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Here's an important reminder to please no longer use the phrase "Fun With a Purpose" in Scouting. http://ow.ly/BZOeI
The BSA is asking units to stop using the trademarked phrase "Fun With a Purpose" and remove it from promotional materials and unit websites.
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Some see earning Eagle Scout as the end of a journey. This new Eagle says he's only just begon. http://ow.ly/BZNsa
Ever heard of a Scout “Eagling out”? That’s the unofficial term for a young man earning Boy Scouting’s highest rank and leaving the program shortly after. Well, that idea’s lost on newly minted Eagle Scout Andrew Arnold from Monterey, Calif. Not only is he planning to stay involved in Scouting after his Eagle Scout Court of Honor last month, he also sees the Eagle journey as a process that will “flow on indefinitely past Eagle and even past the a...
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Getting the iPhone 6 today? Here's our list of the best Scouting apps for iOS (and Android!) http://ow.ly/BGw6s
Which Scouting apps are worthy of downloading or even paying for to enhance your Scouting experience? Here's the ultimate list of Scouting apps.
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Are your Scouts just back from a weekend campout? Hand them this post-campout checklist. http://ow.ly/B9IFy
It's Sunday night after a fun weekend of camping. But before your Scout or Venturer collapses on the couch, hand them their post-campout checklist.
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Read these "10 things I learned staffing Wood Badge" and then add your own if you've served on staff. http://ow.ly/B9Jea
Just like your favorite film, Wood Badge is even better the second time around. Last month, I served as a Troop Guide for Wood Badge course S2-571-13-3, known within the Dallas-based Circle Ten Council simply as Wood Badge 106. Loyal blog readers will remember I had a mountaintop experience as a participant of Wood Badge 102 last summer at Philmont Scout Ranch. (Read my five-part recap here, and send to those who haven’t yet taken Wood Badge but ...
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Here are the merit badge pamphlets and leader materials now available on Kindle (and Kindle apps). http://ow.ly/B9HyX
Selected merit badge pamphlets, leader materials and the Fieldbook are now available on Kindle devices or via the Kindle app on phones and tablets.
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Watching football on TV is fun, but a free trip to the Super Bowl would be even better! Enter your kid here. http://ow.ly/BZNXp
Show the NFL why your child is the next NFL Play 60 Super Kid, and your family could win a trip to Super Bowl XLIX.
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There are no restrictions of ax sizes in Scouting. So let common sense be your guide. http://ow.ly/BZNMg
Splitting firewood, clearing fallen trees, completing service projects — Scouts use axes in a variety of ways. But are there restrictions on ax size?
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What do you do when a Scout has a patch sewn on wrong? Read what other Scouters said. http://ow.ly/BZMYJ
You’ll notice it right away, of course. You’ll see Tristan across the room at your pack or troop meeting this week and instantly spot the unit numerals on the wrong sleeve, the rank patch on the wrong pocket or the World Crest way too low on his field uniform shirt. What do you do? Call Tristan out in front of the group so other Scouts learn from his mistake? Hand him a needle and some thread and send him out of the room? Email his parents after ...
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Personally I've stopped caring. There are a few cases here. First, they've somehow been told the wrong thing, in that case you start having to pull out uniform inspection sheets and then you seem like the badge police. We have a local case where leaders gave permission to swap out the WSO with an alternate. I could provide plenty of documentation that the original source was wrong but I'll just make enemies. Second, the scout or scouter made an honest mistake and they will discover it themselves eventually. Third, they know it's wrong and they put it there anyway. Typically this happens with Fireman or Totin' or adults wearing patrol emblems. Fourth, they just don't care enough to do it right or fix it.

If someone asks me about patches I have uniform inspection sheets on me, but beyond that I'm keeping my mouth shut. Perhaps if I was an SPL or Committee Chair I might behave differently.
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Any Vikings fans out there? Did you know the Minnesota Vikings once chartered a BSA Explorer post? http://ow.ly/B9GZy
In the '60s, the Minnesota Vikings Football Club sponsored an Explorer Post. They held mock drafts, toured the team's stadium and met with sports reporters.
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We're big fans of the BSA's new "Build an Adventure" recruiting materials. Use them in your recruiting efforts. http://ow.ly/B9IVi
Build an Adventure, the Boy Scouts of America's new recruiting campaign, helps parents understand Scouting helps families make the most of limited time.
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Our most-read blog post of August: An Eagle Scout invented a device that could help people living with Alzheimer’s. http://ow.ly/AUY82
Kenneth Shinozuka, a 15-year-old Eagle Scout, has invented a device that could revolutionize care for the 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer's.
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