Archive | January, 2012

Scouting Speakers Bank Closed

Scouting Speakers Bank Closed

Posted on 28 January 2012 by ScoutingNewsStaff

The Speakers Bank for BSA has been a great source of great dynamic speakers. They have provided a means to promote Scouting to community organizations. As of last month though, the Bank is closing to new members. The Speakers Bank will continue to supply speech templates and award Speakers Patches and Speakers Knot.

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Photo Friday: Introducing Brandon Queen

Photo Friday: Introducing Brandon Queen

Posted on 27 January 2012 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.

Brandon QueenScoutingNews is proud to present Brandon Michael Queen as the newest contributing writer for Photo Friday Tips. Brandon is an Eagle Scout and the founder of Brandon Queen Photography in Thibodaux, Louisiana. He had a particular interest in photography at a young age. But it wasn’t until his high school years in yearbook when his interest was brought into focus as a serious pursuit.

After serving on yearbook staff, Brandon was fortunate enough to start his own business in photography and began shooting senior photos for his friends. He developed a profound love for wildlife, portrait, architectural, monumental, and nature photography among many other photography techniques! Entirely self-taught and still learning, he now uses a Canon 5D Mark II Digital SLR, which he will use to capture pictures for illustrations.

“My whole philosophy revolves around the desire to create images that not only look like you — but also truly are the essence of you.” His style of photography is capturing relaxed expressions that are true! Brandon can help you capture your most prestigious moments to instill those memories for a lifetime.

In the coming weeks ahead, Brandon will be giving you tips from his own lesson plan that will enable you to take photos like the pros for your troop, crew, ship, varsity or pack’s history records.

Brandon will begin his first lesson on Friday, February  3, 2012. So be sure to visit ScoutingNews every Friday to learn more photo tips from Brandon Queen.

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Turn Back the Clock Program Theme for Cub Scouts

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Turn Back the Clock Program Theme for Cub Scouts

Posted on 26 January 2012 by Scouter Mom

The following is a Guest Article by Scouter Mom.  Scouter Mom Blogs and writes informative articles on all aspects of Scouting at 

You might have heard that BSA is once again providing theme based Pack meeting plans for Cub Scout leaders. I think this is a great move. While I didn’t use the theme based material much as a den leader, when my husband was Cubmaster we often just went straight to the theme based Pack meeting for our material. I understand that BSA plans to eventurally provide three supplemental themes to go with the core value for each month. This makes sense, because you can’t run the same Pack meeting plan in February year after year.

I’ve heard it through the grapevine that one of the supplemental plans for February will be a Turn Back the Clock theme. This one was the program theme at least a couple of times in the past. I’ll be adding some ideas related to this theme to my Scouter Mom site in the coming month. Here is what the old program helps said about this theme:

“Turn Back the Clock” and see what the world was like in the past. Learn about an era of your choice with songs, games, and transportation from the time that you choose. Whether it is the Space Age, the Wild West, rock-n-roll, or the Ice Age, each time period had something special about it. Construct a pack “time machine” to help introduce the den’s era skits or demonstrations at the blue and gold banquet. Whatever you choose, find the “best” in your time period and share it with others. The boys can work on the Heritages belt loop and pin this month.

The helps specifically mention the Heritages Belt Loop and Pin, but this history based theme also fits in well with a number of Cub Scout achievements and electives. I’ve listed them below. This should give you some ideas of how you can tie your Pack program and your Den program together this month.

Related Cub Scout Achievements and Recognitions

Tiger Achievement 1 – Making My Family Special

  • 1G (Go See It): Go to a library, historical society, museum, old farm, or historical building, or visit an older person in your community. Discover how family life was the same and how it was different many years ago.

Wolf Achievement 4 – Know Your Home and Community

  • 4F: Visit an important place in your community, such as a historic or government location. Explain why it is important.

Bear Achievement 3 – What Makes America Special?

  • 3C: Find out something about the old homes near where you live. Go and see two of them.
  • 3D: Find out where places of historical interest are located in or near your town or city. Go and visit one of them with your family or den.

Bear Achievement 8 – The Past Is Exciting and Important

  • 8A: Visit your library or newspaper office. Ask to see back issues of newspapers or an almanac.
  • 8B: Find someone who was a Cub Scout a long time ago. Talk with him about what Cub Scouting was like then.
  • 8C: Start or add to an existing den or pack scrapbook.
  • 8D: Trace your family back through your grandparents or great-grandparents; or, talk to a grandparent about what it was like when he or she was younger.
  • 8E: Find out some history about your community.
  • 8F: Start your own history: keep a journal for 2 weeks.
  • 8G: Complete the Character Connection for Respect.

Webelos Family Member Activity Badge

  • 12: While you are a Webelos Scout, earn the Academics belt loop for Heritages

Heritages Belt Loop and Pin from the Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program

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