the woods. The Aims of Scouting are character development, leadership development, citizenship training, and personal fitness; all of which can be achieved inContinue reading “Cub Scouts: How to Teach the Outdoor Code and Leave No Trace Principles for Kids”

A Mother’s Musings on Natural Tunnel State Park

The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness. John Muir Mountaineer and father of our National Parks, John Muir was an early conservationist, a naturalist, an environmental philosopher, and a lover of mountains. His contributions to the preservation of the American wilderness are most evident on the West Coast, specifically Yosemite andContinue reading “A Mother’s Musings on Natural Tunnel State Park”

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”

Scouting Tech: Building Your Unit Website with Classic Google Sites

This tutorial teaches Scouters how to develop a Unit website utilizingClassic Google Sites. Click here to view my tutorial for New Google Sites. According to the BSA’s 2018 Annual Report, there are 2,021,615 registered Scouts (kindergarten-aged thru 17 years old) in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts here in the United States alone. They are membersContinue reading “Scouting Tech: Building Your Unit Website with Classic Google Sites”

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”

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”