Monthly Archives: September 2009

When do I get results?

I was talking to a couple parents of Scouts in my Troop the other night when the discussion led to when they would see the results of Scouting in their sons?

It made me think a little about just when Scouting manifests itself in our boys, or the boys that pass through our Troops.  
The answer is not a simple one because it is dependant on the young man and the situations that he finds himself as he negotiates life.
I shared with the parents that Scouting did not manifest itself in me until I was in my 20’s and away from home.  I realized what Scouting had taught me, skills like map and compass, first aid, and cooking.  I took Scouting’s values with me when I entered the Army and developed a better understanding of loyalty and obedience.  As I became an adult I understood those values and demonstrated them more frequently.  I could see that between the up bringing of my family and the things I learned in Scouting, I was becoming the man that my Scoutmaster had hoped we all would become.
And now I am a Scoutmaster and I have that same hope for the boys in my Troop.  I see development of skills every time we go camping.  I see a strong sense of citizenship when we retire flags and participate in civic events as a troop.  As these boys grow physically I see them getting stronger and in better shape.  I can see how they do better each time we hike and that what was hard last year is no longer a daunting task.
So when does Scouting manifest in our boys?  I don’t know.. but I do know that it does.. some day.. some time.. it will.
Have a Great Scouting Day!
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Barlow Trail Video

Video of my last Backpacking Trip with the Troop.  Great Weekend trip, had lots of fun.  A fantastic weekend of Scouting!
Have A Great Scouting Day!

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I love it!!

The readers and listeners of the Scoutmaster Minute are the greatest on Earth.  I announced the winners of my first contest this morning.  This evening I received 50 emails requesting the winning recipes.. I am going to be doing a segment on an upcoming podcast as well as a video. 

But I won’t keep you in suspense… 
Here are the winners.
TACO SALAD RICE (backpacking recipe)
1 lb hamburger
1 pkt taco seasoning
1 can black beans
1 can whole kernel corn
3 cups minute rice
1 lb shredded cheese
1 small container sour cream
Salsa – small jar or individual serving cups Water.
At home:
Brown hamburger and add taco seasoning as directed. 
At camp:
Add taco meat to a medium pot.  Drain the corn and add to the pot.  
Partially drain the beans and add to the pot.  Mix and heat.
Prepare the rice as directed.
To serve:
Serve up a portion of rice, add meat/bean/corn mixture and top with cheese, sour cream and salsa. Could also crunch up corn chips or Doritos on top.


1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom (or celery or chicken) soup

1 cans milk

1 tablespoon minced garlic

1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard (if desired)

½ teaspoon ground black pepper

1 pound kielbasa sausage, sliced into about 1/8” thick slices

4 large red potatoes, sliced thin

1 small yellow onion, sliced thin

2 cups (if desired) shredded cheddar cheese



1.       Line the Dutch oven with foil and preheat the Dutch Oven to 375°F using 18 briquettes on the top and 9 on the bottom (for a 12” Dutch oven. For a 10” oven, use 16 on top and 7 on the bottom) . 

2.       In a large mixing bowl, mix together the soup, milk, garlic, mustard, and pepper. 

3.       Stir in potatoes and kielbasa. 

4.       Pour the mixture into the Dutch oven.

5.       Bake in the preheated oven for 70 minutes, or until potatoes are tender, rotating the oven and the lid 90° every 15 minutes. 

6.      Add the shredded cheese (if desired) and bake for an additional 10 minutes.

EnEnjoy… I did!

HaHave a Great Scouting Day!

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Drum role please….

I have selected the winners of the First ever Scoutmaster Minute Tip and recipe contest.
First of all, I must say thank you to everyone that submitted a tip or recipe.  They were all really good tips and the recipes.. well, you folks won me over.. took it to my soft spot.. the tummy.
I would like to do this again in the future it was real fun.
The winners of the contest are two recipes, like I said.. the tips were great, but the eats were better.  
The winners will be receiving via email a coupon code good for $25 at for some great Scouting products.
And here are your winners.
John F. Malachowski– Scoutmaster, Troop 27 with his Dutch Oven Kielbasa Potato bake.
And Jay Lash, Committee Chair Troop 47 – Vinton, IA with a backpacking recipe that is fantastic- He did not give it a name, but it is a great Taco Salad!
Congratulations to the both of you.
Again thanks for all the entry’s it was a fun contest and we will do it again.
A special thanks also to for sponsoring this contest and providing the great prize.
Have a Great Scouting Day!
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To Blog.. or Not to Blog… that is the question?

Not quite Shakespeare.. But it’s all I had…

Yesterday while listening to the radio at work the talk show host began a rant on Bloggers.  Actually, he always rants on bloggers because he is a writer for the local fish wrapper and feels that blogging has in many ways destroyed the “Legitimate News media”.  And while he may have a point regarding news, I think he misses the point in many other areas.  Specifically he rants about those that blog about Sports, Sports teams, and events that occur within Sporting venues and that a guy goes to a football game, then runs home and blogs about it… hardly news in his opinion, but hardly news in the bloggers opinion in most cases.  I think (therefore I am one) that most bloggers are doing just that.. offering up an opinion.
Those of you that read the Scoutmaster Minute know that I share MY OPINION regularly.  I do not represent the Boy Scouts of America, however I try to present Scouting in a positive light.  So my local talk show host is a bit off.. or maybe he feels that blogging will one day threaten his writing in the paper.. or maybe.. just maybe he will have to start blogging.
So to blog or not to blog?  Not really a tough one to answer.  We keep on sharing our opinions.. that’s what it’s all about.  Agree or disagree.. that’s a matter of choice, like turning a channel on a TV, if I don’t like it I turn it off.   If he feels threatened.. well maybe it is time to check the calender and note that it is 2009 and that the new “Main stream media” is all of us…. Not just the alphabet networks.  Blogs, Youtube, and Social Networks like Facebook and MySpace are here and are providing wonderful alternatives on the internet to the same old stuff.
Thanks for reading my blog.. I really appreciate it.
Have a Great Scouting Day! 
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