Scouting Program Archives: Boy Scout Program Features


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Personal Fitness Merit Badge for Boy Scouts  For you Scouts getting ready to start this badge, it is important to really understand your counselor's expectations before you start.

 

National Outdoor Badges - Aquatics  This award is for Boy Scouts who can't get enough time on the water.

 

Boy Scouts of AmericaNational Youth Leadership Training  National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is an intense week long leadership training class for youth

 

Pumpkin Bread Recipe  Pumpkin bread is a favorite snack bread and dessert at our house. This recipe is easy enough for kids to make.

 

Plant Science Merit Badge for Boy Scouts  Spring is around the corner and the seed catalogs have been arriving in the mail. So this is a good time to take a look at the plant science merit badge.

 

Personal Measurement Log for Orienteering  When you go on an orienteering course, you need to have some ways to measure things. Some of the methods used require you to have something of known length for comparison. A personal measurement log will help you with this.

 

A Simple Explanation of the Scientific Method   If you don't have a background in science, helping your Cub Scout out with this might seem a little intimidating. But the scientific method is really very basic and only involves a few simple concepts.

 

National Outdoor Badges - Hiking  I don't think anyone in our troop has come close to doing this much hiking, but we do have a group currently training for Philmont, so maybe they will make these goals.

 

Forest Hike60 Hikes Within 60 Miles Book Series  We are coming up on some prime hiking season. In the spring the temperatures are mild and it isn't buggy yet. So I am reviewing my favorite hiking book - 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles. Hopefully there is one available in your area.

 

Snow Sports Merit Badge for Boy Scouts  I think the biggest barrier to our scouts earning this badge is the cost. But for those who have the means, this is a really fun badge

 

RopeHand Washing Station Gadget  This is a gadget which was shown to us at a recent Roundtable. It uses lashings to make a handwashing station from straight sticks and an empty gallon milk jug.

 

Scoutmaster Minute – Only One  Here is a Scoutmaster Minute which reminds us not to focus on the big insurmountable problem. Instead, just do what you can.

 

National Outdoor Badges - Camping   If you have some enthusiastic campers in your troop, they might have completed the requirements already.

 

Inventing Merit Badge for Boy Scouts  This looks like an interesting badge which they could work on together, but without a counselor in the troop to give them a little nudge, I could picture this dragging on for months. I'll go ahead and pass the requirements on to the PLC in case they are interested in pursuing it though.

 

My Favorite Knot Book  This book was recommended a few years ago when I went to Cub Scout BALOO training. I am not a "knot person". I can watch someone do a knot and repeat it, but an hour later it is forgotten.

 

RopePot and Towel Rack Camp Gadget  These instructions are for a pot and towel drying rack. There is a small picture of a similar gadget in the Boy Scout handbook.

 

American eagle with flagService Project Ideas for Boy Scouts  Boy Scouts are required to participate service projects for Second Class, Star, and Life. Our troop encourages all Scouts to participate in service projects whether they need the hours or not.

 

Weather Hazards Online Course  Be prepared for unexpected changes in the weather.

 

Music Merit Badge for Boy Scouts  With all of the holiday concerts this time of year, some of your Scouts might want to work on the Music merit badge.

 

Partially peeled bananaBanana Bandanna Skit  The idea behind the skit is that the Scouter with the banana has misunderstood the announcer. Every time the announcer says to do something with the bandana, the Scouter does it with a banana instead.

 

Dutch OvenHerb Casserole Bread Recipe  Fresh baked bread tastes wonderful when you are out on a chilly campout. This is a casserole bread which is pretty easy to make.

 

Sports Merit Badge for Boy Scouts  We all know Scouts who are trying to juggle their Scouting activities with other commitments. In many cases, this might mean finding time for Scouting and sports. So help your Scouts find a way to make them complement each other. Introduce them to the Sports merit badge.

 

Boy Scout Leave No Trace Award  Boy Scouts will complete a couple of the requirements for the Boy Scout Leave No Trace award while working their way toward Eagle Scout.

 

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

 

Pets Merit BadgePets Merit Badge for Boy Scouts  This is a good merit badge to recommend to your Scouts with pets. For those who are already taking care of their pets, it gives them some recognition for their efforts.

 

Make a Difference to One  This can be used as a Cubmaster/Scoutmaster/Advisor Minute or it can be used with adults to encourage more participation in the Committee.

 

Movies for Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge  Sometimes when I am doing an initial interview with a Scout for the Citizenship in the Community merit badge, they don't have any idea of which movie to watch for requirement 5.

 

The Outdoor Code  Every Scout who is spending time outdoors should be familiar with the Outdoor Code. It is especially important for Webelos, Boy Scouts, and Venturers who are out camping regularly.

 

Soil Sample Cupcakes Recipe  Scouts always enjoy playing with their food! This would make a nice snack for any den meeting based on one of the ecology lessons.

 

Salesmanship Merit BadgeSalesmanship Merit Badge for Boy Scouts  If you have Boy Scouts selling popcorn for your unit, show them the requirements for the Salesmanship merit badge. This merit badge is also good for Scouts who have their own business enterprise - like mowing lawns or dog watching.

 

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

 

Maps, Compasses, and Declination  Scouts will be interested to learn that the north indicated by their compasses is not really true north. Instead it points to the magnetic north pole, which is not fixed. The difference between true north and magnetic north is called declination.

 

Grilled Honey Lime Pork Chops Recipe  This is a really easy camping recipe. Do a little preparation before you leave for camp and you will have delicious grilled pork chops with almost no cleanup.

 

American Labor Merit Badge for Boy Scouts  Labor Day marks the end of summer, but it is also a good excuse to introduce the American Labor merit badge to your Scouts.

 

Dutch OvenGreen Chili Stew Recipe  This probably isn't very authentic, but it is a tasty stew which is easy to make at camp. Serve a nice green salad with it and you have a meal!

 

What Is the Order of the Arrow?  Some of you may have Boy Scouts in your families who are in the process of becoming members of the Order of the Arrow. Just when you thought you were getting a grasp on Boy Scouts, they threw something new at you!

 

Sweet Corn Bread Recipe  This is a very sweet corn bread. In some areas, this would be called corn cake. The sweetness of the bread goes well with spicy foods like chili or ham and beans with lots of hot pepper sauce.

 

Loaded Campfire Potatoes  This variation of campfire potatoes is hearty enough to serve as a main dish.

 

Camping at Swift Base  Swift offers weeks of summer camp for Venturers and Explorers. Activities include water skiing, tubing, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, rock climbing, rappelling, ropes challenge courses, horseback riding, mountain biking, rifle shooting, and archery.

 

Campfire Cinnamon Crescents Recipe  Here is another easy recipe for summer camp season. The only real trick to these is to cook them slowly so they cook all the way through.