Archive | February, 2012


Scout App Helleniechsin Now on Android

Posted on 23 February 2012 by ScoutingNewsStaff

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Scouts and Order of the Arrow members who want to speak the language of the Lenni Lenape (Delaware Indian) language but don’t have an iPhone can now enjoy Helleniechsin on an Android based device. Dan with has spent countless hours creating and updating a easily searchable database of over 4,000 Lenape words and their English definitions.

Dan originally created the app for iPhones and iPads. “I did the Android version

Helleniechsin Main Page as there are a lot of Scouters in my area with them, and some of those scouters had been bugging me for almost a year about when was I going to release my programs for the Android,” says Dan. Good things sometimes are worth the wait. Helleniechsin is no exception. The database is easily searchable in both Lenape and English. Looking for that perfect Vigil name? Wondering why your friend won’t give the definitions of his? This app will give you the answers.

Dan started creating Scouting based iOS apps for his council. He has two apps to aid staff and campers through summer camp programs and around the camp. also produces the highly popular Campfire Songs. Campfire Songs has over 150 popular popular song lyrics. The next version of this will play the tunes as well.


Dan is always thinking of new apps to help Scouts. We’re looking forward to more things to come from!

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Birthday Cake for Founder's Day

Founder’s Day

Posted on 22 February 2012 by ScoutingNewsStaff

Birthday Cake for Founder's DayHappy Founder’s Day from the ScoutingNews Staff!

Founder’s day is celebrated all throughout the world in remembrance to Lord Baden-Powell. Today is his birthday (born in 1857). Did anyone make him a cake?

Girl Guides and Girl Scouts throughout the world are celebrating today as Thinking Day. Interestingly Robert Baden-Powell and his wife, Olave, share the same birthday. This is why Founder’s Day and Thinking Day fall on the same day. It seems we need a few cakes.

B-P’s final farewell was written before his death to be published after he left. Take a moment to share it with your friends, Scouts or not. Think about the meaning and ideals of the Scout Oath and Law. Lastly, think about Scouts all over the world. 35 Million young men and women in 162 countries living by these ideals and doing their small part to leave the world a little better than they found it. You’re a Scout, be proud.

“Dear Scouts – If you have ever seen the play “Peter Pan” you will remember how the pirate chief was always making his dying speech because he was afraid that possibly when the time came for him to die he might not have time to get it off his chest. It is much the same with me, and so, although I am not at this moment dying, I shall be doing so one of these days and I want to send you a parting word of good-bye.

Remember, it is the last time you will ever hear from me, so think it over.

I have had a most happy life and I want each one of you to have as happy a life too.

I believe that God put us in this jolly world to be happy and enjoy life. Happiness doesn’t come from being rich, nor merely from being successful in your career, nor by self-indulgence. One step towards happiness is to make yourself healthy and strong while you are a boy, so that you can be useful and so you can enjoy life when you are a man.

Nature study will show you how full of beautiful and wonderful things God has made the world for you to enjoy. Be contented with what you have got and make the best of it. Look on the bright side of things instead of the gloomy one.

But the real way to get happiness is by giving out happiness to other people. Try and leave this world a little better than you found it and when your turn comes to die, you can die happy in feeling that at any rate you have not wasted your time but have done your best. “Be Prepared” in this way, to live happy and to die happy- stick to your Scout Promise always when you have ceased to be a boy – and God help you to do it.

Your friend,

Robert Baden-Powell”

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Planting Seeds of Kindness Theme for Cub Scouts

Posted on 21 February 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 

Word on the street is that BSA is getting ready to release a supplemental theme for March called “Planting Seeds of Kindness”. It’s not difficult to guess how this theme with fit in with the Cub Scout Core Value of the month – compassion.

Here is what the old program helps said about this theme:

Let’s spread Seeds of Kindness in the form of multiple small service projects. Helping others encourages compassion and gives boys the opportunity to see the bounty produced by spreading many small seeds of kindness. The boys can discover that just as the large, strong oak tree came from the small acorn, big things can happen from spreading small seeds of kindness and charity. Conduct a food drive or collect coats and gloves for those in need; report your hours to Good Turn for America. Work on the Citizenship belt loop and pin.

I’ll be adding some ideas related to this theme to my Scouter Mom site in the coming month. The Citizenship Belt Loop and Pin is specifically mentioned, but this theme also brings to mind some other Cub Scout achievements and electives which fit in with the idea of kindness. You can unite your pack and den programs around this common theme by focusing on these achievements.

Tiger Elective 9 – A New Friend

  • Help a new boy or girl get to know other people.

Tiger Elective 10 – Helping Hands

  • Along with your adult partner, help an elderly or shut-in person with a chore.

Tiger Elective 11 – Helping the Needy

  • Help collect food, clothing or toys for needy families with your den or pack.

Tiger Elective 12 – A Friendly Greeting

  • Make at least two cards or decorations and take them to a hospital or long-term care facility.

Wolf Achievement 12 – Making Choices

  • Requirement 12d. Justin is new to your school. He has braces on his legs and walks with a limp. Some of the kids at school tease him. They want you to tease him, too. What would you do?
  • Requirement 12i. Mr. Palmer is blind. He has a guide dog. One day as he is crossing the street, some kids whistle and call to the dog. They want you and your friends to call the dog, too. What would you do?

Bear Achievement 24 – Be a Leader

  • Requirement 24f. Complete the Character Connection for Compassion.
  • Know. Tell why, as a leader, it is important to show kindness and concern for other people. List ways leaders show they care about the thoughts and feelings of others.
  • Commit. Tell why a good leader must consider the ideas, abilities, and feelings of others. Tell why it might be hard for a leader to protect another person’s well-being. Tell ways you can be kind and compassionate.
  • Practice. While you complete the requirements for this achievement, find ways to be kind and considerate of others.

Webelos Citizen Activity Badge

  • Requirement 8. As a Webelos Scout, earn the Cub Scout Academics belt loop for Citizenship. At a Webelos den meeting, talk about the service project Good Turn that you did.
  • Requirement 17. Name three organizations, not churches or other religious organizations, in your area that help people. Tell something about what one of these organizations does.

To add additional crafts and activities to this theme, incorporate some projects which tap in the “seed” idea.

Tiger Elective 30 – Plant a Seed

  • Plant a seed, pit, or greens from something you have eaten.

Wolf Elective 15 – Grow Something

  • Elective 15a Plant and raise a box garden.
  • Elective 15b. Plant and raise a flower bed.
  • Elective 15c. Grow a plant indoors.
  • Elective 15d. Plant and raise vegetables.

Bear Elective 12 – Nature Crafts

  • Elective 12e. Collect eight kinds of plant seeds and label them.

Naturalist Activity Badge

  • Requirement 3. Set up an aquarium or terrarium. Keep it for at least a month. Share your experience with your Webelos den by showing them photos or drawings of your project, or having them visit to see your project.

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