Etsy Boy Scout bottle Cap


Thursday, October 29, 2015



I know it has been a while since I have posted but I am starting again with posting every month with different thoughts and ideas about the scouting program.

Things have changed over the summer and as I find out more I will add to this site.  One change I do know of is that the Cub Scout law and motto, etc are being removed and they are incorporating the Boys Scout Motto and Law, etc.

I have put together a great item on my Etsy site that will be of great benefit to the new cubs!  These make great cub scout or boy scout gifts!

It is a Bottle Cap Zipper pull or keychain that has all 12 points of the Scout Law on them.  This will help those boys remember them!

Click the link above that states I Sell On Etsy!  Or click here!

Saturday, March 30, 2013


My son has been working on his Star Rank.  We discovered that his Boy Scout Handbook which we got when he was 11 - is out of date for the requirements. (almost 5 years ago)  In researching they've added a requirement which I thought I would share.

While a Star Scout, use the EDGE method to teach a younger Scout the skills from ONE of the following six choices, so that he is prepared to pass those requirements to his unit leader’s satisfaction.
a. Second Class—7a and 7c (first aid)
b. Second Class—1a (outdoor skills)
c. Second Class—3c, 3d, 3e, and 3f (cooking/camping)
d. First Class—8a, 8b, 8c, and 8d (first aid)
e. First Class—1, 7a, and 7b (outdoor skills)
f. First Class—4a, 4b, and 4d (cooking/camping)

Also, the EDGE method of teaching is listed below

The latest Boy Scout requirements for Tenderfoot and Life ranks require the Scout to use the BSA EDGE method. This is a four step method for teaching a skill. It is sometimes called Scoutings Teaching EDGE.

EDGE is very basic, but it really does work. It will help Cub Scouts learn and retain skills also. So it is not only for Boy Scouts and Venturers, but for den leaders also.

The EDGE Method

The EDGE method is a four step method for teaching a skill:

· Explain
· Demonstrate
· Guide
· Enable


First explain what you will be doing. Tell them the steps involved. Visual aids might be helpful for this step. Use questions to gauge their understanding.


Show them how to do the skill. Demonstrate the steps using the actual materials. Describe what you are doing.


Let them practice the skill. Guide and coach them as they try to do it themselves. This step will take the most time.


Enable them by letting them do the skill themselves without any intervention.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013



As a new leader, here are the steps you can take to complete the online version of the training. You do not have to be a registered member or have a member ID to take Youth Protection training, but you will need to set up a MyScouting account online:

To register for myscouting:

1. Go to the My Scouting tab at the top of the website and click on the MyScouting tab.

2. Click on “Create an account.”

3. Enter a user name and then click “Check User Name Availability.” If the user name is available, click “Next” or enter a different user name.

4. Click “I am new and don’t know my member ID” and then click “Next.”

5. Complete the profile information screen and then click “Create User.”

6. Select your security questions, enter the answers, and then click OK.

7. To complete account activation, click the link in the e-mail response you will receive shortly. If you do not receive the e-mail, check your junk e-mail folder or any alternate inbox to which your Internet provider directs spam e-mail.

8. Click on the link in the e-mail and then enter and confirm your password.

9. Log on to, and from the menu on the left, click “E-Learning.” From the “General” tab, scroll down to Youth Protection training and click “Take Course.”

10. Upon completion, print a certificate of completion to submit with your volunteer application or submit the completion certificate to the unit leader for processing at the local council.

When your volunteer application is approved, you will receive a BSA membership card which includes your member ID number. After you receive your membership card, log back into MyScouting, click on “My Profile,” and update the system by inputing your member ID number. This will link your Youth Protection training records, and any other training, in MyScouting to your BSA membership record.

Lastly, if you move up with your cub scouts to become a different titled leader there are different fast start training available on the E-Learning page under the Cub Scout Tab.  There is Den Leader Training, Webelos Training, Cubmaster Training and Pack Committee Training.  Also, there are Leader Specific Training too.  Please take these courses as they will be extremely helpful in making your job easier to understand.

Monday, March 25, 2013


(you can print this out, cut in half and laminate each for use over and over again)


Will the audience please rise for the presentation of the colors?

Color Guard Advance (Color guard begins walking in from opposite doors)

Scout Salute (as the color guard walks in with pack flag and American flag)  

TWO (once color guard arrives near flag stands)

Color Guard please post the colors

Please join with me in the Pledge of Allegiance - Scout Salute

(recite Pledge of Allegiance)


The audience may be seated

Cub Scouts please rise and join me in the Cub Scout Promise and Law of the Pack (make sure they Show the Cub Scout Sign)

Color Guard Dismissed

RETIRING THE COLORS (make sure color guard is ready in the wings to walk in):

Will the audience please rise for the retiring of the colors?

Color guard advance

Color guard, retrieve the colors

Scout Salute (as the flags are leaving)

TWO (Once color guard has arrived at doors to drop off the flags)

Thank you - Color guard dismissed (they may return to their seats)

Monday, March 18, 2013

Early Rank Requirements for Boy Scouts - Tenderfoot, 2nd Class, 1st Class

Great Idea to work on these with you 11-year old scouts

Tenderfoot Rank Requirements (synopsis)

1.  Overnight camping gear
2.  Help pitch a tent
3.  Help cook a meal
4a.  Whip a rope
4b.  Knots
5.   Safe hiking
6.  American flag
7.  Scout Oath, Law, motto, and slogan
8.  Patrol name, flag, and yell
9.  Buddy system
10a. Fitness
10b. Fitness improvements
11.  Poisonous plants
12a.  Abdominal thrusts
12b. First aid
13.  Scout spirit
14.  Scoutmaster conference
15.  Board of review


1a. Compass
1b.  Five-mile hike
2a. Five activities
2b. Pitch a tent
2c. Knife, saw, and ax
2d. Prepare a fire
2e.  Fires and stoves
2f. Light a fire and stove
2g. Cook a meal
3. Flag ceremony
4. Service project
5. Ten animals
6a. "Hurry" cases
6b. First-aid kit
6c. First-aid techniques
7a. Safe swim
7b. Swim test
7c. Water rescue methods
8a. Drug abuse program
8b. The three R's
9. Scout spirit
10. Scoutmaster conference
11. Board of review


1.  Find directions
2.Orienteering course
3.Troop/patrol activities
4a.Patrol menu planning
4b.Obtaining ingredients
4c.Cooking gear
4d.Safe handling and disposal
4e.Patrol cooking
5.Constitutional rights
6.Native plants
7a.Use of lashings
7b.Timber hitch and clove hitch
7c.Camp gadget
8a.Bowline knot
8c.Transporting the injured
8d.Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
9a.Safety afloat
9b.BSA swimmer test
9c.Line rescue
10.Scout spirit
11.Invite a friend
12.Internet Safety
13.Scoutmaster conference
14.Board of review

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Merit Badge List - 11 year old scouts

11-year old scouts is for boys graduating into the boy scout program in the LDS pack.  There should be two deep leadership and the scouts should start learning and reciting the Scout Oath and Law each week and learn to live by them.  The program should be based around this AND I highly recommend the scouts give service on a monthly basis.  This is one of the fundamental characteristics of a scout.

The first rank all Scouts should start working on are their Scout level requirements.  Next is their Tenderfoot requirements.  Then there is their 2nd Class requirements, 1st class requirements, Star Rank , Life Rank, then finally Eagle Rank

Alternative requirements are also available for some of these ranks for boys who have a disability.

There are alternative requirements for Eagle for boys who find this difficult or challenging because of a disability as well.

Boy Scouts of America have  updated their merit badges.  Find out what's new and what's upcoming!  My son is so excited for animation!!  :-)  Upcoming merit badges and Newest Merit Badges

Here's also a list of all the current merit badges: