Campsites at Swift Base

Themed Summer Camps for Scouts and Venturers

Catholic Adventure Week, STEM Camps, Sea Scouts vs Pirates, camps for those who like to rough it, fishing camp, Eagle Trail camp, horse camp, and more.

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BSA Substance Abuse Prevention Program

Scott sent in this question: My son is home schooled and has to do the requirement for second class 9a. The drug awareness part. do you have any suggestions on what he can do to meet this requirement?

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Eagle Palms and Merit Badges

Steve sent in this question about Eagle palms: In terms of earning Palms. Do MB’s earned before getting Eagle count towards Palms?

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BSA Bear Supplemental Den Meeting Plan S – Tall Tales

In this idea from the Bear den meeting plans, Cub Scouts learn about folklore and storytelling for Bear Achievement 4 – Tall Tales.

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Communication Troop Program Feature for Boy Scouts

BSA has a set of troop programs which can help PLCs plan activities around a theme. This communication program feature offers the opportunity to plan a month’s worth of troop activities which focus on giving and receiving information.

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May Cub Scout Theme – Backyard Fun (Health and Fitness)

One of the Cub Scout themes for the May core value of Health and Fitness is a Backyard Fun theme.

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Welcoming Webelos to Boy Scout Troop

Aaron sent in this question “I am looking for ways to welcome Webelos into Boy Scouts at Pack Meetings, any ideas? Like a cross over, but not as formal.”

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BSA Bear Supplemental Den Meeting Plan R – Let’s Go Camping

In this idea from the Bear den meeting plans, Cub Scouts learn how to prepare for a campout for Bear Elective 25 – Lets Go Camping.

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Merit Badge Check Off List

I’ve had several requests lately for a newer version of the merit badge check off list, updated with the newest badges. So I’ve redone the list as a Google spreadsheet. This will make it easier to keep updated.

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Inactive Scouts in Patrols

A reader is involved in a large troop, but due to low participation from scouts it is difficult to have patrol leader elections and a youth led program.

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Introduction to Youth Leadership Skills (ILSC or ILST)

This weekend our Venturing Crew did the Introduction to Youth Leadership Skills for Crews (ILSC). This course teaches Crew members basic leadership skills. There is a corresponding course for Boy Scout troops (ILST).

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BSA Arrow of Light Den Meeting Plan 15 – Sportsman (Marbles)

This idea from the Webelos den meeting for the Sportsman Activity Badge, Cub Scouts learn about the game of marbles and earn their Marbles Belt Loop.

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Forces of Flight Game

The Forces of Flight game would make a fun addition to a pack meeting for the Soaring the Skies Cub Scout theme. Use this game when the Cub Scouts have been sitting for too long and need to get up and move around.

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Business Troop Program Feature for Boy Scouts

BSA has a set of troop programs which can help PLCs plan activities around a theme. This business program feature offers the opportunity to plan a month’s worth of troop activities with business theme.

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Den Leader Asked to Lead a Different Den

A Wolf den leader is seeking feedback about being asked to stay with the Wolf den next year instead of continuing with her son’s den when they move to Bears.

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BSA Bear Supplemental Den Meeting Plan Q – Family Outdoor Adventure

In this idea from the Bear den meeting plans, Cub Scouts go on a family hike for Bear Achievement 12 – Family Outdoor Adventure and the Hiking Belt Loop.

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Disbanding a Very Small Boy Scout Troop

A reader reports My son has been in a very small Boy Scout Troop for 2 years now. Our scoutmaster had a meeting to discuss the fact that the boys scouting experience is very limited because of the troops size and suggested that the scouts transfer to another troop.

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April Pack Meeting Plan – Soaring the Skies (Faith)

The Cub Scout core value for the month of April is Faith . BSA has a Cub Scout pack meeting plan called Soaring the Skies related to this core value.

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Sustainability Merit Badge

The Sustainability Merit Badge was added as a new merit badge in the summer of 2013. This badge focuses on lifestyle adaptations which use our planet’s natural resources more wisely.

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Crossover Bridge Design

Chip sent in this question: “Hi, We are looking to build a crossover bridge and was wondering if you know where we could find some plans Thanks, Chip”

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