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White Rim Trail, March 2016

After spending the winter months getting the trailer ready for camping duty, we were itching to get out and put it through it’s paces. What better place to do that than the White Rim Trail in Canyonlands National Park? Day 0 We left Denver after work on Friday, with a slight delay as we waited … Continue reading »

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Sailing, Swimming, and Challenges

My son wants to go to sailing camp this summer with his cousins in California, and approached my wife and I about it around Christmas time. When we talked about it we made a deal: I would sign him up for the camp when he passed the BSA swim test. For the last couple months … Continue reading »

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Eagle Scout: Merit Beyond the Badge

Today, the BSA National Council is drawing attention to a study conducted by Baylor University. Funded by the Templeton Foundation, this was an independent study of the differences between adults that were Eagle Scouts, had been Boy Scouts, and those that were never Scouts. You can read the entire report here. After reading through the … Continue reading »

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…and on to 2012!

Last year at this time I ended a blog post with this: I wish each of you health and happiness for you and your families as we start off in 2011, and when we look back on it a year from now I hope we will all see it as time well spent. Time well … Continue reading »

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A Training Vacation

One of my Wood Badge ticket items is to attend a training course for Cubmasters that goes beyond what is covered in the Position-specific training. The second part of that ticket item is to bring back something I learned and implement it in my pack. It was part of the same quest that brought me … Continue reading »

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Days 72-79: Faith

I’ve mentioned that we started the God and Me program with the pastor of our church. During days 72-79 of the 100 Days of Scouting we had our 3rd and 4th meetings with the pastor. While the program is open to anyone, this go around we had two Cub Scouts in the class, both in … Continue reading »

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Day 49-62: Gilwell

Thirteen days is a big spread to cover all at once, but the last two weeks has had one unifying theme: my Wood Badge course, W5-61-11-1. I have started, deleted, and re-started a blog post about my Wood Badge experience three times now. When asked about whether Wood Badge is worth the time and expense … Continue reading »

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Days 37, 38, and 39: …to keep myself physically fit…

There is a phrase used in scouting circles to describe the physique of Scouters called the “Scoutmaster’s build”. Not really a compliment. I myself have not exactly been on the fitness train for a while now. But no longer. I decided on day 37 that I had waited long enough, and found myself a new … Continue reading »

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Day 32: The Virtual Cubmaster

How did people run packs before e-mail? For that matter, how did they do it before text messages, cell phones, the internet, and social media? Case in point: a few days ago I got an e-mail (on my phone) from one of our Den Leaders. It said “I think the Tiger Picnic is scheduled for … Continue reading »

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Days 28, 29, 30 and 31: Zoooooom!

If I waited one more day I could just write this as a weekly update. But then again, 14 2/7 weeks of scouting doesn’t sound nearly as cool as 100 days. I have been crazy swamped with work and scout related things. I haven’t had a chance to put it down here. Lets see if … Continue reading »

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