World Scout Education Congress 2013

A great opportunity organized by the World Organization of the Scouting Movement (WOSM) has been going on for the past 3 days. WOSM  put together a conference for all scouters across the globe to come to Hong Kong. The participants discussed the connections between Scouting and Education. Presentations have been delivered, and there has been over 2,000 people estimated to of been using online sources and social media to be connected, with the 400 participants in person in Hong Kong. The presentations were about one of the three main topics of the congress: Society, Education, and Impact of Scouting. Comments will be saved, and the presentations will be available online after the congress is over through Youtube. Each day included a keynote address, 4 sessions in the morning, and 6-11 in the afternoon on various topics. Also evening networking events occurred.

I hope to see the results of this first educational congress as sucessfull and WOSM will be organizing another one in the near future. I would love to attend and get new ideas to bring back or to new research topics.

Here is the link to the congress: http://www.worldscouteducationcongress.org/en

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Twitter: Use #WSEC or @scoutcongress

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Academic Internship for Spring 2014

Several weeks ago I sent emails to two local organizations inquiring about doing an internship next semester, it has been a few weeks and I have gotten no response. So last Friday I contacted them again as a friendly follow up. I found out once I sent it to one of the places, it sent an automatic response saying to send to a new person, as the person I sent it to no longer works there. Today, I was going to discuss this issue with my advisor, but she was out, so she said for me to look up other places to see if they offer internships. I sent an email to three more local places, one is through a local college, one is a recreation department nearby, and then a outdoor education center in Boston.

I hope to hear back from a few of these places soon, as it is getting closer to the end of the semester. One thing I learned that if I had to do this again is to start putting in inquires early in the semester and go with it, even if at first you need to look up some information on your own without the advisors help.

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New details on the rollout of using One Oath and Law in all programs

Originally posted on Bryan on Scouting:

Update, Jan. 27, 2014: Sea Scouts, see how this applies to you here.

It’s been more than a year since I blogged about the switch to the Scout Oath and Scout Law in all programs, a change that primarily affects Venturing and Cub Scouting.

The resolution, passed by the National Executive Board last year, means that soon every Scout of any age will use the Scout Oath and Law instead of reciting separate, program-specific sayings. Cub Scouts will recite the Scout Oath and Law instead of the Cub Scout Promise and Law of the Pack. Similarly, Venturers will no longer use the Venturing Oath and Venturing Code.

As I said in the October 2012 post, the changes weren’t immediate. And today, I have new details about the rollout.

The rollout is timed “with the release of youth handbooks and leader aids supporting this and other changes related to Strategic Plan…

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Troop Doctor

Troop Doctor

Myself and another Scouter has created a Facebook page for leaders to consult us if they have any issues that they would like to get solutions too. We will be developing a website in the near future and hopefully making this into a business. The page is called Troop Doctor, and the link is: https://www.facebook.com/TroopMD

We both have experience as both youth and adult members of the BSA and we also work out at Philmont Scout Ranch during the Summer, so we are well educated in different areas. Also, please spread the word on here or any other way to get others interested in this service. Thank you all in advance for your support!

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Robert M. Gates, former defense secretary, joins BSA national executive board, serves as national president-elect

plynch4209:

Very happy to hear that Dr. Gates will be the next President of the Boy Scouts starting in June of 2014.

Originally posted on Bryan on Scouting:

Arena ShowRobert M. Gates, a Distinguished Eagle Scout and our nation’s 22nd secretary of defense, has been elected to the national executive board of the Boy Scouts of America. Gates will serve as a member of the executive committee and as the national president-elect.

This move means that upon approval of voting members of the National Council, Gates would begin a two-year term as the BSA national president in May 2014. The national president works alongside Chief Scout Executive Wayne Brock and National Commissioner Tico Perez to form the National Key 3 that guides the organization. (Learn more about the National Key 3 in the sidebar at right.)

national-key-3-2013Gates’ appointment was made upon the recommendation of national volunteer and professional leaders, including the BSA national nominating committee. Following the National Council’s approval of Gates’ two-year term as the BSA national president beginning in May 2014, Randall Stephenson, chairman and chief executive…

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Eagle Scout delivers critical hit to win second World Series

Originally posted on Bryan on Scouting:

Shane Victorino already had Eagle Scout, 2008 World Series champion and three-time Gold Glove winner on his list of accomplishments.

Tonight, the Boston Red Sox outfielder added 2013 World Series champion to his résumé, and he did so with a timely swing of the bat in the bottom of the third. With the bases loaded and two outs, Victorino delivered a three-run double that gave the Red Sox a 3-0 lead that they wouldn’t relinquish. (Watch an animated GIF of the hit here.)

“My parents always told me to take every moment, live every moment, love every moment,” he said in a post-game interview broadcast on FOX. “I just went up there and said, hey, I get another moment. … It’s time to shine, do what you can, and I was able to get in a good hitter’s count. I was able to put a ball off the…

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Tuesday Talkback: Share your pack and troop’s fundraising secrets

plynch4209:

This weekend my troop is selling paracord bracelets/key chains, Jelly Belly jelly beans, Boy Scout popcorn, and Christmas gift tags at a church fall fair this weekend. :)

Originally posted on Bryan on Scouting:

Tuesday-TalkbackThe battle for fundraising dollars is on.

At offices everywhere, parents peddle pizza dough, flower bulbs, Christmas wreaths and more to their coworkers in the name of financing their kids’ extracurricular activities. It seems every orchestra, soccer team and stamp-collecting club in a 50-mile radius wants your money.

In this sometimes-cutthroat world, surely there’s a way for packs and troops to make their fundraisers stand out from the crowd. But how? 

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Longtime Scouter left behind template for running Eagle Scout boards of review

Originally posted on Bryan on Scouting:

eaglepatchDon Bennett directed Eagle Scout boards of review like a film director creating his latest masterpiece. He challenged the Eagle candidates with expertly crafted questions all with the goal of making the young man see just how his time in Scouting has formed who he is. He brought out the best in people.

That deft touch in Eagle Scout boards of review is what David Watson will remember most about Don, who died earlier this year.

David wrote a touching tribute to Don (pictured above) and gave me permission to share it with you all. You’ll find it’s about more than just a great man; it’s about the attitude he brought to an Eagle Scout board of review. Consider it mandatory reading for anyone who may some day sit on an Eagle Scout board of review and decide the fate of an Eagle candidate.

Find the tribute, edited for style…

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Just Because I Love Philmont

plynch4209:

I wanna go back to Philmont too! Hopefully Summer 2014 for staff again!

Originally posted on The Scoutmaster Minute:

This was past on to me and I have to share it with you all…
I wanna go back to Philmont!

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Tuesday Talkback: What are your thoughts on 12-year-old Eagle Scouts?

plynch4209:

I do not agree that 12 year olds should be getting their Eagle Scout award that early, wait until high school. Grow a bit in the troop, get some experiences before working on Eagle, or you will be sitting around for years with nothing to do, or dropping out to do Venturing, OA, Sea Scouts, etc.

Originally posted on Bryan on Scouting:

Tuesday-TalkbackA select few very motivated boys are now earning the Eagle Scout Award before they can (officially) see a PG-13 movie.

Yes, the latest members of the “youngest Eagle Scouts ever” club are 12 years old.

First, the facts. It is, technically, possible to earn Eagle at 12. To join Boy Scouts, you must be a boy who is 11 years old, or one who has completed the fifth grade or earned the Arrow of Light Award and is at least 10 years old.

Reaching First Class comes with no time limit requirements. But once there, a boy must be active four months as a First Class Scout to earn Star, six months as a Star Scout to earn Life and six months as a Life Scout to earn Eagle. Add those numbers together and you get 16 months, or the minimum length of time from joining Boy Scouts to earning Scouting’s…

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