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Everything you should know about #Scouting in #Canada, and occasionally other places.

Episode Date
Scouting Five - Week of July 15, 2019
07:09
Jul 17, 2019
Food Handling
01:09:12

Because nobody wants to spend all camp sick and in the outhouse.

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Ken and Colin discuss Pacific Jamboree, which is taking place this week at Camp Barnard, near Sooke, British Columbia (itself on Vancouver Island). And this invites discussion not only of food plans at large events such as PJ, but also how food should be stored and safely handled in general when one is adventuring in the outdoors.

Shout-Outs

We have a shout-out this week for Jerimy, who wrote in concerning the last full episode we published:

Very interesting episode this week. Scouter with 12 years experience in BSA, listening from the 45th Parallel on the Pacific Coast.
Your impromptu guests’s questions regarding including scouts with needs lead me to share a situation that I’ve been blessed to witness.
A family in a neighboring district has 2 youth aged for Scouts BSA, one does not have any apparent disability and appears to do well in his unit. The other is in need of, if not constant, regular assistance.
Fortunate for this scout, his parents to provide for his assistance where necessary, however the other scouts in the unit are remarkably supportive to the scout (and the family) and are consistently lending a hand when the help is appropriate.
This unit deserves high praise for the ways that their members band together to help make this young person grow more handi-capable.

As always, a big thank you to the folks at Scouting Radio for rebroadcasting Scouting Stuff episodes to their worldwide Scouting audience. If you're listening to us on Scouting Radio right now, let us know; reach out and get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.

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Slow Burn, by Kevin MacLeod

Jul 11, 2019
Scouting Five - Week of July 8, 2019
07:00
Jul 10, 2019
The Group Commissioner
01:18:19

Every Scouting Group (in Canada, at least) needs one...but what does the Commissioner actually do?

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Ken and Colin discuss the role of the Group Commissioner (GC) within the Scouts Canada group model. The Scouts Canada wiki is offline at the time this episode is being published, but it describes(d?) the role of the GC thusly:

The Group Commissioner is recognized as the principle point of contact for the Group and assumes the leadership of the Group Committee. The Group Commissioner may delegate the responsibility for chairing the Group Committee meetings to the Group Administrator but still retains the responsibility of accountability to the Area Commissioner for the Group’s overall well being.

The responsibilities of the GC are many, including:

- Provide an essential link between Sections, Groups and Areas.
- Be the conduit for rapid communication and response providing a direct avenue for servicing and the passage of information in both directions.
- Ensure the delivery of Scouts Canada’s programs in accordance with its Mission and Principles, which meet Scouts Canada’s Program Standards and are in keeping with the goals and ideals of the Partner/Sponsor.
- Ensure compliance with all Policies and Procedures of Scouts Canada
- Establish and maintain positive relationships with parents, leaders, Partner/Sponsor, other Commissioners and the community at large.
- Represent the Group as a member of the Area Commissioner (http://wiki.scouts.ca/en/Area_Commissioner)’s team and provide monthly reports on the program status of the Group.
- Communicate accurate and timely information on all Scouting matters, including procedure and policy changes, between the Scouters in the Group and the Area Commissioner (http://wiki.scouts.ca/en/Area_Commissioner).
- Develop positive relationships between the Sections, the Sponsor/Partner, the community and the Area Commissioner (http://wiki.scouts.ca/en/Area_Commissioner)’s Team.
- Encourage Section leaders and Group Committee members to attend Area Scouters’ Clubs.
- Provide assistance and leadership to the Group in the development of quality program plans on a regular basis (as per Scouts Canada’s Program Standards).
- Approve Section programs and outdoor activities.
- Regularly meet with leaders to monitor progress in achieving Program Standards and provide assistance where possible.
- Ensure all guidelines, practices and procedures pertaining to risk management and the safety of members is strictly adhered to.
- Identify/engage external resources as required so that annual Group initiatives and goals can be achieved.
- Provide support in the preparation of camps or special events.
- When necessary, assume direction of a Section.

And this isn’t even the complete list!

To aid in performing their role effectively, a Group Committee is often assembled around the GC, so that various roles (e.g. Treasurer, Quartermaster, Fundraising, etc.) can be delegated to others.

This episode was recorded in a restaurant, and at two different points, a schoolteacher out for an evening with some friends stopped by the table to engage in some spirited — though not exactly on topic — discussion.

Shout-Outs

A shout-out to Brad is long overdue; he reached out to us at the beginning of May to let us know that he — a Scoutmaster in Scouts BSA — would be visiting the Edmonton area later in the month. We were able to arrange to meet him for lunch, and a delightful discussion about Scouting in our two countries.

Next, we have to give a shout-out to Raúl, who wrote in with what may become a topic suggestion:

Hello, good evening,

I just saw on the wall of a group of scouts (Grupo Scout Nómadas: https://www.facebook.com/groups/114220581931713/) from Spain a publication about a symposium on bushcraft. Although you probably know about it (because it is held in Alberta), I thought you might be interested.

https://bushcraftsymposium.com/

Regards, Raúl

Many thanks to Raúl for sending that link in!

We also have a shout-out to give to Cindy, who followed up on some correspondence she sent in last year, regarding using one of our episodes (the topic of which was the Fleur-de-lis) as training material for her group’s Scouters and parents. It evidently went over very well

John also gets a shout-out for sending in a suggestion:

I enjoy your podcasts (scouter in BSA, North Carolina) and listened to #80 tonight where one of your guests commented about an upcoming Harry Potter themed event. I have a suggestion concerning the 'wizard robes'. In the US (and I presume in Canada), there is a ceremony for high school graduation that requires participants to buy low quality cap and gown for a one-time use. Perhaps some of your units could prevail on seniors (presuming that your schools are like the ones in the US) who are graduating to donate their gowns to young scouts?

Many thanks to John for sending this in; we will try and capitalize on the idea for upcoming camps.

Additionally, we’ve a shout-out for Neil, who sent in a news item for a Scouting Five episode.

And Ken has a special shout-out to offer to Patrick, Don, Kathleen, Linda, and all the rest of the team that put on the Alberta Damboree a couple weeks prior to this episode. It’s always an amazing event, regardless of the weather; well-run, engaging, challenging...and, above all, so much fun.

And as always, we’ve a big thank you to offer to the folks at Scouting Radio for rebroadcasting Scouting Stuff episodes to their worldwide Scouting audience. If you're listening to us on Scouting Radio right now, let us know; reach out and get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.

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Slow Burn, by Kevin MacLeod

Jun 19, 2019
Scouting Five - Week of June 17, 2019
06:41

Damborees and Beaverees, Top Section Awards...and girls are driving Scouting's growth in the UK (and probably elsewhere).

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News Stories

Alberta Damboree - Blather

Scouts take over Thyee Lake

Beaver Valley Scouts awarded for hard work

Scouting for girls gives group its biggest boost in years

Springhill scouts hit top awards trifecta

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Unexpected Hoedown in Bagging Area, by Doctor Turtle

Jun 18, 2019
Scouting Five - Week of June 10, 2019
06:43
Jun 11, 2019
Aidan from Bitsbox
58:05

An interview with Aidan Chopra, co-founder of kid-friendly coding language Bitsbox. Teaching kids about STEM is important!

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This week, Ken is joined by Aidan Chopra, co-founder of Bitsbox — a kid-friendly web-based coding language. It's not as much a formal interview as it is a discussion about the genesis of Bitsbox and the importance of teaching kids about coding, computers, and STEM in general.

Bitsbox is, in case you didn't know, a tech startup based in Boulder, Colorado. It's free to use online; they make their money selling teaching materials and subscription boxes; in fact, they were just voted (and then not for the first time) the best subscription box for kids for 2019 in the CUBE Awards at this year's Subcription Summit. Scouter Ken treats his Cub Scouts to at least one evening of Bitsbox coding every year, as part of their exploration of STEM under Scouts Canada's program.

Shout-Outs

As always, a big thank you to the folks at Scouting Radio for rebroadcasting Scouting Stuff episodes to their worldwide Scouting audience. If you're listening to us on Scouting Radio right now, let us know; reach out and get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.

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Slow Burn, by Kevin MacLeod

Jun 06, 2019
Scouting Five - Week of May 27, 2019
12:09
May 28, 2019
Family Training Event
01:08:37

In which we learn all about Alberta's Family Training Event camp, a yearly event aimed at improving Scouter training.

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Every August, the Family Training Event (FTE) takes place at Camp Woods, a Scout Camp situated on the south shore of Sylvan Lake in Alberta, Canada. This week-long (actually, longer) event is aimed at improving the training level of Scouters throughout Scouts Canada's Northern Lights and Chinook councils, though it is well-attended by people from outside the boundaries of these councils as well.

In this episode, Ken is joined by Dave Betts (Deputy Council Commissioner for Volunteer Support in Northern Lights Council) and Josee Francis (Marketing and Communications Coordinator for the Western Training Committee) to discuss FTE — what its aim is, why it's a fantastic experience, what Scouters and Scouting youth can get out of the experience, and what the theme for this year's FTE is.

Links

Alberta Scouters - Registration Information Here!

FTE 2019 on Facebook

FTE Discussion Group on Facebook

Shout-Outs

As always, a big thank you to the folks at Scouting Radio for rebroadcasting Scouting Stuff episodes to their worldwide Scouting audience. If you're listening to us on Scouting Radio right now, let us know; reach out and get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.

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Slow Burn, by Kevin MacLeod

May 23, 2019
Scouting Five - Week of May 20, 2019
05:05
May 22, 2019
Scouting Five - Week of May 13, 2019
09:47
May 15, 2019
Episode 79 - Registration Fees & Fundraising
01:03:40

Membership in Scouting costs a certain amount; there's a registration fee. Scout Groups, however, may opt to charge extra, above and beyond this amount.

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Firstly, a correction: Shortly before the publication of our most recent episode about knives, Scouts Canada corrected the relevant bylaws and policies pertaining to knives, removing the restriction against fixed-blade knives and increasing the maximum permitted blade length to 10 cm. As such, most of the concerns expressed in that episode are no longer valid.

In this episode, then, Ken and Colin discuss registration fees; Scouts Canada is currently conducting early-bird registration for returning members, with general registration opening up in another week or so. And within the online registration tool used by Scouts Canada, individual Groups have the option to add their own fees as a surcharge to the base membership fee.

Some Groups don't utilize this feature, whereas others do. This episode, then, revisits the issue of fundraising, and the use of this surcharge feature as a means of encouraging (or offsetting) fundraising. Also discussed is how to better encourage parents to volunteer with Groups in their varied fundraising efforts.

Shout-Outs

Firstly, a big shout-out to Mark, who runs Big Man in the Woods (a Scouting-focused blog, and also a series of vlogs). Mark wrote in to say:

Loving your podcast!

As a fellow podcaster,blogger and Vlogger about scouts and camping, I just wanted to touch base with you and say how much I've enjoyed listening to your podcast.

Mark's website is well worth checking out, by the way!

And as always, a big thank you to the folks at Scouting Radio for rebroadcasting Scouting Stuff episodes to their worldwide Scouting audience. If you're listening to us on Scouting Radio right now, let us know; reach out and get in touch. We'd love to hear from you. 

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Slow Burn, by Kevin MacLeod

May 08, 2019
Scouting Five 071 - Week of April 29, 2019
09:24
Apr 30, 2019
Scouting Five 070 - Week of April 22, 2019
06:11
Apr 24, 2019
Scouting Five 069 - Week of April 15, 2019
09:42
Apr 16, 2019
Scouting Five 068 - Week of April 8, 2019
08:05
Apr 10, 2019
Episode 78 - Knives Revisited/Scout Shops Closing
01:13:31

Scouts Canada announces the shuttering of several of its equipment shops, and makes a surprising policy change regarding knives.

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Ken and Colin revisit the topic of knives — which we discussed in January, in one of our first episodes of 2019 — in light of some recent changes to Scouts Canada's BP&P (Bylaws, Policies, and Procedures). In particular, the Knives, Axes, Saws, Camp Stoves, Lanterns, and Other Camping Tools Standards have seen a significant bit of overhaul, including this already-in-force restriction on the kinds of knives that can be carried by Scouts Canada members at Scouting events.

Note: At the time this episode was recorded, the policy statements pertaining to knives read as follows:

2. Members will only use folding, lock-blade knives for program activities. The blade shall be 8.5 centimetres long or less.

3. All other knives are not permitted in Scouting activities without the express approval of the Group Commissioner, as detailed and approved on the Outdoor Activity application form and with the appropriate risk management plan.

Since this episode was recorded, however, the policy statements have been amended, and now read:

2. For program activities, members may only use knives with blades 10 centimetres long or less.
3. All other knives must be approved by the Group Commissioner based on a program plan and appropriate risk management plan.

This episode was recorded prior to these policy updates being made, and so includes a number of thoughts about the then-extant restriction on fixed-blade knives, a change which would have impacted both Ken and Colin's use of Mora knives in Scouting activities. 

Also discussed is the rather unfortunate news that a number of Scout Shops in Canada will be closing their doors, including the one in Ken and Colin's home city of Edmonton.

Shout-Outs

We've got a shout-out this week for Chris, from the 1st Powell River Group, who wrote in as follows:

Hi Scouters Ken and Colin,

I just wanted to send you guys a note from the west coast to say thank you for your podcast. It's really helped me get back into scouting after an almost 30-year hiatus. I was a cub and a scout back in the 80s. Things have changed over the years.

A handful of parents, myself included, are currently working to get 1st Powell River Scouting revived after the group went dormant almost two years ago. We're hoping to have our first Colony and Pack meetings next month. Your podcast has been really great to listen to as it's helped to fill in some of the gaps in my understanding (all the scouters are either completely new or have only a few years experience with other groups) and provide some helpful tips and pitfalls to avoid. Mostly though, we're all very enthusiastic about getting this group going again and it's really great to hear you guys talk about scouting stuff. Keep up the great work!

And as always, a big thank you to the folks at Scouting Radio for rebroadcasting Scouting Stuff episodes to their worldwide Scouting audience. If you're listening to us on Scouting Radio right now, let us know; reach out and get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.

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Slow Burn, by Kevin MacLeod

Apr 03, 2019
Scouting Five 067 - Week of April 1, 2019
09:24
Apr 02, 2019
Scouting Five 066 - Week of March 25, 2019
05:51
Mar 28, 2019
Episode 77 - Awards and Recognition
49:25

What awards can adult volunteers earn through Scouting? Let's find out!

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Ken and Colin were both present at the 59th Edmonton Scout Group's (Facebook | Twitter | Instagram) Baden-Powell Banquet last month; Colin as one of several guests of honour/alumni members invited to the event to help the Group celebrate its 50th anniversary, and Ken as a Scouter and to bestow a couple of awards to youth members of the Group. The Group has also recently recognized several of its Scouters with awards as well; a number of Medals of Good Service have been awarded over the last few weeks, and one Scouter even received a Bar to the Medal of Merit.

Thus, the topic for this episode is the awards and recognition that adult volunteers in Scouts Canada, Scouts BSA, and the Scouting Organization in the UK can earn, along with some basic information about how such awards are earned.

References

Scouts Canada Recognition Guide

Scouts BSA Adult Awards and Recognition

Scouting Organization Awards

Shout-Outs

We've got a shout-out this week for Chris, from the 1st Powell River Group, who wrote in as follows:

Hi Scouters Ken and Colin,

I just wanted to send you guys a note from the west coast to say thank you for your podcast. It's really helped me get back into scouting after an almost 30-year hiatus. I was a cub and a scout back in the 80s. Things have changed over the years.

A handful of parents, myself included, are currently working to get 1st Powell River Scouting revived after the group went dormant almost two years ago. We're hoping to have our first Colony and Pack meetings next month. Your podcast has been really great to listen to as it's helped to fill in some of the gaps in my understanding (all the scouters are either completely new or have only a few years experience with other groups) and provide some helpful tips and pitfalls to avoid. Mostly though, we're all very enthusiastic about getting this group going again and it's really great to hear you guys talk about scouting stuff. Keep up the great work!

As always, a big thank you to the folks at Scouting Radio for rebroadcasting Scouting Stuff episodes to their worldwide Scouting audience. If you're listening to us on Scouting Radio right now, let us know; reach out and get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.

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Slow Burn, by Kevin MacLeod

Mar 21, 2019
Scouting Five 065 - Week of March 18, 2019
06:43
Mar 20, 2019
Scouting Five 064 - Week of March 11, 2019
03:40
Mar 12, 2019
Scouting Five 063 - Week of March 4, 2019
09:02
Mar 05, 2019
Episode 76 - So, You're Going Camping...
48:12

A discussion of packing lists: what to include on them, and why they're important.

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Parker rejoins the podcast and chats with Ken about packing lists. Because while it's nice to think that Scouts might be mature enough to know what to bring along on a trip, and while it might be tempting to test one's Scouts by making them suffer through the consequences of forgetting some key piece of gear, the truth of the matter is that just about everyone — even adults! — can and will benefit from having a list to refer to when the time comes to put together all the gear one will need for an adventure.

Scouts BSA has published some excellent, if generalized, warm weather and cool weather packing lists; Ken's own Group has also developed a list that it maintains internally and periodically updates.

Important Note: By all means, make use of the above-linked documents...but only use them as templates. Always pack according to your troop's needs, and your individual needs as well.

Shout-Outs

As always, a big thank you to the folks at Scouting Radio for rebroadcasting Scouting Stuff episodes to their worldwide Scouting audience. If you're listening to us on Scouting Radio right now, let us know; reach out and get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.

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Slow Burn, by Kevin MacLeod

Mar 01, 2019
Greetings for the Scouts of Kyiv
02:13

Slightly belated greetings and congratulations to the Scouts of Kyiv on the occasion of Scout-Guide Week.

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Scouter Ken was asked if his Scout Group could offer up a video of their youth saying congratulations to the Scouts of Kyiv (and, in particular, the Stay Away patrol thereof) during Scout-Guide Week (which just concluded). Unfortunately, time and other constraints interfered to prevent such a video from being made...so in compensation, here's a short little congratulatory clip, released in the podcast feed instead.

Feb 26, 2019
Scouting Five 062 - Week of February 18, 2019
05:58
Feb 22, 2019
Episode 75 - Group Photos and Photography Consent
33:48

In which a solution is proposed for indicating those youth, in a Group, who do not have a public photography consent signed.

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When registering a youth in Scouts Canada, part of the registration process involves indicating whether or not the parents consent to having their child's picture taken and — potentially — released publicly. The default answer, again within the context of Scouts Canada, is yes, meaning that the photography consent is not typically withheld by accident; when parents indicate that they don't want photos of their youth released, they mean it. And we, as Scouters, should respect that.

But especially in settings where there are a large number of youth, from a number of different groups — a camp, perhaps, or a Kub Kar rally — two difficulties emerge: it is almost impossible to prevent people from taking photos of the event, and (for those taking photos) it is almost impossible to know intuitively which youth can and cannot be in a photo that is subsequently posted to social media or released to a newspaper.

So how can we solve for this? Ken and Colin discuss how Ken's Group recently came up with a very effective solution for a recent Cub Scout camp: brightly coloured neckers.

Shout-Outs

As always, a big thank you to the folks at Scouting Radio for rebroadcasting Scouting Stuff episodes to their worldwide Scouting audience. If you're listening to us on Scouting Radio right now, let us know; reach out and get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.

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Slow Burn, by Kevin MacLeod

Feb 14, 2019
Scouting Five 061 - Week of February 11, 2019
10:04
Feb 14, 2019
Scouting Five 060 - Week of February 4, 2019
11:59
Feb 05, 2019
Scouting Five 059 - Week of January 21, 2019
06:25
Jan 23, 2019
Scouting Five 058 - Week of January 14, 2019
07:43
Jan 16, 2019
Episode 74 - What's In a Knife?
53:33

We discuss that ubiquitous Scouting tool, the humble knife.

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To kick off 2019, Ken and Colin sit down to discuss the humble knife, that ubiquitous Scouting tool. Different types of knives are discussed, as well as the need to care for knives and keep them sharp and in good condition (among other safety tips). Also discussed in Scouts Canada's policies regarding knives, including some common myths about who can and cannot use a knife at a Scouting activity, and what requirements a Scout must satisfy to earn his or her knife permit.

Shout-Outs

Our first shout-out of the year goes to Andrew, who wrote in with a bit of a correction regarding our previous episode:

Hey Kenneth, listened to the latest podcast (all the way over here in Scotland!). May have misheard or misunderstood as I was driving, but Explorers leads into Network in the UK; it doesn't replace Explorers. As I say, I may have caught it wrong though! Love hearing about what is going on in Canada and Scouting across the world!

As always, a big thank you to the folks at Scouting Radio for rebroadcasting Scouting Stuff episodes to their worldwide Scouting audience. If you're listening to us on Scouting Radio right now, let us know; reach out and get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.

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Slow Burn, by Kevin MacLeod

Jan 10, 2019
Scouting Five 057 - Week of January 7, 2019
08:22
Jan 08, 2019
Episode 73 - #Venturers50
48:42

Venturer Scouts turns fifty this year...in Canada, at least.

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It seemed only fitting to close out 2018 with a discussion about Venturer Scouts, the second-to-oldest youth section in Scouts Canada. Why? Because it was fifty years ago — 1968 — that the Venturer Scout section was formally introduced to the Scouting program in Canada.

Venturer Scouting actually began in Australia, and then in the mid-1940s. Similarly, Senior Scouts — the program that eventually became Venturing in Scouts BSA — began in the late 1930s. So whereas 2018 also marks the global 100th anniversary of Rover Scouts, the 50th anniversary of Venturer Scouts that is being marked by this episode is specific to Canada.

As such, Ken and Colin recount some memories of their time as Venturers, and also discuss the program and some of the changes it has seen in recent years, especially under the Canadian Path...particularly as regards awards and badges.

Shout-Outs

As always, a big thank you to the folks at Scouting Radio for rebroadcasting Scouting Stuff episodes to their worldwide Scouting audience. If you're listening to us on Scouting Radio right now, let us know; reach out and get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.

And to all of you out there listening: thank you! Thanks for being part of the Scouting Stuff community in 2018; we look forward to bringing you more content in 2019. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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Slow Burn, by Kevin MacLeod

Dec 20, 2018
Scouting Five 056 - Week of December 17, 2018
12:24
Dec 19, 2018
Scouting Five 055 - Week of December 10, 2018
06:53
Dec 11, 2018
Scouting Five 054 - Week of December 3, 2018
05:32
Dec 04, 2018
Scouting Five 053 - Week of November 26, 2018
05:55
Nov 27, 2018
Scouting Five 052 - Week of November 19, 2019
12:30
Nov 21, 2018
Episode 72 (v2.0) - Scouting During the Great War
47:57

A look at the roles that Scouts played on the domestic front during the First World War.

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Since this episode was recorded on Armistice Day (or Remembrance Day, as we call it in Canada), it seemed only fitting to take a look at some of the important roles “at home” that Scouts fulfilled — mainly in Britain, although it's likely that Scouts in other countries performed similar duties — to aid in the war effort.

We even dig into the history and namesake of the Cornwell Award, the highest decoration for bravery in Scouting in Britain.

Shout-Outs

As always, a big thank you to the folks at Scouting Radio for rebroadcasting Scouting Stuff episodes to their worldwide Scouting audience. If you're listening to us on Scouting Radio right now, let us know; reach out and get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.

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Slow Burn, by Kevin MacLeod

Nov 14, 2018
Scouting Five 051 - Week of November 5, 2018
05:33
Nov 07, 2018
Episode 71 - #Rovers100
01:00:48

Rover Scouting celebrates its 100th year in 2018.

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Ken and Colin discuss Rover Scouts, the Scouting section for youth who...aren't really youth anymore. Within the Scouts Canada program, for example, Rovers are for young men and women between the ages of 18 and 26; other national organizations have similar age ranges, though some cap the program at a slightly younger age. Other national Scouting organizations don't have Rover Scouts specifically, but do sometimes have equivalent (or semi-equivalent) programs for youth up to, say, 21 years of age.

The Rover Scout section, by the way, celebrates its centenary this year; this part of the Scouting movement began in 1918.

According to Wikipedia:

Rover Scouts, Rovers, Rover Scouting or Rovering is a service[citation needed] program associated with Scouting for young men and, in many countries, women into their early 20s. A group of Rovers is called a 'Rover Crew'.

The Rover program was originated by The Boy Scouts Association in the United Kingdom in 1918 to provide a program for young men who had grown up beyond the age range of the Boy Scouts. It was quickly adopted by many other national Scouting organizations.

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The Rover program had its origins in two different schemes.[citation needed] The first, aimed at Boy Scouts in the United Kingdom who were aged between 15 and 18 years old, was called "Senior Scouts" which was launched in March 1917 during World War I. It quickly became apparent that there weren't enough adult male leaders available in wartime, and it was several decades before the Senior Scout program was established. The second scheme was the series of 'Battlefield Scout Huts' provided for the recreation of British and Empire soldiers in rear areas of the Western Front. Related to these was the St George's Scout Club for servicemen, which operated in the English garrison town of Colchester under the leadership of "Uncle" H. Geoffrey Elwes. From these projects, it became apparent that there was a need for a Scouting-related program that catered for young men, many of whom would shortly be returning from the war.

The first mention of the term "Rover Scouts" was by Sir Robert Baden-Powell in The Boy Scouts Headquarters Gazette in August 1918, and the scheme was fully established by November 1919. Baden-Powell set about writing a handbook for the new scheme, which was published in 1922 as Rovering to Success. It contained Baden-Powell's philosophy for a happy adult life as well as ideas for activities that Rover Scouts could organise for themselves. It remained in print in various editions in English until 1964 and was translated into many other languages.

The Rover Scout program in Scouts Canada has seen significant overhaul — to the point that even the section motto was changed! — under the Canadian Path program; read all about it here.

Shout-Outs

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Slow Burn, by Kevin MacLeod

Nov 02, 2018
Scouting Five 050 - Week of October 29, 2018
07:44
Nov 01, 2018
Scouting Five 049 - Week of October 22, 2018
06:23
Oct 24, 2018
Episode 70 - Group Financial Troubles
56:22

Groups do sometimes fall into financial difficulties. How do sections continue to deliver a good program while the group struggles?

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Ken and Colin respond to a message from a listener, Barbara, whose Group is in a bit of a financial pickle:

I'm a returning Scouter ( and now a Beaver contact scouter), and determined to not be a curmudgeon. 9 out of 10 youth in our Beaver Colony are brand new to our group; all new Scouters, except me. So much motivation and big hearts within our Scouter team, and a great bunch of spunky youth. I am only just realizing, to my dismay, that our group has been floundering financially for years and is below rock bottom. Group is (obviously) very unwilling to help finance our first camp and are being very difficult and evasive in communications. I have kept my brand new team ( except one) unaware of this problem, since it could destroy morale. Oh: another FIRST- first time this group has done Canadian Path in Beavers ( and we are actually loving it)


This is probably not an uncommon situation, especially with smaller groups.

If the group isn't being terribly communicative, or terribly supportive at all, then the next best thing to do is turn to the parents and be up front with them. Let them know that the group isn't really going to be able to help offset activity costs at this time, and maybe even survey them as to what they think a reasonable cost would be for a weekend-length camp. In particular, there are three dollar-value figures to capture here:

  • The maximum out-of-pocket cost families are willing to pay for a weekend camp.
  • The maximum out-of-pocket cost for a day event.
  • The overall maximum amount of additional fees over the course of a year.

So, for example: maybe families will be willing to pay $80 for a weekend camp, $30 for a day event, and not more than $200 in total for all activities per year. With that feedback, it will be easier to draw up plans for the year, to decide which activities are and aren't within reach.

Beyond that, it becomes a question of looking for fundraising opportunities: popcorn sales, Apple Day, bottle drives, and other such things. Communication with the Scouting Council covering the area will also be important; Council may have information about additional fundraising options, or places to turn to for grants and donations.

OPEN INVITATION: If your group has recovered from being in a similar financial situation, we'd love to have you on the podcast to tell us about how the group was able to turn the situation around.

Shout-Outs

For the second week in a row, Raul gets a shout-out. He left a comment on Facebook, thanking us for answering his question about the word “woggle” on-air:

Ayer, cuando estaba acabando de correr, lo escuché y me encantó el "shout-out"...

Escuché un mensaje que había enviado preguntando sobre como se escribía una palabra que había escuchado varias veces en el episodio 60... Ken muy amablemente me respondió.

Pues bien, ayer me hizo mucha ilusión escuchar mi mensaje. Gracias, Ken

Second, Eric — friend and occasional guest of the podcast, Scouter to the Northern Lights MedVents — sent us a message with a happy remembrance of a long-ago camp:

Hey Ken and Colin, just catching up on some podcasts, and was listening to Episode 65. Colin commented that Scouts have been solving Escape Room puzzles for decades and it made me think back to one of the 100+ camps I attended as a Scout (100+11??) with the theme Spy Vs Spy. That night time wide game where patrols had to collect the parts of a spy message decoder (a simple circuit board, memory chip, battery, and rudimentary LCD numeric display) that when correctly assembled gave you the message 100+. After close to 20 some years in Scouting, NOTHING has come close to that amazing wide game puzzle...

And, as always, a big thank you to the folks at Scouting Radio for rebroadcasting Scouting Stuff episodes to their worldwide Scouting audience. If you're listening to us on Scouting Radio right now, let us know; reach out and get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.

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Slow Burn, by Kevin MacLeod

Oct 17, 2018
Scouting Five 048 - Week of October 15, 2018
05:51
Oct 16, 2018
Scouting Five 047 - Week of October 8, 2018
06:46
Oct 11, 2018
Episode 69 - Investiture
01:01:21

It's a big deal.

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Ken and Colin discuss — after some disbelief that we haven't covered the topic in depth as yet — investiture ceremonies, the (hopefully) formal events at which new members to Scouting sections are fully welcomed into those sections.

The Canadian Path Scouter Manual provides helpful outlines — templates, really — for investiture ceremonies for Beaver Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Scouts. It (rather humorously) does not detail an investiture ceremony for Venturer Scouts, although it does list investiture as one of the various ceremonies that a Venturer Scout Company could perform. And for Rover Scouts, the exact format of the ceremony is left up to the Rovers themselves to decide, though the manual does recommend that the ceremony be preceded by mentoring of the prospective new Rover by an older member of the section, and time for reflection upon the principles of Scouting.

Even so, the manual does put forth as mandatory common elements in all investiture ceremonies several elements, including:

  • The saying of the Promise and, optionally, the Law specific to each Section. For older sections, reciting the Motto is also required.
  • The awarding of the youth's new woggle and necker after reciting the above.
  • Some action or words to welcome the new members to the section.

What follows, then, is a discussion of different means of investing youth into Scouting, as well as Ken and Colin's own experiences both being invested, and performing investiture ceremonies.

Shout-Outs

Firstly, we'd like to give a shout-out to Benjamin, who wrote in with a correction for Episode 67:

Hello,

I just recently discovered your podcast and I'm loving it so far.

A small correction on your latest episode, you linked to the World's Largest Fleur-de-Lis on instagram saying it was posted by WOSM. The account that posted it is actually run by the UK scouts.

Again, love the show, keep up the great work.

And another shout-out is belatedly owed to Dan, who some months prior sent in the following chart explaining the different names for ghost crests of various colours:

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Thirdly, we'd like to give Raul a shout-out, for his question about the pronunciation of the word “woggle”:

Hello, Ken, good evening ,

I'm still listening to your podcast. Now I'm listening to episode 60: All about neckers.

I liked how little I understood (my English is still insufficient) the explanation about the folds of the scout handkerchief: beavers, wolves, etc.. I found it very interesting.

I'm curious about a word you say several times, but I can't identify it. You say something like "walgo" or "gualgo". but I don't know how to spell it. Listened to from minute 32.

And as always, a big thank you to the folks at Scouting Radio for rebroadcasting Scouting Stuff episodes to their worldwide Scouting audience. If you're listening to us on Scouting Radio right now, let us know; reach out and get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.

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Slow Burn, by Kevin MacLeod

Oct 05, 2018
Scouting Five 046 - Week of October 1, 2018
06:56
Oct 04, 2018
Scouting Five 045 - Week of September 24, 2018
08:48

Boy Scouts help out before and after Florence, Scouts hike to Berg Lake...and Girl Scouts celebrate Spirit Week.

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News Stories

From a Listener: Boy Scout Troop 121 of Granite Bay, Calif. (near Sacramento) will be holding a special event on September 29 to celebrate its 50th anniversary, and also to recognize the achievement of their 300th Scout to achieve Eagle Scout rank. Congressman Tom McClintock is expected to speak at the gathering. Troop 121 will also take this opportunity to honor late Scoutmaster John Hooten, who passed away earlier this year. All current Scouts and Alumni are invited to attend the gathering, which will take place at the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection in Granite Bay.

Local Boy Scouts take trip to assist Bahamian Scouts

Scouts starts season with the annual sand bag sales

Scouts camp in Rumford

Boy Scouts shot Army weapons during Fort Riley's 32nd Annual Apple Day

Scouts tackle Berg lake trail

After 40 years of collecting paper Scouting Pukekohe's paper drive stops

Girl Scouts Celebrate First-Ever Spirit Week

Paramus Boy Scouts troop helps victims of Florence

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Unexpected Hoedown in Bagging Area, by Doctor Turtle

Sep 26, 2018
Episode 68 - Interview With a Cub Scout
41:44

The one in which Scouter Ken's daughter joins the podcast for an episode, and we end up talking about her experiences in Cub Scouts.

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Podcast Topics

The packing list topic gets punted, again!

But in its place, Ken and Colin sit down for a chat and are soon joined by Ella, Ken's eldest daughter and a Howler in Cub Scouts this year. Which turns out to be a great thing, and what would otherwise have been an informal chat with no real topic in mind becomes an interview about Ella's experiences in Cubs to date, and what her expectations and hopes are for the year to come.

There was also a whole other conversation that took place, but unfortunately, microphone issues largely rendered Ken's audio for that segment non-usable. Fodder for another episode, maybe.

Shout-Outs

We have two shout-outs to give this week, both as a result of comments left on our last episode when it was posted to the Scouts Canada Discussion Group on Facebook.

The first shout-out goes to Neil Looby, who commented:

I have your podcast on auto-download on my phone now.

And the second goes to Joe Vantour, whom you should get in touch with if you have badges to trade, who added:

I listen on the weekend when I go into the office to catch up on work that I didn't finish during the week. I am very happy this podcast exists and I look forward to each new episode.

Many thanks to both Neil and Joe for listening; we do appreciate it!

As always, a big thank you to the folks at Scouting Radio for rebroadcasting Scouting Stuff episodes to their worldwide Scouting audience. If you're listening to us on Scouting Radio right now, let us know; reach out and get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.

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Slow Burn, by Kevin MacLeod

Sep 19, 2018
Scouting Five 044 - Week of September 17, 2018
07:28
Sep 18, 2018
Scouting Five 043 - Week of September 10, 2018
08:43
Sep 12, 2018
Episode 67 - Meet the Parents
51:28

It's time to kick off another year of Scouting. Make sure to get the parents of the youth involved from the very start.

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Firstly, check out this Instagram post from the World Organization of the Scouting Movement; it's a record-setting human fleur-de-lis.

Ken and Colin discuss the kickoff of another year of Scouting, and the importance of holding a parent information night for the parents of the youth who comprise the membership of your group.

Shout-Outs

By request (because we will totally do shout-outs on behalf of listeners): Scouter Eric from the Northern Lights Medical Venturers wants to give a shot-out to Alberta Health Services (AHS) for their generous donation of a retired ambulance to the MedVents. It's not new, but it's a significant upgrade for the MedVents even so, and it's very generous of AHS to donate something as expensive as an ambulance to further Vocational Scouting in the province.

And, again, by request, Kristine wants to give a big shout-out to “all the Beavers who attended Damboree” last June. She notes that “the obstacle course was challenging, and perhaps the most challenging part was climbing over the net. But every single Beaver in attendance tried their best and attempted to make it through all of the obstacles. Special thanks to the Scouters and parents who helped with encouraging through the kids through the course!”

As always, a big thank you to the folks at Scouting Radio for rebroadcasting Scouting Stuff episodes to their worldwide Scouting audience. If you're listening to us on Scouting Radio right now, let us know; reach out and get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.

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Slow Burn, by Kevin MacLeod

Sep 05, 2018
Scouting Five 042 - Week of August 27, 2018
08:28
Aug 28, 2018
Scouting Five 041 - Week of August 20, 2018
10:07
Aug 22, 2018
Episode 66 - The LDS Exit
53:33

We take a look at the recent decision by the LDS church to disengage from Scouting in North America, and suggest that community groups prepare to bring on board youth from LDS groups.

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Podcast Topics

Ken and Colin's Scout Group recently received — and granted — a transfer request. That isn't unusual in and of itself; there have been several youth who've transferred to the 59th Greenfield/Royal Gardens over the years. What made this request stand out, however, was that the youth in question was leaving a Latter-Day Saints (LDS)-affiliated Scout Group, and was looking for a new Scouting home in a community group.

This is because the Mormon Church recently announced — in about May of 2018 — that they would be ending their decades-long partnership with Scouting in both Canada and the United States, effective December 2019. The Church does not partner with Scouting outside of North America, and has been putting together a new, global youth program that will serve the needs of Mormon youth the world over. As such, they won't need to use Scouting as their male youth program anymore.

Of course, there are hundreds of thousands of youth enrolled in LDS-affiliated Scout Groups in both the US and Canada, and many of these youth will no doubt want to continue on in Scouting. So it would probably be a good idea for Scout Groups to begin preparing now — by assessing whether (and by how much) they can grow their membership, by onboarding new volunteers, etc. — so that they are able to welcome in youth from shuttered LDS groups come late 2019.

Shout-Outs

We'd like to give a shout-out to Julie, who left a comment on our Facebook post for Episode 63:

I wasn't able to listen to the entire podcast but found the first 17 minutes interesting, up to the co-ed discussions. I started in Brownies at age 7 and at senior Pathfinder age (13-15yrs) we met a group of Vents through school who lived in our area and 'buddied' up with them to do various activities/camps. the following year we joined vents (and stayed registered with GGC as well) and had some great adventures, we learned from some great adult role models in both organizations. The year was 1988'ish... 30 years later I am an adult member in both organizations with a teen son and daughter who, up until last year where members in Vents and Pathfinders, respectively. This year they are both signed up for Vents/Medvents and looking forward to new challenges and experiences. I did have a chuckle when it was mentioned about cookie selling, a 5 year old in her brownie uniform.. (just a technicality) but a 5 year old would actually be a spark and super cute. Brownies are the next age up, 7+. Moving forward there is the topic of Gender identity. With Scouting being comfortably co-ed in Canada that may or may not pose some scenarios that need to be considered, no major changes to any policy or guidelines. But Guiding will have other issues to consider moving forward. Interesting times to be living in.

As well, Dan wrote in to tell us about some summer adventures that his family have gotten up to, and to talk a bit about Wood Badge II and practicing starting fires.

Furthermore, Colin would like to give a shout-out to the various former members of the 59th Greenfield/Royal Gardens Rover Crew that turned out to help him move recently: Ted, Ian, and Jamie.

As always, a big thank you to the folks at Scouting Radio for rebroadcasting Scouting Stuff episodes to their worldwide Scouting audience. If you're listening to us on Scouting Radio right now, let us know; reach out and get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.

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Slow Burn, by Kevin MacLeod

Aug 01, 2018
Scouting Five 040 - Week of July 30, 2018
06:51
Jul 31, 2018
Scouting Five 039 - Week of July 23, 2018
03:42
Jul 25, 2018
Episode 65 - Discussion Over Instruction
01:06:31

It can't always be about teaching qua teaching.

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Sometimes it's nice to not have a formal topic.

Ken and Colin take an opportunity to get caught up, having not had a recording session together for some time, and comment on recent Scouting events that Ken's youth sections have participated in.

Shout-Outs

From the Scouts Canada Discussion Group on Facebook: Vivienne Kiernander , Kimberly Wasyleski, and Chris McCagen.

From the 1st Facebook Scout Group: George Murphy , Ellen Worley, Myfawny Slade, Lesley Hansen, Celia Riordan, Andrew Richardson, and Audrey McCormick.

As always, a big thank you to the folks at Scouting Radio for rebroadcasting Scouting Stuff episodes to their worldwide Scouting audience. If you're listening to us on Scouting Radio right now, let us know; reach out and get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.

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Slow Burn, by Kevin MacLeod

Jul 18, 2018
Scouting Five 038 - Week of July 16, 2018
06:26
Jul 17, 2018
Scouting Five 037 - Week of July 9, 2018
09:13
Jul 11, 2018
Episode 64 - It's Popcorn Time Again...Again!
51:36

Popcorn sales for the 2018-2019 Scouting season won't start for a few months, but Groups should begin preparing now.

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Scouter Mike and Scouter Carolyn, the popcorn fundraising champions from Scouts Canada's Battlefields Council, join Scouter Ken yet again for an introduction to next year's Scout Popcorn fundraising campaign. A lot has changed since last year: the lanyards and pins that served as rewards for achieving particular milestones in popcorn sales have gone away, and instead, Scout Groups can get a 20% discount on items at their local Scout Shop that they intend to use as popcorn prizes (if you bring in this form).

The product line is mostly the same, thankfully; Scout Popcorn is nothing if not delicious just as it is. The packaging has changed a bit, however.

As well, the Popcorn Campaign Kit is now available in an entirely digital format; it includes the order form, goal-setting sheets, thank you notes (something Scouter Ken's group had been doing on their own for a while), sample scripts, scholarship information, incentive information, and a review template to be used during and after the campaign to get feedback on how popcorn sales went for your Group.

Shout-Outs

As always, a big thank you to the folks at Scouting Radio for rebroadcasting Scouting Stuff episodes to their worldwide Scouting audience. If you're listening to us on Scouting Radio right now, let us know; reach out and get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.

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Slow Burn, by Kevin MacLeod

Jul 05, 2018
Scouting Five 036 - Week of July 2, 2018
07:45
Jul 04, 2018
Scouting Five 035 - Week of June 26, 2018
08:52
Jun 27, 2018
Episode 63 - All Over the Map
01:11:12

What starts as a discussion about recent policy and name changes in Boy Scouts of America soon ends up ranging over many other topics.

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Podcast Topics

Scouter Ken is joined again by Parker, an Eagle Scout and assistant Scoutmaster in Boy Scouts of America, initially to discuss the recent program and name changes that the BSA have announced and/or implemented.

However, the conversation ends up ranging over a number of topics, including popcorn as a fundraising vehicle, volunteer burnout, transition planning and new Scouter onboarding, and many other things.

Also, something interesting happened on the Canadian iTunes podcast charts, in the Government & Organizations category:

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Thank you to everyone who listens to our humble little attempt at a Scouting podcast; we really do appreciate your support. And thanks for elevating us, at least for a while, into the Top 10 (in Canada, at any rate); we even topped Bernie Sanders for a while!

Shout-Outs

Firstly, here's a somewhat overdue shout-out to Iona and other Scouters from the 1st Kinosoo (Cold Lake) group, several of whom approached Scouter Ken at the recent Beaver Hills/Rivers Edge Cuboree.

Secondly, to Colin Williston, another listener, who introduced himself to Ken at the recent Alberta Damboree (which we'll have to talk more about in a later episode).

Third, to Dawn from the 264th Sommerset group. She might not be a listener, but she and Ken had a lively discussion about badge trading while Ken was running a badge trading activity at Damboree.

Also, to Gareth Edwards Lloyd-Tolman, for posting the following question in the 1FBSG:

Is there anyway I can directly download this podcast cast as an mp3?

Answer: yes, from now on we will post links for direct MP3 downloads in the show notes at ScoutingStuffPodcast.com.

Scouter Eric, one of the advisors for the Northern Lights Medical Venturers, left us a 5-star review on Facebook:

So much good info to binge on...Also love getting to know a bit more about BSA stuff (even though this is a Canadian podcast)

Thanks for the review, Eric!

And Scouter Corey, who has been on the podcast before, sent a link to the podcast's Instagram account. Click on through to see a lashed-together, water wheel-powered rotisserie; now that's camp cooking!

Finally, Parker would like to give a shout-out to Troop 216, his troop; they're based out of Frisco, Texas.

And, as always, a big thank you to the folks at Scouting Radio for rebroadcasting Scouting Stuff episodes to their worldwide Scouting audience. If you're listening to us on Scouting Radio right now, let us know; reach out and get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.

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Slow Burn, by Kevin MacLeod

Jun 22, 2018
Scouting Five 034 - Week of June 18, 2018
07:58

Camps, camps, and more camps, a high houour for a long-time Scouting volunteer...and who wouldn't want to play Backcountry Bingo?

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News Stories

Burk's Falls resident given one of Scouts Canada's highest honours

Scouting for teens who love outdoor adventure

Woman shooting in her yard frightens Cub Scouts camping out nearby

Atlanta’s Women Cybersecurity Leaders Stoke Interest in Tech with Girl Scouts

Backcountry Bingo cards encourage Scouts to pay attention to the world around them

Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts compete at Mount Rubidoux District camporee

Boy Scouts Camporee wraps up in Townsend

Girl Scouts beat the heat at summer camp

Boy Scouts explore the world at Osage Trails District Passport to Adventure Day Camp

Check Out the Alberta Damboree on Instagram

And just a note of apology: With all of the recent camp activity, we've been a bit behind on finding time to sit down with to record new full Scouting Stuff episodes. Our aim is still to have a new episode coming out this week, but if not, please be patient; Scouter Ken's schedule should be quieting down a bit after this week, which will hopefully allow the podcast to return to its regular bi-weekly release cycle.

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Unexpected Hoedown in Bagging Area, by Doctor Turtle

Jun 20, 2018
Scouting Five 033 - Week of June 11, 2018
07:20
Jun 13, 2018
Episode 62 - First Aid Planning & Training Drills
52:45

With special guests from the Northern Lights Medical Venturers!

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Podcast Topics

Eric and Bella, an advisor and a squad leader from the Northern Lights Medical Venturers (find them on Facebook or Instagram!) join Scouter Ken to discuss some of their experiences at the recent Beaver Hills/Rivers Edge Cuboree. Not only did the MedVents provide first aid support at the Cuboree, they also used it as a training opportunity...springing a surprise on the junior MedVents and the Offers of Service that were working security at the site. And one of Ken's own Cub Scouts volunteered to be the victim in the scenario!

Also discussed is how to plan for first aid at a large summer event, and what to encourage Scouters from attending groups to do in advance to help minimize the risk that one of their youth will need first aid for something that really should have been preventable.

Shout-Outs

Firstly, a long overdue shout-out to Iona, who wrote in regarding badges:

Have you thought about badges yet? I know like you don’t have enough crazy in your life. But seriously I am a badge person and would buy them. You have the image already that you use for your podcast and if you list them to sell before you make them, you might be surprised from the response(even if badges are a North American thing).

Think about it.

Thanks
Iona

Do love your podcasts.

Ken actually got to meet Iona in person at Cuboree. And, yes, a badge design is being worked on...slowly. How this badge will be made available is still a bit up in the air, but rest assured: an SSYSK crest is in the works!

Eric, meanwhile, wanted to give a shout-out to Chris at ArrKann Trailer & R.V. Centre in Edmonton, Alberta; he generously provided a trailer for the MedVents to stay in whilst at Cuboree.

And as always, a big thank you to the folks at Scouting Radio for rebroadcasting Scouting Stuff episodes to their worldwide Scouting audience. If you're listening to us on Scouting Radio right now, let us know; reach out and get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.

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Slow Burn, by Kevin MacLeod

Jun 07, 2018
Scouting Five 032 - Week of June 4, 2018
06:56
Jun 05, 2018
Scouting Five 031 - Week of May 28, 2018
08:13

STEM Scouting goes to Mars, Scouts explore different faith traditions...and, unfortunately, one young man won't be going home again.

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News Stories

STEM Scouts project selected for NASA research mission

Scouts retire flags at ceremony in Brecknock Township

Scouts see how different faith traditions live out Ten Commandments

Boy Scouts, Dayton church celebrate unique partnership

Eagle Scout project expands church activity area

Six scouts, one troop: Newest Eagles in the nest

6th Dundas youth earn top Cub, Beaver awards

Verona Lions and Verona Boy Scouts help Camp Marcella

Boy Scout drowns in Robeson County pond

Andy Klein earns Good Scout Award for Boy Scouts, raises $80,000

Scouts Mark Memorial Day

Scouts place flags in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery on Memorial Day

Photos: Scouts place flags on veteran graves to mark Memorial Day

Notes from Cuboree

Scouter Ken was, of course, on site at the Beaver Hills/Rivers Edge Cuboree this past weekend. We'll be doing a follow-up episode about this camp, possibly two; I'm going to see if I can arrange to have the camp organizers on the show, and Eric (the advisor for the Northern Lights Medical Venturers, who has been on the show a couple of times before) has likewise expressed interest in doing a debrief about the camp. For now, it will suffice to say that it was a fantastic time for just about everyone involved, and if you want to see some pictures from the event you can check out either the Scouting Stuff or 59th Greenfield/Royal Gardens Scout Group pages on Instagram.

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Unexpected Hoedown in Bagging Area, by Doctor Turtle

May 30, 2018
Scouting Five 030 - Week of May 21, 2018
06:07
May 22, 2018
Scouting Five 029 - Week of May 14, 2018
07:34
May 19, 2018
Scouting Five 028 - Week of May 7, 2018
09:30
May 11, 2018
Episode 61 - Tinders
44:20

A discussion of tinders — natural and artificial — and their relative effectiveness. No swiping required!

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Ken and Colin discuss tinders — that is, aids to fire-starting — both natural and artificial, with a particular eye toward which ones might work best when one is attempting to light them with flint and steel.

Link of Note: The 10 Best Natural Tinders You Can Find In a Forest

Shout-Outs

We have a pair of shout-outs to offer this week. The first goes to Scouter Colin from the 264th Somerset-Bridlewood Scout Group in Calgary, Alberta. He posted a comment on the Facebook post for our most recent episode, noting that his group — sponsored, as it is, by the Rotary Club — has a Rotary Club badge on the back of its neckers.

And our second shout-out goes to Norma, who pointed out that Beaver Scouts in Canada — might like Cub Scouts in the BSA — do actually have a common necker that they can wear, instead of their Group necker. This used to be a borderless, sky-blue fabric, but the current iteration is somewhat more tartan-like in colour, with a dark border.

As always, a big thank you to the folks at Scouting Radio for rebroadcasting Scouting Stuff episodes to their worldwide Scouting audience. If you're listening to us on Scouting Radio right now, let us know; reach out and get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.

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Slow Burn, by Kevin MacLeod

May 02, 2018
Scouting Five 027 - Week of April 23, 2018
07:26
Apr 24, 2018
Episode 60 - All About Neckers
01:01:47

Who knew the humble Scout neckerchief had such rich history and cool traditions associated with it?

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Podcast Topics

Colin and Ken are joined this week by Parker, a recent Eagle Scout (you'll recall he wrote in recently) to discuss the humble Scout neckerchief — its history, its role in the Scout's uniform, and some of the traditions associated with it. As one might expect, there are also some notable differences in how Scouts Canada approaches the necker, versus how Boy Scouts of America does.

Links

Boy Scouts of America Guide to Awards and Insignia: https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/33066_section1.pdf

Scouts Canada Wiki on Neckers: http://wiki.scouts.ca/en/Necker

Scouts Canada Wiki on the Friendship Knot: http://wiki.scouts.ca/en/Friendship_Knot

How to Make a Necker: https://scoutdocs.ca/Documents/Making_a_Necker.php

Scout Neckerchief Story: http://nepean.voyageur.scouts.ca/sites/default/files/Scout%20Neckerchief%20Story.pdf

Shout-Outs

We have a couple shout-outs to give this week, first to Nancy, and then to Cindy. Both of them left us five star ratings on Facebook, for which we're very grateful! (Nancy was also a guest of ours on a previous show we did, Episode 51.)

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Apr 18, 2018
Scouting Five 026 - Week of April 9, 2018
04:49
Apr 10, 2018
Scouting Five 025 - Week of April 2, 2018
07:01
Apr 06, 2018
Episode 59 - Inclusive Advancement
59:33

Scouting is — or should be — open to all, but not everyone can advance through the program in the same way.

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Podcast Topics

Ken and Colin take a look at the case of Logan Blythe, and some of the misinformation surrounding that story, all with an eye toward the idea of inclusion in Scouting, and the idea that although Scouting is indeed open to all, rank and advancement requirements within Scouting shouldn't be a “one size fits all” kind of thing. Because, in practice, one size won't fit all.

Eagle Scout Alternative Rank Requirements: https://www.scouting.org/programs/boy-scouts/advancement-and-awards/eaglealt/

Boards of Review Requirements: https://www.scouting.org/resources/guide-to-advancement/boards-of-review/

Shout-Outs

We have had a number of emails and comments come in, which is awesome. So, firstly, a shout-out to Parker, who sent us an email:

Hey Scouter Ken,

I am a former Eagle Scout on the BSA side. I just wanted to say thanks for the podcast, and if you need a guest to represent the BSA side let me know. I'd be happy to do it.

We weren't able to get Parker on this episode, although we may attempt to revisit this issue and get his thoughts on it in the future.

Via Podbean, we received another comment from honeyfield10, this one on Episode 56:

I agree that Scouting creates friends for life. I have some friends who I grew up with for many years in Scouting, and even though we don't talk as much, I know they are still my friends and will be for life.

So our second shout-out goes to honeyfield10.

A third shout-out goes out to Klavs, who left a comment on our Facebook post about Episode 42:

Just discovered your podcast (yeah, I know, a little late) and have listened more or less non-stop the last couple of days. Driving to work today, I heard the podcast on the motto, and you mentioned mottoes from around the world. Being from Denmark, I was pleasantly surprised when you mentioned our motto, but was less pleasantly surprised by your quote. I can't remember what you said (but it was far from what it actually is, at least for The Danish Scout and Guide Association). Its motto is “vær beredt”, which is a literal translation of “Be Prepared”...so not as exotic as your quote.

Apart from that, it's a great podcast, even for a Dane Scouting in the UK.

We pulled a number of mottoes from this Wikipedia article, and it would seem we read from the wrong column in that table. Our apologies!

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Slow Burn, by Kevin MacLeod

Apr 04, 2018
Scouting Five 024 - Week of March 26, 2018
07:24
Mar 26, 2018
Episode 58 - The Alberta Youth Network
32:46

Every Scouting youth (in Alberta, at least) is a member!

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Podcast Topics

Ken is joined by Taelon, the Council Youth Commissioner for Northern Lights Council (the Scouts Canada council that covers northern Alberta and the Northwest Territories), and Pascal, the outgoing CYC for Chinook Council (which covers southern Alberta), to discuss the Alberta Youth Network. This initiative exists to help ensure that youth leadership occurs in a meaningful way within Scouting in Alberta, gives youth an opportunity to provide direction in the programming their Groups engage in, and encourages youth to find opportunities for leadership.

And best of all, every Scout in Alberta is already a member.

Note: At the time this episode was recorded, Pascal was in fact the Council Youth Commissioner for Chinook Council. However, as of this week, he has announced that he is stepping down from the position, as his next co-op work term will see him sent off to Fort McMurray, Alberta, for up to sixteen months.

Shout-Outs

As always, a big thank you to the folks at Scouting Radio for rebroadcasting Scouting Stuff episodes to their worldwide Scouting audience. If you're listening to us on Scouting Radio right now, let us know; reach out and get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.

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Slow Burn, by Kevin MacLeod

Mar 22, 2018
Scouting Five 023 - Week of March 19, 2018
05:38
Mar 19, 2018
Scouting Five 022 - Week of March 12, 2018
05:48
Mar 13, 2018
Episode 57 - The Summit Site and Jamborees
41:26

Let's learn a bit about the Summit Bechtel Reserve, the site of the upcoming 24th World Scouts Jamboree.

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Podcast Topics

Brian rejoins us to talk about the Summit Bechtel Reserve, Boy Scouts of America's newest high adventure base. This facility, funded my a multi-million dollar grant from a number of major corporations, was the site of BSA's 2017 National Jamboree, and will also be the site of the 2019 24th World Scouts Jamboree, which is being co-hosted by Scouts Canada, Boy Scouts of America, and Asociación de Scouts de México.

Brian also recaps his experiences at the National Jamboree, and discusses why attending the upcoming World Jamboree is an opportunity that should not, if at all possible, be missed out on.

Shout-Outs

The first shout-out of the night goes to Travis Normand, who sent in a lengthy email inspired by our episode about Philmont. In it, he recapped his own experiences at Philmont, among other things, and then in such detail that it really only makes sense to invite him on to talk about it in a future episode.

And as always, a big thank you to the folks at Scouting Radio for rebroadcasting Scouting Stuff episodes to their worldwide Scouting audience. If you're listening to us on Scouting Radio right now, let us know; reach out and get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.

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Slow Burn, by Kevin MacLeod

Mar 07, 2018
Scouting Five 021 - Week of March 5, 2018
05:49
Mar 06, 2018
Scouting Five 020 - Week of February 26, 2018
05:11
Feb 28, 2018
Episode 56 - Discussions From Funarama
01:04:25

A series of interviews with youth who attended Funarama, a Cub Scout camp held recently in Wainwright, Alberta.

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Podcast Topics

Whilst at Funarama recently, Ken recorded a few interviews with some of the Cubs — and Scouts! — attending that camp. This episode collects those interviews into a single place, with some additional commentary provided by Colin.

Shout-Outs

We'd like to give a shout-out to Cindy, who wrote in:

Hey Scouter Ken! I really enjoy your SSYSK podcast and have recommended it to my Scouters. I do have a favour to ask: as Group Commissioner of [a Scout Group from Manitoba, Canada] I would like to use/share some of your content at our Baden Powell Banquet next week. Specifically the section from Episode 23 Why the Fleur-de-Lis? This struck a chord with me and I would like to remind our Group to wear their uniforms and the F-d-L with pride. Please let me know if this is ok. I would certainly give credit to you and your podcast during my speech at the Banquet.

Of course, we could almost say that Cindy didn't need to ask; we put out the content we do in the hopes that it will be shared, and that it will bring some value to Scouts and Scouters on their own journeys with the movement. That said, if you do use our content for anything, we'd love to hear from you about that...not in the sense that we want you to ask for our permission, but because it's neat to have that sort of feedback that, yes, this or that thing we said is being shared with others.

And as always, a big thank you to the folks at Scouting Radio for rebroadcasting Scouting Stuff episodes to their worldwide Scouting audience. If you're listening to us on Scouting Radio right now, let us know; reach out and get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.

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Slow Burn, by Kevin MacLeod

Feb 23, 2018
Scouting Five 019 - Week of February 19, 2018
05:29
Feb 21, 2018
Scouting Five 018 - Week of February 12, 2018
05:06
Feb 13, 2018
Episode 55 - iScout
38:04

Developers and players of iScout, an online and offline challenge for Scouts around the world, join us to talk about the game.

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Podcast Topics

This week, we are joined by Mark and Niels, two of the developers of iScout, which is described thusly:

The game is about creative tasks such as: organize a street race with bicycles and give aeroplane-like safety instructions in a bus. Other people can search the internet for answers to Travel Questions, such as: Go to the paper town from paper towns and Find the country where internet usages decrease. For each Task you complete, you can buy two Travel Questions. The team that answers the most Travel Question right wins the game.

Also joining us is Wilfred, an avid player of iScout, who was in fact the one who brought the game to our attention and organized the interview.

We hadn't previously known much about this game, but it sounds like good fun. If you'd like to register a team, you can still do so — registration will likely be open until March 3rd, or until 430 teams have registered. And yes, there are crests...of course there are crests.

Find iScout online: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

Also: Regan's podcast about Guiding, This Guiding Light of Mine, is now listed on iTunes and Google Play. Subscribe today!

Shout-Outs

As always, a big thank you to the folks at Scouting Radio for rebroadcasting Scouting Stuff episodes to their worldwide Scouting audience. If you're listening to us on Scouting Radio right now, let us know; reach out and get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.

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Slow Burn, by Kevin MacLeod

Feb 08, 2018
Scouting Five 017 - Week of February 5, 2018
05:27
Feb 06, 2018
Scouting Five 016 - Week of January 29, 2018
08:08
Jan 29, 2018
Episode 54 - Regan’s Guiding Light
55:53

There's a new Guiding podcast launching next month, and we invited its host on to talk a bit about her involvement with Guides, and why she's gotten into podcasting.

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Podcast Topics

Regan Coyne, who has graced the podcast with her presence a few times before, joins us to talk about the new Guiding-focused podcast that she is launching next month: This Guiding Light of Mine.

You all know Regan from her role with Scouts Canada, but she has been involved with Girl Guides of Canada for far, far longer than with Scouting. And after appearing on Scouting Stuff, she discovered that there's a wide open niche for a podcast about the Guiding movement...so she decided to start one.

Shout-Outs

As always, a big thank you to the folks at Scouting Radio for rebroadcasting Scouting Stuff episodes to their worldwide Scouting audience. If you're listening to us on Scouting Radio right now, let us know; reach out and get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.

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Slow Burn, by Kevin MacLeod

Jan 25, 2018
Scouting Five 015 - Week of January 18, 2018
05:51
Jan 16, 2018
Episode 53 - Setting Up a JOTA/JOTI Camp
48:35

In addition to doing a brief “State of the Podcast” to kick off 2018, we discuss how to prepare for a camp focused on JOTA/JOTI. Now isn't a bad time to begin preparing!

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Podcast Topics

Ken and Colin discuss the state of the podcast in this, the first episode of 2018. Most notably, we were informed by our podcast host, Podbean, that we were one of their Top 10 podcasts in the Government & Organizations category. So thanks to everyone who has tuned in; we look forward to bringing you more Scouting content in 2018.

Also, Regan Coyne — who has appeared on the podcast a few times before — will be launching her Guiding-focused podcast next month. Its title is This Guiding Light of Mine, and you can find out more about it on Facebook.

This week's episode is in response to a question from Scouter Glenn, who asked the following back in October:

Our Scout group has never done JOTA/JOTI. What prep or precommunication was required? What activities were planned for the day?

Based on our experiences in setting up a JOTI event in 2016, and contributing to a JOTA/JOTI camp in 2017, we attempt to provide an answer.

Shout-Outs

Our first shout-out goes to Jonathan, who left a review of the podcast on Facebook:

Lots of great content about Scouting. It's interesting to follow the podcast from the beginning, as they started during the change to the Canadian Path. It will be interesting to revisit some subjects in future episodes and compare with older episodes. I've learned a lot by listening to all the content. They do a great deep dive when covering a topic. Always gets me in the Scouting mood. I regularly recommend this podcast to others in the movement.

And Mark wrote in to follow up on something we discussed with Nancy a few episodes ago:

Hello! I am a Cub Master in TN and just started listening to your podcast. I have become interested in getting a “Scout Express” kit, but cannot find them online. Do you know if this is an item that is specific to Canada, or can I find it here? Any information will help; thanks.

As it happens, the “Scout Express” — also known as Scout Trucks, in Scouts Canada — can be ordered online from the Scouts Canada Scout Shop. However, we may work with Mark to just send him a truck directly.

And, as always, a big thank you to the folks at Scouting Radio for rebroadcasting Scouting Stuff episodes to their worldwide Scouting audience. If you're listening to us on Scouting Radio right now, let us know; reach out and get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.

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Slow Burn, by Kevin MacLeod

Jan 10, 2018
Scouting Five 014 - Week of January 8, 2018
07:17
Jan 09, 2018
Scouting Five 013 - Week of December 25, 2017
09:33
Dec 30, 2017
Scouting Five 012 - Week of December 18th, 2017
11:58

Food drives, gift boxes, Advent services, anniversaries, and Christmas cheer...and a reminder not to bring your Scout knife with you to school.

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News Stories

Scouts Christmas Food Drive helps local food bank

Group 78 in the spirit of giving

Supporting the spirit of giving

Boy Scouts reach 100-year milestone in Howard County

Crestview Boy Scout Troop 30 celebrates 95 years

Boy scouts deliver food to Glide community

Northern Lights Council Stuff-a-Tent Event Collects Over 2,500 Pounds of Food

Staten Island Girl Scouts spread Christmas cheer to veterans

West Runton Scouts shine a light for needy youngsters at Christmas

Could you offer up some time to help Beccles Scout group?

Milton student’s mother fights suspension over scouting knife

Ledbury Scouts announce date for annual Christmas tree collection

Eagle Scout climbs into trains, helps passengers in train derailment

Scouting Stuff You Should Know will be taking a bit of a break from our regular publishing schedule over the Christmas holiday, although we will — if possible — continue to bring you episodes of Scouting Five every week. But in case we don't get around to it next week, Merry Christmas to All, and to All...Be Prepared.

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Often Outmumbled - Never Outpunned, by Doctor Turtle
We Three Kings by R.Tists for Christmas
Good King Wenceslas by Maya Solovéy
Deck the Halls by The HoHo Hos!
The Little Drummer Boy by Harry the Cap
What Child Is This (Greensleeves) by Allison Crowe

Dec 20, 2017
Scouting Five 011 - Week of December 11, 2017
05:17
Dec 11, 2017
Episode 52 - Bring Your Own
40:51

Another look at Scouts Canada’s Personal Achievement Badges, and other crests as well.

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Podcast Topics

Ken and Colin re-open the discussion about Scouts Canada's new Personal Achievement Badges, which have replaced merit badges for the Cub Scouts and Scouts (and which are brand new, as of last year, for Beaver Scouts). In particular, Ken shares a revelation he had — while discussing PABs with his Cub Pack — that not only connects the PABs to the Religion in Life and Spirituality Award crests (as well as the Language Strips), but which may also be effective for other Scouters looking to build youth engagement with this new badge program under the Canadian Path.

Shout-Outs

Firstly, we'd like to give a shout-out to Dan, who commented thusly on Episode 50:

Congrats on Episode 50. How does Scouting affect my everyday life? Being a computer system administrator, when planning changes, I try to plan for every possible way things could go sideways. That way even if they go sideways in a way I didn't think of, I'm usually still prepared to respond. Be Prepared: It works! Favourite Scouting memory: When I saw a teachable moment with a youth and another youth swept in and took care of it. Least favourite Scouting moment: when I can see a youth is not having a good time and I haven't found that hook as to why. Of course that turns into a favourite moment when I find the hook and that negative swings over to the positive!

And we'd also like to give a shout-out to Kristine, who left a review for us on Facebook:

Love the podcast and keep up the great work. Really enjoying your Scouting 5s.

And as always, a big thank you to the folks at Scouting Radio for rebroadcasting Scouting Stuff episodes to their worldwide Scouting audience. If you're listening to us on Scouting Radio right now, let us know; reach out and get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.

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Unexpected Hoedown in Bagging Area, by Doctor Turtle

Dec 08, 2017
Scouting Five 010 - Week of December 4, 2017
05:21
Dec 05, 2017
Scouting Five 009 - Week of November 27, 2017
05:17
Nov 27, 2017
Episode 51 - Cub Scouts Done Differently
01:18:58

Scouter Nancy joins us to discuss differences between the Cub Scouts programs in Canada and the United States, and what impacts allowing girls to join will have on her Cub Pack.

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Podcast Topics

This week's epsiode was actually recorded back in October, while Ken was in Ireland on a work trip. It's a conversation with Nancy, a Cub Pack Scouter in the Boy Scouts of America, and the discussion is very much about the differences (and occasional similarities) between the Scouts Canada Cubs program and the BSA's Cubs program.

We also discuss the impact that BSA's recent decision to allow girls to join Cubs will have on Nancy's Pack, and get into some detail about how it is recommended that girls be integrated into extant Scout Troops. Surprise, surprise: it's a little different than how we do it in Canada.

Shout-Outs

As always, a big thank you to the folks at Scouting Radio for rebroadcasting Scouting Stuff episodes to their worldwide Scouting audience. If you're listening to us on Scouting Radio right now, let us know; reach out and get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.

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Unexpected Hoedown in Bagging Area, by Doctor Turtle

Nov 22, 2017
Scouting Five 008 - Week of November 20, 2017
05:20
Nov 20, 2017
Scouting Five 007 - Week of November 13th, 2017
05:10

Honouring veterans and the fallen in war, a 70-year mystery solved, Google's robotics grant...and Scouting, always Scouting for Food.

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News Stories

It was Remembrance Day this past weekend — Veteran's Day in the United States, and Armistice Day in other parts of the world — and Scouts in many places turned out to show respect for the fallen, soldiers and others who made the ultimate sacrifice in different conflicts over the last century.

Cub Scouts host brunch for vets in Pottsville

Boy Scouts troop in Phoenix retire more than a dozen US flags on Veterans Day

Sister of tragic boy, 12, who drowned on Scouts trip in 1947 finally finds mystery mourner who has been leaving flowers at his grave for nearly 70 years

Google $50,000 grant to help double size of Girl Scouts robotics program in Western Wash.

As the Thanksgiving season nears in the United States, many Boy Scout troops have been turning their efforts to food drives:

Boy scouts build weather station at Sterling Elementary

Gasport's Boy Scouts Troop 18 celebrates being around for 70 years

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Nov 13, 2017
Episode 50 - Looking Back
01:45:11

We take a brief look back at how Scouting has changed in Canada over the last few decades, and then discuss our own Scouting memories.

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Podcast Topics

To celebrate that it's the fiftieth episode of the podcast, Ken and Colin invited back several people who have previously been guests on the show; Regan, Corey (Hawkeye), and Jayson (Echo) were all able to chime in on this one. We talk for a bit about some ways in which Scouting has changed in Canada over the last fifty years, and then launch into an extended nostalgia session in which we recall our favourite — and least favourite — Scouting memories!

Shout-Outs

Firstly, we'd like to give a shout-out to Brian, from Australia, who wrote in:

Hi there guys. I'm letting you know that you have at least one listener in Melbourne, Australia. It's interesting to hear about the differences and similarities between the organizations of the BSA, Scouts Canada, and Scouts Australia.

And we'd also like to give a shout-out to Rob, from Alberta, Canada, who a) used to work with Ken, and b) has been involved with Scouting for a long time as well. His letter was a bit long to include in the show notes; you'll have to listen to the episode!

And as always, a big thank you to the folks at Scouting Radio for rebroadcasting Scouting Stuff episodes to their worldwide Scouting audience. If you're listening to us on Scouting Radio right now, let us know; reach out and get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.

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Unexpected Hoedown in Bagging Area, by Doctor Turtle

Nov 08, 2017
Scouting Five 006 - Week of November 6th, 2017
05:14
Nov 07, 2017
Scouting Five 005 - Week of October 30th, 2017
05:14
Oct 30, 2017
Episode 49 - Of JOTI and Boy Scouts
50:39

A wide-ranging discussion of JOTI and online chat, the Boy Scouts of America and female Scouts, and other topics.

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Podcast Topics

Justin Dawson of Scouting Radio joins us this week; we held a lengthy Skype call while I was visiting Midleton, Ireland this and last week. (Unfortunately, circumstances — notably, the weather! — dictated that we weren't able to meet up in person; Justin is a resident of Dublin.)

The discussion ranges over a few different topics; we start by discussing JOTA-JOTI and end up discussing the Boy Scouts of America and their recent decision to allow female membership in Cub Scouts in 2018, followed by membership in all sections the year after.

Shout-Outs

As always, a big thank you to the folks at Scouting Radio for rebroadcasting Scouting Stuff episodes to their worldwide Scouting audience. If you're listening to us on Scouting Radio right now, let us know; reach out and get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.

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Unexpected Hoedown in Bagging Area, by Doctor Turtle

Oct 25, 2017
Scouting Five 004 - Week of October 23rd, 2017
05:16

Kicked out from a Cub Pack, vetoed budgets, butterflies at Girl Scout Camps, food drives...and, of course, JOTA-JOTI.

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News Stories

Boy kicked out of Scouts den for grilling senator on gun control

Boy Scouts of America works with family to find new den for booted Cub Scout

Boy Scouts caught unprepared by Gov. Scott's veto

Renovations, Butterflies Lead to Girl Scouts Camp Closure

Scotch Plains Cub Scouts Help Fellow Scouts in Texas Devastated by Hurricane Harvey

Finally, it was JOTA-JOTI this past weekend; thousands of Scouts met with each other not in person, but online and over the airwaves. JOTA-JOTI will take place from October 19th to 21st next year. We here at the podcast would like to give a special nod of thanks to the folks at ScoutLink, who maintain the IRC, TeamSpeak, and Minecraft servers that make JOTI possible.

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Often Outmumbled - Never Outpunned, by Doctor Turtle

Oct 23, 2017
Scouting Five 003.5 - Week of October 16th, 2017
04:57

Girls can join the Boy Scouts of America, Army truck transports, bouncing back from bullying, and a long walk for charity.

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News Stories

Our previous attempt at uploading this episode suffered from some encoding issues; the episode was a mere 18 seconds long. We've re-encoded it, and it should now run its full length.

BSA to welcome girls into Scouting programs

Boy Scouts move to accept girls prompts backlash

Nicholas Smith, who was blinded by bully, wins award at Kent Scouts County Awards

Scout leader turns Army truck into a unique form of transport

Scouts walking 110 miles to raise money for new headquarters

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Often Outmumbled - Never Outpunned, by Doctor Turtle

Oct 16, 2017
Episode 48 - Perspective Shift
42:41

How has your exposure to Scouts from other countries influenced your worldview?

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Podcast Topics

Before we dive into the meat of the topic, Ken and Colin take a quick look at the state of the podcast, and note that Scouting Stuff has been running for two years now! That's right; our first episode was published on October 8, 2015, or just over two years ago. And here we are now, nearing our fiftieth episode, and doing very well indeed; at least on the Canadian iTunes charts, Scouting Stuff got as high as #66 on the top 100 Government & Organizations podcasts last week.

Also, Scouter Ken is indeed headed to Cork, Ireland, and will be there between the 16th and 25th of October. If you'd like to get in touch — whether to hang out, invite him to meet your Scout (or Cub, or Beaver) group, or to turn in a guest appearance on a Scouting Stuff episode — please do get in touch.

Today's topic is more of an opinion piece; Ken and Colin discuss the ways in which their worldviews have changed from having met Scouts from different countries. And though we don't ask it in the podcast proper, we would love to hear your stories about this topic as well: how has meeting Scouts from around the world changed your perspective? The upcoming JOTA-JOTI weekend is also discussed, albeit briefly.

Shout-Outs

This week, we've got a shout-out for Nancy Nobles, who wrote in:

On my vacation last week we went to the Scout Shop in Windsor, Ontario. It was a great experience. I would never have done that if not for your show. We got lots of patches. Thank you for all you do. Keep it up.

If you ever have questions on the American Cub Scout program, I would be happy to help. I have over 9 years experience.

Our apologies, Nancy; we weren't able to get you on this episode. But we will be in touch soon; we'd love to discuss the differences in Cub Scouting that exist between the US and Canada.

And as always, a big thank you to the folks at Scouting Radio for rebroadcasting Scouting Stuff episodes to their worldwide Scouting audience. If you're listening to us on Scouting Radio right now, let us know; reach out and get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.

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Unexpected Hoedown in Bagging Area, by Doctor Turtle

Oct 11, 2017
Scouting Five 002 - Week of October 9, 2017
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Scouting Five 001 - Week of October 2, 2017
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Oct 03, 2017
Episode 47 - How To/Not To Get Lost
01:10:22

There are a lot of neat natural ways to find your direction of travel, assess the weather, and whatnot. Hopefully, you never end up lost! But if you do...what is the best thing to do?

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Follow-Up From Previous Episode

Listener danteplay sent in his thoughts on our last episode:

I'll try to keep it short but I had ideas through the entire Podcast. Great topic! My feeling is the Canadian Path is not jut for the youth. It is also up to Scouters to choose their own path. That may mean turning down some things. Volunteerism is a learned behavior in my opinion. I learned it from my Dad. My pack-aged son is learning it from me. The younger youth also need a proper life balance. My son is a cub helper in colony. He's in pack of course. Swim lesons and house league basketball take up another couple of nights. Yesterday he told me he signed up to be a lunch monitor with the younger grades. He was sad that he couldn't sign up for more than he did due to a conflict with track and field at school. I had to tell him it's ok to not volunteer for everything.

We couldn't agree more. Knowing what you can commit to be involved with, and knowing what the limits of your involvement should be...these are both important things.

Podcast Topic(s)

Ken and Colin sit down to discuss a great article at Atlas Obscura that talks about various natural methods and signs that can be used to find your way (at least in the Northern Hemisphere), or to spot impending weather changes. And then we talk a bit about what to do when one gets lost outdoors.

Also, here’s a photo of the Cub Scout handbooks that are mentioned in the episode, which finished printing just before this episode went up:

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Shout-Outs

The first shout-out goes to Dan, who sent along his thoughts as a new listener:

Hello,
I found your podcast a few weeks ago and have enjoyed the past couple episodes. I am now going back to review previous episodes. You are doing a great service to Scouting, Thank you!

And a second shout-out goes to Matt, from Australia, who wrote in again:

G'day Guys
I am really impressed with what your podcast brings to my knowledge of the world of scouting. It's great because I have so many different ideas that are outside of the resources available to me in Australia.

My Scout den is running JOTA JOTI this year and I would love the chance for my Joeys to be able to talk to some Canada Beaver. Could you please let me know what you have planned and maybe we could make a contact.

Also if you ever what to talk about how we do things down under I would be keen to talk.

Cheers
Wobbegong
Matt

Joey leaders have native animals for scout names

Thirdly, a shout-out for Paul, who is new to Scouting, and who had a popcorn question:

Just started scouting (Scouter Paul of 10th Barrie) also the 10th Barrie treasurer. Went looking for a scouts podcast and found yours. So far great stuff. One question though how do I signup for the Scout/Square partnership to get the $1500 allowance?

This is the link to follow for that: http://squ.re/ScoutsCanada17

Finally, as always, a big thank you to the folks at Scouting Radio for rebroadcasting Scouting Stuff episodes to their worldwide Scouting audience. If you're listening to us on Scouting Radio right now, let us know; reach out and get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.

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Unexpected Hoedown in Bagging Area, by Doctor Turtle

Sep 27, 2017
Episode 46 - Scouting/Life Balance for Scouters
01:10:55

What are some strategies to keep Scouters — and youth, for that matter — from burning out on Scouting?

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Follow-Up From Previous Episode

Scouter Colin — not our Colin; a different one — writes:

On your podcast you suggested that you could just charge more to cover the fees. However, this violates the Code of Conduct for the Credit and Debit Card Industry. You can't charge more for credit card payments legally. Some merchants offer discouts for cash payments but you can't just add the 2.4%.

So there's that; don't add a surcharge to your popcorn prices if you're taking Square payments!

Podcast Topic(s)

Is there such a thing as too much Scouting? We'd like to answer “no”, of course, but in truth, it's very much a “yes”; it is both entirely possible, and entirely too easy, to get in over your head when it comes to being involved in the Scouting movement. And this is true for both youth and adults!

Shout-Outs

Our first shout out goes to Artillerist, who left us a five star review on iTunes:

It is a great podcast and there is many new things I am learning.

And Scouter Mike — our guest on the show last week — left us a review on Facebook:

Great conversation with Great Scouters! Learn something new every episode and feel energized and renewed about facilitating the adventure of Scouting!

Relatedly, you can apparently leave us reviews on Facebook.

And as always, a big thank you to the folks at Scouting Radio for rebroadcasting Scouting Stuff episodes to their worldwide Scouting audience. If you're listening to us on Scouting Radio right now, let us know; reach out and get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.

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Unexpected Hoedown in Bagging Area, by Doctor Turtle

Sep 13, 2017
Episode 45 - It's Popcorn Time Again!
01:18:51

We discuss Scouts Canada's revamped popcorn fundraiser program, which has been given a Canadian Path makeover this year.

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Podcast Topic(s)

Scouters Mike and Carolyn, both from Battlefields Council in Ontario, join Ken to discuss Scouts Canada's principal fundraiser: Scout Popcorn. Scouts have been selling popcorn for a long time, but the sales got a complete redesign this year — the changes brought in by the Canadian Path program haven't just affected how youth earn badges or Top Section Awards!

As the Popcorn Kernels for their Council, Mike and Carolyn were only too happy to come on the podcast and discuss all of this.

And happily, the hotel wifi where Ken has been staying all week mostly didn't cause problems, until the very end of the recording session.

Also, here's the link in case you'd like to sign up for Square: http://squ.re/ScoutsCanada17

Shout-Outs

As always, a big thank you to the folks at Scouting Radio for rebroadcasting Scouting Stuff episodes to their worldwide Scouting audience. If you're listening to us on Scouting Radio right now, let us know; reach out and get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.

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Unexpected Hoedown in Bagging Area, by Doctor Turtle

Aug 31, 2017
Encore Presentation: Leader Communication
47:08

This is an encore presentation of Episode 8: Effectively leading a Scout group, at any age level, means having good communication between the leaders.

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Podcast Topic(s)

This week, Ken and Colin discuss an important facet of effectively running a Scout group, regardless of what section it is or what the ages of the youth are. That facet is communication between the leaders. And in addition to stressing how important it is to have an effective communication channel between all your leaders that all of them are willing to participate in, we touch on the need for a succession plan in your group's leadership structure, and also emphasize the benefits of planning weeks or months worth of events in advance.

Also, as promised, you can find some information about Scouts Canada's Scouters Five concept here, and here.

Shout-Outs

Firstly, we'd like to give a shout-out to whomever nominated Scouting Stuff for inclusion on Podbean's list of Featured Podcasts under the Government & Organizations category. That is a curated list, and for a podcast to appear thereupon, the listeners of that podcast must nominate it for consideration. So, whoever did that: a shout-out to you!

And we'd also like to give a shout-out to Kelly Bruce, who sent us a message on Facebook. Our apologies, Kelly; we weren't able to bring Brian on board for this episode, so we weren't able to set up a compare-and-contrast discussion concerning Kub Kars and the Pinewood Derby. But that's coming soon!

As always, a big thank you to the folks at Scouting Radio for rebroadcasting Scouting Stuff episodes to their worldwide Scouting audience. If you're listening to us on Scouting Radio right now, let us know; reach out and get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.

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Galizur, by John Zorn & The Dreamers

Aug 17, 2017
Episode 44 - Helping Scouts Get Comfortable With Camping
56:39

Some youth are gung-ho to get out and sleep overnight in the outdoors. Others, however, have a very different reaction.

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Podcast Topic(s)

Ken and Colin discuss an old — but still relevant — Scouting Magazine article that looks at the reasons why Scouts (youth in general, really) might express fear or trepidation at the idea of camping out in the wilderness. Strategies to mitigate those fears are also discussed, with additional reference made to Scouts Canada's guide to taking Beaver Scouts camping.

Shout-Outs

We'd like to give a shout-out to Matt, who wrote in from Australia to comment on the Be Prepared episode:

G'day! I just listened to your Be Prepared podcast. You guys are great; thanks for a great show. If you made a scarf and would ship it to Australia, I would love to buy one. I'm a Joey Scout assistant leader.

Additionally, a shout-out goes out to Chris, a Scouter whom Ken met at the Beaver Hills/Rivers Edge Cuboree back in May; Chris, Ken, and Colin first crossed paths back in 2005, at Camp Impeesa.

And yet another shout-out goes out to Chris C., who sent in several emails (and thus has been awaiting a shout-out for far too long). Here's the first:

Great podcast, keep up the great work.

My suggestion for a future podcast episode is working with special needs youth. I realize its a broad subject, but even having a child/youth worker or some other person with a background in child development as a guest who can offer some tips and strategies about youth with special needs and how we as scouters can better identify and understand those needs

And here's the second:

Another topic I thought of, as I continue to get caught up in the podcasts is a troop wrap up of a year on the path, similar to what you had done with Beavers.

I'm interested in hearing other successes on the path, without the negativity that comes from the Facebook group. That candid review, part of that plan do review I read about somewhere.

On a side note I appreciate your honesty and forwardness on the episode about respect in sports and what scouting has meant to you. It took that courage we try to instil in the youth and even ourselves.

And the third:

In response to some thoughts on the be prepared podcast about a necker, I'd go further to suggest a podcast crest made available, even for sale.

Can never have too many crests for the blankets.

As always, a big thank you to the folks at Scouting Radio for rebroadcasting Scouting Stuff episodes to their worldwide Scouting audience. If you're listening to us on Scouting Radio right now, let us know; reach out and get in touch. We'd love to hear from you

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Unexpected Hoedown in Bagging Area, by Doctor Turtle

Aug 02, 2017
Episode 43 - Canadian Jamboree Memories
24:57

A few stories and memories from the 1997 Canadian Jamboree.

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Podcast Topic(s)

This episode was done on the fly by Ken, after a) none of the Scout groups who had offered to possibly submit recordings from the recently-concluded 2017 Canadian Jamboree were able to do so, and after b) the recording for another episode featuring Regan experienced some local data corruption (so hopefully the backups are intact!).

Not having been able to attend CJ2017, Ken instead spends a bit of time reflecting on his memories of another Canadian Jamboree, one that occurred twenty years prior in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

Shout-Outs

As always, a big thank you to the folks at Scouting Radio for rebroadcasting Scouting Stuff episodes to their worldwide Scouting audience. If you're listening to us on Scouting Radio right now, let us know; reach out and get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.

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Unexpected Hoedown in Bagging Area, by Doctor Turtle

Jul 19, 2017
Episode 42 - Be Prepared?
37:18

Why is “Be Prepared” the Scout motto? What does it even mean?

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Podcast Topic(s)

Ken and Colin discuss the podcast's new logo, and Canada Day as well, before exploring the Scout Motto: Be Prepared. Why, exactly, did Baden-Powell (yes, the motto abbreviates to his initials; this was a deliberate thing) choose this motto, and what did he mean by it?

Some additional reading: https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2017/05/08/be-prepared-scout-motto-origin/

The Scout Motto around the world: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scout_Motto

Shout-Outs

We'd like to give a big shout-out to Stephanie, who left a great comment on the podcast's Facebook page:

Thanks for having such a great Canadian Scouting focused podcast. As a current rover (and cub scouter) who has grown up in the program it's great to hear your experiences. So once again thank you for creating an awesome podcast that is very reletable to.

And regarding the comments about banter in Episode 41, she also had this to say:

I love your tangents. Part of what makes your podcast is so great is the informal format and all the tangents you go on.

And hey...happy Canada Day, all you Canadian listeners (at home and abroad)!

Finally, as always, a big thank you to the folks at Scouting Radio for rebroadcasting Scouting Stuff episodes to their worldwide Scouting audience. If you're listening to us on Scouting Radio right now, let us know; reach out and get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.

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Unexpected Hoedown in Bagging Area, by Doctor Turtle

Jul 05, 2017
Episode 41 - Camping With Beaver Scouts
01:27:22

It's no longer a requirement that parents accompany Beaver Scouts on camps and other overnight excursions!

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Podcast Topic(s)

Ken is rejoined by Hawkeye to talk about how taking Beaver Scouts (the youngest section within Scouts Canada, comprised of youth between the ages of 5 and 7) camping has changed in recent years. Before about 2014, it was mandatory that parents accompany their Beaver Scouts on camping excursions, but that requirement was lifted ahead of the new Canadian Path program being ushered in. Now, as long as the proper ratio of youth to Scouters is maintained, Beaver Scouts can go on camps — even outdoors — without needing to be accompanied by their parents. This can present some challenges, to be sure, but it also gives youth tremendous opportunities to demonstrate personal growth and leadership.

See also: Beaver Scout Camping, a booklet prepared by Scouts Canada for the 40th anniversary of Beaver Scouting.

Shout-Outs

We'd like to give a shout-out to the planning team of the 2017 Alberta Beaveree, both for putting together an excellent camp, and for their resilience and ingenuity in the face of inclement weather.

And we'd like to give a shout out to our fellow Scouter, Rainbow, who has recently become a listener!

And as always, a big thank you to the folks at Scouting Radio for rebroadcasting Scouting Stuff episodes to their worldwide Scouting audience. If you're listening to us on Scouting Radio right now, let us know; reach out and get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.

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Unexpected Hoedown in Bagging Area, by Doctor Turtle

Jun 21, 2017
Episode 40 - Cubs Can't Use Knives...and Other Myths
57:18

We take a look at a few different myths and misconceptions about Scouts and Scouting in Canada.

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Podcast Topic(s)

Ken is joined again by Regan, the Area Support Manager (ASM) for Scouts Canada's Northern Lights Council (which covers northern Alberta and the Northwest Territories), this time to discuss some of the myths and misconceptions about Scouts — and Scouting in Canada — that have cropped up over the years.

Source: http://wiki.scouts.ca/en/Scouting_Myths

And a Correction: The Scouts Canada wiki disclaims its content thusly: “This is not a site of official Scouts Canada information, rather it is a resource containing both official and member-contributed materials...This is not a definitive source of information for Scouts Canada programs, but is provided to help those who deliver them.” We didn't reference this in the episode, and instead interpreted the wiki as being a de facto official source.

Shout-Outs

The team of volunteers who graciously put in the time to upgrade the docks at the Camp Woods waterfront.

As always, a big thank you to the folks at Scouting Radio for rebroadcasting Scouting Stuff episodes to their worldwide Scouting audience. If you're listening to us on Scouting Radio right now, let us know; reach out and get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.

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Unexpected Hoedown in Bagging Area, by Doctor Turtle

Jun 07, 2017
Episode 39A - Not Quite Live from Cuboree
05:42

Ken and his daughter Ella (a Cub Scout) take a few minutes to discuss their first Cuboree experience. 

The Beaver Hills/Rivers Edge Cuboree (a mini-Jamboree for Cub Scouts) is held annually in Edmonton, Canada; this year, the venue was a field/forested area attached to CFB Edmonton. Over 200 youth, plus numerous Scouters and Offers Of Service, were in attendance. 

May 28, 2017
Episode 39 - Rovering the Canadian Path
50:47

We take a look — with a guest! — at the changes to the Rover Scouts program under the Canadian Path.

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Podcast Topic(s)

Alec (a Rover Scout from Quebec) joins the program to discuss with Ken and Colin — both former Rover Scouts themselves — the changes that the Rover Scout program has seen under the new Canadian Path framework.

In short (no spoilers): quite a lot has changed, but there are still similarities and parallels with what came before.

Shout-Outs

As always, a big thank you to the folks at Scouting Radio for rebroadcasting Scouting Stuff episodes to their worldwide Scouting audience. If you're listening to us on Scouting Radio right now, let us know; reach out and get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.

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Unexpected Hoedown in Bagging Area, by Doctor Turtle

May 24, 2017
Episode 38 - Taking a Walk
21:52

A short episode full of musings about various topics. An opportunity to test portable recording gear for future use.

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Podcast Topic(s)

This episode — a short collection of musings about the Respect in Sport training that Scouts Canada is now mandating for all Scouters, and about the impact that Scouting has had on Ken's life — gave us an opportunity to test out our Rode VideoMicME smartphone microphones. Coupled with the use of Bossjock Studio, it may give us an option to record episodes and special reports during camps, Jamborees, and suchlike.

Shout-Outs

We'd like to give a big shout-out and thank you to the people who've left us reviews on iTunes:

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Unexpected Hoedown in Bagging Area, by Doctor Turtle

May 10, 2017
Episode 37 - Reviewing Beaver Scouts on the Canadian Path
01:20:51

We take a look at how the Beaver Scouts program has changed under the Canadian Path program.

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Podcast Topic

Ken is joined by a couple of Scouters from his Beaver Colony — Echo and Hawkeye — to discuss the first year of Beaver Scout programming under Scouts Canada's new Canadian Path framework, and how the program today differs from the program that was on offer even as recently as four years ago.

Shout-Outs

As always, a big thank you to the folks at Scouting Radio for rebroadcasting Scouting Stuff episodes to their worldwide Scouting audience. If you're listening to us on Scouting Radio right now, let us know; reach out and get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.

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Unexpected Hoedown in Bagging Area, by Doctor Turtle

Apr 26, 2017
Episode 36 - Group Growth (and State of the Podcast)
01:11:19

Scouts Canada has seen steady growth in membership, so we ask: how can you — yes, you — foster group growth?

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Podcast Topic(s)

State of the Podcast

It turns out that Scouting Stuff is doing rather well on the iTunes charts, all things considered. We're ranked #165 on the top 200 Government and Organizations podcasts in Canada, and #72 in the Non-Profit sub-category thereof. And we are doing even better in the United Kingdom, where we rank #115 and #52, respectively.

And we're one of the Featured Podcasts at our podcast host!

So: a big thank you to everyone who listens to the podcast, and who has subscribed to it, and to whomever nominated us to Podbean for the featured spot. It's very humbling to see Scouting Stuff doing as well as it is, and it is all due to you...the listeners.

Scouting Renaissance in Canada

Scouting, as a movement, has seen steady growth in Canada; this year, seventeen of the country's twenty Scouts Canada councils are on track to see their membership increase. And our own council, Northern Lights, has the highest number of areas with 10% (or more) growth!

Which leads us to ask: how do you grow a Scout group?

And in a way, this gets us back to Retention. That's a topic we covered a while ago, back in Episode 6.

Shout-Outs

We'd like to give a big shout-out and thank you to the people who've left us reviews on iTunes:

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Unexpected Hoedown in Bagging Area, by Doctor Turtle

Apr 12, 2017
Episode 35 - Tent Care
52:15

How to care for your tent...or your Scout group's tent, as the case may be.

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Podcast Topic(s)

Ken and Colin discuss how to care for a tent, and why it's important not only to care for your Scout group's gear, but also to understand how to use it.

Shout-Outs

As always, a big thank you to the folks at Scouting Radio for rebroadcasting Scouting Stuff episodes to their worldwide Scouting audience. If you're listening to us on Scouting Radio right now, let us know; reach out and get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.

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Unexpected Hoedown in Bagging Area, by Doctor Turtle

Mar 29, 2017
Rebroadcast: Episode 34 - Camp Impeesa
40:25

Let's learn a little bit about the history and operations of one of the most amazing Scout Camps in Canada.

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Podcast Topic(s)

This is an encore presentation of last week's episode; we published the audio for Episode 33 by mistake, and although we corrected this quickly, some podcatching software evidently didn't re-download the audio for this episode.

Mark Little, the Council Commissioner for Chinook Council (the Scouts Canada Council for Calgary, Alberta and surrounding area; one of the largest Councils in Canada) speaks with Ken about Camp Impeesa, an adventure camp in southern Alberta that Ken asserts is the crown jewel of Scout Camps in Canada.

The aim of Camp Impeesa is to be one of the best places for youth to go away from home for the first time, and to become a full-on adventure base for Scouts — from Canada, the US, and around the world — to come to for challenging adventures and opportunities to explore.

Shout-Outs

Mark Little would like to acknowledge the Chinook Foundation, whose financial support has kept the camp running through difficult periods, the Chinook Council leadership team, and the Scout groups who attend Impeesa year after year.

And, as always, a big thank you to the folks at Scouting Radio for rebroadcasting Scouting Stuff episodes to their worldwide Scouting audience. If you're listening to us on Scouting Radio right now, let us know; reach out and get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.

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Unexpected Hoedown in Bagging Area, by Doctor Turtle

Mar 22, 2017
Episode 34 - Camp Impeesa (For Real This Time)
39:41

Let's learn a little bit about the history and operations of one of the most amazing Scout Camps in Canada.

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Podcast Topic(s)

Mark Little, the Council Commissioner for Chinook Council (the Scouts Canada Council for Calgary, Alberta and surrounding area; one of the largest Councils in Canada) speaks with Ken about Camp Impeesa, an adventure camp in southern Alberta that Ken asserts is the crown jewel of Scout Camps in Canada.

The aim of Camp Impeesa is to be one of the best places for youth to go away from home for the first time, and to become a full-on adventure base for Scouts — from Canada, the US, and around the world — to come to for challenging adventures and opportunities to explore.

Shout-Outs

Mark Little would like to acknowledge the Chinook Foundation, whose financial support has kept the camp running through difficult periods, the Chinook Council leadership team, and the Scout groups who attend Impeesa year after year.

And, as always, a big thank you to the folks at Scouting Radio for rebroadcasting Scouting Stuff episodes to their worldwide Scouting audience. If you're listening to us on Scouting Radio right now, let us know; reach out and get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.

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Mar 15, 2017
Episode 33 - Thoughts on Ernest Poole Camp
01:10:56

We discuss the Ernest Poole Scout Camp near Edmonton, Alberta, and the possibility that it will be sold off to the LDS Church in the near future.

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Podcast Topic(s)

Ken and Colin sit down to discuss the Ernest Poole Scout Camp (located on Wabamun Lake, which is about an hour's drive to the west of Edmonton) and the proposal that it be sold off to the Latter Day Saints church. Notably, the LDS would — in this arrangement — maintain the property as a camp, which Scouts would still have access to. We compare this to the fate of the former Skeleton Lake Scout Camp, which was sold to a developer and is now lakefront properties.

Open invitation: We want to hear from you with your stories of property management issues, camps being sold off, and suchlike. Get in touch by one of the means detailed below!

Shout-Outs

We'd like to give a shout-out to Justin Dawson (of Scouting Radio); he took the time recently to do an interview with Ken, which made for a great opportunity to compare and contrast the (very similar, in some respects) Scouting programs in Ireland and Canada.

As always, a big thank you to the folks at Scouting Radio for rebroadcasting Scouting Stuff episodes to their worldwide Scouting audience. If you're listening to us on Scouting Radio right now, let us know; reach out and get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.

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Unexpected Hoedown in Bagging Area, by Doctor Turtle

Mar 01, 2017
Episode 32 - Program Quality Standards
54:08

In which we sit down and discuss Scouts Canada's Program Quality Standards, and how these can be used to evaluate a Scout Group's performance over the course of a year.

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Podcast Topic(s)

Regan Coyne, one of the Area Support Managers for Scouts Canada's Northern Lights Council (which covers northern Alberta and the Northwest Territories) joins us to discuss the Program Quality Standards. These are the metrics by which Scout Groups in Canada can evaluate the program they are delivering to youth, and how Scouts Canada can evaluate a Group's performance.

Shout-Outs

As always, a big thank you to the folks at Scouting Radio for rebroadcasting Scouting Stuff episodes to their worldwide Scouting audience. If you're listening to us on Scouting Radio right now, let us know; reach out and get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.

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Galizur, by John Zorn & The Dreamers

Feb 15, 2017
Episode 31 - Cakes at Camp
43:23

Step up your camp cooking game!

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Podcast Topic(s)

Ken and Colin discuss dutch ovens, double boilers, and how to bake a cake at a Scout camp.

Shout-Outs

As always, a big thank you to the folks at Scouting Radio for rebroadcasting Scouting Stuff episodes to their worldwide Scouting audience. If you're listening to us on Scouting Radio right now, let us know; reach out and get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.

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Galizur, by John Zorn & The Dreamers

Feb 01, 2017
Episode 30 - Philmont
42:18

Philmont Scout Ranch might just be the crown jewel of American Scouting adventures. Let's learn a bit more about it.

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Podcast Topic(s)

Brian joins us again to talk about Philmont Scout Ranch — the largest of Boy Scouts of America's Adventure Bases. His Scout Troop just received notification that they'll be able to go back to Philmont in another year or two, and so Brian graciously agreed to explain just what makes Philmont special.

Shout-Outs

As always, a big thank you to the folks at Scouting Radio for rebroadcasting Scouting Stuff episodes to their worldwide Scouting audience. If you're listening to us on Scouting Radio right now, let us know; reach out and get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.

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Galizur, by John Zorn & The Dreamers

Jan 18, 2017
Episode 29 - MedVents II: Emergency Kits
39:17

Eric brings in a few of the different medical kits that his Medical Venturer company members use in the course of their activities.

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Podcast Topic(s)

Eric, from the Northern Lights Medical Venturers, rejoins the podcast to discuss some of the different emergency and medical equipment kits that his Venturers take into the field with them, whenever they volunteer at events as first aid staff.

We also discuss some of the logistics of the Medical Venturers, some of the unique costs associated with the program, and ways in which people can support Vocational Scouting.

Some photos of the kits:

Shout-Outs

As always, a big thank you to the folks at Scouting Radio for rebroadcasting Scouting Stuff episodes to their worldwide Scouting audience. If you're listening to us on Scouting Radio right now, let us know; reach out and get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.

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Galizur, by John Zorn & The Dreamers

Jan 04, 2017
Episode 28 - Technology or Don't
01:11:52

Scouting offers a very unique opportunity for modern youth to disconnect from their always online, device-driven lives.

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Podcast Topic(s)

Trevor Nimegeers wrote an open letter to Scouts Canada on LinkedIn a few weeks ago in which he argued for various reasons why “all Canadians should care” about Scouts Canada. One of the things he highlighted was the perhaps unique opportunity not just to use technology in new and innovative ways, but also to disconnect from technology entirely and take time to discover themselves.

We take some time to discuss this, especially in light of Ken's recent experiences on a “device free” Cub Camp.

Shout-Outs

A big shout-out to the 59th Greenfield/Royal Gardens Scout Group's Green Troop for their excellent work in planning and running a camp for the Group's Cub Packs.

And, as always, a big thank you to the folks at Scouting Radio for rebroadcasting Scouting Stuff episodes to their worldwide Scouting audience. If you're listening to us on Scouting Radio right now, let us know; reach out and get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.

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Galizur, by John Zorn & The Dreamers

Dec 14, 2016
Episode 27 - Social Media and Scouting
52:18

How should Scouters approach the use of social media, both as a means of showcasing their Scout group and as a means of communicating with Scouts?

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Podcast Topic(s)

We take a look at a Scouting Magazine article (well, blog post, really) about youth protection and text messages as a means of troop communication, and discuss some of its recommendations. We then expand the discussion to a) cover not just text messages, but different forms of social media as well, b) include Scouts Canada's own bylaws, policies, and procedures and what these recommend when it comes to using electronic communications, and c) look at some of Scouts Canada's recommendations for the use of social media by Scout groups.

Shout-Outs

As always, a big thank you to the folks at Scouting Radio for rebroadcasting Scouting Stuff episodes to their worldwide Scouting audience. If you're listening to us on Scouting Radio right now, let us know; reach out and get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.

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Galizur, by John Zorn & The Dreamers

Nov 30, 2016
Episode 26 - Youth/Leader Ratio
51:54

Scouts Canada recently changed their youth/leader ratio requirements for the Beaver Scout, Cub Scout, and Scout sections

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Podcast Topic(s)

Scouts Canada recently changed their policy on youth-leader ratio. You can find out some information about what the ratios were before on the Scouts Canada wiki; the new ratio requirements are one Scouter for every eight youth (with a minimum of two Scouters) across all sections. That's right: the “Two Deep” rule still applies.

We dive in and discuss what this change might mean for Scout groups, as well as look at some of the potential pros and cons of it.

Shout-Outs

Scouter Joe, who sent in some email feedback, and the Canadian Scout Collectibles Facebook group that he runs.

Also, we'd like to give a posthumous shout-out to Leonard Cohen, whose music serenaded Ken and Colin on many a Venturer and Rover Scout camp.

And, as always, a big thank you to the folks at Scouting Radio for rebroadcasting Scouting Stuff episodes to their worldwide Scouting audience. If you're listening to us on Scouting Radio right now, let us know; reach out and get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.

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Galizur, by John Zorn & The Dreamers

Nov 16, 2016
Encore Presentation: Scouting Uniforms as Halloween Costumes? Scouting in Minecraft?
38:54

This is an encore presentation of an episode from a year ago: should the Scout Uniform be worn as a Halloween costume?

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Podcast Topic(s)

This episode is a bit more off the cuff, so here's a list of topics discussed:

Shout-Outs

Conrad (Ken's father-in-law), and his excellent beef jerky.

Ian (Ken and Colin's former Venturer and Rover advisor), who offered up some light-hearted ribbing about our recent comments on the role of the advisor.

As always, a big thank you to the folks at Scouting Radio for rebroadcasting Scouting Stuff episodes to their worldwide Scouting audience. If you're listening to us on Scouting Radio right now, let us know; reach out and get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.

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Oct 31, 2016
Episode 25 - Minecraft for Badges and Anchor.fm
16:54

In which the possibility of a youth in Scouts Canada using Minecraft to satisfy a requirement for the Tech badge is discussed. Also, Scouting Stuff is coming to Anchor.fm.

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Podcast Topic(s)

This is a short episode, much of which is actually an excerpt from the other podcast that Ken runs. But that's okay; the discussion therein is an interesting one about the implications of the new Tech badge that Scouts Canada offers to Beavers, Cubs, and Scouts.

Also, Scouting Stuff is getting on Anchor.fm. Look for tweets (@ssyskpodcast) with the #ListenIn or #Anchor hashtags, and join in the conversation!

Shout-Outs

Ken would like to give a shout out to DenLeaderPack432 and Scouter Brian from the 1st Polokwane Troop, both of whom he met last weekend during JOTA-JOTI.

And as always, a big thank you to the folks at Scouting Radio for rebroadcasting Scouting Stuff episodes to their worldwide Scouting audience. If you're listening to us on Scouting Radio right now, let us know; reach out and get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.

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Galizur, by John Zorn & The Dreamers

Oct 19, 2016
Episode 24 - JOTA-JOTI
57:45

As the podcast turns one, we turn our attention to Jamboree On The Air/Jamboree On The Internet.

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Podcast Topic(s)

What is JOTA-JOTI? Well, according to the official website: “Jamboree-On-The-Air and Jamboree-On-The-Internet (JOTA-JOTI) is an official international event of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM). JOTA-JOTI is a youth programme event intended for young people in Scouting of all ages. The purpose of JOTA-JOTI is to enable and encourage Scouts around the world to communicate with one another by means of amateur radio and the internet, providing a fun and educational Scouting experience and promoting their sense of belonging to a worldwide Scout Movement.”

JOTA-JOTI takes places this year on October 14th, 15th, and 16th.

The official website has some basic rules for participation by radio, and over the internet — which includes both netiquette and online safety. It is recommended that participants use the official, moderated IRC channels (and TeamSpeak channels) provided by ScoutLink.

If you'd like to sign-up for JOTA-JOTI (there's still time!), you'll first need to create an account at Scout.org. Then, visit this page.

More Ways to Listen: Scouting Stuff is now available on TuneIn Radio and Stitcher.

It's Been a Good Year: The Scouting Stuff domain name was registered on or about October 6th, 2015; our first episode went live on October 8th, 2015. So as of this Saturday, the podcast is one year old!

Shout-Outs

A big shout-out and Happy Birthday! to Scouts Mexico, who are celebrating their 90th year as an organization this month. Hats off to the Scouts of Mexico, for nearly a century of Scouting spirit and good turns.

As always, a big thank you to the folks at Scouting Radio for rebroadcasting Scouting Stuff episodes to their worldwide Scouting audience. If you're listening to us on Scouting Radio right now, let us know; reach out and get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.

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Galizur, by John Zorn & The Dreamers

Oct 05, 2016
Episode 23 - Why the Fleur-de-lis?
43:27

Why, exactly, does Scouting use the fleur-de-lis as its symbol?

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Podcast Topic(s)

Why does Scouting use the fleur-de-lis as its symbol? Wasn't the organization founded in England? Don't laugh; that's a question we've gotten before, and probably will again. At some point, a curious Scout — or their parent — will want to know just why Scouting the world over uses the symbol that it does.

Ken and Colin take a look at the history of the fleur-de-lis symbol, from ancient history to its adoption, by Baden-Powell, as the symbol of the Scouting movement.

Question to the Listener: If we didn't have the current logo, the fleur-de-lis, what would be an acceptable logo for Scouting?

Other Links

The Scouting Pages

Scouts Canada's new Scouter Manual - A Scouter's Guide to the Canadian Path

The 1911 Boy Scout Handbook for the Boy Scouts of America

Shout-Outs

As always, a big thank you to the folks at Scouting Radio for rebroadcasting Scouting Stuff episodes to their worldwide Scouting audience. If you're listening to us on Scouting Radio right now, let us know; reach out and get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.

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Galizur, by John Zorn & The Dreamers

Sep 21, 2016
Episode 22 - Cub Scouts
44:42

2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the Wolf Cubs movement. So, let's talk about Cubs for a bit.

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Podcast Topic(s)

The first edition of The Wolf Cub Handbook was printed in December of 1916; this year marks the 100th anniversary of Cub Scouts. Lord Robert Baden-Powell created the Cub Scout concept in order to provide younger boys (under the age of 11) with an opportunity to experience Scouting, and then one that wasn't just a “watered down” version of Scouts.

Ken, Colin, and Ted discuss this and some other aspects of the history of Cub Scouts, and reflect on recent changes to the Cub Scouts program made as a result of Scouts Canada's new Canadian Path.

Shout-Outs

Adam and Anna, who recently got married. Adam was a member of the same Rover Scout Crew that Ken, Colin, and Ted were part of.

And as always, a big thank you to the folks at Scouting Radio for rebroadcasting Scouting Stuff episodes to their worldwide Scouting audience. If you're listening to us on Scouting Radio right now, let us know; reach out and get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.

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Galizur, by John Zorn & The Dreamers

Sep 07, 2016
Episode 21 - Wood Badge
32:57

What is the Wood Badge? What does it signify, and how do different Scouting organizations train their leaders in it?

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Podcast Topics

Ken and Brian discuss the Wood Badge — a leadership training program instituted in 1919, with the first session held at Gilwell Park (at which Baden Powell was one of the lecturers) — and how it serves to train Scouters with advanced leadership skills, so as to better deliver the Scouting program to the youth of their groups. Also discussed: the fact that the Wood Badge is very much a global phenomenon, with many National Scouting Organizations (NSOs) around the world having implemented it. Some NSOs — such as Scouts Canada — even make elements of the Wood Badge mandatory; Scouters in Scouts Canada must complete what is known as Wood Badge 1 in order to serve as Scouters at all.

Completing Wood Badge is itself a mark of honour; it confers membership in the 1st Gilwell Scout Group, as signified by the tan-and-tartan Gilwell Necker. A set of beads is also given to Scouters who complete Wood Badge, a tradition that was taken from Baden Powell's time and experiences in what was (at least in 1888) known as Zululand.

And perhaps most importantly, Wood Badge is a means for Scouters the world over to build connections and friendships, and to deepen their commitment to the Scouting movement.

Shout-Outs

As always, a big thank you to the folks at Scouting Radio for rebroadcasting Scouting Stuff episodes to their worldwide Scouting audience. If you're listening to us on Scouting Radio right now, let us know; reach out and get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.

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Galizur, by John Zorn & The Dreamers

Aug 25, 2016
Episode 20 - Eagle Scout
48:40

Eagle Scout is the higest rank that a Boy Scout can achieve in the United States. So what does it take to become an Eagle Scout?

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Podcast Topic(s)

Ken and Brian discuss the Eagle Scout rank in Boy Scouts of America, the highest rank a Scout can achieve in the United States. Among its requirements are the earning of a specific number of merit badges, and an extensive service project that must benefit the community...but not the Scouting movement.

Shout-Outs

We'd just like to give a blanket shout-out to all adult Scouters worldwide: for your volunteerism, sacrifice, and service, and for all the ways you help shape the lives and futures of young men and women.

As always, a big thank you to the folks at Scouting Radio for rebroadcasting Scouting Stuff episodes to their worldwide Scouting audience. If you're listening to us on Scouting Radio right now, let us know; reach out and get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.

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Aug 10, 2016
Episode 19 - The Queen's Venturer Award
01:00:03

The Queen's Venturer Award is the capstone award for Venturer Scouts, and can almost be thought of as the Canadian analog of the Eagle Scout rank.

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Podcast Topic(s)

Ken and Colin discuss the Queen's Venturer Award (good historical information, but out-of-date requirements), the Top Section Award for Venturer Scouts. Under the new Canadian Path program that Scouts Canada has launched, the requirements for the award have changed significantly, especially since one of the principal requirements is the completion of a meaningful service project at the local, national, or international level.

Venturer Scouts are youth aged 14-17, and it is generally understood that one has up to a year after the end of one's time in Venturers to complete the requirements of the Queen's Venturer Award. As such, achieving the award can be thought of as the equivalent of achieving Eagle Scout rank in Boy Scouts of America.

Shout-Outs

As always, a big thank you to the folks at Scouting Radio for rebroadcasting Scouting Stuff episodes to their worldwide Scouting audience. If you're listening to us on Scouting Radio right now, let us know; reach out and get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.

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Jul 27, 2016
Episode 18 - MedVents (Medical Venturers)
57:47

Medical Venturers (MedVents) is one of the Vocational Scouting programs offered by Scouts Canada, which is focused on advanced first aid and medical training.

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Podcast Topic(s)

From scouts.ca: “Medical Venturers — often called Medvents — are [Venturer] Companies sponsored by local Emergency Medical Services. Medvents receive increasingly advanced medical training over the course of the program. Their training is put to good use providing volunteer First Aid support at Scout camps and charitable events.”

Colin is absent this week, as is Brian, but we are happy to be joined by Erik Atkinson, one of the advisers of the Northern Lights Medical Venturers Company; we discuss the history of MedVents, and what this Vocational Scouting program entails.

Also referenced in this episode: “Medvents.ca is a site maintained by the 1st Downsview Group which provides more information on Medical Venturers.”

Shout-Outs

Firstly, a shout-out to Mark Burge, who interacts with us on Twitter now and again. And to Ken Rachynski as well, who thanked us last week for linking a story about how to choose a good knife.

Two additional shout-outs go out to Home Depot and Cashway Lumber, the latter in Leander, Texas. Home Depot gave Trevor — the son of podcast contributor Brian — a very steep discount on his first purchase of materials for his Eagle Scout project. And Cashway Lumber gave Trevor an almost 2/3 discount on the remainder of the supplies needed for the project. 

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Galizur, by John Zorn and the Dreamers

Jul 13, 2016
Episode 17 - Advancement
52:54

Whether it's called Swim-Up or Advancement, how do we celebrate when youth progress through the Scouting movement?

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Podcast Topic(s)

What is advancement? How does advancement differ between Boy Scouts of America, Scouts Canada, and other Scouting organizations around the world? Is advancement age-restricted, or can it happen more organically? Should an individual youth's advancement be celebrated by a Scout Group? If so, how so?

Ken and Colin attempt to answer these questions, and also look at badge programs and — yes — Scouts Canada's Canadian Path program as well.

Mentioned in the episode: The Scoutmaster CG Podcast, by Clarke Greene

Shout-Outs

Colin's sister Katherine, who recently hiked the El Camino de Santiago de Compostela — commonly know as The Camino — in Spain.

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Jun 30, 2016
Episode 16 - Long Distance
31:03

Colin phones in from all the way across Canada to discuss advancement and summer Scouting programs.

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Podcast Topic(s)

We missed recording this last week, in part because Ken was at the Northern Lights Council's Beaveree, and in part because every attempt at recording made in the week thereafter fell through for one reason or another. Additionally, Colin is vacationing in Prince Edward Island, which meant coordinating around a three-hour time difference.

This episode doesn't really have a set topic; it lays the foundations for two upcoming episodes that will look at advancement and summer programs for Scouts (and Cubs, and Beavers). Oh, and Ken's daughters — both in Beaver Scouts — share their thoughts on Beaveree.

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Jun 15, 2016
Episode 15 - Emergency Preparedness
01:01:29

It was Emergency Preparedness Week last week...which, at least for our Canadian crew, has been given a very pointed example in the Fort McMurray fires.

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Podcast Topic(s)

Emergency situations can come up quickly and with little warning, although some kinds of emergencies can be forecast in advance. Some emergencies require you to shelter in place, while others require you to evacuate from your home and find shelter elsewhere...sometimes for a little while, and sometimes for weeks or even months.

How can you prepare your home and your family for emergencies? How do you have the discussion about what to take, in an evacuation situation, and what to leave behind? Scouting is all about being prepared...so let's look at some ways to be prepared for emergencies.

Related documents: Making a Go Bag for Children | Making a Go Bag for Families

Shout-Outs

The people of Fort McMurray, Alberta, who have shown exceptional resilience in the face of a massive wildfire that has threatened, and in some cases already destroyed, their homes and workplaces.

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Galizur, by John Zorn and the Dreamers

May 18, 2016
PSA 1 - Fort McMurray Fires
07:36

To help other people at all times; it's part of the Scout Promise.

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Links to Fort McMurray Relief Services (and more!)

Trevor Martin's Eagle Scout Project

Trevor Martin, the son of Scouter Brian, is raising money for his Eagle Scout service project. He intends to build an amphitheatre for Good News United Methodist Church in Cedar Park, Texas. The amphitheatre will be used for youth group meetings and outdoor services. You can support this project via his GoFundMe page.

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Galizur, by John Zorn and the Dreamers

May 11, 2016
Episode 14 - The Jungle Book (Review)/Good Turn Week
01:12:51

There's a new Jungle Book movie out; we give our impressions (both spoiler-free and spoilerific). It's also Good Turn Week; we talk a bit about that.

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Podcast Topics

We're in the middle of Good Turn Week, “an initiative spearheaded by Scouts Canada National Youth Network that follows the principles of Scouting, which teach youth to always do unto others as they would do unto you.” You can find out more at Scouts Canada's Good Turn Week web portal, and we would encourage you to take on some challenges with your Scout Group this year...even if you aren't in Canada. Do a good turn daily!

Also, The Jungle Book is out in theatres now, and we got together with a few of our friends from Scouting to go and see it. It's a great film; not a straight-up re-creation of the animated film, and not a wholly faithful adaptation of Kipling's stories either, but excellent in its own right and well worth a watch. Just maybe don't take your Beaver Scouts/Tiger Cubs to see it; it has some intense scenes and is a bit darker in tone; kids 8 years old and up should be fine with it (with adult supervision).

We actually do two reviews of The Jungle Book in this episode. The first is spoiler-free; the second isn't. But don't worry, we'll warn you before we launch into the spoilers.

Shout-Outs

Jon Favreau and the cast and crew of The Jungle Book. Yes, it is that good.

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The Bare Necessities (from The Jungle Book Original Soundtrack), composed by John Debney

Galizur, by John Zorn & The Dreamers

Apr 27, 2016
Episode 13 - Badges (Mostly) Don't Equal Progression
01:00:45

We take another look at the idea of badge earning and how it relates to a youth's progression through the Scouting program.

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Podcast Topics

Ken and Colin revisit the topic of badges as a means of evaluating a Scout's progressing through the program...and for the most part find themselves in agreement with the new instructions issued by Scouts Canada concerning disassociating badges from personal progression (which, previously, we had expressed reservations over).

This was, in part, spurred on by a bit of commentary in another podcast, Catholic in a Small Town. At about the 47-minute mark in Episode #337 of said podcast, the husband and wife team behind it discuss their eldest son's involvement in Boy Scouts of America...and how the pursuit of merit badges should really reflect the interests of the Scout pursuing those badges, and/or the challenges he wants to take on.

Oh, and...the board games that Ken's Beaver Scouts designed came back from the printers. You can find some pictures of the games on our Twitter account and/or Facebook page.

Shout-Outs

The Canadian Men's Curling team — the Koe Rink — for their gold medal victory at the recent 2016 World Men's Curling Championship. They defeated the team from Denmark 5-3.

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Apr 13, 2016
Episode 12 - Catching Up With Brian
39:17

Brian rejoins SSYSK, and we catch up with him about Pinewood Derby, a certain zombie movie, and badges.

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Podcast Topics

We were finally able to get Brian back on the show, so we took the opportunity to catch up with him about a few topics that have been discussed in recent episodes. A lot of the discussion focused on Pinewood Derby, and the similarities and differences between how Scouts Canada and Boy Scouts of America give youth the opportunity to build and race wooden vehicles.

But, we also took the time to discuss badges and badge trading a bit more, comparing BSA's use of badge vests to Scouts Canada's use of campfire blankets. And Colin even took a moment to ask for Brian's thoughts in that zombie apocalypse movie.

Shout-Outs

Scouter Glenn (also known to his Cub Scouts as Akela), from Ontario, who wrote in:

I wanted to thank you for the time you spend on the podcast. For some reason I never thought to look for a Scout podcast to add to my lineup, but decided to look a month or so ago. I came across your cast and have been catching up ever since.

Our group has decided to go to the CJ17 for the first time in our group's recent history, so your discussion about badge trading and your Jamboree pasts have been great. I've honestly been taking notes!

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Galizur, by John Zorn & The Dreamers

Mar 30, 2016
Episode 11 - Beaver Buggies, Kub Kars, and Scout Trucks
53:29

Scouts Canada offers different forms of racing vehicles to different sections of its program, from simple Beaver Buggies to massive Scout Trucks.

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Podcast Topic

Ken, Colin, and Ted discuss Kub Kars — Scouts Canada's equivalent of Pinewood Derby — and the variants of it that exist for other sections of Scouting: Beaver Buggies, Scout Trucks, and 18-Wheelers.

Also: apologies for the wind/breath noise in this episode. New filters are on order!

Shout-Outs

A big shout-out to the organizers of the Beaver Hills Vehicle Rally, an large and well-run all-sections rally held for Scout Groups in and around the Edmonton area.

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Galizur, by John Zorn & The Dreamers

Mar 15, 2016
Episode 10 - What About Those Other Badges?
52:09

Sometimes, Scouts are awarded badges that aren't merit badges, and don't go on the uniform. What happens if you don't fulfill the criteria for one of those?

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Ken, Colin, and Ted discuss those other badges, the ones that get handed out to Scouts (and Cubs, and Beavers) that don't get put on the uniform. These badges aren't merit badges, but rather serve to commemorate different events that the Scouts have participated in (e.g. archery lessons, camps, or even fundraising activities like bottle drives or popcorn sales). The impetus for the discussion comes from an exchange that Ken witness on Twitter, between Scouts Canada and a mother who was upset how her son had, to her mind, been singled out in his troop because he wasn't able to sell any popcorn despite trying.

Of course, the discussion ranges from there, and turns into a broader analysis of the philosophy of badge earning.

Shout-Outs

Another shout-out for Alex, who sent in a letter from abroad:

I just listened to your episode on badge trading. As your conversation evolved into the international aspect of scouting, I began to reminisce about a trip I took as a scout in 2001. One of our leaders was born and raised in Denmark, so as a high adventure trip we visited his parents in Copenhagen. Although we didn't hike our way through the country (we rented a couple cars that the leaders drove), we camped out almost every night. We stayed in a couple hostels too. We met up with a Danish scout troop and spent a couple days together. It was very interesting learning about their customs and traditions, as well as teaching them about ours. I realize that a trip to Denmark is a unique experience, but I truly believe unique experiences is what scouting is all about.

Similarly, I am currently on vacation in Costa Rica. Yesterday (Sunday) morning, I made my way into the city of Quepos and happened upon a group of Costa Rican scouts getting on a bus. Unfortunately I did not have a chance to talk to them, but it was nice to see the international aspect of scouting. It really drives your point about scouting around the world home.

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Galizur, by John Zorn & The Dreamers

Mar 02, 2016
Episode 9 - Badge Trading at Scouting Events
37:21

You'll meet a lot of people at a Jamboree or a Scout Camp. Why not trade them for a memento?

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Podcast Topic(s)

Ken and Colin talk about one of the time-honoured traditions of Scout Camps and international events (such as Jamborees): badge trading. And not just badge trading, but necker trading, and even uniform trading. Trading another Scout for a memento of your meeting, such as a badge or a necker, can be a very rewarding and enriching experience when at a Jamboree...as long as it's a fair trade.

Shout-Outs

A big shout-out this week to Chris, Brad, and Jos from BioWare, who graciously volunteered their time to come and discuss (board) game design with the Beaver Scout groups that Ken leads.

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Galizur, by John Zorn & The Dreamers

Feb 17, 2016
Episode 8 - Leader Communication
46:19

Effectively leading a Scout group, at any age level, means having good communication between the leaders.

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Shout-Outs

Firstly, we'd like to give a shout-out to whomever nominated Scouting Stuff for inclusion on Podbean's list of Featured Podcasts under the Government & Organizations category. That is a curated list, and for a podcast to appear thereupon, the listeners of that podcast must nominate it for consideration. So, whoever did that: a shout-out to you!

And we'd also like to give a shout-out to Kelly Bruce, who sent us a message on Facebook. Our apologies, Kelly; we weren't able to bring Brian on board for this episode, so we weren't able to set up a compare-and-contrast discussion concerning Kub Kars and the Pinewood Derby. But that's coming soon!

Podcast Topic(s)

This week, Ken and Colin discuss an important facet of effectively running a Scout group, regardless of what section it is or what the ages of the youth are. That facet is communication between the leaders. And in addition to stressing how important it is to have an effective communication channel between all your leaders that all of them are willing to participate in, we touch on the need for a succession plan in your group's leadership structure, and also emphasize the benefits of planning weeks or months worth of events in advance.

Also, as promised, you can find some information about Scouts Canada's Scouters Five concept here, and here.

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Galizur, by John Zorn & The Dreamers

Feb 03, 2016
Episode 7 - Venturers, Rovers, and Dens; Oh My!
01:07:31

What programs are available, in Scouts Canada and Boy Scouts of America, for older youth and young adults?

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Ken, Colin, and Ted were saddened to learn that their once and former Rover Den — a cabin on Lake Wabamun in Alberta that, as members of the 59th Greenfield/Royal Gardens Rover Crew, they had come to know as their own and cherished as a special place to retreat to — had been burned to the ground to make space for more campsites for the Scout Camp within which it had been located. But out of this, a discussion emerged about the differences between what sorts of programs Scouts Canada has for youth and young adults in the 17+ age range, and what programs Boy Scouts of America has for the same demographic; Brian joined the discussion to fill us in on the latter.

Note: Our apologies for the noisy audio quality of some segments of this episode. We had some background noise coming in from somewhere during the recording, and weren't able to completely mitigate it.

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Galizur, by John Zorn & The Dreamers

The Parting Glass, by The High Kings

Jan 13, 2016
Episode 6 - Member Retention
41:24

How do you retain members of your Scout group? And how do you retain leaders, for that matter?

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One of the big challenges facing any Scout group is that of retaining members. What are some of the reasons that Scouts (and Cubs, and Beavers, and leaders too) will drift away from Scouting, and how can Scout groups — at all levels, from national down to the individual leaders — respond to this and keep Scouts Scouts?

(Hint: There isn't an easy fix.)

See also: Recruiting, Retaining, and Rewarding Volunteers

Shout-Outs

Colin's sister Catherine and her husband, who listen to the podcast from all the way over in France.

And anybody planning to attend the Funarama camp.

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Galizur, by John Zorn & The Dreamers

Dec 17, 2015
Episode 5 - Coping with Program Changes
57:26

National Scouting bodies periodically overhaul their programs and methods. How do Scout groups, and individual Scouters, respond to this?

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Podcast Topic

Oh, and here are those Lest We Forget badges: http://www.scoutscarfday.com/store/p10/Lest_We_Forget_%28%C2%A32%29.html

Shout-Outs

The Young Adult's Guide to Life, a new follower on Podbean.

Alex, who wrote in with some feedback about the Halloween costumes episode, and who suggested a new topic for us to discuss in a later episode.

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The Times They Are a-Changin', by Bob Dylan

Dec 02, 2015
Episode 4 - Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (Review)
56:27

Is it just a bad B-movie? Or is there something in it that actually reflects Scouting in some way?

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Podcast Topic

As was alluded to in Episode 3, some of us were able to go and see Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, a movie that pits — yes — Boy Scouts (it is set in the United States, after all) against zombies. We had initially expected that the movie would be little more than an appropriation of the Scouting label...but it turns out that there's actually more to it than that. If you can look past the not-family-friendly content and the zombie-killing premise, you can see in the three Boy Scout characters in the movie a lot of the same dynamics that are present in many Scout groups.

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Theme Song from The Walking Dead, composed by Bear McCreary

We Carry On, by The Phantoms featuring Amy Stroup

Nov 18, 2015
Episode 3 - Scouting Uniforms as Halloween Costumes? Scouting in Minecraft?
38:54

Should the Scout Uniform be worn as a Halloween costume? Also, we should have made a bigger deal out of JOTA-JOTI.

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This episode is a bit more off the cuff, so here's a list of topics discussed:

Shout-Outs

Conrad (Ken's father-in-law), and his excellent beef jerky.

Ian (Ken and Colin's former Venturer and Rover advisor), who offered up some light-hearted ribbing about our recent comments on the role of the advisor.

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Galizur, by John Zorn & The Dreamers

Nov 04, 2015
Episode 2 - What's That You're Wearing?
43:31

Why do Scouts wear uniforms? What are the essential components of a Scout uniform?

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We're discussing uniforms in this episode. If you look at the etymology of the word “uniform”, it basically means “one form”; it's an outward sign of the unity of a group, of the fact that they are all there for the same purpose, to work toward the same goal(s). This is as true for a soccer team as for a Scout group, and the intent is the same; some individuality is stripped away — and differences based on ethnicity and economic standing are diminished — in order to build up group cohesion. If individuals within the group are going to distinguish themselves, it won't be by their outward appearance, but by their achievements.

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Galizur, by John Zorn & The Dreamers

Oct 22, 2015
Episode 1 - What Is Scouting?
29:52

What exactly is Scouting?

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In this first Scouting Stuff You Should Know podcast, Ken, Colin, and Brian examine the question of just what Scouting is. We take a look at how some of the different Scouting movements around the world define it, and also refer back to Lord Baden Powell's Scouting for Boys (which doesn't offer as concrete a definition of what Scouting itself is, although it goes into great detail about the characteristics of a Scout).

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Galizur, by John Zorn & The Dreamers

Oct 08, 2015