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SMMPodcast # 106 – Relevance

It’s time for another SMMPodcast.  In this show we discuss a topic that seems to be on many Scouters minds, Is Scouting still Relevant?
Listen in as I share some of my thoughts on the issue.
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SMMPodcast – Recruiting and Retention

Welcome back to the SMMPodcast, after a long break in the podcast we are back at it and talking Scouting.
In this episode, we talk about Recruiting and Retention.  It’s about that time of the year to start thinking recharter and recruiting for the coming year.
Listen in as we discuss the common reasons Scouts leave and how we can get them to come join us in Scouting!  I may not have all the answers, but I sure like to talk about Scouting.
All the music in this Podcast is by the Tobasco Donkeys from Philmont.
Hey if you want, you can hear the podcast on Stitcher also.
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I hope you enjoy the show.  Drop me a message, and email or leave a comment on the blog.
Have a Great Scouting Day!

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SMMPodcast # 104

Welcome back to the SMMPodcast, we dusted off the mic and got back to talking Scouting!  We are trying out a new segment.. “The Mobile Thought”..  In this show, we talk about Reverence, Troop Elections, and Youth Leadership.
Hope you enjoy the show.  Let me know what you think.
Have a Great Scouting Day!
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Going over the Edge!!

I NEED YOUR HELP!!
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!

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!

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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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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