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A quick word about the ads that are in the sidebar of the blog.
I have had a few questions asking about the ads in the sidebar of the blog… well.. not so much questions, but concerns that I am monetizing the blog or making a profit off of it. Well, rest assured I am not making money on this blog..
I reached out to the three companies that I have ads for.  ClassB.com, Tatogear, and Solostove.  ClassB and Tatogear are companies owned and operated by Scouters.  Solo Stove is a product that I whole heartily endorse.   While I have received products from all three, I am not making money on them.  I do have a affiliate account with Solo Stove, but the truth is I can not access it and so have not seen any payment from them is over a year.  When I was getting my percentage from the “Click throughs” I was buying stoves to give away.
I do not want the blog to turn into a bulletin board.. but I am willing to endorse and place ads on the blog.  If you have a company that does Scouting related business and gear.. I would entertain placing, testing, reviewing, and endorsing you and your company or product.
No, I am not monetizing my blog or YouTube channel.
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Have a Great Scouting Day!

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Starting Scouting’s Story

In this weeks Vlog we start the discussion on telling Scouting’s story.
I am a huge believer in setting the rules for how our story is told, shared, and promoted.
We live in a great time for communicating what Scouting is all about.  The people, places, and adventures of Scouting can be shared now with the click of a mouse, swipe on a phone, and instant pictures.
Let me know how you share Scouting’s story.. we all are a part of the story.. share it.
Have a Great Scouting Day!

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Hour a Week/Black Diamond Cosmo

So it’s an hour a week they say…
Enjoy..
Tell a friend, share, and let me know what you think.
Have a Great Scouting Day!

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Snow Peak Giga Power Stove Review

Like I state in the video this is a Super Stove for all Scouts, especially the first year Scouts looking to get a stove that will last a long time.
The Snow Peak Giga Power Auto Stove is light weight, compact, and is tough as nails.
It weighs in at 3.75 ounces and fits in pretty much any pot.
I can’t say it enough.. I highly recommend this little backpacking gem.
Have a Great Scouting Day!

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Goals, Vlogging, and What’s next…

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Food Storage Options

Hey all…
First of all I want to thank you for your patience.  In my next post I will do some explaining on the direction of the Blog and where we go from here.. but today I want to share with you some options when it comes to storing and carrying your food while out on the trail.
There are certainly more options than the few I explore in this video, but these seem to be the tried and true methods and most commonly used (that I have seen) on the trail.

Here are some links for the Ursack and BV500
www.ursack.com
www.bearvault.com
Bear test video with the Ursack.
I highly recommend the Loksak OPsak to use with your food storage no matter which method you use.
Thanks for watching, hanging with the blog, and being apart of the community.
Have a Great Scouting Day!

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NAACS

Each year our Order of the Arrow Lodge hosts two gathering events.  The first is our Native American Arts and Ceremonies Seminar (NAACS) and the other is the Rendezvous of the Order.  The latter being the largest event of the lodge and during which we have our annual Lodge banquet.
This weekend we attended the NAACS event.  It is held at Camp Rilea, a National Guard Camp on the Oregon Coast.  It is a great setting to host the Seminar with plenty of classrooms, lodging, and big kitchens.  For the adults in the Order of the Arrow it is a typical weekend of service, story telling, and teaching.  NAACS is the perfect opportunity for arrowmen to build regelia, practice ceremonies, and rekindle friendships from around the lodge.  We always have a great time.  The Scouts that attend always leave NAACS fired up and wanting Rendezvous to hurry and get here.
During the weekend I took the opportunity to shoot some video, hang out with friends, and even snuck in a nap.
Here is the video I shot of the 2016 NAACS.  Enjoy.
Share your Lodge events with us, it is always fun to see how the Order of the Arrow is in other lodges around the BSA.
Have a Great Scouting Day!


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Gloves for Winter Camping

Gloves are an important part of your winter gear.  If you are like me, your hands and your feet are the most important part of staying warm.  Once my hands and feet get cold.. that’s it.. I want to go home.
So I keep my hands and feet warm.  The way I do that is by using a layering system.
Three things that gloves do, 1.  Keep your hands dry.  2.  Keep your hands out of the wind.  3.  Keep your hands warm.
Here is a video I shot some time back showing my glove system.  Even though it is a little old.. these are the gloves that I still use today.  Once you get a good system and spend the money on good gear, you will have it for a long time.
Remember.. It is easier to stay warm than to get warm!
Have a Great Scouting Day!

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Winter camping tips

DSCN1915Its that time of the year when we break out the winter gear and head out for some chilly, exciting winter camping adventures.
I thought it was a good time to throw out some things to consider when getting out there in the cold.
We will talk more about winter camping in the near future, but this short list should at least get you thinking about your winter adventure.
1.  When setting up camp, find a place out of the wind and on higher ground.  Cold air settles in low ground.  Camp away from your water source, it’s probably in the lowest area and will be colder.  Get in the trees as best you can to get shelter from the wind.  Look up and make sure there are no “widow makers”, you know, those branches that will fall and put an end to your winter camping adventure.  Shake the tree a bit to drop some of the snow.
2.  Stomp out a tent platform.  It will make it easier to set up the tent and give you a solid, level place to sleep.
3.  Never cook in your tent.  If you need to get out of the elements, carefully use your vestibule as a wind break.  NO FLAMES in the tent.
4.  A closed cell foam pad (CCF) on top of an inflatable pad makes for a comfortable insulated place to sleep.  Fluff up your sleeping bag and let it breath for a bit before you get in.
5.  Pitch your tent tight to manage moisture.  A tight pitch will keep the rain fly away from the main body allowing air to flow.  A tight pitch will also protect against the wind and allow for snow to run off.
6.  Make sure to “empty” before you hit the sack.   Make sure your bladder is empty before you go to bed.  Don’t hold it because it is cold.  You need to be empty to stay warm.
7.  Drink a hot beverage and stoke the internal furnace before you settle in.  Eating a high fat snack before hitting the sack will get the body working for a warm nights sleep.
8.  Heat up water.  Fill up your water bottles with boiling water.  Make sure they are sealed up tight.  One in the sleeping bag will put out some heat for you and will give you water for your morning routine.  If you don’t want to put the water in your sleeping bag, put the bottle in a sock and store upside down.  It should be good to go in the morning.
9.  Put your fuel in a sock and throw it in your sleeping bag.  It will make it easier to fire up that stove in the morning.
10.  Strip down to your base layer when sleeping.  This will regulate temperature and make it easier to stay warm in the morning.  Jacket under the head area of the sleeping bag and boots under the foot area will keep them warm and ready for the morning.

If you don’t remember anything else remember this… It is easier to stay warm than to get warm.  Do what you need to do to stay warm.  Move, eat, and prepare for the cold and you will have fun adventures while winter camping.
Check back for more winter camping posts!
Have a Great Scouting Day!

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Starting the New Year off Right

Happy New Year!
Starting the New Year off right for me becomes more and more important each year.  I’m not sure what it is, probably just part of the ageing process and gaining a better understanding of what is important [to me].
So as we kick off 2016 we look back and reflect of what was 2015, what made it a great year and what improvements can be made.  I don’t want to look to far out and presume that the plan will lead me to a great reflection next year, but as I set goals for this new year, the priorities remain the same and idea of making life better pushes forward.
I want to rant less, stress less, and control those things that I can control.  The good news is that 2015 was a great year for me and the family, which set up 2016 to be better than the last.  2015 solidified the concept of “the Ticket” that we teach and practice in Wood Badge.  Setting goals that are meaningful and driven toward the mission.  I have always been a fan and practiced what I preached, but 2015 was the culmination of many goals that allowed me and the family to be successful.  The same occurred in my Scouting life with the Troop.
We realized the idea of starting a “Group”.  Pack, Troop, and Crew are now moving forward and headed for great things.
The Troop is what I consider performing at it’s best to date.  The youth leaders are motivated and excited.  I am working with the best Assistant Scoutmasters I have ever worked with, and the committee is second to none.  The issue of being complacent has come up.  We won’t let that happen because we know it is there for us to fall into.  Always looking for new challenges and fine tuning the program so as to keep the Scouts excited and the adults willing to participate.  We are in a good place.
Looking ahead to this year we have so much to look forward to and there is so much to be done.  It is fun to be able to look ahead and set goals that we know will have meaning and ensure success for me personally and for the Scouting units.  The units have a great plan that will be fun and challenging.  It allows for growth and the retention of our Scouts.  This is exciting to be a part of.
On the homefront, are looking forward to this year.  Our first year of financial freedom and as the kids are all grown, time to spend exploring and having new adventures.
In short.. it’s going to be a great 2016!
We started the New Year off right!.. A fun snow shoe trek on Mt. Hood out to Frog Lake.  It was a crisp winter day, the sun shining and real cold temperatures.  A perfect day to get out and have fun

I am ready for a great year!  Goals are set and we are prepared to let the adventure begin!
What are some of your goals for this year?
Have a Great Scouting Day!

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