Going over the Edge!!

I do not want a penny from you for personal use.  I have never used this blog as a fundraising tool.. but the time is NOW to help Scouts and help me do something real cool.
Yes.. I will benefit from this in that I get to have an extremely cool adventure.
Let me break this down for you.  I am in the Cascade Pacific Council.  The CPC sits in the heart of a city (government) that has no values, no support of conservative efforts and, while the CPC is a large council with many youth and adult participants… the city in which it resides is not a big supporter of Scouting.  And that is one of the reasons this is so cool!
We are going over the edge of the US Bancorp Tower in downtown Portland.. there is NO WAY that the city will be able to not see this great event that supports Scouting!

I pledged to raise $2,500 ! Your support will help us impact young lives with values like… On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my Country.  These words have been the foundation of our organization since 1910 and reflect the values that are critical to the healthy development of our youth.  Your contribution is greatly appreciated.
You can help me rappel 500 feet down the US Bancorp tower and help Scouting!
Go to my site and see if you can help.  I really believe in Scouting and need your help.  And yep.. the mic will go with me down the tower.. the first ever Scouting podcast from 500 ft and dropping!
Here is a link to my site where you can make your tax deductible donation.. every penny helps:  http://cpcbsa.kintera.org/overtheedge/schleining
I know that most of you are Scouters and support your local council.  And I thank you.  $2,500 is not that much when we spread it out among the great readers and listeners of the Scoutmaster Minute.  Please Help!!!
This is the US Bancorp Tower in Downtown Portland.  Its the second tallest building in the city at 536 feet!




I really want to rappel down that 500 ft tower!
Thanks for anything you can do!
Have a Great Scouting Day!

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Trust and Confidence

Man oh man, its been a while since I was on the blog posting.  Sorry about that, no excuses, just lots going on especially with all the new scouts that we have in the troop.
This post I want to share a little about the last camp out.  It was planned by the PLC as a new Scout “Trail to First Class” camp as well as some shot-gun shooting.  Then a few weeks before the camp the C.O.P.E course came available as well as 3 more C.O.P.E certified leaders in the troop.  So there was time left, so we threw that in also.
Saturday morning started as planned.  There was a select group of older Scouts designated to teach the TFC events.  They went well.  Flag etiquette, fire building, and Totin’ Chip classes kept the new Scouts moving and learning skills.  They also learned how to break down meals, plan menus, and pack their packs.  They were walked through a model camp site and told what we expected in them and how they camped.
Then it was time for the groups to rotate and the new guys set off to the Shot gun range and the older guys moved to the C.O.P.E course.  It was a fantastic opportunity for the older guys to have some fun without the pressure of having the young guys to watch.
The new Scouts had a great time at the range and got back earlier than expected.  So the SPL talked with the C.O.P.E. director (one of the ASMs of the Troop) to see if there was something that the First year guys could do.  We were the only Troop on the course, so he said they could all do the zip line which is the final event.  The whole troop lined up got on harnesses and did the Zip line.  It was a blast.
Here is the important part.  We had a couple of the new guys that had never camped without Mom and Dad, fired a shot gun, or climbed 32 feet in the air and flew down a zip line.  It was a weekend in which just about every Scout in the Troop stepped out of their comfort zone in one way or another and tested themselves.  Whether it was teaching classes. shooting, or going through the C.O.P.E. course.
Saturday night the Scouts put on a great camp fire program.  One of the brand new Scouts, the one that climbed up to the platform and could not bring himself to go… he stood up there for 20 minutes mustering the confidence to step off.  He finally went and afterward told me that “knowing what I know.. I would have went right away”.. he needed to develop trust.  And he did.. trust and confidence.  So anyway, Saturday night.. he stepped up in front of the whole Troop led a song at the camp fire.  High Fives all around for the boys of the Troop.
It was one of those camp outs when everything comes together and the boys show me that all they need is support and a pat on the back and they will do great things.
Scouting teach self-reliance and to live the Scout Oath and Law.  They get it in the class room that Baden Powell set up.
Well, better get busy on the next podcast.. I will get more posts out.. things are now leveling off with the new guys..
Have a Great Scouting Day!

Categories: blog, camp skills, Camping, Leadership, Methods, Oath and Law, planning, podcast, Skills, teamwork | 1 Comment

SMMPodcast # 103 – Talking with Bob

In this show I have a lengthy chat with a fellow Scoutmaster and great Friend Bob Pierce.    Join us as we talk a little bit about everything.  Jamboree, Dutch oven cooking, Troop Guides, JLT, Anuual planning, Parents and Philmont just to cover some of the bases.  It’s what happens Scoutmasters get together and shoot the breeze.  The show was recorded on location at the Annual rendezvous of the Order of the Arrow at Camp Meriwether, so the crashing of waves and other camp sounds fill the background of this nice talk with my buddy Bob.
Hope you enjoy the show.
Please leave some feedback, drop us an email, or leave a comment in the comments section.  Thanks for listening.
Have a Great Scouting Day! 

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Categories: camp skills, Character, Cooking, gear, High Adventure, Jamboree, Journey to Excellence, Leadership, Order of the Arrow, Patrol Method, planning, podcast, stories, training, Webelos to Scout Transition | 2 Comments

SMM101 – Founders Day Podcast

Today is Founders Day. In this show we talk a bit about founders day and hear a word from the Scouting’s Secretary General, Luc Panissod. We also talk about vision and why Scouting is important to me. Plus a cool song I picked up along the way.
Hope you enjoy the Show.
Drop me an email at tbirdironchef@gmail.com, leave some feedback or leave a comment on the blog.
Have a Great Scouting Day!

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SHOW 100

Print these glasses.. you will be needing them for the SMMPodcast SHOW 100!  IN 3D.  Listen in as I am interviewed or at least have a great discussion with Scouting Friend and District Commissioner Gary.
We talk about the 1st 99 shows and the future of the SMMPodcast, Journey to Excellence, and more.
Its been a great journey to thru the first 100 shows!
Thank you to all that listen in, give feedback, and keep me going.  I appreciate it!
I hope you enjoy the show.
Have a Great Scouting Day!



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SMMPodcast #99

Welcome Back, In this show we talk about a new Charter, My Son’s Eagle Award, and Christmas.
The music at the end of the show is provided by the Reynolds High School Symphony and Winds Ensemble playing “What Child is this”.  It is recorded live from their Winter concert.  My daughter plays Clarinet in the band and they are very good. 
Enjoy the Show and the music.
Please leave feedback, drop us an email or shoot a tweet.. let us know what you think and how we are doing.
This show is sponsored by Badge Magic, without their help.. merit badges would not have been on John’s sash for the BOR.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Great Scouting Day

Categories: Advancement, Ideals, podcast | 2 Comments

SMMPodcast #98 Gear Q&A

Welcome back, in this show we answer a listeners email on gear.  It is a peek into some of the gear I take and why.
Hope you enjoy the show.
I am looking for help with the 100th Show.. drop a voice mail to the SMMVoicemail Box by calling 503.308.8297 or you can email me a recorded voice message.  I really want you to be a part my 100th Show.. so get your voice message in.
Thank you all for your continued support and listening.
This show is sponsored by the Boy Scout Store
Have a Great Scouting Day!

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Blog update

Well, it took a while to figure this computer stuff out… and really don’t think I have it down yet, BUT.. I did get an update in on the SMMPodcast tab (page).
You can now listen to the last 10 or so show right here on the blog.  You can also access all the SMMPodcast shows at the PTCMedia archive.
Hope this helps you easily find shows that you are looking for.
Thanks for visiting the Blog and listening in on my little show.

Have a Great Scouting Day!

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SMMPodcast # 97

Shakedowns, Winter eats, and Service

Howdy, welcome back.  This is show #97 and we are talking about conducting shakedowns for your next adventure, a great reciepe for filling up a cold belly, and providing service opportunities for our Scouts during this season of giving thanks.
The show is sponsored by ClassB.com
Leave some feedback, I love to hear from you.
Listen to the podcast

Here is the recipe from the podcast:
Sanna’s Mashed Potato Dinner
Pack – 1 1/2 cups of instant mashed potatoes
1 tablespoon of butter or butter powder
3 to 4 scallions or 1/4 green pepper (I did both) (Cut and sliced)
1 small carrot (sliced)
1 ounce or one 1 inch cube of cheddar cheese
1 1/3 inch of pepperoni (thats about 1 ounce)(cut and sliced)
Cut up all of that and pack in zip lock bag.
Boil 1 1/2 cups of water…
Add your potatoes to the water and let stand.
After the potatoes are done add the ingredients folding them into the potatoes.

This makes about one serving of 2 1/4 cups.

Hope you enjoy the show.

Thanks for listening and Have a Great Scouting Day!

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Money for Nothin’

This post is all about curiosity…  and I should say right up front that I am calling no one out, nor am I saying this is right or wrong.
I have noticed a lot of blogs out there and other web sites, both Scout related and non Scout related that seem to be making an attempt at monetizing their sites.  Again, I suppose I don’t have a problem with this, I don’t do it and won’t do my blog for money, but it seems that there are folks out there making money for nothing.
Now you may say.. “Well Scoutmaster Jerry, you make money from the podcast.. right?”  No, I do not make a penny from the podcast.  The relationships that we (PTCMedia) have with our sponsors are such that it pays for the website domain and the bandwidth.  We get nothing… not even promotional material.
On one web site that I follow the individual that hosts actually even put a Amazon.com wish list on his blog.  I have never asked if he has received anything from it, but thought to myself on a couple of occasions that this would be a great way to get me some more gear.  But I have not been able to get myself to beg.
So I am curious… is there money to be made?  Do you think it’s a good idea?  Bad idea?  Would you ever fulfill someones Amazon wish list? note:  If so… let it be me!!! Joking… kinda. 
There is a guy that I follow on Hammockforums.net and Youtube.  He is a backpacker and hammock camper and has some real entertaining videos out there.  I don’t think he monetizes his Youtube stuff, but man oh man he gets lots of stuff to test and show from the followers of his media.  This I could get into.

So let me know what you think, like I said, I can’t bring myself to doing this.. but want to know how you all feel.

Have a Great Scouting Day!

Categories: blog, comments, gear, Ideals, podcast | 3 Comments

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