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SMMpodcast #89 Training, Promises, and Serendipity

In this show we talk about Troop Junior Leader Training, Delivering the Promise of Scouting, and Finding that life of serendipity from my hero Green Bar Bill.
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This show is sponsored by The Boy Scout Store.
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The Promise of Scouting and the Journey to Excellence

I am often asked about the “Promise of Scouting”.  In the title of the Blog and Podcast I declare that I have just trying to help deliver the promise of Scouting.  To help you understand what I am talking about when I say this let me show you where I got it.  The 11th Edition of the Boy Scout Handbook from 1998.  On page 1 is tells the Scout:

Welcome to the Boy Scouts of America,
SCOUTING promises you the great outdoors. As a Scout, you can learn how to camp and hike without leaving a trace and how to take care of the land. You’ll study wildlife up close and learn about nature all around you. There are plenty of skills for you to master, and you can teach others what you have learned. Everyone helping everyone else-that’s part of Scouting, too.
SCOUTING promises you friendship. Members of the troop you join might be boys you already know, and you will meet many other Scouts along the way. Some could become lifelong friends.
SCOUTING promises you opportunities to work toward the Eagle Scout rank. You will set positive goals for yourself and then follow clear routes to achieve them.
SCOUTING promises you tools to help you make the most of your family, your community, and your nation. The good deeds you perform every day will improve the lives of those around you. You will be prepared to help others in time of need.
SCOUTING promises you experiences and duties that will help you mature into a strong, wise adult. The Scout Oath and the Scout Law can guide you while you are a Scout and throughout your life.
Adventure, learning, challenge, responsibility – the promise of Scouting is all this and more.

So this is the Promise of Scouting that I refer to when you hear me talk or write about it. 
Now, why is this important today?  Well I have been talking about the Journey to Excellence lately and how it will be a great tool in our programs.  When I look at the Promise of Scouting and hold it up against the JTE criteria.  Well folks.. there it is.  It’s not about percentages or working numbers.  It’s about measuring the delivery of the Promise.
And as Forrest Gump would say.. “That’s all I got to say about that”.
Have a Great Scouting Day!

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This Weeks Poll.. What do YOU do at Summer Camp?

Summer camp is a fantastic experience for the Scouts of your Troop.  But that does not mean it can’t be fun the adults that go too.  Each year we take our Scouts to camp.  We limit the amount of Adults, after all, this is a program for the Scouts, but the three or four adults that do go get to have a wonderful time in camp also.
But what do you do when you are at camp.  This weeks poll gives you a few choices that came off the top of my head after many years hanging out at camp.
Here is typically what I do.
First.. always take a good book. 
Second… Stay out of the Scouts way.  Be there to sign books and blue cards.  Cheer them on when they play games, and have a smile on my face every day.  But camp is for them.. leave them alone to hang out.  We always make it a point to take the tents the furthest away from the patrols and in lots of cases use the back doors if they face into the camp.  We want them to work the patrol method at camp and part of that is the interaction that takes place when they are playing and yeah I’ll say it.. screwing around.
And finally, I like to participate in adult programs that are offered.  One of our camps takes all the Scoutmasters on a Horse back ride.  A few of the camps offer adult swims and lunches.
By and large my week at camp is to provide support when needed and a great week to relax and take a break.  Most days you will find me at the water front with a good book just taking in the sun.
So what do you do at camp?  Let me know, leave a comment.  Better yet.. use the SMMVoice mail line and tell me, it may end up in the next podcast!  503-308-8297.  Lets hear about your week in camp!
Have a Great Scouting Day!

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SMMPodcast Show # 88 Stoves and other Stuff

SMMPodcast show # 88 is out and ready for your ear buds.  I need to apologize for the audio quality of the first part of this show.. The F150 studio was louder than usual. In this show we talk about Stoves and other Stuff including a great Ordeal Weekend with our Lodge.
Let me know what you think.  Leave Feedback, drop an email,
and Have a Great Scouting Day!|

You can listen to the show here SMMPodcast # 88
This Show is sponsored by Badge Magic

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SMMPodcast # 87 – Annual Meetings

Welcome back to this weeks SMMPodcast.  This week I share some thoughts about the 2011 Annual Meetings of the Boy Scouts of America.  It was a fantastic experience.
This weeks Podcast is sponsored by The Other Scoutmaster’s Handbook.
A couple take home points from the meetings. 1.  Use the Journey to Excellence.  2. If what you are doing does not directly impact the youth we serve.  Stop Doing it.  Listen in as I share my thoughts.
You can listen or Download the show here SMMPodcast # 87

Leave feedback, comments, or suggestions by emailing me, or dropping a comment here on the blog.  Don’t forget to visit us on iTunes and leave a review… it only makes Scouting get a better rating in a world that really needs it!
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Reflections SMMPodcast # 86

In this show I share some reflections on the past Wood Badge Course and of a young man that is being presented his Eagle Award.
This weeks Blog Roll is Bobwhites Blather.  I really enjoy this blog and encourage you to check it out!
This show is sponsored by ClassB.com

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SMMPodcast #86

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Second 100

Today marks the last day of the second 100 days of Scouting blog campaign.  But as I thought about it, I remembered back to what my good friend Mike Walton who at the beginning of the #100daysofscouting blog campaign wrote about the first one.  And that was “I live Scouting everyday”.
Now we bl0ggers like to share our thoughts, ideas, and sometimes just ramblings about Scouting and just because we are now 200 days into blogging about it through this online blog event.  I agree with Mike in that we all do live Scouting everyday and so lets just talk about it, write about, and show the world that Scouting is alive!
Its my hope that all the great Scouting bloggers out there keep it.. call it what you want, but just keep sharing.  I have been doing this blog since 2007, far more that 200 days and it has always been about my adventure in Scouting.  Sharing the dream and helping to deliver the promise of Scouting.  It is also my hope then that we continue to grow our Online Scouting community and we all share the adventure, the challenge, the leadership that is so evident in our blogs.
#100daysofscouting.. its been fun.  So my challenge to you is to keep those blogs going.  Give feedback to the blogs you read, and keep our Online Scouting community alive, and Live Scouting everyday!
I apologize that there will be no podcast out today… I intended to record while at Wood Badge, but for those of you that know what it is to be a Troop Guide.. well there is just no time.  And so I will get back on track next week with some great Scouting programming. 
Have a Great Scouting Day!

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A Scout is Reverent SMMPodcast #83

In this show we explore ways that we can encourage our Scouts to find their faith.  A Scout is Reverent, so how do we help them practice it?
In this show we also start our new segment Blog Roll!
This show is sponsored by the Other Scoutmaster Handbook
Enjoy the Show!
Have a Great Scouting Day!

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Youth Protection and recharter? SMMPodcast 82

This is Show #82 and I am joined by our District Commissioner and our Program Vice Chair in a discussion about Youth Protection and how it effected recharter.  Listen in and then weigh in by leaving a comment, feedback, or a voicemail to the SMMVoice mail 503 308 8297.
This show is sponsored by Class B.com

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SMMPodcast Show #81 – Backpacking w/ Ken

In this show I sit down with District Trainer and avid Backpacker Ken Hall and discuss planning the 50 miler.  Lots of great information for planning your next long trip, or short trip too.
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This show is sponsored by the Boy Scout Store.
Listen to the Show :  SMM81

On next weeks show I have two very special guests and friends.  My District Commissioner and our District Vice Chair for Program.  We sat down and talked about Youth Protection and how it has effected this years recharter.

Have a Great Scouting Day! 

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