Have you ever run across a great Cub Scout activity on the Web and wished there was an easy way to file the information for later use? (And I’m not talking about writing down the URL address on last night’s dinner napkin.) Enter Pinterest.com.
This clean-cut Web site, with its all-white background and crisp tableau of images, allows users to create their own visual “pin boards” to capture ideas, stories, and scraps of inspiration themed around a topic (like “Great Camping Destinations”) for later use and/or to share with other “Pinners.”
Because the editors at Scouting aim to arm volunteers with the best resources needed to help lead pack, troop, team, and crew activities, we’ve launched our own Scouting magazine Pinterest page. What does this mean? Now you can “follow” Scouting-themed pin boards relevant to your interests—whether it’s “Great Gear,” “Cub Scout Snacks,” “Scouting Cakes,” “Boy Scout Activities,” and much more.
Updated with voting info — see in red below. Voting closes at 10 a.m. Eastern on Tuesday, April 10.
If everybody gets 15 minutes of fame, Pip is in overtime.
The Eagle Scout who grew up singing at troop courts of honor has been on screen for at least 20 minutes so far on The Voice, NBC’s top-rated reality singing competition.
While in Scouts, Pip sang at courts of honor and other troop functions.
And that’s been enough for fans nationwide to get behind the Georgia native with the silky pipes. Fans of Pip are rallying on Facebook and Twitter, calling themselves Team Bowtie, a nod to the 19-year-old’s neckwear.
How is Pip handling his overnight fame? He called me last week during rehearsals in Los Angeles to share.
“I have only been on TV for 20 minutes total, but the fact that all these people are following me on Twitter and constantly messaging me and creating fan pages — it’s a little overwhelming,” he said. “These are people who have taken time out of their lives to be a part of mine. It’s a weird feeling, but it’s cool at the same time. It’s something that you worked for, and you always hoped would happen but never thought it would.”
For Pip’s dream ride to continue, though, he needs the help of Team Scouting. Read on to find out how you can do a Good Turn for this Eagle Scout.
Ready to take your pack, troop, team, or crew to new heights?
Schedule a ride in a tethered hot-air balloon. The activity, which previously wasn’t approved, was officially OK’d this week by the BSA’s Health and Safety team.
Notice I said tethered hot-air ballooning — not the kind where you ride for miles like the Wizard of Oz. Unlike traditional hot-air ballooning, the tethered variety uses at least three lines connected to the ground to keep the balloon from moving horizontally. The BSA has set the maximum permitted height at 70 feet.
Now, don’t go buying a balloon and trying this yourself. The balloon must be registered with the Federal Aviation Administration, and the pilot must be certified and insured.
Before planning a ride, familiarize yourself with some key requirements:
(UPDATED April 10, 2012) The Are You Tougher? casting call is growing! See the expanded casting region and new deadline in the “How to Apply” section at the bottom.
Scouts and adults, practice your knots, sharpen your pocketknives — oh, and comb your hair.
Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout?, the new National Geographic Channel show I told you about in January, is looking for a few outstanding cast members for its first season.
If you live in
California one of seven Western states (see below), read on to learn how you can get in on the fun. If you live elsewhere, I’ve got some exciting details about what kind of people you can expect to see on the show when it premieres this fall.
I spoke with senior casting director Sarah Furlong today, and she’s pumped about the new reality competition show that will pit current Scouts against adults who were Scouts as youth. And it’s all done with the blessing and support of the Boy Scouts of America.
“We’re kind of excited because this is the first time the Boy Scouts have lent their name and given permission to a show like this,” she said.
Furlong, who recently finished casting for upcoming seasons of America’s Got Talent and Storage Wars, said that ideal candidates for Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout? are heartfelt people with integrity, a love for the outdoors, and an interesting story.
UPDATE (March 14, 2012): — I have just confirmed that Pip’s battle episode will air 8/7 Central on Monday, March 19!
Good thing a Scout is Brave. Phillip Arnold will need all the courage he can get.
The Eagle Scout singer, who goes by the stage name “Pip,” is entering the battle round on NBC’s hit reality singing show, The Voice.
Three weeks have passed since the blind audition episode where Pip blew away the judges — and me — with his rendition of “House of the Rising Sun.” (If you missed it, click here and watch it immediately!)
Of the 75 singers from last round, only six got all four judges to press their “I Want You” button. Pip was one of the six, a clear sign he’s an early favorite.
But he can’t rest on his laurels. It’s time for Pip to go head-to-head with a competitor: Two singers enter, and just one moves on.
Make your great Scouting photos more than just pretty wallpaper for your computer or tablet.
Our Facebook Cover Image Search can show them off to nearly 15,000 of your fellow Scouters.
Selected photos will spend a week as the cover image on our new and improved Facebook page, which we recently switched over to the new Facebook timeline design for pages.
We’ll consider any great photo that represents Scouting. And for each photo we select, we’ll also include the Scouter’s name, unit, and hometown so others know whose work they’re admiring.
Ready to give it your best shot? Click here to learn more.
Photo of Northern Tier by Flickr user mtvre.
After our “What I Really Do” for Scouters hit our Facebook page earlier this month, many leaders asked for a Cub Scouters version.
Well, ask and you shall receive. What do you think? Are any of these you? Be honest…
And leave a comment below!
For 102 years old, the Boy Scouts of America sure looks good.
The nation’s top youth-serving organization was born on Feb. 8, 1910 — five score and two years ago today. But despite its age, the BSA remains a vibrant, relevant movement of youth and adults who have a positive impact on the world.
Each Feb. 8 offers a timely opportunity to look back on the year in Scouting. (Just like I did on Feb. 8, 2011 and 2010.)
And what a good one last year was, both for the organization and for me personally.
No shock that Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, is making headlines again.
But what may surprise you is why: She just joined the global Scouting movement as a volunteer with the U.K. Scout Association.
The “other” Scouting magazine, which serves 400,000 boys and girls involved with Scouting in the U.K., features Kate in a cover story for its February-March issue, due out next week. Check out the cover at left. Sure beats People or Vogue, if you ask me.
Kate will join 40,000 female Scouters in the U.K. Her plans include volunteering with Scout units near the royal couple’s home in north Wales, recruiting additional Scouters, and traveling the country to lead activities relevant to her skills and interests.
In a test of outdoors skills, who would win: Boy Scouts or adults who are out of Scouting?
Though the answer seems obvious, it’ll sure be fun to see those adults try.
That’s the promise behind the newest reality show, Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout?, set to debut this fall on the National Geographic Channel.