SMMPodcast # 96 The Scoutmaster Conference Live!

Welcome Back!  In this show you will listen in on a class I taught at our Councils Program and Training Conference.  This class is on the Scoutmaster Conference.  I used the National Supplemental training on the subject and if you would like to follow along with the slides from the class you can download them HERE.
The Program and Training Conference in our Council is a great event to improve your leadership skills, find new ways to provide a Quality program and learn more about our Scouting world.
I was asked to teach this year, as were most of the folks on Wood Badge Staff.  It was a great experience and I hope to be asked again next year.  It was a great opportunity to meet more Scouters from within our Council and expand our network.
Thanks for all the feedback and comments lately!  I really appreciate it.  As we get closer to show #100 I can feel the excitement growing in me to get more out and keep up the work of both the blog and the podcast!

Thanks for listening.  Leave us some feedback and enjoy the show.
Have a Great Scouting Day!

SMMPodcast # 96 Download

Scoutmaster Conference PowerPoint Download

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Monitor the net

The internet, I think you all agree is a great thing.  Right?  It has opened up the Scouting World literally.  I mean, think about it, when I was a Scout I can remember thinking how great it was to participate in Jamboree on the Air.  Going to our meeting hall where one of our Assistant Scoutmasters had set up his HAM Radio.  We dialed in and talked to Scouts from about 6 other country’s that day.  It was the coolest.
But now we just hop online and open up Skype or a chat window, and our Scouting world closes in and through our head phones or speakers we are talking with Scouters all over the place.
I spent the better part of an hour last night chatting with a Scoutmaster in Wisconsin.. I am sure you know who that is.
The other day while we taught our Social Media class we stressed the point that the internet and social media is here to stay, we don’t what form it is going to take next year, but right now we have Blogs, Podcasts, Google +, Facebook and Twitter, just to name a few.  In our units we use combinations of some or all of these tools to communicate within and outside of our unit.  The important thing to remember, especially when we are talking about our Scouts using these outlets, is to monitor it.
Set up permissions.  Only allow your unit to access some things on the Troop web site.
Restrict passwords.  Give them out, but change them as large groups of people rotate in and out of the unit.
Keep your eye out for spam, rude comments, and un solicited visitors.  This is important.  It’s ok to shut out some ones opinion on YOUR site.
Be honest and transparent in your communications.  Tell Scouting’s Story in a positive light.  Leave your negative comments in a journal under your bed.  You may have had a bad experience, but don’t share it with the rest of the world… it’s not good for Scouting.
Watch the youth of your unit and how they use the media.  They are good at it and they use it a lot more than us.  That’s a good thing, but monitor it.  The Scouting stuff  should always reinforce the values of the Scout Oath and Law and should never be taken out of the context of Scouting.
The internet is a great thing, but like everything, needs to be watched.

Have a Great Scouting Day!

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Are You a gram weenie?

The SMMPodcast show #95 is now available for your listening pleasure… well for those of you that still enjoy the sound of my Scouter voice.
In this show I talk about shaving weight and reducing volume in your backpack.  Take a listen to the show and let me know what you think.
As I recorded the show it became very obvious to me that this content would be better communicated in a video.   So I am going to record a video around mid November and get it posted here.
In the video I want to show you some of the tips and tricks that I use to reduce weight and volume in my pack.  It may not be the item itself.. but how it is configured and set up that reduces the weight and volume.
Again, let me know what you think about the show and now would be a great time to get questions in to answered in the video.

Thanks for all your support and listenership!


Have a Great Scouting Day!

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Where do we go now?

Its been a month since I posted my last podcast.  I won’t go into too much detail here, but lets just say that “the tribe had spoken” and it looked like I was being voted off the island so to speak.
The good news is that my Scouting life is going great and some great local Scouting friends got me back on the right track.
So Show 94 is out and in the show we talk about my Troop getting the annual plan finished and things are looking up for Scouting around our area.
Take a listen to the show and let me know what you think.  There are many ways to send us feedback.  Leave a comment here, drop us an email, shoot us a voice mail and use PTCMedia.net to leave feedback.
I spent some of today making muffins on the backpacking stove, a video is coming soon on that.  A real quick, easy, and yummy idea for the trail.
If you have never baked with your backpacking stove.. the time is now.

Listen to the podcast HERE

Have a Great Scouting Day!

Categories: Backpacking, Journey to Excellence, planning, podcast | 1 Comment

Talking with my SPL

Troop 664 after the Polar Bear Swim

Last week at Summer camp, my SPL and I had the chance to sit in a row-boat together for 1 hour and 12 minutes.  During that time we talked about the week, leadership, attitudes, and his future.  It was one of the best hours I have ever spent in my life.  During that hour I met a new young man.. up until then, he was just another Scout that stepped up to meet the leadership challenge.  He has always been active and one of those guys that you can always count on.. some would call his type the core of the Troop.
I appreciated the fact that he was very open with the discussion and his sense of humor really came out.
I recorded our conversation and invite you to listen in.  SMMPodcast #93 is all us and a few guys swimming their mile swim.
I hope you enjoy the time spent with James, my SPL, as much as I did.

Have a Great Scouting Day!

Categories: Just fun, Leadership, Patrol Method, podcast, Summer Camp | 3 Comments

SMMPodcast Show 92

This show is about Summer Camp and Annual planning.
We talk about providing incentives for older Scouts and getting younger guys to attend. 
After summer camp we discuss some of the elements of the Annual Planning session and some keys to making our Scouts successful in planning and executing a great year of Scouting.
A few reminders on the show about the SMMPhoto contest!
Enjoy the show.
Listen in on iTunes, Stitcher, or on the web!
Have a Great Scouting Day!

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For those of you with the smart phones or those that use a computer… ahhh thats pretty much all of you…
There is now a new way to get the SMMPodcast and other great PTCMedia content.
Stitcher.com is now featuring quality Scouting podcasts on your smart phone FREE APP and streaming on your computer.
Check it out.. its another great way of keeping up with us here at PTCMedia.net.
Listen to my latest show HERE,

Have a Great Scouting Day!

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Calling all Podcast listeners

I am sending out a plea to all the listeners of the SMMPodcast!!!  Show 100 is just 8 Shows away!  I need your help to make it a great show… yeah I know.. how much better can it get?  Right?
What I am looking for is what you want to see in Show 100.  I would love to have some guests, maybe?  Any topic in particular?  Help me out on this folks.
And then we will start the next 100!  If I were tweeting this maybe we could throw a cool hash tag on it like #100showsin.
So help me out, send your ideas to me via email, smoke signal, telegraph or yeah you can even tweet it to me @smjerry.

It’s funny, I was talking with Cubmaster Chris from the AHAW show.  We were talking about when I came into PTCMedia in 2008.  My first show hit on March 11, 2008, but Chris was not sure.  He wanted me to have 10 shows under my belt before I became a part of PTCMedia.  So show #10 hit the internet on May 15th of 2008 and the rest they say is history.
I have a lot of fun with the podcast and hope that you all still enjoy listening.

I thank you all for the downloads.  It means a lot to see that people do listen.

Have a Great Scouting day!

Categories: Just fun, podcast | 1 Comment

SMMPodcast #91 – Sports, Eagles, and Chess anyone?

Show 91 is out and ready for your ear buds.
In this show we carry over some topics from the blog.  We talk about Young Eagle Scouts, a discussion on Sports and Scouting.  I introduce the new Chess merit badge, and we wrap up with taking a break from Scouting.
Thanks for listening to the podcast.
Lots of ways to leave feedback.. iTunes, here at the blog, drop me an email, or leave a comment on twitter @smjerry.

Thanks again.  We are now “officially” on the run to show 100!
Listen to the show HERE
Have a Great Scouting Day!

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SMMPodcast Show #90

This is the “Tweet3” Show.  A few weeks back I asked you all to send in your questions via Twitter or email.  Anything you wanted to know, Scouting related, personal… whatever.  Well, this is the show that you helped make.
I would love to make the “Tweet3” a regular segment in the show in the future.  So keep your “Tweet3” questions coming.
This show is sponsored by my good friends at ClassB.com.
I hope you enjoy the show.  Please leave some feedback, comments, or a nice rating on iTunes.
You can also listen to the show on Stitcher now!  So get your free download for your smart phone and enjoy all the PTCMedia podcasts on Stitcher.
And of course if you want the direct download for the show.. here it is—> SHOW 90

Have a Great Scouting Day!

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