Month: November 2010

SMMpodcast #66 – Backpacking Food

In Backpacking meals are an important of your trail experience. There are as many ways to go about planning and preparing meals as there are trails.

As promised in the podcast here are some of the resources mentioned and gear that we use as well as meal ideas and items that I typically eat on the trail.

Stoves mentioned in the show:
MSR Whisperlite
MSR Simmer lite
Brunton Raptor
Jetboil PCS

Jimmy Dean Skillets
Tyson Pre Cooked Chicken Strips
Knorr / Lipton
Nile Soups – one of the best websites out there for backpacking meals and ideas, recipes and more.

This show was sponsored by

You can listen to the Show here.

Have a Great Scouting Day!

Email, comments, and Just saying Hello!

Recently I have received quite a bit of email from listeners of the podcast and folks that follow the blog.  I want to say thanks for the feed back, its important to me to know that the little bit of extra time put in for Scouting is reaching and in some cases touching those that are plugging away at delivering the promise of Scouting.
As with many of you, I have been reducing the amount of irons in the fire and to throw in yet one more… I am down to just a few hats.
If I have not replied to your email.. I am sorry and I will get to it ASAP.  To those of you that send in comments, thanks.. keep ’em coming!  I love to hear what you think.
You can leave comments here at the blog or email directly at:  I read every one of them and try to respond quickly.  Drop me a note, show ideas, comments, complaints, or just say hi!

Have a Great Scouting Day!

Half your best.. Not good enough

There is an old African proverb that goes “Every morning in Africa, a Gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a Lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest Gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn’t matter whether you are a Lion or a Gazelle… when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.”
The Gazelle knows what it takes to survive as does the Lion, both of them DO THEIR BEST to survive.
This is a bit extreme in the discussion of Doing your Best… but it is a life lesson worth learning.  Every day you need to wake up and start running…  Running toward your goals, your dreams, and your passion.  Every day needs to be lived like it could be your last and so you need to make it count.
The Gazelle never wakes up wanting to be a meal, and the Lion never watches the sun rise expecting to go hungry.  They both have goals, which one will achieve their ambition depends on the effort they put into the day.
Living the Scout Oath and Law, working hard, and seeking your passion in life will give you the advantage over the slower runners in life.
Have a Great Scouting Day!

Heading Back to Gilwell

I have been invited to serve as a Troop Guide for the upcoming Wood Badge course!  I am extremely excited about the opportunity, yet another way to influence and share my love for the Scouting program.
I tried to serve on the last two course, but because of the National Jamboree schedule of training, outings, and preparation, Wood Badge had to wait.
3 of the Adults from my troop are attending the course also.. and that makes this all the more exciting.  2 Assistant Scoutmasters and our Troop Chaplain! And we are trying to get more.
The dedication of an Adult leader that undertakes the Wood Badge program makes Scouting better.  Whether they take a lot out of it, or just a few things, they will surely take the Scouting spirit and a network of fantastic Scouters away from their course.
Wood Badge changed me in many ways, but certainly one of the biggest impacts it had on me was the friendships I made with folks that simply love Scouting!
I am looking forward to this upcoming Wood Badge course!  Going back to Gilwell will for me will be just as exciting as the first time!

Have a Great Scouting Day!