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”

Cub Scouts: Scientific Cub Scout Mysteries

Sherlock Holmes, the legendary brain-child of one Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, has come to mind often as I’ve spent countless hours flipping through rank handbooks and leadership guides to find fun, new ways of presenting adventures to my Scouts. It isn’t common to have that “A-HA!” moment when laying out an adventure plan – invariably,Continue reading “Cub Scouts: Scientific Cub Scout Mysteries”

Cub Scouts: Pirates of the Caribbean Blue & Gold

Aye, matey, picture it! Ye and yer merry crew of bandits have battoned down the hatches and set sail toward Port Royal. Yer aboard the Black Pearl, the cursed ship with black sails that’s captained by the worst pirate ye’ve ever heard of. But ye have heard of him, mate. If you haven’t seen theContinue reading “Cub Scouts: Pirates of the Caribbean Blue & Gold”

Kids Stuff: Chore Charts

Teaching good citizenship is a big part of raising future adults that you can confidently send off into the world, knowing they’ll do their part and value the efforts of others. Hopefully we lead by example as often as we can – showing calm and fairness in conflict, respecting the property of others, and lendingContinue reading “Kids Stuff: Chore Charts”

Cub Scout Activities: Family Bake-Off

I’d like to think that, after a decade in Cub Scouts, I have a favorite special event; just one gathering that is more exciting than the others or that I feel the kids enjoy the most. I’ve said it a million times before (and even used it to name my blog), but if you LookContinue reading “Cub Scout Activities: Family Bake-Off”

Cub Scouts and Beyond: Protect Yourself from Viral Breakouts

Updates to the Original Post Regarding Coronavirus March 16, 2020We are officially experiencing a national COVID-19 epidemic and just about everyone I know is out of school and practicing social distancing. While we are confined to our homes and feeling like our schedules and, well, entire lives are completely at a stand-still, there are stillContinue reading “Cub Scouts and Beyond: Protect Yourself from Viral Breakouts”

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”

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”