Archive | March, 2011

Boy Scout Jack Pape wins 2011 American Spirit Award – Bryan on Scouting

22 Mar

The voting’s over, and the results are in.

The Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation announced today that Jack Pape, a high school junior from Omaha, Neb., has won its American Spirit Award.

At a special ceremony on Friday, Pape will receive the award, which recognizes “extraordinary skill, professionalism, and a spirit of excellence in a challenging situation.”

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Structure and Support – What Would You Do?

22 Mar

This article comes from the Scouting Magazine segment called “What Would You Do?” Click through and them come back and leave a comment here…

A Scout in L.R.’s troop has Asperger’s syndrome (an autism spectrum disorder) and struggles with advancement requirements and unstructured activities. She’s looking for ways to help her Scout succeed.

MAKE A LIST, CHECK IT TWICE
We have a Scout with Asperger’s, and we have put together a checklist of what we want him to achieve during meetings, camp-outs, etc. We sit down together, so he has buy-in. We do a “table-top” exercise with him to preview what’s going to happen, so he is familiar with his assignments by the time the camp-out takes place.

J.J.
Colorado Springs, Colo.

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Leave your ideas or comments here…

Plan your 50 Miler

21 Mar

Scouting Magazine is a wealth of knowledge and resources for preparing and planning all kinds of Scouting adventures… take a look at this article answering questions about your Troop’s next 50 Miler: 

http://scoutingmagazine.org/issues/1103/d-advance.html

 enjoy and see you out there!

daniel

News from the Scout Association of Japan / 2011 / News / Information & Events / Home – World Organization of the Scout Movement

21 Mar

News from the Scout Association of Japan / 2011 / News / Information & Events / Home – World Organization of the Scout Movement.

PHILMONT – Northeast Georgia Council Contingent 2012

18 Mar

Hey!

Some of you may have seen my previous post about the new Philmont movie… I hope it has motivated some of you to take part in this experience some time in the near future. It takes about 18 months to 2 years to prepare for a trip to Philmont, which makes this a perfect time to decide about the Northeast Georgia Council Contingent in 2012. The Northeast Georgia Council has space for 84 individuals to attend Philmont in June of 2012 and only have a handful of spots left. If you are thinking about a trip and your Troop isn’t planning one for 2012, THIS IS THE TIME! Sign up today using this Council Contingent registration form.

Philmont is the ultimate experience that every Scout should take part in… take another look at the movie trailer.

Ok. See you out there!

Let’s hit the HIGHlights of HIGHadventure

18 Mar

Troops, Crews, and Posts:

Are you looking for ways to get your older Scouts involved in High Adventure but aren’t sure how to get started… here it is: www.nega-highadventure.org

Find out about weekend COPE, Climbing, and Whitewater Kayaking taught locally in the Spring and Fall each year. Also, Leaders and older Scouts can be INSTRUCTORS… that’s right, we always need to train new instructors and this could be a great opportunity for you and your Scouts… check it out here: Cope Instructor Training or Climbing Instructor

Be sure to check out these and other great local High Adventure opportunities for you and your troop… see you out there!

daniel

Because every Scout we serve deserves you at your VERY BEST

17 Mar

The Woodbadge for the 21st Century registration deadline is fast approaching and you haven’t yet decided or committed yourself to taking the plunge. Here are links to some information that might help you. I only ask that you read and consider this because every Scout in your Troop deserves you… at your very best!

read on and I’ll see you out there! – daniel, bobwhite, SR-830

>Head on over to the registration stuff because I’ve already made up my mind

>Let me see some highlights or pictures from past courses

Here’s a little excerpt from http://www.nega-wb.org:

Why Should I Take Wood Badge?

Every scout deserves the BEST trained leaders.  We want you to be the best.  The youth we serve deserve the best!  Here is what we have been told BY OUR MOST RECENT GRADUATES that Wood Badge did for them.  Hopefully it will apply to you, as well:

  • “You will gain a better understanding of Scouting’s programs.  You will know where to turn for help, for program, for resources and for ideas.”
  • You will gain a MUCH better understanding of leadership and some useful tools for the challenges you face as Scout leader.   You will better understand what makes up leadership and how to built ‘high performance teams’ made up of Scouts and of adult leaders.”
  • “Wood Badge is VERY immediate, hands on and practical– you will be able to put it to use immediately– not only in your Scouting unit, but in your life.”
  • “You will be able to more effective set achievable goals in your Scouting position that will make you a better and more effective volunteer.”
  • “You will have fun and make new friends for life.”
  • “Because you’ll be better informed and better in control, you will be able to enjoy your Scouting job much, much more.”

Past Wood Badge Participant Comments:

“I’m just sorry I waiting so long to take Wood Badge.  I should have done this earlier.  It was just GREAT”(2006).

“This is some of the best training I’ve ever had in my entire career– Scouting or otherwise.  The leadership and team-building training you guys gave us was better than the week-long training on these same topics I’ve had out in corporate America.  Well done.” (2007)

“I was able to apply these takeaways immediately.  I was in a meeting [at work] on the Monday following the course.  Without going into details, this meeting was different from our other meetings.  It was more productive.  We were calmer and more supportive of each other.  We achieved a better result.  It was clear that leadership skills can often be subtle and gentle tools which empower and embolden people to achieve more than they otherwise could have.  And, frankly, the meeting was much more enjoyable.”  (2008)

“It is not simply the message and the refresher of old material and presentation of new material but the combination of the enthusiasm of the staff combined with the material that has provided such inspiration.  I know that at worst if I improve my home relationships and have a greater love for whom I serve that alone will improve our troop without even implementing the structural changes that can be made.  I thought that this course could be done in two 2-day weekends, and that if you did you may have more leaders attending, but I am starting to rethink that.  I don’t believe that I was really “sold” until the 3rd day.  While I have a million thoughts going on right now I am excited to come back and see my new found friends from my patrol and staff.”  (2009)

Wood Badge training is practical training.

Every thing we do has a purpose.  Every minute of every day is chock full of ideas and opportunities for you to take home and put to good use.  Every classroom session with your new friends, every game you play, every assembly.  As Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting said, “Scouting is a game… with a purpose.”  Whether you’re a Cub Scout, Boy Scout or Venturing volunteer, we think you’ll find that Wood Badge is stuff you can put to work.

>Head on over to the registration stuff because I’ve already made up my mind

>Let me see some highlights or pictures from past courses