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September 2009 ScoutingNews Recap

Posted on 02 October 2009 by Dan


Its been a while since I’ve done one of these recap posts, February to be exact, however I had a few requests from curious readers so here we go… This is a recap of September 2009 on Scouting News…

First, I’d like to thank our September Sponsor: BoyScoutStore.com
Boy Scout Store is an independent website, not affilated with the BSA, Girl Scouts of the USA, or the World Scouting Movement, and has provided Scouting collectibles since 1996. They have a wide selection of merchandise including: Merit Badges, Merit Badge Books, Council Shoulder Patches, Order of the Arrow Flaps, Spoof Patches, Books and Handbooks, Eagle Scout, Cub Scout items, National Jamboree, World Jamboree, Scouting Coins and much more. If you haven’t checked them out yet, I’d encourage you to see what they have today! If you have visited their store, check back often for new items.

Top Stories This Month
This list is based on traffic as reported by Google Analytics. I suppose it is not a true image of the “top stories” since it gives preference to stories that have been online longer, however it is a nice snapshot.

1. New Merit Badges for 2009 & 2010
Published August 13, 2009
Introduced the new merit badges coming out in 2009 and 2010 that have been announced. They include: Robotics, GPS/GIS, Scouting Heritage, and Scuba. Most of the folks who commented were excited about all of these new additions, especially Scuba. A few folks were curious about which badges they would replace, but thus far I have not heard of any Merit Badges getting the cut.

2. Embroidered Centennial Ring Emblem
Published July 28, 2009
Showcased a new patch issued by National Supply to be placed around the World Crest. A lot of the folks that commented on the post thought the patch was cool, with some caution to it leaving permenant marks on the uniform. “Settummanque, the blackeagle (Mike Walton)” chimed in with a detailed comment that highlighted some of the tidbits he learned in discussing this particular patch with folks at National.

3. Gone Home: Scout Collapses While Hiking at Philmont Scout Ranch
Published July 27, 2009
The sad announcement of Timothy Nunn’s death while hiking at Philmont. This story touched the hearts of Scouts and Scouters all over the Country. We heard from folks getting off the trail or just about to start a trek at Philmont to parents expressing their sympathy.

September 2009 Traffic Snapshot
This is based off of Google Analytics which can under report some traffic. As long as someone is stopping by, I’m happy!
Scouting News had 9,737 visits by 8,063 unique visitors. Scouting News showed 18,401 pageviews, approximately 1.89 pages per visit. Visitors to Scouting News came from Direct Traffic – 13.38%, Referring Sites – 21.32%, and Search Engines – 65.30%.

February 2009 Top Referring Sites:
1. forums.groundspeak.com
2. en.wikipedia.org
3. BoyandGirlScouts.com
4. Twitter.com (Follow @ScoutingNews)
5. Scouter.com

Help Wanted!
I’m still looking for some folks that would like to have a story posted on Scouting News. I would love to publish guest posts and will include an authors bio and link to their website. A great way to get some interest in your passion or drum up some interest in your website. I’m also interested in finding a couple of individuals who may be interested in writing feature posts for Scouting News. These are usually longer articles (at least 500 words), and include pictures, about timely events. At this point I can pay about $10 per feature article. If you are interested in writing a feature, please send a sample of your writing and your idea for the article.

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