Month: May 2009

Camporee 2009 Video

He a quick video of a group of Scouts I am extremely proud of.
Going into Camporee this year our goal was simply to have fun.  With as many new Scouts as we have, the expectation of Top Troop was unrealistic, and that’s ok.
But what happened was the Scouts of 664 showed their motivation and ability to just have fun. And still ended up walking away with 6 streamers for winning events.
I am real proud of the troop.  They are a fantastic group of young men.

Have a Great Scouting Day!

Meal of the week

A real fast and easy backpacking meal.  

Chicken Tetrazzini

1 cup water
1 pkg mushroom soup mix
1 pkg Ramen noodles
1 can chicken (5 oz)

BEFORE CAMP: Mix dry ingredients at home. (Do not include Ramen noodle sauce mix.) Store in plastic bag.
AT CAMP: Boil water. Add noodle mixture. Stir in chicken. Cook until noodles are tender. Makes 1 servings.

The Scoutmaster Minute Show #33- FINALLY!

lntpatchPlanning and Preparing for your next out door experience should start with Leave no Trace.
Leave No Trace is a Nationally recognized program that has been adopted by the Boy Scouts of America to enhance our out door ethic and reinforce in our Scouts and attitude about good stewardship and respect of our back country.

This show tackles the first principle of Leave No Trace.. Planning ahead and Preparing.
Listen in as we discuss how planning makes all the difference in a leave no trace attitude.

Listen or Download here

Standard Podcast [23:21 min] mp3 format

A couple of notes.  Due to change in servers, domains and other computer issues, the intro and extro of the show are not entirely accurate.  To leave feed back for this show.  Please leave it at in the Scoutmaster minute area.  Or you can leave a comment here at this site or on itunes.  The other way (which is inaccurate in the show) is to drop me an email.  To do so send it to

Thanks for listening!

Have a Great Scouting Day! 

A little Elbow grease

It’s amazing how a little elbow grease proves to come with many rewards.

I had a discussion recently with a parent of one of our Scouts.  The parent was concerned about their Scouts lack of… well lets say… enthusiasm when it came to chores around the house.
It seems that working hard seems to have escaped our young men these days.  It is always easier to take the light load, it is easier not to hike as far or put in less effort to accomplish something.
I have seen this in my boys.  One of my sons will take as much time devising a scheme or “new invention” to accomplish the task, when just a little elbow grease would have knocked out the project in half the time.  “Elbow grease?  What the heck is that?”  My son asked.  I told him it means working hard… putting in the effort to do a job and do it well.
We had the opportunity to see reward for hard work on our last backpacking adventure.  The farther you go, the deeper into the wilderness, the higher the pay off in views, camp sites, and a pristine side of nature not seen by those not willing to put in the effort.
I love this.  I love the idea that if I work hard, I am rewarded.   I love the idea that if I hike a little farther I will be rewarded with better vistas, quieter camp areas, and less people.  I love the idea that when I work hard I am rewarded by having a nicer yard, a cleaner house, something I can be proud of.  So the question then is;  How so we instill that in our young me?
Well, I am still looking for the answer, but I can tell you for certain that our example is perhaps the best thing we can do to show how it is done, why we do it, and then what the rewards are.
Just something to think about.
Have a Great Scouting Day!

Selfless Promotion

After a month of domain issues… broken links… weird feed issues.. and of course yours truly being a total dunce when it comes to all things computer…

I think I have finally (cross your fingers) fixed the issues.  And I am back in the mix.
You may have noticed that I am back on Half  And that is a big deal.
Thanks Gregg for your help and support.
Thanks for everyones emails and support while we worked our way through this mess.
Have a Great Scouting Day!

To Selflessly Serve

Do a Good Turn Daily… thats the Slogan that calls all Scouts and Scouters to look for opportunities to “Help other People at all times.”

Opportunities to help are all around you.  Holding a door open for someone, carrying a bag of groceries, or just simply offering a smile to someone that looks down.
When you do a good turn, it will come back to you.  But you should not look for praise or a pat on the back.  To selflessly serve is to serve without regard to personal gain.  When we help others we do it because it is the right thing to do, not because we are looking for a headline in the paper, payment, or accolades.  We do it for the feeling of doing something good for someone else.
Your reward or payment comes in the satisfaction of knowing that you have done well.  That you have been of assistant to someone in need.
Your help does not have to be of a grand scale, you would be surprised, that the simplest things mean the most to people.
What goes around comes around.
Have you seen those commercials of people witnessing an act of kindness… then doing an act.. and so on and so on…
That is what doing a good turn daily does.  Think about the act of helping that may cause someone else to do an act of help, which in turn will cause an act.  Now imagine that you cause this snowball of help and the effect if has on those around you and your community.
Pretty powerful stuff.
Do a Good Turn Daily… be a selfless servant.
Have a Great Scouting Day!

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