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ScoutCast is an audio podcast featuring a variety of how-to and information topics for Scouting leaders and parents.

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March 2018 – The Webelos Den and Your Scout Troop

In this special CubCast/ScoutCast episode, Amy and Bryan chat with Linda Baker, Program Vice President of the Northeast Region, about preparing both your Webelos Den and your Scout troop for the Webelos-to-Scout transition plan. Linda is currently working on the task force updating the Cub Scout handbooks and is a local Troop Committee Chair, so she has a great perspective from both sides of the transition process. The post March 2018 – The Webelos Den and Your Scout Troop appeared first on BSA Podcasts.

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1 Mar 2018

Rank #1

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March 2013 – How to Handle Boys in the Troop With ADD, ADD/ADHD, and Special Needs

Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder. What is it? How do you know if someone in your troop has it and, more important, how do you as a leader handle a boy who has this disorder or other special needs? Joining us for this delicate yet important discussion is Tony Mei, a 40-year Scout volunteer with the Marin Council in San Rafael, California. He’s been working with Scouts with disabilities for almost 15 of those years and has developed training for College of Commissioner Science classes for Scouting with special needs and disabilities, including ADHD and autism spectrum. The post March 2013 – How to Handle Boys in the Troop With ADD, ADD/ADHD, and Special Needs appeared first on BSA Podcasts.

1 Mar 2013

Rank #2

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November 2019 – Winter Camping – Why You Should Brave the Cold

Why would anyone want to go camping in cold weather? Seriously – we want to know. So we invited Zach Chopp-Adams, district member at large for the Three Fires District in Southern Shores Field Service Council located in Southern Michigan. Zach has been winter camping for over 20 years – and he’s only 33. TRANSCRIPT The post November 2019 – Winter Camping – Why You Should Brave the Cold appeared first on BSA Podcasts.

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28 Oct 2019

Rank #3

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May 2018 – New-Unit Development: Providing Scouting to Girls

We all know by now that girls will be able to join Scouting in 2019, but it’s already May, which means 2019 is just seven months away. That seems like a long time but we all know it’ll be here before we know it. Gene Butler, the Business Development Specialist for the National Alliances team at the National Service Center, joins us to explain what’s needed to start a troop so we’re ready on day one to provide this wonderful program we call Scouting to girls. The post May 2018 – New-Unit Development: Providing Scouting to Girls appeared first on BSA Podcasts.

1 May 2018

Rank #4

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December 2019 – The Merit Badge Process – Don’t Cut Corners

You may remember that back in March we talked about the Advancement Process, part of which is earning merit badges. Well, we’ll be ending the ScoutCast year with Jeff Bostwick, Chair of the National Merit Badge Sub Committee with an in-depth discussion on the Merit Badge Process and why it’s so important that you don’t cut corners. TRANSCRIPT The post December 2019 – The Merit Badge Process – Don’t Cut Corners appeared first on BSA Podcasts.

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26 Nov 2019

Rank #5

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June 2016 – Who Can Sign Off on Requirements?

That’s the question that appeared in the ScoutCast mailbox courtesy of listener Rich Eitzel. “We aim to please, said host Lee Shaw, so we invited advancement task force member Wayne Huddleston onto the show for an in-depth discussion of who can sign off requirements for both merit badges and ranks. Is it the merit badge counselor or the Scoutmaster? Maybe it’s the senior patrol leader or maybe all three, but can one over-ride the another’s decision? Click the Download button to find out! The post June 2016 – Who Can Sign Off on Requirements? appeared first on BSA Podcasts.

1 Jun 2016

Rank #6

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September 2014 – The How and Why of the Patrol Method

Boy Scout founder Lord Baden-Powell once said, “The Patrol (method) is the one essential feature in which Scout training differs from that of all other organizations, and where properly applied, it is absolutely bound to bring success. It cannot help itself!” So before accepting the position of area director for Area 5 of the Central Region, Mark Griffin was tasked with developing training and a big part of that was helping leaders understand the patrol method and how to get the most from it. He shares a lot of that understanding right here on ScoutCast. The post September 2014 – The How and Why of the Patrol Method appeared first on BSA Podcasts.

1 Sep 2014

Rank #7

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December 2016 – Making an Ordinary Meeting Extraordinary

Let’s take a minute to think about your troop or crew meetings. Hopefully by this point, you’re in the norming or performing stage and everyone is having fun, but have the meetings gotten a little predictable? Every now and again, you should have a meeting that stands out above the rest, a meeting where everyone leaves saying, “Wow!” So right here on ScoutCast is Eagle Scout Mark Ray, key writer of the 13th Edition of the Boy Scout Handbook and the new two-volume Troop Leader Guidebook to help lead the discussion. The post December 2016 – Making an Ordinary Meeting Extraordinary appeared first on BSA Podcasts.

1 Dec 2016

Rank #8

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March 2019 – Explaining Advancement-The Trail to Eagle

Advancement is an important part of the Scouting program, but you already know that, right? But advancement in Scouts BSA is very different from Cub Scout advancement. Wayne Huddleston, who serves on the National Advancement Task Force, explains the purpose of advancement for Scouts BSA members, what resources are available, and everything in between. Host Bryan Wendell shares his own experience with advancement in Scouting. TRANSCRIPT The post March 2019 – Explaining Advancement-The Trail to Eagle appeared first on BSA Podcasts.

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21 Feb 2019

Rank #9

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November 2016 – Boards of Review

Listener Bryan King asked us if we could do a show about the Board of Review process. Advancement specialist Mike LoVecchio agreed with that suggestion because, as he told us, “I get calls all the time with questions about Boards of Review.” You do? Well then, Mike, you’re just the person to come on ScoutCast and answer our questions. Let’s find out together what Mike says are some of the most frequently asked questions about Board of Reviews. The post November 2016 – Boards of Review appeared first on BSA Podcasts.

1 Nov 2016

Rank #10

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October 2019 – How to Have a Meaningful Court of Honor

OK, listeners, we’ve had discussions on recruiting youth and leaders, how to start a troop, training and advancement. And NOW is the time to start planning those courts of honor. Steve Bowen, who is a member of the Scouts BSA committee and other national committees, guides us through this month’s episode as we figure out what we need to do to prepare for a meaningful court of honor. TRANSCRIPT The post October 2019 – How to Have a Meaningful Court of Honor appeared first on BSA Podcasts.

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27 Sep 2019

Rank #11

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February 2016 – The Scoutmaster’s Minute

The Scoutmaster’s Minute is a brief inspirational message, usually given at the end of a meeting or at the end of an activity in which you bring the whole group back together. But what makes a good Scoutmaster’s Minute? Does it have to be at the end of the meeting? And does it have to be a minute? We asked these questions to John Duncan, Council Commissioner with the Northeast Illinois Council, who gave us a lot of food for thought. The post February 2016 – The Scoutmaster’s Minute appeared first on BSA Podcasts.

1 Feb 2016

Rank #12

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February 2015 – How to Motivate a Scout Along the Merit Badge Trail

How do you explain the benefits of merit badges to a boy? Sure, you’re the adult, you get it, but how do we explain it so the Scout gets it? And what if all he wants to do is earn the outdoor badges like Camping and Kayaking? How do you pique his interest in ones like Chess, Law, or Reptile and Amphibian Study? Zach Chopp-Adams, advisor for the C2 section of the Michigan Crossroads Council, wrote one of his Wood Badge tickets on motivating Scouts to earn merit badges and shares his insight right here on ScoutCast. The post February 2015 – How to Motivate a Scout Along the Merit Badge Trail appeared first on BSA Podcasts.

1 Feb 2015

Rank #13

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July 2017 – Cultivating Volunteers

Do you remember the episode on Succession Planning we did back in January? We talked about looking within your unit for that special person who might someday take your place. Well, this month we take it a step further by looking for volunteers who are needed right now and explaining where you can find them outside your unit. Helping us in this search for volunteers is Shooting Sports Instructor and ScoutCast veteran Bill Adams, from the Southern Shores Field Service office in Hartland, Michigan. We’ll discuss the surprising places you can find potential volunteers to fill positions at the unit, district and even council level. The post July 2017 – Cultivating Volunteers appeared first on BSA Podcasts.

1 Jul 2017

Rank #14

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August 2016 – The Kodiak Challenge

As Scout leaders, you all know how important advanced leadership training is. We’ve got NYLT and NAYLE and Kodiak. That’s right – we said Kodiak. Oh sure, a few years ago the Kodiak Trek may have been just for Venturers, but now – Kodiak is open to all Scouters! , Peter Self, who served as national staff advisor to the Kodiak syllabus shares with us why you should implement the Kodiak Challenge into your troop’s advanced leadership training and how to make it happen. The post August 2016 – The Kodiak Challenge appeared first on BSA Podcasts.

1 Aug 2016

Rank #15

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February 2019 – Training: Why You Need it and How to Get It

This episode is all about training. We’re talking with seasoned Scouting veteran Dan Maxfield about why it’s important, how to get trained, and everything you need to know about training. Whether you’re new to Scouting or have been around the Scouting block a time or two, you’ll be left wondering, “With so many training opportunities available and all the fun and innovative ways to get that training, why didn’t I get trained sooner?” Transcript The post February 2019 – Training: Why You Need it and How to Get It appeared first on BSA Podcasts.

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24 Jan 2019

Rank #16

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September 2015 – How to Sell Popcorn When You’re No Longer an Adorable Cub Scout

Everyone knows Scouting is full of really cool activities like camping and kayaking and building robots, but like everything else on Planet Earth, it costs money. So another big part of Scouting is fundraising. It’s not too difficult when you’re a cute little Cub Scout, and you give a great big smile with those adorable chubby cheeks and start stumbling through your script. You’re just so doggone precious, people gladly buy whatever you’re selling. But what about when the Scouts get older and a little less adorable? Donovan Fisher, aka The Popcorn Scout, and his dad, Scott, with the Washington Crossing Council in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, are here to share with us Donovan’s secrets as the third highest selling Scout in 2013 with more than $23,000 in sales. Did Dad help? Let’s find out. The post September 2015 – How to Sell Popcorn When You’re No Longer an Adorable Cub Scout appeared first on BSA Podcasts.

1 Sep 2015

Rank #17

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May 2013 – Youth Leadership

Most people agree that there are natural born leaders, but the Boy Scouts of America believes that leadership is a skill that can be developed. Joining us for this discussion on developing youth leadership is Linda McKnight, vice president of program with the South Florida Council. Linda has been course director for Wood Badge and NYLT and has facilitated many Philmont conferences, including What’s New in Youth Leadership Training. The post May 2013 – Youth Leadership appeared first on BSA Podcasts.

1 May 2013

Rank #18

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January 2015 – Getting Permission to Handle Awkward Situations

If you’re a seasoned Scoutmaster, assistant Scoutmaster, or Venturing Advisor, you know what we’re talking about. Awkward situations and the discussions that need to take place because of them is a common occurrence in Scouting. But, the Scout or Venturer is not your child, so first you have to have an awkward conversation with the parent or guardian to get permission to have that discussion. It takes some experience to know how to handle these situations tactfully, so longtime Scoutmaster and current Venturing Advisor Peter Self shares the microphone with us to discuss in great detail how to get permission to handle awkward situations. The post January 2015 – Getting Permission to Handle Awkward Situations appeared first on BSA Podcasts.

1 Jan 2015

Rank #19

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May 2017 – Something EDGE-y

The May/June issue of Scouting magazine features a story by our very own ScoutCast host, Bryan Wendell as he accompanied Troop 7031 of Flagstaff, Arizona on a pretty exciting canoeing adventure to Yellowstone National Park. He witnessed the incredible leadership of Matt Nichols, the Assistant Scoutmaster as he brought the Teaching EDGE to life. So please join us as Bryan and Lee chat with Matt in greater detail about that trip and the finer points of EDGE. The post May 2017 – Something EDGE-y appeared first on BSA Podcasts.

4 May 2017

Rank #20