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Patrol PLUS

24 Mar

Patrols are the building blocks to a strong, well-run troop. To build up your troop, add a patrol or two, and watch what can happen:


  • More parental involvement
  • More leadership opportunities
  • More skills development
  • More camaraderie among peers
  • More friendly patrol competition
  • More energy and enthusiasm
  • More patrol spirit
  • stronger patrol leaders’ council
  • More resources for the troop
  • More community service opportunities




Download the brochure …




Journey to Excellence

23 Mar

Greetings Leaders,

Take some time to evaluate your progress before Summer! Post some comments or questions that we can answer in a future article…

“Scouting’s Journey to Excellence” is the BSA’s new council performance recognition program designed to encourage and reward success and measure the performance of our units, districts, and councils. It is replacing the Centennial Quality Awards Program as a means of encouraging excellence in providing a quality program at all levels of the BSA. It is time to sit down with your unit leadership and evaluate your “Journey” so far… take a look at this website to download a scorecard, answer FAQ’s, view powerpoint presentations, and get lot’s of information as we work together to ensure your unit’s success in 2011. You will want to review this regularly with your Unit leadership. Your Commissioner can help throughout the year… just ask!see you out there!

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.

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.

Colorado Springs, Colo.

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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:

 enjoy and see you out there!


Tips for deducting Scouting-related expenses on your income tax return « Bryan on Scouting

12 Mar


Photo by Horrgakx on Flickr

When Baden-Powell said “Be Prepared,” I’m pretty sure he wasn’t talking about income tax returns.

But still, there’s no better advice than that two-word phrase during tax time.

Scouters who heeded the Scout Motto last year remembered to track and document their Boy Scouts of America-related expenses. And now, they know that they can include those expenses if they plan to itemize their 2010 deductions.

But what if you didn’t know that BSA expenses were deductible? Or what if your “filing system” is really your glove compartment that’s stuffed with gas receipts and crumpled-up napkins? And what qualifies as an eligible expense, anyway? Continued….

Five ways your unit can cope with skyrocketing gas prices

8 Mar

Here’s a timely blog by Scouting Magazine… check it out and adjust your plan if you need to!

Five ways your unit can cope with skyrocketing gas prices.


27 Feb



Summer is right around the corner and I’ve already had a few leaders ask me questions about how to conduct successful swim tests for some of their boys… of course I have my opinion and I am always happy to discuss this issue because I’ve had plenty of practice and I’ve seen what works… but here’s a good article in your ole’ Scouting Magazine this month that you’ll find helpful:

Scouting Magazine – March-April 2011.