Thinking Outside The Tent? – Keeping Scouting New & Fresh

If you’re stuck in a rut.. with the same old schedule of campouts. You NEED to change it before your Scouts lose interest. Youth like new and different things even things that don’t work. Adult Scout leaders like reliability and consistency. “News Flash” Scouts BSA is about the youth, not us old things!

Here are some ways to mix things up on the schedule and have fun:

1️⃣ – Put 2 years between campsites. Go to a different summer camp area every other year.

2️⃣ – Always look to do it differently. Look for themed events.

3️⃣ – “When in doubt, throw it out”! Avoid the tendency to use fallbacks or standards.

Always think outside the tent. A good event should never be attempted repeatedly. You know how hard it is to drag Scouts to an old worn-out event… Thay won’t put up with it for long.

⚜️ Note: Your local camp needs your support year-round (including Summer Camp). If they don’t make it different each year then you should tell them. If it is the same old thing after that, then go out of the area and leave the camp as a provisional option.

🌎 Cub Scout Day Camp:

🌎 Scouts BSA Outdoor Program:

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Working Your Ticket If You Can? – Finishing Up Wood Badge

Now the hard part? Making time to complete your ticket. A ticket is broken up into 5 parts. Setting up your tasks in a logical order with the calendar in mind. Your Troop 1 Guide for your patrol is still there. Contact your Troop Guide as they have resources to help. Making changes to your ticket may need to happen. Your patrol guide can help you in getting approvals. When you complete your ticket it’s time for you to get “beaded”.

🌐Wikipedia Article About Wood Badge:

🌎 Nat. Wood Badge Website:

📄 Scouting Magazine Article:

🎬 Burnout Prevention and ScouterStan’s Rule of Five:

🎬 Wood Badge is the Highest Level of Adult Scout Leader Training:

🎬 Wood Bage Playlist:

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I’m an Ordeal Member… Now What? 🏹

Ordeal membership is meant to be temporary. You only do ordeal once! The ordeal is a big thing but not the only thing that Order of the Arrow is about. This is the start of your membership process. In a short time, you will be invited to finish and seal your membership as a Brotherhood. Avoid becoming a “Sash-N-Dash” or a “Flapper”. Giving service back to your unit is the primary concern. OA Rep & OA-ASM are a directly related position within the unit. When should you wair that new ordeal sash? Pocket Flap? Going to OA events? What about fellowships, Conclaves, and NOAC. Attending OA Chapter meetings (often at Roundtable). Getting ready to complete your membership with Brotherhood.

⚜️ Note: ScouterStan uses the term “boys” in this video to identify OA brothers. ScouterStan is old and predates the introduction of girls into the Order of the Arrow. He is working on it and will try to refer to all Boys & Girls as Scouts and OA Brothers. (Everyone in the OA is a “Brother” regardless of gender.)

🌎 The Order of the Arrow Website:

🌎 Jumpstart for New Arrowmen:

📄 (In case you lost it or didn’t get one…) Upon a Lofty Journey SOA:

🎬 I’ve Been Elected to the Order of the Arrow… Now What? Ordeal? 🏹:

🎬 What’s the Order of the Arrow about? 🏹:

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Who Created The Scout Law? – Ernest Seton or Robert Baden-Powell?

The 12 points of the BSA’s Scout Law was put together by Robert Baden-Powell and Ernest Seton. The first publication of ‘Scouting for Boys’ in 1908 Baden-Powell first proposed only the first 9 points of the Scout Law. The original 1908 Baden-Powell’s Scout Law was defined as; A Scout is…Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, and Thrifty.

When Seton started working on the “Boy Scouts of America Official Handbook” he collaborated with Baden-Powell on the Scout Law for the book. The original Baden-Powell 9 points of Scout Law was printed in the 1910 first edition on pages 32-34 (ref. Note & Link). Both of them worked out a 12 point Scout Law for the “second edition” published the following year. Using some inspiration from Seton’s Woodcraft Indian Law.

The Ernest Seton 1910 Woodcraft Indian Law was defined as; Obedience, Courage, Cleanliness, No Smoking, No Fire-Water, Wild-Life, No Wild-Fire, Kindness, Play Fair, Silence, Reverence, and Word of Honor.

Baden-Powell & Seton’s added 3 points from Woodcraft Indian Law to the BSA’s Scout Law in 1911; Seton’s Courage became Brave, Cleanliness became Clean and Reverence became Reverent.

⚜️ Note: The 1911 edition of the ‘Boy Scout Handbook’ claims to be the first edition. Many (including ScouterStan) consider the 1910 ‘Boy Scouts of America Official Handbook’ to be the first true edition. The 1910 edition is actually the 9th edition of Seton’s (1902) ‘Birch-Back Rolls’ combined with Baden-Powell’s (1908) ‘Scouting for Boys’. Tetnickly both books are the first editions in their own way.

📄 1910 Edition of the ‘Boy Scouts of America Official Handbook’ Pages 32-34 PDF:

📄 1911 Edition of the Boy Scout Handbook (with all 12 points on pages 8-10):

⚠️ Important: Baden-Powell added “Clean” to the British Scout Law in 1911 making it 10 principles.

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