Rank #1: 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.
Rank #2: August 2019 – Peer-to-Peer Recruiting
Joining us on ScoutCast to share everything we need to know about peer-to-peer recruiting are Scoutmaster Angie LoSavio and senior patrol leader Karina Venegas of Troop 216 from the Pathway to Adventure Council. Angie has been involved in Scouting over the last eight years, having served as an assistant den leader and an assistant Scoutmaster. She is excited to be the founding Scoutmaster for a troop of girls, whose membership is growing by leaps and bounds thanks to Karina and her impeccable peer-to-peer recruiting skills.
Rank #3: 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.
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Rank #4: 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.
Rank #5: 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.
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Rank #6: 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.
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Rank #7: June 2015 – Just What is the Order of the Arrow?
You’ve probably heard of it, maybe even know someone who’s in it. Some people think it has something to do with Indians…(maybe?) Some even suspect it’s a “secret society” within the Boy Scout organization. And why are the members so gosh-darn loyal? National Chief Nick Dannemiller joins us as we explore the mystery that is the Order of the Arrow. You’ll be pleasantly surprised.
Rank #8: 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.
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Rank #9: July 2019 – Linked Troops
Don’t feel silly if you don’t know what a linked troop is. Heck—we didn’t know either! We heard the term once or twice and decided it might be good to find out more, so let’s learn together with our listeners. Please join our new ScoutCast hosts, Anissa Hicks and Ryan Larson, in their inaugural episode with guests Scoutmaster Paige Samdal of Troop 1505 and Neil Goltermann, chartered organization representative for Knox Presbyterian Church of Naperville, Illinois, as we discover the benefits of a linked troop.
Rank #10: 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.
Rank #11: 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.
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Rank #12: May 2014 – Duty to God – It’s More Than a Patch
A priest and a rabbi walk into ScoutCast…to talk about Duty to God. No, it’s not a joke; Father Don Hummel and Rabbi Peter Hyman join us to explore the concept of Duty to God in conjunction with the Boy Scouts of America. How does the BSA define religion? Do you have members in your troop or crew who are of different faiths? How do you deal with that? If you want the answers to these questions, just click the download button.
Rank #13: February 2017 – Boy Scout Retention
Webelos are beginning to cross over into your troop and while getting boys into your troop is one thing, it’s important to know how to keep them in the troop and coming back week after week. Charles “Doc” Goodwin is the Scoutmaster of Troop 236 in Kettering, Ohio, and for more than 30 years his troop consistently has had more than 100 Scouts! So what’s his secret?
Rank #14: July 2013 – Technology and Your Troop: A Blessing and a Curse
“Bryan on Scouting” is Scouting magazine’s award-winning blog. We asked Bryan about ever-changing technology and whether a troop should change along with it. His answers may surprise you, so put on those earbuds and click the download button for a fun discussion on how technology is both a blessing and a curse for your troop.
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Rank #15: January 2018 – Why You Should Go to the World Jamboree!
We’re starting the ScoutCast year by talking about the World Scout Jamboree to be held right here in the USA at the Summit! Sign-ups are already underway, so we’re here to talk about why you should register to attend this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. We’ll be discussing things like dealing with all the different languages and cultural differences – especially food – of all the contingents. We’re joined by World Jamboree Team Lead Marty Walsh, who shares with us all the wonders that await Scouts at this historic event.
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Rank #16: 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.
Rank #17: April 2013 – Anger Management
Anger is one of every human’s basic emotions, but it’s difficult to keep calm and cool yourself when handling a boy in your troop who has anger issues. Download this episode for an interesting conversation with Suzette Rizzi, a 25-year licensed social worker in Illinois and a member of the National Committee for Scouts With Special Needs, as she shares with us the skills and strategies for manage anger in ourselves and the youth in our troop.
Rank #18: August 2018 – Finding Leaders for Your All-Girl Troop
Girls will become eligible to become Scouts BSA troops in 2019, which will be here before you know it. We talked a few months ago about new unit development, so now let’s talk about recruiting leaders for those units with Scott Berger, a 50-year BSA veteran who currently serves on a multitude of committees and task forces with the Patriots’ Path Council in Cedar Knolls, New Jersey.
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Rank #19: 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.
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Rank #20: 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.