Scout STUFF Found on the Web
Hi Internet Scouters from Schenectady,
Here is our latest info of "Scout STUFF FOUND on the Web." I
"could" actually add MORE, however, we don't want to overload your
email box. We will get out another issue sometime next month.
Have a GREAT WEEK, and if you EVER come across a favorite Scouting Website or
Scout Resource, send me a link and I'll be more than happy to add it into a
Yours in Scouting Spirit,
PARENT TALENT SURVEY FOR PACKS
Name _____________________________ Home Phone ______________________
Dear Cub Scout Parents:
Welcome to the Cub Scout family of Pack _____. As explained to you, Cub
a program for parents as well as boys. We have a fine group of parents who
indicated willingness to help according to their abilities. We invite you to
talents and interests so the best possible program can be developed for your
boys and his
Den Leaders and Webelos Den Leaders are always busy with den activities. Our
leaders and committeemen know there are many talents among you to help in the
operation of our pack. Although your help may not be on a full-time basis,
you can make
a real contribution.
In making this survey the committee wishes to uncover ways you can enjoy
assistance. Please answer the following questions as completely as possible.
1. What are your hobbies? ____________________________________
2. What are your sports? ____________________________________
3. Is there something about your job, business, or profession that would be
interest to Cub Scouts? _________________________________________
4. Would you be willing to assist on:
______ The Pack Committee _____ Be a Den Leader
______ Be a Den Assistant _____ Be a Den Coach
______ Be an Assistant Cubmaster _____ Be a Webelos Den Leader
5. What experience in the following areas to you have?
Cub Scouting __________________________________________
Boy Scouting __________________________________________
Rank Earning __________________________________________
PLEASE CHECK CATEGORIES YOU WOULD BE WILLING TO HELP WITH:
____ Carpentry projects
____ Outdoor activities
____ I have a station wagon, van,
____ I have a workshop
____ I have family camping gear
____ I have access to a cottage
or camping property
____ I can make contacts for
special trips and activities
____ I can help Webelos Scouts
with Tenderfoot skills
From the "Scouting Way" Newsletter:
The Power of Reading
I cannot begin to express how much reading has impacted my
As a broadcaster, not only do I have to read dozens of scripts and news
stories on the air, I must prepare before the telecast and be able to
understand what I communicate to the viewer. Therefore, reading comprehension
is very important. But my passion for reading began long before I became a
As a child, I absolutely lived the weekly reader book program. I used to get
two dollars a week for my allowance. (This was earned for doing my chores.)
I would spend a dollar and forty cents buying paperback books on everything
from the autobiography of Mary McCloud Bethune to the adventures and mysteries
of Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys. I would read about places I could not
physically travel to...Africa, Asia, and Australia and all over Europe.
Reading allowed me to empower myself and it is a loving friend. It has helped
me to grow into the woman I am today. Please know this...you can lose your
money and possessions but no one can ever take away the experiences in your
mind, and your soul...that's what makes reading exciting!
So read on my young friends and may the force be with you!
News Channel 3
Here are a "few" of our favorite Scouting Websites:
Merit Badge Resource Center EXCELLENT RESOURCE for
completing Merit Badges
Eagle Scouts EXCELLENT RESOURCE for upcoming Eagle Scouts
US Scouts EXCELLENT RESOURCE for EVERYONE
Animated Knots (from England)
That should be enough to keep you busy.
Eagle Powerpoint presentation
I made such a presentation a little while ago.
Feel free to use it or change it however you like. It can
be downloaded from this website:
There are two different versions (pp97 and pp2000). Some people
have reported errors with the pp97
version, but others have said it works fine. Let me know if you have any
ASM, Troop 28
St. Cloud, MN
You wrote and asked:
>I believe that this has been talked about before, but can a
>create a "knot" award for a home-grown recognition?
Yes. A local Council can authorize the creation of a special
"emblem" ("knot" or otherwise) to symbolize a special
award which that Council presents or awards to Scouts/Scouters/Venturers for
the accomplishment of something *consistant with the goals of the BSA and the
* A local Council can and many have created a "above and beyond"
Quality unit award to be presented
to those Scouters and Scouts who exceed the goals they set or achieve all ten
of the Quality Tests.
* A local Council can and many have created special "Honor Camper"
emblems or strips for wear by
the honor camper of the week during Summer or Day Camp.
* A local Council can and some have created a special "emblem" to
honor Scouters for service when they
were not approved for the award of the Silver Beaver. Such
"Presidents' "or "Council Honor" Awards are
also created when the Scouter has already earned the Silver Beaver and
District Award of Merit and the
local Council does not desire to use up their "quota" for other
national service awards but do want to
honor the Scouter.
>Now, I know that it has been done before. I've seen
examples of them.
>However, just because something exists doesn't mean that it 'should.'
Now, we're talking policy version practice. The policy is written in the
Insignia Guide and in the Scout Executive Manual and some other places; the
practice is that most Councils are
already overwhelmed with Scouters whom, in "Mike Walton's words"
"want to earn a knot or two." As you and several others are
aware, I try my best to emphasize when this comes up here and elsewhere that
the KNOT IS NOT THE AWARD. The actual award is that OTHER THING
associated with the award. Somehow that's not getting through a lot of
people's heads --especially those at the District or Council level, whom are
always asking (nicely and for a good reason) "Why don't you have the
For this reason, and only for this reason, most Councils shy away from adding
I share the essay with the list because of the
current thread on Troop Guides. It gives another perspective on how very
important the position is, and also shows the link with another troop
leadership position, that of Den Chief.
Meaningful Personal Achievement"
"He told us at the start that fewer than two percent
of us would achieve it. He said that it was the highest mountain you could
climb, the longest trail you could hike. He said that it would gain you
recognition wherever you went that everyone knew what it was and how hard it
was to get and that it would be with you your entire life. He stressed that
once you achieved it, you would not, could not, lose it.
This speech was given to a group of eleven-year-old boys
immediately after their parents enrolled them in Boy Scout Troop 89. The
Scoutmaster was describing the coveted rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank
in Boy Scouting. Towards the end of the ceremony, the Senior Patrol Leader of
the troop then slipped a tightly-rolled troop neckerchief over our heads and
solemnly secured it with a square knot. There were ten of us, but not
one of us was very concerned about climbing the Scoutmasters mountain; we were
too busy trying to fit in.
The next week we were placed into a new Scout patrol; led
by an older Scout who guided us through our adjustment to the patrol method of
We youngsters were told to watch and learn, and through our experiences
develop a leadership style of our own.
It didn't happen right away. It was a gradual process. One
by one, like sand slipping through an hourglass, my friends began to
disappear. After the first year, there were only three of us left, and I was
beginning to realize how that small number that minuscule two percent was
Scouting offered me an invaluable opportunity to
learn to lead during my first four years in the troop. I held a position, Den
Chief, which involved assisting an adult to run a den of seven-year-old Cub
Scouts; I taught songs, crafts, and outdoor skills. I stayed with this same
group of boys as they progressed through the ranks of Cub Scouting until they
bridged into my troop in the middle of fifth grade.
Although I did go on to hold a number of
positions of troop leadership, eventually rising to become the Senior Patrol
Leader the one who gave those tightly-rolled neckerchiefs to the new Scouts as
they joined my troop, the most meaningful was being the Troop Guide where I
continued to mentor my original Cub Scout den when they joined the troop. I
helped them to achieve the first rank in Scouting: Tenderfoot, and I
felt great pride when, after several months, they were integrated into the
On September 21, 2000, I achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.
I was on top of the highest mountain and at the end of the longest trail. My
family attended the occasion along with men and women prominent in local
government and representatives from the Boy Scout Council. They were there to
celebrate my achievement.
Yet I truly understood the value of what I had accomplished
only when I realized that the color guard at my Eagle Court of Honor was
composed of the original den of Cub Scouts I had watched over for six years,
who were now advancing on their own as the next generation of troop leaders.
My Trail to Eagle may have ended when my mother pinned the
Eagle Medal on my uniform; but what I become now, and how I lead, will be
determined by the character and skills I developed through Scouting."
Wife of an Eagle, mother of an Eagle
Northern New Jersey Council
Over the last few months, I have been working on a piece of
software to let scout units share their schedule of events with each other.
It is ready for use now.
The idea for this came from working with our council's Webelos transition
committee. The biggest obstacle facing our packs and troops seemed to be
communication with each other. Except in a few instances where a troop
and pack had several adults who knew one another, communication (or lack
thereof) was the main complaint.
Of course, I don't expect a web-based calendar to wipe out this problem.
But I expect it to be a small step toward the situation mentioned above where
a pack and troop get to know each other on
a first-name basis.
I also suspect that council webmasters may be interested in this software--its
use is not limited to troop/pack calendars--it could be used for a district
calendar, an OA lodge calendar, or anything.
So anyway, here's the website: http://www.scoutplans.org
There are a couple of examples calendars to show how it works.
Feel free to email me questions or comments. The last couple of weeks
have been spent fixing bugs and adding features suggested by a small group of
Scouters. Hopefully the results will be of some use to you.
For more details E-mail: Lloyd Dalton <daltonlp@YAHOO.COM>
ASM, Troop 28, St. Cloud, MN
This knot tying dice game came from the 2nd
Onchan Scout Group, Phoenix Troop, in the UK, who say this game is a good way
of Testing Basic Knots and great fun. Play it with Patrols.
Each Patrol Lines up behind a line. On the whistle the first Scout comes
forward and throws the dice. The Scout has to tie the knot corresponding
to the number thrown. Next Scout goes forward only when the knot is
1. Tie a Reef Knot
2. Tie a Figure of Eight Knot
3. Tie a Thumb Knot
4. Tie a Bowline
5. Tie a Climbers Figure of Eight
6. Tie your Shoe Laces!
You could use two dice and add 6 more knots to the list to tie. The
winning patrol would be the one that ties the most knots after each member has
thrown & tied once, or what ever number of turns you'd like to use.
You can visit the 2nd Onchan Scout Group web site here: http://www.2ndonchan.co.uk/
We made pinata's last year and this is what we
did. We used poster board for the shell and covered with newspaper and a
Use a simple mixture of flour and water. Mix one part flour with about 2
parts of water until you get a consistency like thick glue. Add more
water or flour as necessary. Mix well to get out all the bumps.
Add a few tablespoons of salt to help prevent mold!
Make sure you cover you work surface well. I usually set down newspaper
first and then wax paper on top of the newspaper.
This is a very messy project! Tear several newspaper pages into strips.
You will want them 1 inch wide and about 6-8 inches long. Set them aside.
Use a large bowl to prepare your paper mache paste. The paste will be
sticky! I would suggest using a bowl that is easy to soak and clean
(glass perhaps) or even a disposable bowl.
Blow up the balloon and tie it closed. Now you are ready to start with the
paper mache! (To hold your balloon while you are working on it, you might want
to try to set it in a cup or bowl that is covered with plastic wrap.)
Dip the newspaper strips into the glue and spread them onto the balloon.
Completely cover the balloon, leaving a small hole at the top to remove the
balloon and fill the pinata.
Let the first layer dry.
Add two more layers of paper mache to your balloon. Allow each layer to
dry completely before putting on the next layer. Once it is dry, pop the
balloon and remove it through the opening you left at the top (If you cannot
get the balloon out, don't worry about it too much - No one
will see it).
You can now decorate your pinata. The fastest way is to paint it with
bright designs. After the paint is dry, you can hang some crepe paper
streamers from the bottom. To hang your pinata, poke 4 small holes
evenly spaced around the larger hole in the top. Thread a piece of
string, yarn, or even fishing line through
each hole and tie the together at the top. Tie a longer piece of string
onto the these.
WE DID IT THIS WAY the square on the end of a pencil the dipped in elmers
glue. You can also decorate your pinata using 3 inch squares of tissue
paper. Spread some glue on your pinata. Hold the 4 corners of your
tissue paper square together and then stick the center of the tissue paper
square onto the glue. The 4 corners should not touch the glue, they
should remain sticking up.
These directions came from "Shana Leigh Dunigan" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
and were passed on by "Karen K. Smith" <email@example.com>.
That plenty for now internet Scouters, Enjoy!
Yours in Scouting Spirit,
John M. Papp
"Nendawen" ~The Torch Carrier, "He who shows the
Eagle Scout Class of 1977
Scoutmaster of Troop 357, Rotterdam-Schenectady, New York
2001 National Jamboree "Jambo TODAY" Photo Editor
Schenectady District Email Administrator
Sisilija Chapter "Service" Advisor
Aged Patch Collector
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