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”

Scouting Tech: Free Cub Scout and Scouts BSA Backgrounds for Virtual Meetings

If you’re looking to switch things up in your next Zoom meeting, and hide the piles of Scout Stuff stacked up in your room, consider virtual backgrounds. I’m sure you’ve had Scouts floating in space or enjoying a tropical vacation in recent meetings, and maybe you’ve wondered how. Check out this great article by canva.comContinue reading “Scouting Tech: Free Cub Scout and Scouts BSA Backgrounds for Virtual Meetings”

Cub Scout Activities: Webelos & AOL Elective, Adventures in Science

At the very beginning of our Webelos year, I told my Scouts that they could vote on and determine the electives we’d complete throughout the year. In the back of my mind, I almost dreaded the day that they’d choose Adventures in Science. Why? I harkened back to my high school chemistry class and gotContinue reading “Cub Scout Activities: Webelos & AOL Elective, Adventures in Science”

Pack-to-Troop Transitions: Final Reporting and Unit Transfers in ScoutBook

It’s finally happened. Those adorable Tigers (or Lions) of yesterday have completed the Cub Scout program and are bursting out of the nest, soaring toward their next big adventure. We usher them out in ceremony and are sometimes so distracted by the to-do lists and the emotions that we forget to wrap up the digitalContinue reading “Pack-to-Troop Transitions: Final Reporting and Unit Transfers in ScoutBook”

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”