Growing Up


20140827_222314949_iOSSometimes you learn a lot about how a person has grown when you least expect it. That moment came for me at our Order of the Arrow Fall Ordeal.

During our Pre-Ordeal ceremony on Friday night the unthinkable happened. During one part of the ceremony, one of the ceremonialists strings a bow to be used in the remainder of the ceremony. All of this is done in the dark with minimal lighting from some “candles” burning around the ceremony. My youngest son was performing that part when out of darkness everyone hears a “SNAP”. My first thought was absolute terror and panic. The bow had just broken and the ceremony was ruined.  I immediately wondered how the team was going to finish the ceremony.  Luckily, they were quick on their feet and improvised in a matter of seconds and kept right on going. They finished the ceremony without a hitch and no one knew any different.

Scouting does that for youth.  It takes the immature 10-yr-old Cub Scout and turns him into the seasoned teenager who can think fast and not freak out when thinks do not go as planned.  Great job guys!

 

 

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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