The Journey Begins!


There is nothing like getting a call from a kid telling you that he joined Cub Scouts.  The day I got that call from my nephew Cooper, was a good one.  He called and told me he joined Scout and it made me smile.  I was afraid that it wasn’t his thing but I love that I am proven wrong.  I stole a pic of him off of Facebook from his Mom’s account that shows just how fun Scouting can be.  It is a pic of him all geared up to ride a zipline and climb a wall.  Have fun Cooper and stick with it.  Scouting is for a lifetime!!!

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2014 Callout


My youngest son, Cameron, was called out for the Order of the Arrow on Friday evening at our District’s Webelos Woods. Our Troop held its election in November and he has been dying to know if he was elected ever since. A memory he will never forget about it was he was called out by his older brother Drew.

In true older brother torturing younger brother fashion and in a long standing family tradition he was the last Scout called at the ceremony. I was the last person called at my callout, Drew was last at his and now Cameron was last at his.  And since it was his younger brother there might have been a small love “tap” when he called him even though Dad and Mom told him not to do it.

We are ready for Ordeal and all of the adventures in the OA including NOAC in 2015.

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Court of Honor


Tonight we had our Court of Honor at Troop 168. Cameron was inducted for a second term as Patrol Leader. He also was presented with his Life Scout card and Parent pin which he presented to his Mom. Fun night at Scouts.

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Next stop Eagle


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Congrats to Cameron who got his rank patch for Life tonight. I am very proud that he has taken control if his own advancement in Scouting and is moving along.

Tater Tot Casserole Recipe


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Below is one of the favorites of the Scouts and I can say that I like it as well.  It is pretty simple and can be made in a Dutch oven on a campout or in a regular baking dish in the oven at home.  Try it and I will bet you will like it.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 (16 ounce) package frozen tater tots
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can green beans
  • 1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Cook and stir ground beef in the Dutch oven over medium heat until no longer pink and completely browned, 7 to 10 minutes; season with salt and black pepper.
  2. Stir cream of mushroom soup and green beans into the cooked ground beef.
  3. Layer tater tots evenly over the ground beef mixture.
  4. Top with Cheddar cheese.

Bake until tater tots are golden brown and hot, 30 to 45 minutes

The green beans are an optional item but recommended since you should always eat something green.  :-)

Vigil Honor


This past weekend my oldest son, Drew, was selected to receive the Vigil Honor.  The Vigil Honor is the highest honor that the Order of the Arrow can bestow upon its members for service to lodge, council, and Scouting. 

Drew and the 17 other candidates that have been chosen have given a lot to Scouting and to the Order of the Arrow and are very deserving of the honor.  I can’t wait until the ceremony next month.  Congrats to all of them!!

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Tuck everlasting: Scout uniform shirts should always be tucked in, BSA says


Darrin:

I have to say thanks to the BSA. This is a GIANT pet peeve of mine. I hate to see gym shorts with a Class A shirt unbuttoned and untucked. Kudos!

Originally posted on Bryan on Scouting:

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That was the question on the minds of hundreds of parents who have called the BSA headquarters over the past several months.

Their query: Does the Boy Scouts of America require uniform shirts to be tucked in? The questions are specifically referring to field uniforms (known to some by the unofficial name “Class A”) and not activity uniforms (“Class B”).

Problem is there hasn’t been an official policy in the past. The requirement was that the uniform-wearer must be “neat in appearance.” Most packs, troops, and crews interpreted that to mean tucking the shirts in, but a few didn’t.

Now we’ve got our final answer. Read the BSA’s official stance after the jump: 

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Camporee 2013


A fun weekend at Camporee with Troop and Crew 168. Congrats to Crew 168 for winning the Venturing Division of the Camporee. Happy Birthday to our twins, Cameron and Carly, who had a birthday on Sunday.

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2013 Jamboree


My youngest son, Cameron, is off to the 2013 Boy Scout National Jamboree. I hope he has the time of his life. Safe travels!

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Summer Camp 2013


1010804_10152941884115431_1130162271_nLast week, I had the honor of serving as the Summer Camp Scoutmaster once again.  This was the 7th time I have served in this role.  All of the experiences have been great and rewarding but this camp was also very trying and stressful.  I learned a lot last week and grew some as an adult leader and as an adult in general.

The highlight of the week for me was being at camp for the first time with both of my sons.  Drew is 17 and an Eagle and Cameron is 12 and advanced to Star while we were at camp.  Cameron and I went to camp together last summer at Slippery Falls and I had hoped to have Drew with us but him and my wife decided that Sea Base sounded better than the southern Oklahoma heat and humidity.  I can’t imagine why.

Cameron and the rest of the Scouts spent the week working on merit badges and honing their Scouting skills.  Cameron earned merit badges in Rifle, Environmental Science and Indian Lore.  He still has some requirements left in Orienteering.  IMG_0225

Because of his age and the fact that he is already and Eagle, Drew got to be an ‘adult’.  He spent the week hanging out in camp, mentoring the older leadership Scouts and going to town with whoever he could bum a ride from.  I think he ate New Mexican food five of the seven days we were there.  He also learned that New Mexico has some really hot Green Sauce and the sopapillas there are huge.

It was also a great opportunity for he and I just to hang out together.  He will be 18 in a few months and a Senior in high school and this was one of the last chances we will have to hang out before he begins his life in the world.  I cherished every minute of it.

Thank you Scouting and Troop 168 for giving opportunities with my kids.  I can never repay what you have given me!!

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