“…I Really Can’t Swim…” (9 Sep 15)

 
    Here’s a good illustration of why *meeting the requirements as written* and not short cutting them for any reason is important.  This is a good example also to those of you NOT in Scouting as to why you need to periodically assess your team members and insure not only that they *say* they […]

 

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“Snot Rags” (27 Aug 15)

 
  She calls them that so as to get a reaction from me – it never fails.  She knows full well what they are and how they are worn; she used to be a Girl Scout.  But then, Girl Scouts don’t wear a NECKERCHIEF!  Wikipedia defines a neckerchief in the following manner: “A neckerchief (necko, necker, kerchief or […]

 

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“The Sign” (2 Sep 15)

 
  (From “My First 29 Days in Baghdad” by Mike Walton (c) 2003) (I arrived in Baghdad, Iraq one week and four days after the ground war died down, in late March 2003. Each day was a personal challenge and to remember the specialness of living in that historic location at that part of history, […]

 

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“Club Scouts”

 
  During the recent National Annual Meeting of the Boy Scouts of America, held in Atlanta, I attended several sessions geared to share information and to bring it back to my local Council to share with them. Since my “local Council” (Transatlantic) serves youth in some 60 (I haven’t counted the total number of countries, […]

 

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“Snot Rags” (26 Aug 15)

 
  “Snot Rags”  She calls them that so as to get a reaction from me – it never fails.  She knows full well what they are and how they are worn; she used to be a Girl Scout.  But then, Girl Scouts don’t wear a NECKERCHIEF!  Wikipedia defines a neckerchief in the following manner: “A […]

 

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“Was an Eagle Scout” or “IS an Eagle Scout”? (9 July 15)

 
  Today’s “Bryan on Scouting” blog entry was all about the Eagle Scout Award — the senior editor of SCOUTING Magazine, Bryan Wendell, wrote in part:   “That’s why you never say “I was an Eagle Scout.” You always say “I am an Eagle Scout.”   The tense makes sense. Earning the BSA’s top honor makes you a […]

 

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Where are the (Black) Adults? (13 May 15)

 
  I got a whipping for wanting to be a Cub Scout. I got a whipping later because I know that I did something right, but to my mother I disobeyed her. I stood there, repeating the Scout Law to myself, as my mother hit me with my father’s Army web belt over and over, […]

 

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(Insert name of City/community) (29 Apr 15)

 
  This is not about a particular city — this week we’re talking Baltimore. Last week we were talking some other city; and the week before we were talking yet another city. We need to understand that this kind of behavior can be found in every medium to large sized city or community in the […]

 

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The “Value” of Scouting – from an NFL hopeful (31 Mar 15)

 
  La’el Collins, Offensive Tackle, Louisiana State University (LSU) for four years. He is expected to be a first round pick when the 2015 NFL Draft starts a month from today. Collins, who grew up in Baton Rouge and graduated from Redemptorist High School, is an Eagle Scout…one of hundreds of college football players who […]

 

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Technically and Legally, sure… But SHOULD he carry the title “Eagle Scout”? (25 Mar 15)

 
  This evening, I enjoyed reading a longish posting (I’m not the ONLY person who post in long prose!) from a volunteer Scouter in the Midwest.  He is upset because the BSA allows for boys as young as legally possible to earn the highest rank in the Boy Scout program — Eagle — as young […]

 

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