Friday, September 25, 2009

Weekend Patrol Box #21

A blast of Autumn just rolled through our area.

Hickory and walnut trees have turned and are dropping leaves at the slightest suggestion.

Scouts are thinking about camping, backpacking and hiking (especially units that don't meet over the summer).

The Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal Historic Trail patch above is a great way to work on a project as a unit. Just for hiking, backpacking, or canoeing once, you earn the basic patch.  Completing the mileage requirements for each segment qualifies you to wear it around the base patch.  Each segment represents the portion of the C&O Canal that passes through each of the 5 BSA councils along the way.

Do you have a program like this in your area?  Please share in the comments below so we can all learn about new adventures.

Here are some great ideas to mull over this weekend, maybe with a little warm cider...
  1. Troop 505 of Mechanicsville VA biked the C&O--August 2009 Boy's Life and video.
  2. The National Audubon Society has great material, and plenty for Cub Scouts looking for fantastic fall fun.
  3. Speaking of birds:  Merit Badge of the Week is Bird Study from Scoutsigns. #3 is a great bird house kit for $1.88--check it out.
  4. Last word on birds--Great new resource (not free) reviewed at The Scoutmaster Blog: iBird Explorer Good blog, too.
  5. Contest on Twitter: Win a signed 759 Boy Scouts of Harlem movie poster by sharing this message from @insanescouter The movie trailer is inspiring!
  6. Looks like is cleaning house!  Several craft kits with big discounts
  7. Robert Birkby--the ultimate "behind the scenes" influence in Scouting--courtesy of (via @classb and @insanescouter)
  8. OK, only a few more months until the new height and weight guidelines go into effect--are you doing anything about it?  Promoting it to your Scouts and Scouters?  Take the challenge!  Lead by example.  01 JAN will be here before you know it. (Also #2 if you really need a simple start.)
  9. Cub Scout Buckets--The Trainer's Corner blog.  Great idea--helps prevent the weekly "I forgot" chorus!  I know some Boy Scouts that need them, too...
  10. Simple Family:  How to Steal from Your Kids
That wraps up another Patrol Box.  If you have any comments or want to share things you think will be of interest, leave a comment or post to @scoutsigns on Twitter.  

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