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Boy Scouts of AmericaSweet 16 of BSA Safety | Equipment Selection and Maintenance   Equipment selection and maintenance covers a lot of different things - intended use, fit, checking operation regularly ...


scoutmasterWhat Does the Scoutmaster Do?  Boy Scout troops are "boy run", so what is the role of the Scoutmaster?


Boy Scouts of AmericaBSA Methods - Association with Adults  Association with adults is one of the methods used in both Boy Scouts and Venturing. While these programs are youth-led, there are still adults present to mentor and help the youth leaders.


SkiCrew Activities - Skiing  At our Crew meeting this past Sunday, the focus was on skiing. Our council is having a ski night for Venturers at a local ski resort in January. The original plan had been to have a guest speaker come in and give some skiing tips. He couldn't make it at the last minute, so our Crew president made a presentation instead.


Norman Rockwell's Boy Scout paintingTroop Youth Leadership Seminar  We are particularly encouraging all of the new youth leaders to attend, but the seminar will be open to the whole troop. Hopefully some of the members will be inspired to apply for one of the open positions.


Norman Rockwell's Boy Scout paintingPatrol Activities in a Boy Scout Troop  One thing we'd like our youth leadership to consider is patrol activities. We have a pretty active troop program, but the patrols never do anything on their own. They could hike or get together to work on a requirement or even go on a campout.


Public speaking Merit BadgePublic Speaking Merit Badge for Boy Scouts  Learning to speak in front of a group is important for anyone - young or old.


venturinglogoOnline Training - Venturing Crew Officers Orientation  The Venturing Crew Officers Orientation is meant to be shown directly to your Venturing Crew officers. If you are a new Advisor or Associate Advisor, you will also find this training informational.


Den ChiefDen Chief Description and Self Evaluation  The Den Chief is a Boy Scout who works with the Cub Scouts, Webelos Scouts, and den leaders in the Cub Scout pack. They can lead games, participate in discussions, help with Scout skills, and more.


Boy Scouts of AmericaSweet 16 of BSA Safety | Safe Area or Course  Of course, if an area looks unsafe, we wouldn't let them go there. But we also need to actively look for hazards


PlanningTroop Program Features for Meetings and Outings  Boy Scout program features let a troop to plan its meetings around a theme.


packcommitteechairCub Scout Pack Committee  A well organized Pack Committee makes the Cubmaster's job much easier and ensures that a quality program is delivered to the youth.


TeamworkHuman Knot Game  This is an icebreaker in which a group must work together to "untie" themselves from a knot. This is a cooperative rather than competitive game.


Boy Scouts of AmericaScouting’s Teaching EDGE (BSA Edge Method)  The latest Boy Scout requirements for Tenderfoot and Life ranks require the Scout to use the EDGE method. This is a four step method for teaching a skill. It is sometimes called Scouting’s Teaching EDGE.


FitnessRecruiting New Boy Scouts  We know of a number of middle school students who are not currently involved in Scouting. So this is a good time of year to try to recruit them into the Troop.


Chaplain AideChaplain Aide Description and Self Evaluation  The Chaplain Aide works with the Troop Chaplain to meet the religious needs of the Scouts in the troop and to promote religious emblems programs.


Den LeaderWelcome New Den Leaders  Whatever your story, I want to welcome you to the world of Scouting. If you haven't been offered a mentor by your Pack, find one! Hopefully there is an experienced Den Leader there who will take you under his or her wing and show you the ropes.


HandshakeAnnual Troop Parent Meeting  Every year we try to get as many parents, whether Committee members or not, together in a room to try to figure out how we can help our youth carry out their ideas.


NappingNap on Safely Training  I hope all of you Scouters out there will be able to complete your Nap on Safely training before or during summer camp. The guidelines are listed in this article. (Spoof!)


Patrol LeaderPatrol Leader Description and Self Evaluation  A Patrol Leader is elected by his patrol. He is essential for implementing the patrol method within the Troop.


Boy Scouts of AmericaSweet 16 of BSA Safety | Buddy System  I always tell my Scouts that of all of the things they can do to keep themselves safe, none is more important than the buddy system.


Assistant Senior Patrol LeaderAssistant Senior Patrol Leader Description and Self Evaluation   The Assistant Senior Patrol Leader is the second highest-ranking youth leader in the troop. He is appointed by the Senior Patrol Leader with the approval of the Scoutmaster.


CubmasterWhat Does the Cubmaster Do?  In Cub Scouting, adults work together to deliver program to the youth members. One of the adult positions is the Cubmaster.


Boy Scouts of AmericaSweet 16 of BSA Safety | Physical Fitness  Anyone who has ever been to camp with a bunch of Scouts knows that safety needs to be our first priority. The Sweet 16 of BSA Safety describe the measures we should use at all Scouting activities. The second point of the Sweet 16 is Physical Fitness.


Senior Patrol LeaderSenior Patrol Leader Description and Self Evaluation  If you are new to Boy Scouting, it is important to understand what the different positions do. The Senior Patrol Leader is elected by the scouts to represent them as the top youth leader in the troop.


listeningRespectful Listening  Dealing with Scouts who won't listen when somebody is speaking can be a real challenge. Here are some tips and a code of conduct to help them listen and ask questions respectfully.


BagI Can Do That With One Hand Tied Behind My Back Game  The goal of this game is for two Scouts to work together to make a simple lunch. The challenge is that they each have one hand tied behind their back.


Boy Scouts of AmericaSweet 16 of BSA Safety | Qualified Supervision  Keeping our Scouts safe is our number one priority as Scouters. The Sweet 16 of BSA Safety describe the measures we should use at all Scouting activities. The first point of the Sweet 16 is Qualified Supervision.


TeamworkNitro Transport Game  This is an initiative game. Its purpose is to get a group to work together to solve a problem. This should build teamwork and cooperation in the group.


PlanningPlanning with Boy Scout Youth Leadership  Help your Boy Scout youth leadership plan ahead by giving them a blank meeting plan template to fill in during their PLC meetings. Download a printable copy here.


Norman Rockwell's Boy Scout paintingDefining and Prioritizing Boy Scout Youth Leadership Positions  Setting clear expectations for the youth leadership positions in a troop helps the youth members set goals. Some troops might also benefit from prioritizing the order positions are filled.


venturinglogoPlanning with Teenagers  When I was first approached to be the new Advisor for the Venturing Crew, our district executive warned me that teenagers don't usually plan ahead. Boy was he right!


HandshakeNew Parent Liaison  The New Parent Liaison would look at the information the troop sends out and, if there might be something which would be confusing or unfamiliar to the new parents, would send out a clarification to the new families.