Just when you thought the Friday night campfire was going smoothly, the Eagle patrol had to do that skit.
You know, the one with salty language, an inappropriate ethnic joke, or sexual innuendo?
Now you, the Scoutmaster, will spend all week fielding angry calls and e-mails from moms and dads in the troop.
If only this could’ve been avoided…
Before your next Scout campfire, let’s work together to answer two questions: (1) How do you screen a skit or song to make sure it’s appropriate? (2) What criteria do you use to determine whether it’s “in good taste”? Continue reading »
Young mountain bikers—from Tiger Cubs to older Scouts and Venturers—will stun you with how easily they pedal on gritty surfaces. Their catlike reflexes allow them to zip around sharp turns like Indy-500 drivers!
Besides being a great way to get some exercise and add a new activity to your troop or crew, a mountain-biking trip is a good excuse to get Scouts ready for what they’ll experience at the 2013 National Scout Jamboree. The home of the jamboree, the brand-new Summit Bechtel Reserve, touts a three-tier trail system allowing Scouts to choose the difficulty of their mountain-biking experience (shown in the photo above).
Its creators are promising a new and improved version designed to serve you better. For October, though, the Cubcast folks are sending us back in time.
They’re rebroadcasting last October’s episode, a classic that covered Citizenship and the BeAScout program. If you’re like me, you could probably use a refresher on something you heard a year ago, so give it a listen.
There’s also other big news: A Boy Scout version of Cubcast (which I can only assume won’t be called “Cubcast”) is on its way in January 2013!
I’ll have more details about that version by the end of the year.
So, let’s hear it: What does your pack, troop, team, crew, ship, or post charge for annual dues/fees? Don’t include “a la carte” items, such as uniforms or campout fees, if they aren’t part of that one-time dues payment.
Leave a comment if you need to explain what’s included in your unit’s dues. Thanks for sharing!
You’re walking through the church lobby after your Scout meeting one night when you spot something new on the bulletin board.
JOIN PACK 123!
“But wait,” you say, “this church is where my pack, Pack 456, meets!”
It happened to Sandy, a Scouter who e-mailed me and asked that her full name and hometown not be used. And it could happen to you.
It’s a sticky situation. Yes, we’re all in the business of serving as many Scouts as possible, so we should be happy when any young person finds a pack, troop, team, ship, crew, or post to call home — even if that home belongs to a different unit.
On the other hand, each Scouter out there wants his or her unit to reach its full potential, and losing members restricts that.
How do you walk this line? And when, if ever, is it appropriate to compete against other units for members? I turned to our Facebook friends to find out: Continue reading »
Two big changes coming up next year will impact every registered Scout unit:
What is now known as the “unit charter fee” will change its name to the more-descriptive “unit liability insurance fee.”
The cost of this fee will increase from $20 a year to $40 a year. This fee is per unit, not per individual.
Every Scout unit — packs, troops, teams, crews, ships, and posts — must pay the fee each year, and every penny of this fee goes into the general liability insurance program, providing coverage for claims alleging negligent actions that result in either personal injury or property damage.
Note that the annual registration fee for individuals isn’t changing — it remains $15.
In bowling, you get instant feedback. Roll the ball, watch the pins, and look at the screen.
What if tracking the hits and misses in your Scouting unit were that easy?
Turns out it is.
With the Journey to Excellence program, your pack, troop, team, crew, ship, or post simply uses the appropriate scorecard to track 10 to 13 objectives — areas like advancement, retention, budget, service projects, and camping.
Then — voila! — you know instantly if your unit qualifies for a Bronze, Silver, or Gold award. And if not, you know where you can improve to stay out of the “gutter.”
JTE perfects on and replaces the old Quality Unit awards, and with the 2013 scorecards now online, the timing’s right to make sure your unit is aimed at success. Here’s what you need to know:
The team behind Cubcast — which Cub Scout leaders listen to every month for practical tips — is now listening to you.
I told you all about the monthly, BSA-produced podcast when I previewed the July and August editions. It’s already excellent.
But the folks behind Cubcast aren’t resting on their laurels. They’re taking the admirable “if you’re not moving forward you’re moving backward” approach and will start from scratch to make Cubcast an even better tool for Cub Scout leaders.
A tool sort of “like your favorite hammer or kitchen spatula,” says Caryl Lombardi, BSA multimedia producer. Listening directly to the leaders? I think she hit the nail on the head with that one.
Just look at what’s happening in Michigan. The place has experienced some of the toughest economic times in America and it also boasts some of the toughest volunteers and professionals in the Boy Scouts of America.
They’ve refused to let Scouting fail in the Great Lakes State, and they’re teaching Scouts and Scouters everywhere a thing or two about courage under fire.
On Tuesday, the Michigan Crossroads Council received its official BSA charter — effectively merging nine councils into one. It’s the culmination of an 18-month, volunteer-driven effort that Scouting magazine first told you about in our March-April 2012 issue.