Scoutmaster Clarke Greene – of The Scoutmaster Podcast fame – is developing a database of high adventure destinations. I love the idea! Adding a little adventure to a program keeps older Scouts engaged.
Scouting Program Archives: Boy Scout Program Features
When perfectly toasted, the sugar coating on the Peep caramelizes. And the marshmallow insides becomes really gooey, just like in a regular toasted marshmallow
I wrote previous posts about the camping award, the hiking award, the riding award, and the aquatics award. Today I am promoting the adventure award – the last in the series.
For you Scouts getting ready to start this badge, it is important to really understand your counselor’s expectations before you start.
This award is for Boy Scouts who can’t get enough time on the water.
National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is an intense week long leadership training class for youth
Pumpkin bread is a favorite snack bread and dessert at our house. This recipe is easy enough for kids to make.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Here is a Scoutmaster Minute which reminds us not to focus on the big insurmountable problem. Instead, just do what you can.
If you have some enthusiastic campers in your troop, they might have completed the requirements already.
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.
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.
These instructions are for a pot and towel drying rack. There is a small picture of a similar gadget in the Boy Scout handbook.
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.
Be prepared for unexpected changes in the weather.
With all of the holiday concerts this time of year, some of your Scouts might want to work on the Music merit badge.
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.
Fresh baked bread tastes wonderful when you are out on a chilly campout. This is a casserole bread which is pretty easy to make.
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 Scouts will complete a couple of the requirements for the Boy Scout Leave No Trace award while working their way toward Eagle Scout.
Learning to speak in front of a group is important for anyone – young or old.
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.
This can be used as a Cubmaster/Scoutmaster/Advisor Minute or it can be used with adults to encourage more participation in the Committee.
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.
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.
Scouts always enjoy playing with their food! This would make a nice snack for any den meeting based on one of the ecology lessons.
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.
Boy Scout program features let a troop to plan its meetings around a theme.
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.
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.
Labor Day marks the end of summer, but it is also a good excuse to introduce the American Labor merit badge to your Scouts.
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!
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!
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.