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  1. From A Scoutmaster's Blog: The 2012 Twelve Scouting Days of Christmas. (Try not to sing this at work.) http://www.melrosetroop68.org/blog/?p=3316
  2. More patches have been added to the page recently. Check them out.
  3. "A few more years and a Scouter's lifetime career might be filled just by taking mandatory training.... " It does seem to be heading in that direction. I plan to retire before that happens.
  4. We do not have any American Heritage Girls troops in Central Minnesota. In fact, there are only a few in the state according to their website. I think they could use a bit more promotion.
  5. Well, I am not going to miss it. I had fun with it when it first came out but once it became pathetically slow I gave up on it. I think the BSA could have had a good thing there if they would have taken care of it.
  6. I received a letter today from Justin Szalsa, the director of 759: Boy Scouts of Harlem, with some unhappy news this morning. One of the stars of the film, Colin KC Byers, has passed away. He was just a few days short of his 18th birthday. You can read Justin's letter at http://www.melrosetroop68.org/blog/?p=1960 A short video of Colin's days as a Boy Scout, including some footage from his Eagle court of honor can be seen at
  7. Curious as to whether any of you have been using any of the Scouting apps available for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, or cel phones, and which ones you use. Steve B Scoutmaster, Troop 68 http://www.melrosetroop68.org/blog/?p=1869
  8. There is a seller on ebay selling dvd's of Mr. Scoutmaster. http://cgi.ebay.com/MR-SCOUTMASTER-CLIFTON-WEBB-DVD-/350427547158?pt=US_DVD_HD_DVD_Blu_ray&hash=item51971c0616#ht_1111wt_1141
  9. This is awesome news. The Summit is not even open for business yet but has already earned a spot on the world Scouting scene.
  10. Hmmmmm. Mr. Scoutmaster. I may have to watch that again and come up with trivia quizzes about that movie. :-)
  11. I am glad you guys are having fun with the trivia quizzes. I made them somewhat challenging because a Boy Scout (and leaders) like to be challenged.
  12. How about a little fun? You have seen the movie "Follow Me Boys", haven't you? How close were you paying attention? Take the "Follow Me Boys" trivia quizzes at Part 1 - http://www.melrosetroop68.org/blog/?p=1736 Part 2 - http://www.melrosetroop68.org/blog/?p=1745
  13. I received this movie last week and watched it over the weekend. I also recommend it. It was very well done. He did a great job with the history. It made me want to go back to Philmont.
  14. I had the chance to interview the director of Scout Camp The Movie, for the Leader's Campfire podcast (#67). He is a pretty nice guy and had a few interesting stories about making the movie. Did you know that almost all the boys in the movie are or were Boy Scouts? Check out the podcast at http://www.ptcmedia.net/category/shows/show-lc/page/2/
  15. Congrats on the 7 years, and good luck as the committee chairman!
  16. I have an uncle who had all five of his boys earn the Eagle Rank in the 1970's. Eleven Eagles in one family? Wow. That was a big family.
  17. August 1, 1907 Lord Robert Baden-Powell, author of the book Scouting For Boys, took a group of boys to Brownsea Island for a camping event. Thus, the Scouting program was born. February 8, 1910 William Boyce was granted a charter by the United States Congress to begin the Scouting program in the States. Thus, the Boy Scouts of America was born. March 9, 1911 Mr. Dale of St. Paul, the northwest organizer of the Boy Scouts, arrived in town to talk to community leaders. Thus, Scouting began in Melrose, Minnesota. A reporter for our hometown newspaper recently surprised me when h
  18. A recent episode of The Leaders Campfire podcast featured the two co-hosts interviewing a Scout Leader from New Zealand who spent a summer at Many Point Scout Camp in Minnesota. It was interesting listening to the comparison between the countries Scouting program. http://www.ptcmedia.net/podpress_trac/web/2126/0/LC78.mp3
  19. I recently came across the "adding machine tape" presentation on another forum. It demonstrates to parents how long they have left to be a major influence on their child's life before the world and friends get in the way. I used it at last month's Night To Join Scouting. It seemed to be an eye-opener for the parents and was well received. I was wondering how many of you have used this, and what was the reaction of the parents. BTW, I video recorded the presentation and posted it to Melrose Scout Productions Podcast. If you want to see it go here: http://www.melrosetroop68.org/blog/
  20. Leadership is the theme of Around The Scouting Campfire, show #17. Scoutmaster Steve and Buttons, the radical Boy Scout, begin the show by discussing Steve's list of ten reasons to become a Scout leader. Steve tells us a story about a high school twerp who would become a scoutmaster. The Many Point Scout Camp staff tells us about the legend of Boots Hanson, the original caretaker of the camp. Buttons compares leadership styles to the rides at Disney World. We hear the second of three radio spots produced by the Bot Scouts of America. The show ends with a scoutmaster minute about being br
  21. Have you seen the new 2010 Scoutmaster Snoopy Hallmark ornament yet? http://www.melrosetroop68.org/blog/?p=981
  22. I decided to post my opinion of the President skipping the Jamboree on my blog instead of writing a long post here. http://www.melrosetroop68.org/blog/?p=948 Steve B Scoutmaster
  23. That is a great quote. Happy Independence Day everyone!
  24. If you are involved with Boy Scouting in the United States you know that this is the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America and the year of the 2010 National Jamboree. Council troops are currently putting the final touches on their plans to attend the event, and Boy Scouts and leaders are already planning what they will pack for the trip. All this brings back memories of when I attended the 2001 National Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia as the scoutmaster of Troop 1417 of the Central Minnesota Council. It also brought to mind that I have written about being a jamboree scoutm
  25. For those of you that may be interested in this type of thing... Episodes #14 and #15 of the Around The Scouting Campfire podcast give some suggestions on Eagle related stuff. Topics covered include the scoutmaster conference, Eagle Scout ceremonies, slideshows, facts about Eagle Scouts and even a speech given by an Eagle Scout at his court of honor. http://feeds2.feedburner.com/MelroseScoutingAudioPodcast
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