Observational 1: A Simple Habit for Daily Improvement

Brother Scout, I don’t think about the past very much. You probably don’t either. We hear about folks or have friends who seem to be obsessed with stuff that’s already happened, decisions already made. I know I certainly don’t want to be one of those who continually live in the past, so I generally think […]

The Scout’s Guide to Naming Your Patrol (Audio Version)

What makes a good Patrol name? Why is it important? How do you choose one? These are the questions I addressed in an article called “The Scout’s Guide to Naming Your Patrol” previously published on this blog. To date, this has been one of the more popular articles on this website. One of the biggest […]

Be Spent: A Mentor Manifesto

Being involved in Scouting is very draining sometimes, isn’t it? When you feel exhausted, do you start to wonder what you’re doing wrong? Maybe you just make too many commitments? Maybe your lifestyle is draining your energy?  Our modern world is very occupied right now with how we can prevent ourselves from becoming burnt out. […]

How to Spot a Broken Chain of Command

  Have you ever felt overwhelmed with everything there is to teach your Scouts about Leadership? You wish you had weeks to sit down with each Scout individually to coach and train them how to be leaders. Unfortunately, we don’t have that kind of time. While we can’t clone ourselves into seventeen Scout Leaders (one […]

The Distraction of Camping Gear

In Which I Find Myself Overthinking Camping Gear “Ah, what happened to the good old days when camping was simple? No backpacks overstuffed with the latest and greatest camping gadgets from Cabela’s.” These words were spoken by Mr. Westerly, the grandfatherly figure of the local Scout Troop. He was shaking his head at the Therm-A-Rest […]

We’ve Been Doing Merit Badges Wrong

  Setting the Stage (Moviemaking) It was the end of January. My Troop and I were going through the last few hours of an event called “Merit Badge College”. This was an annual event held at a local community college where experts in various fields came and taught different merit badge subjects over the course […]

How To Teach Nature (The Non-Boring Way)

As a Scout, I loved every chance my Troop and I got to spend time in the outdoors. I even loved studying different topics related to camping. Nevertheless, there was always one section of outdoor books that I flipped through as quickly as possible: wild plants and animals. I loved the idea of being an expert […]

Airline Scouting

  Recently, big events in my life such as getting married and moving across the country have prevented me from being as active as I used to be in the local Scouting Troop. We all will have seasons of life like this in which our responsibilities slow down Troop involvement. However, this does not mean […]