Some Run in When Others Run Out

Courage has always been a quality by which men measure themselves and others. To a Scout, bravery means not only the courage to face physical danger, but the determination to stand up for the right. – The Eagle Challenge In April my family and I attend the Spring Fair at the county fairgrounds. The fairgrounds are a place I have been …

Chef Gordon Ramsay’s Money

For those of you that don’t think cooking is cool, there is something I want you to know. There are some exceptionally rich Chefs out there. You probably all know Hell’s Kitchen, where Chef Gordon Ramsay screams and yells and swears at contestants to get them to raise their game in the kitchen. Did you know that Chef Ramsay is …

Sell Boy Scout Popcorn

Get scouts selling popcorn with some background, perspective, and an appeal to their values. SM Kelly Writes: Troops have differing opinions on the value of selling popcorn. I am very interested in how your troop sees popcorn as a part of the fundraising and scouting strategy. Please take a minute to leave a comment at the end of this post or start …

A Scout’s Honor is to be Trusted

Living with “Scout’s Honor” is not always the easiest path though it yields lifelong rewards that cannot be measured. This is a story about honor. In 1908 Lord Baden-Powell wrote the first published version of the Scout Law in Scouting For Boys. The first point of the new Scout Law was “A Scout’s Honor is to be Trusted”. Today, “A Scout’s …

5 Tips for Better Scoutmaster’s Minute Stories

Presenting a Scoutmaster’s Minute in front of 11-17 year old boys takes bravery and special tactics. Here is what I’ve learned over ten years of leadership. Let’s face it, Boy Scouts are not the most attentive and respectful audience. However, there are a lot of things you can do as a Scoutmaster presenting a Scoutmaster’s Minute to get them engaged and interested. Some of …

The Long Boy Scout Trail to Eagle

The Boy Scout Trail-to-Eagle is a long journey and the path taken determines the value received. The Boy Scout trail is a trail worn by many before you. As a scout you can easily look to your left and right to see those ahead of you on the trail. Though as you look further and further ahead you can see …

Forgotten Phone

A story about being helpful even when it is inconvenient. I was riding the bus home the other day. The bus was full with some people standing and all the seats full. Mostly the riders were business people, well dressed, and using their smartphones. We came to a stop and the driver opened the doors to let some riders off. …

What is a Scoutmaster’s Minute

The history and purpose of the Scoutmaster’s Minute. The Scoutmaster’s Minute is a critical part of the education of young men. It teaches the application of the values and ideals of scouting in everyday life. It is a time for an adult who is respected by the scouts to give an interesting story, tale, or point-to-ponder that a Scout can identify with and internalize. …