Needless to say it’s been a real busy time here and I have let my posting slide.. know that you have heard that before and I make no apology. After all, you understand what is important and not so much.
So what’s new?
Well, I was asked a few months ago to be on a small committee for the Council. This committee is the Social Media committee and is charged with telling our story.. hey that is right up my ally. I think that Scouting’s story is an important part of our movement. I also think that more and more our story and the way it’s told is an important part in many aspects of Scouting. Social Media being an important part of our world today plays a much great role in Scouting. The Millennial generation of parents that are bringing their Cub Scout age boys to our program. It is the way in which they communicate and share information. The research, learn, and make choices based on what they see, read, and hear through Social media outlets. Google, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook are all means to reaching our target audience.
I got into this discussion at the National Order of the Arrow Conference this year when the youth clearly sent a message about technology and how they use it in Scouting. Those young men have tech savvy parents too and time is more precious to them than money. Instant information that is clear, available, and easy to use is what they want. They don’t want an extra meeting to be told what they can gather from a quick read or search on the net.
So our Council has made a decision to take the message and put it out there where the audience is. Smart if you ask me. Telling our story using the right media (multi media outlets) so we can stretch our reach and impact a greater audience.
Myself and Adam Cox from the Scouter Adam Blog are now telling our story. Sharing news and great stories from within Scouting and in particular the Cascade Pacific Council. We are now the Hosts of the Compass Points Podcast and the Council is sharing our posts from our blogs in the Council feed.
So what does that mean? Well it should mean that the blog will be more active. And I think it will.
So far as this blog. More video, more gear talk, and more stories about our Scouting life. Keeping in mind that we want to share our story to promote Scouting here and around Scouting.
Will there be gaps.. yeah, I’m afraid there will be. I am just me and I need to get my camping in and oh yeah.. family, troop, etc. So bare with me.. I’ve asked that before and you always hang in there.. and I appreciate it.
Well, here is episode 1 of the Compass Points Podcast. Yep I will be posting them here. Just because it will be CPC centric doesn’t mean that the information, stories, and whatnot won’t apply everywhere.
We will be shooting to get 2 podcasts out a month.
So what’s your Scouting story.. share it here.. if you want, we could use it on the podcast too. We all have a story to tell about our incredible Scouting experience. Please share.
By the way.. if you are not already doing it.. you can follow me on Twitter @smjerry gonna try to use that more too.
You can check out the story of our Council on Twitter @cpcbsa
Have a Great Scouting Day!
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Its been a few days since my keyboard and I sat together and jotted down some thoughts… It’s been a long week and a pretty eventful one at that.
Monday we had our weekly Troop meeting, and to be honest.. I have no idea how it went. I was upstairs with a group of parents and a couple of the Assistant Scoutmasters showing what is expected in the type of gear our Scouts should have. In particular the winter gear that we need to see on the next couple camp outs. I thought it went well. It can be an overwhelming discussion to some parents and I try to keep it simple and show the parent that you don’t have to take out a loan to get the right gear. I reinforced with the parents that is about the Right gear and Not a lot of gear. To many grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles feel the need to get all the cool gadgets for their Scout and not the right stuff. Anyway, that went pretty good and I think will be an annual thing with all of the new Scout parents.
Tuesday, I got an email from a reader that really made my week. The reader called me an opinionated a**. That’s ok, I can live with that.. what really got me was the reader said that “someone who gets paid from the Boy Scouts of America should watch what I say”. Now that’s where I draw the line. There are many good Professional Scouters out there.. but I’m not one of them. I pay to do this thing called Scouting and like it. I have not worked a day in my life in the employment of the Boy Scouts of America… nope.. I’m just a Scoutmaster, a run of the mill volunteer. And yep.. I am an opinionated a**… but it’s my blog and so unless I am spouting off nonsense contrary to Scouting’s Values and methods… ahhh.. it’s just not worth the time. But thanks for that nice email and I appreciate your comments… Kill ’em with kindness my dad always said.
Wednesday I replaced the continuous ridge line on my tarp. I ordered 50 ft. of 1.55 mm Z-line spectra cord from zpacks.com. This stuff is amazing! It will hold 200 lbs.. not that I will ever have that much weight on my tarp.. but what it really did was cut weight. The old continuous ridge line was Nite ize cord. It is really good stuff too and I like the reflective taping in it.. but the Spectra is super light and tough. I only need 25 ft for the ridge line.. so I configured it like I had the old set up and went from 38 grams of line to 18 grams. Considerable weight savings.. and I am going to need it to get to my goal base weight of 16 lbs.
Thursday my kids ordered (with my help) a birthday gift for me. They ordered me a Solo Stove. I got a tracking number Thursday night and it will be here on Tuesday.. more to come on that one.
And here we are Friday night. I am getting my uniform together for tomorrows Trainers EDGE class. I am helping on the staff. Looks like I am teaching and being a guide throughout the day. It should be a great Scouting day!
I’m not sure if what I am about to say is for public consumption yet.. but I’m going to tell you anyway. I got an email the other day from Chris, our partner with PTC Media. Actually he is the leader of our network, but anyway, after months and months of no contact, Chris sent an email to all of the show hosts of PTC Media stating that essentially we are done.
The network will remain up and available so folks can listen to the shows, but so far as the future. Well, PTC has run its course. So what does that mean for me and my podcast. Well, after all the great feedback I received I did promise to keep it going. I will do one more show on the PTC network and then my affiliation there will be over. I will look for a server or a way that I can run a podcast from the blog but in the mean time I will continue to blog and produce the videos. For those of you that came to the blog via the podcast, please know that the blog was here first and has always been that medium that I have preferred. It was the blog that got the attention of Steve and an introduction to Chris and then a podcast. So the blog (which I pay for) will remain unchanged.
I want to thank everyone that supported PTC Media for the last 8 years and in particular my show. I hope that I can find the time and passion to put more out.
I thank Chris for given me the opportunity and the forum to talk about Scouting! It was a real fun ride and along the way I have personally met many of you and have developed some great friendships. Again.. nothing really will change in that regard.
Well, time to go and get a good nights sleep… I get to hang out with Phil and Adam tomorrow and I am sure I will need all the rest I can get.
Thanks for letting me get random with you. After all… I’m just an opinionated a**!
Have a Great Scouting Day!