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Tagged With: Training

Starting a new troop: the delusional beginning

You may not know it yet but last Monday night was historic. In the community room of our local REI a group of interested Scouts, former-Scouts, never-been-Scouts, and their parents met up with some of the adults that decided to start a new troop in our area. We talked for a little while about the … Continue reading »

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Science, Technology, Engineering, Math… and Scouting?

Scouting is outdoor adventure like camping, backpacking, climbing and canoeing, right? Does that leave the technology-heavy learning to a realm outside of Scouting? Not exactly. This video from code.org has been making the rounds of the internet, and it got me thinking about how we teach kids about programming. Take a look… Teamwork is essential? … 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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Sir Robert Baden-Powell’s Birthday

Sir Robert Baden-Powell was born on February 22, 1857 making today his 154th birthday. After returning from Africa as a hero in the Bohr War he noticed his military manual “Aids to Scouting” was being used by boys all round the country. In 1907 he organized the first camp at Brownsea Island where he tested … 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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Leadership

A friend of mine shared this TED talk, and I thought it calls out the baggage we add to the term “leadership” and how a change in our perspective calls us all to be leaders. We have elevated leadership to a world-changing ideal. We celebrate only the truly phenomenal actions as leadership and soon it … 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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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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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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