Savory Recipes: Sloppy Joseph’s Crockpot Mesquite BBQ Beef on Rolls

If summer 2020 has been anything, it’s rainy. Here in Richmond, it’s the rainiest August on record, and we’re only halfway through! We’re getting a pretty good soak right now as I type, and with no end in sight, I’m starting to line up my family’s favorite rainy-day recipes on my weekly meal plan. AsContinue reading “Savory Recipes: Sloppy Joseph’s Crockpot Mesquite BBQ Beef on Rolls”

Scouting Activities: Scouting-Themed Pictionary Zoom Game!

As the weeks go on and virtual meetings continue, your PL might find themselves running out of good ideas to keep things exciting and interesting. You can only share screen so many Power Point presentations before Scouts start taking virtual naps during their weekly virtual Patrol meeting. If you find yourself in a slump orContinue reading “Scouting Activities: Scouting-Themed Pictionary Zoom Game!”

Scouting Activities: SCOUTERGORIES Zoom Game!

Do you remember family game night growing up? Some games made for a fun evening, like Candy Land and Life while others turned typically sweet family members into wild-eyed logophiles, like Scattergories. Was that just my childhood home? I hope so. As an adult, I’ve come to love the game again. My son (the PL)Continue reading “Scouting Activities: SCOUTERGORIES Zoom Game!”

Scouts BSA Patrol Activities: Virtual Whisper Game

“Scouting is not an abstruse or difficult science: rather it is a jolly game if you take it in the right light. In the same time it is educative, and (like Mercy) it is apt to benefit him that giveth as well as him that receives.“ – Lord Robert Baden-Powell A jolly game sounds goodContinue reading “Scouts BSA Patrol Activities: Virtual Whisper Game”

Scouts BSA Patrol Activities: Scout Rank Bingo Game

My son (PL) is wrapping up the 30 Day Rank Challenge posted by the Heart of America Council, with his brand new patrol of brand new Scouts, and as he mulled over how to test them on what they’ve learned. After careful consideration, we talked over his strategy and he decided he’d rather make itContinue reading “Scouts BSA Patrol Activities: Scout Rank Bingo Game”

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”

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”

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”

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”