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Tagged With: Outdoor Skills

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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Where did Scouting get the Neckerchief?

If Sir Robert Baden-Powell was a British war hero, how did Scouting end up with the campaign hat and neckerchief as symbols, two items very much from the American West? Good question, I say. Actually, it is a question that never crossed my mind until the beginning of a presentation at our council’s Wood Badge … Continue reading »

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Philmont Leadership Challenge

“Why are you here and what do you expect to get out of this course?” That’s a pretty different way to kick off a BSA training course. Truth is, I signed up for the Philmont Leadership Challenge after learning these five things: It was at Philmont It builds upon the training you receive during Wood … Continue reading »

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First aid for when help is going to take some time

Most first aid training is based on a “rapid response” assumption. That is to say that you are less than 30 minutes from an Emergency Medical Service response. Scouts are often doing things in areas where that response is much, much further away. So what to do? Take an EMS team with you? Charter an … Continue reading »

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Building a Better Pack Meeting

As promised in the last post (long ago), I wanted to mention some of the things covered in the The Strictly for Cubmasters class during Week 7 at Philmont Training Center. I know it has been a while, but for some reason I never hit the “publish” button on this one. Hopefully there are some … 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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When we reach for the stars

25 years ago today the Space Shuttle Challenger broke apart 73 seconds after launch. All seven crew members of STS-51-L were lost in the accident. At a memorial service three days later at Johnson Space Center, President Reagan said: Sometimes, when we reach for the stars, we fall short. But we must pick ourselves up … Continue reading »

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Geocaching with Cub Scouts

During the year I was the Tiger Den Leader I had a scout come to me and tell me he wanted to learn more about geocaching. I had heard of it before, but had not tried it. As a bit of a gadget freak and someone that loves the outdoors, the more I found out … Continue reading »

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Camping with Webelos or Boy Scouts

This weekend I attended our district’s training for Introduction To Outdoor Leader Skills (ITOLS) and Webelos Leader Outdoor Training (WLOT). Over on Boy Scout Trail there is a great short list of the Top 10 Training Topics that includes a great description of ITOLS and why it is important: Intro to Outdoor Leader Skills – … Continue reading »

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