I was looking back at my YouTube channel achievements listed by VidIQ and started to think about how it all began. I think it started with the very first video that I put together demonstrating knot tying. I remember sitting on the floor back in 2005 with a piece of black foam core and a white rope while my son held the video camera over my shoulder. I wanted to demonstrate the knots that scouts are required to know from the tires’ POV. This was part of my Wood Badge ticket to create a DVD that could be given out to scout troops in the area. I converted the VHS videotape into a digital file on my computer. Then set about editing for the next two days. By the end of the year, I had a finished DVD that I could give to scout leaders at the next roundtable. DVDs were the latest technology at the time and we’re not cheap. I did make a cheaper CD that just had the video file that could be played on the computer.
In late 2006 Google announced that it was purchasing YouTube for over a billion dollars. At the time I was working for a company that was interested in putting videos up on this service, and they wanted me to try it out. Naturally, I grabbed the only file I had ready at the time and uploaded it to the new Google YouTube service. My thought was that I would learn how to upload videos and it would end up being cheaper because scout leaders only had to log into the link to see them. I didn’t know it, but at the time it was the only knot tying video on YouTube. It took off and almost became full-blown “viral”. A new term at the time describing short videos that were extremely popular.
7 Knots Every Scout Should Know™ became synonymous with knot tires everywhere. The little video became a hit almost immediately. Unfortunately, it also became pirated many times and even republished on YouTube over 16 times losing 170,219 views. Also, the original video had to be moved to a different channel in 2013 and this sacrificed all 413,458 of its views from when it was first published. Even though it has moved and had to restart at zero views it’s now 229,773 views today. So if you add it all up today it’s 813,450 views for a small quick knot tying video. This video has been licensed and used on television shows and movies. It has also caused a resurgence in the knot tying community that no one knew anything about. Today there are hundreds of thousands of videos about knot tying on YouTube, but nothing beats the little original that’s still around. YIS⚜
Hey, I’m still on vacation! You should be celebrating the new year. 2020 has been very challenging and we need to celebrate all of the successes and lessons learned from last year. Let’s make 2021 better than ever. Now go have some fun, because leaders who don’t know when it’s time to have fun tend to be no fun to be around… Happy New Year!
To say that 2020 had its challenges is a severe understatement. As adult leaders in this Scouting movement, we need to continue to prepare our youth for the challenging future. There are many unforeseen circumstances that we may not be aware of. Scouting is going through trying times and we believe that living up to the Scout Oath and Law will see us through. Charitable contributions to your Council are down nationwide over the previous years. This has a very real effect on the program & staff. One of the forgotten is your Scout Camp. Almost unused this past year because of the pandemic. However, maintenance costs and utility bills are just the same. A charitable contribution at this point would go a long way in preventing a Council from making hard decisions. Also, let’s not forget the professional staff of Scouting and remember them in our Christmas prayers. Let’s not just right off 2020 negatively because a lot of great things happened in the year. Scouting was finally pushed into the 21st century with the introduction of Girl Troops and Online/Virtual Scouting. I firmly believe that Scouting must evolve or go extinct. If you think about it scouting has gone through many changes over time and has always been there for young people. Let us never forget the core values of the Scout Oath and Law.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
⚜️ Note: If you would like to make a charitable contribution click on the appropriate link below. If you would like to have your link here please let ScouterStan know in the comments.
COVID-19 has been quite challenging this past year. Scouting has met the pandemic head-on worldwide. Scout leaders have had to adapt to a virtual environment to keep Scouts involved. Often the adult leadership has difficulties keeping up with the youth in this regard. For many years to come, we will need to work on safety elements in regards to infectious disease. The “Heinz 57” series Is designed to help you get all caught up (ketchup) with critical subjects in scout leadership.
Camping is one of the most rewarding of all Scouting activities. It can also be challenging in many ways. The next three videos are concentrated around summer & winter camping, and the inevitable homesickness that leaders must deal with. The “Heinz 57” series Is designed to help you get all caught up (ketchup) with critical subjects in Scout leadership.
Every Scout deserves a trained leader. Often we joined scouts as adults to help out. The best way to do that is to become a trained leader. We also have to consider that we as adults would need to train the youth to take on responsibilities of leadership. Here are three videos to get you going. The first is about your training as an adult leader. 🎬 Training for ALL: https://youtu.be/CxMmurNp2iI 🌎 My.Scouting.Org: https://my.scouting.org/
Adult leaders and parents are NOT exempt from the Scout Law. Have you ever really thought about it. Also the number one question we should ask all Scouts.
Definition as to there meaning:
Friendly – A Scout is friends to all. Scouts are a brother to other Scouts. Scouts offer their friendship to people of all races, religions, and nations and respect them even if their beliefs and customs are different from their own. B-P wrote about similar wording however he diverted into a social class. “No matter what Social Class the Other Belongs.” B-P was from the late 1800s and must think of his times and his revolutionary thinking. Today we would say he was “woke”.
Courteous – A Scout is polite to people of all ages and positions. Scouts understand that using good manners makes it easier for people to get along. B-P had similar meanings in his writings however, he added the line “And he (the Scout) must not take any reward for being helpful or courteous.”
Kind – A Scout treats others as they want to be treated. Scouts know there is strength in being gentle. Scouts do not harm or kill any living thing without good reason. Originally, “Kind” was oriented only towards the treatment of animals. This has changed shortly after World War II to reflect kindness to all creatures including humans.
History – The original writings of Baden Powell in the first Handbook are conveyed Similarly. Historically there were only 9 scout laws outlined originally. However Later the British scouts added Reverent making it 10 scout laws. Do you know which ones were added to the 12 American Scout laws?
The scout law is an amazing principle for real Action in one’s life. Putting each one of the scout law into a daily meaning can literally change the outlook of a young person. As scout leaders, we need to be the example, not the exception. Never forget that we are all obligated to abide by the scout law.
The number one question that every Scout leader and parents should ask of their Scouts. “What do you think I most want you to be?” A. Successful, B. Good, C. Smart, or D. Happy. The correct answer is “B” Good. You cannot achieve any of the others without being good. This question also helps calibrate how we are doing as leaders and parents.
All troops should expect every adult to take on some kind of leadership role. One that’s often overlooked is Merit Badge Counselor (MBC). Merit Badge Counselor can be designated as troop only or open to the council use. Adult Cub Scout leaders are also qualified to be Merit Badge Counselors. This is a good way to start the bridging process to a troop.
• Must have or completed an adult application process (YPT and background check)
• Must keep Youth Protection Training current
• Online or live Merit Badge Counselor Training
• Have proficient skills, experients, training, and/or knowledge of the Merit Badges
⚠️ Important: It is recommended to focus on 3 to 8 Merit Badges. However, there is no limit set if you are qualified.
As a Merit Badge Counselor:
• Follow the requirements of the merit badge, making no deletions or additions.
• Scout should use the buddy system. MBC keeps “two-deep” leadership during all instructional sessions. This includes Email (CC), Online meetings, Phone calls, and texting.
• Keep your Youth Protection Training current.
• Renew membership registration annually if I plan to continue as a Merit Badge Counselor.
⚜️ Note: Merit Badge Counselors can continue after their no longer with a unit. Merit Badge Counselors must be registered with Scouts BSA with the district/council.
Thair is an actual complaint form for parents. That national has a 100% guaranty on. More info later, let’s jump into this. We are talking about disagreements and not actual safety or YPT issues.
Parents get mad or upset for many reasons. • Personality or cultural differences • A preserved unfairness • Confronted with something that they don’t want • It’s just your turn…
Self-resolving conflict – this is a solution that is handled by the upset person over time. Cooperative Resolutions – First off, everyone in scouting and families of the scouts is bound by the scout oath and law. These are the ground rules which we live by. This is a foundation of trust and familiarity. • The most important skill as a leader is “Active Listening”. (Courteous) • A conscious effort to listen must be made to learn all the facts of an issue. • Filter out fealing statements or derogatory assumptions as these are the emotions and not the issue. • Don’t shut down or walk away. (Not Friendly, & Kind) • Determine if they want a response from you. They will ask when they’re ready, but they may not be ready to hear what you say. • Restating the issue may be needed to start a solution with understanding. • The most important question is “What do you want?” • The answer to this question is the solution to the conflict.
The Wood Badge “Managing Conflict” training is a good resource for leaders to handle conflicts. You should go to Wood Badge!
The complaint form with the 100% warranty is… The Adult Application! “Thiers no problem, if you’re part of the solution.”