Archive | December, 2011

Photo Friday: What’s in a Landscape?

Photo Friday: What’s in a Landscape?

Posted on 30 December 2011 by ScoutingNewsStaff

Photo Friday

We recognize that our audience has an interest in photography to capture special moments such as Courts of Honors, campouts, winter activities, family vacations, sport events, and other gatherings. “Photo Friday” is intended to help photography amateurs improve their photo shoots through photo tips, which may include basic skills, creative shooting techniques, and proper care and maintenance. Tips in this section are written by amateurs, professional photographers, and by other contributors. We hope that you find these tips useful in your Scouting program.


What’s in a Landscape?

When we see a scenic photo op, our instinct tells us to snap a few shots with the object in the center quadrant while zoomed. People look at an object and instantaneously conclude that it is unique. Recognizing uniqueness is one thing, but communicating that to someone else in a picture is another. So to better communicate uniqueness to another, simply ask yourself, “What makes the object unique and what can I do to make someone else come to the same conclusion without having to explain it?” Try to utilize surrounding intricacies that turn an ordinary shot into an exciting picture.

Reflections offer a unique look at simple objects.

Tip:Truly open your eyes, look around, and incorporate subtleties into your shot. Try to find picture-enhancing objects such as cloud formations, layers of sediment, colorful flowers, reflection, fence, etc. Shooting an interesting object in the foreground helps to create depth.Including people for scale from a distance amongst wide open background depicts grandeur. Straight, linear objects shot at an anglelead the viewer to the center of interest. Don’t be afraid to offset your main object to one side. Reflections off a body of water produce horizontal symmetry, which is very appealing to the eyes.

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ScoutingNews 2011 Wrap-up

ScoutingNews 2011 Wrap-up

Posted on 29 December 2011 by ScoutingNewsStaff

Thank you for your continued support of! This site is nothing without readers eager for more news on the Scouting movement. 2011 has been a great year, and also a year of changes for ScoutingNews, mainly in the past month. There are two new weekly “columns.” These columns touch on the practical side of Scouting, rather than just news. They are a resource for you.

Words of Wisdom Wednesday is an alliterate twist on the anecdotal “Scoutmaster’s Minute.” Since we all know, sticking to a one minute limit is virtually impossible. Feel free to use these at your unit meetings, while mentoring your Scouts and Venturers, or to send your co-workers into deep thought. Photo Friday gives you tips on capturing your Scouting memories. Hopefully you’ve enjoyed the first few issues of these columns. The next column will debut in late January and there will be a spotlight for Scouts, Scouters, and Units. We’re on the look out for outstanding volunteers, passionate Scouts, or awesome units. If you have ideas for these columns or you’d like to suggest another column, please feel free to shoot an email to contactus -at-

A Few Random Stats

Number of Posts in 2011: 94 (more than once a week isn’t bad right?)

Top Post: North America to host the 2019 World Jamboree This will be one exciting event!

Top 3 Search Engine Results: Scouting News, Geocaching Merit Badge, Lowes Pinewood Derby

Top 5 Countries reading (besides US and Canada): United Kingdom, Germany, Philippines, Mexico, Australia

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Words of Wisdom Wednesday: A Lesson from Outside the Classroom

Words of Wisdom Wednesday: A Lesson from Outside the Classroom

Posted on 28 December 2011 by ScoutingNewsStaff

Words of Wisdom Wednesday
The Words of Wisdom Wednesday series is composed of anecdotal segments to inspire and supplement a Scout’s personal development, building core values and moral character. An anecdote on WWW is similar to a “Scoutmaster’s Minute”. These anecdotes are intended to be shared with your units. We will strive to publish updates to Words of Wisdom Wednesday weekly.



An Adaptation of a True Story

One day during my first year in law school, my professor gave us a pop quiz. As a diligent student, I answered the questions with ease, until I read the last one:

“Give the first name of any of the three librarians who re-shelf all the books that students often leave on the desks after each assignment?”

I thought that this could not possibly count toward my grade. I had noticed the librarians whenever I walked into the library. They all were friendly and would ask if I needed help locating a book every time I had an assignment due. I was always very busy and avoided conversations.

Not knowing a single one of their names, I turned in my quiz with the last question unanswered. Right before class ended, a colleague asked the professor whether the last question counts toward our quiz grade.

“No doubt,” the professor remarked. “In your practice, you will meet many people. They are all significant. They deserve your attention and respect, even if all you do is smile and say ‘hello’.”

From then on, I’ve never forgotten that lesson nor their names: Rebecca, Steven, Zarin.


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