A super busy Weekend

febhoodHere’s the recap:
First,  Friday night the Troop headed to the CPC’s winter lodge for a great night of fun.  We stayed the night at the lodge and on Saturday morning ventured out to White River for a night in the snow.
Once we got the Troop over to White River I had to get off the mountain to meet my wife and pick up our new RV travel trailer.  We got it home and then it was time to change and head to Pack 717’s Blue and Gold dinner.  I was invited for two reasons, first to speak about Friends of Scouting and launch their campaign.  And second, I was there to greet 8 young Scouts as they crossed from Cub Scouts into our Troop.  The Blue and Gold went long, but it was a very nice evening.
After the Blue and Gold, I changed back into my cold weather gear and headed back to White River up on Mt. Hood and met up with the Troop (camping already in progress).
I got my hammock set up and fell into a deep sleep.
We woke up this morning to a beautiful view of Mt. Hood, packed and headed home.
Final part of the weekend was taking my lovely wife out to dinner to celebrate our 24th wedding anniversary.  I am blessed.
Thanks for hanging with the blog!
Have a Great Scouting Day!

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Creating separation

4-PercentOnce a Scout meets the requirements for First Class the focus changes from basic skills development to discovering all that Scouting has to offer, service, and leadership.
The Scout will discover Scouting through the merit badge program, high adventure bases, Jamboree’s and being an active member of his Troop.  Often times his participation in high adventure increases once he has developed the skills and is a little more mature and taking on greater responsibilities in the unit.
But it is in leadership that the Scout starts to separate himself from the pack.  When a Scout sits with me for his First Class and Star conferences I explain to him that it is important to begin that separation from the crowd.  I am not suggesting that they leave, I am encouraging them to stand out.
Only 4 percent of all Scouts that stay in our program will earn the Eagle award.  Only 4%.  So it is important for a Scout that wants to earn his Eagle award to stand out from the other 96%.  There is a difference in those young men.  Not everyone is supposed to get their Eagle.  It takes dedication and effort and a willingness to serve and lead.  The Scout that does not separate will not stand out in leadership and service.  They need not go above and beyond.. they only need to meet the standard, but the standard [when kept] is high… by design.
While I want all of my Scouts to achieve the rank of Eagle, I find it more important that they have a well rounded Scouting experience.  I want to them to demonstrate sound leadership and develop the heart of a servant.  In the world in which we find ourselves.. that is a stand out person.  We can teach the value of merit and working for what you get.  We can reverse the cycle of “participation trophies” and meaningless activity. The Scout that learns about the value of setting goals, working hard, and making a choice to be better than average is a young man that is separating himself from his peers to be a better man.
Creating separation is an important part of achieving goals and being a better man.  It is easy to go with the flow and maintain mediocrity.  It is another thing to actually do your very best and make a choice to make a difference.
Encourage your Scouts to stand out.. separate from the pack.. be better.
Thanks for hanging out on the blog.. let me know what you think.
Have a Great Scouting Day!

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Ads

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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