Archive | March, 2012


Lights Out!

Posted on 29 March 2012 by CharlesN










Want to be able to see the stars for once within the city limits?  Want to show that you are concerned about the environment?  Well, Earth Hour 2012 will give you that opportunity to do just that.

Scouts and people alike from around  the world are called upon to participate in Earth Hour 2012.  Earth Hour 2012 will be from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. this Saturday, March 31st, 2012.  During the span of one hour, millions of people from across the world will turn off their lights.

Earth Hour originated from and inspired by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) of Australia in 2007.  The initiative quickly caught on across the globe.  In 2011, hundreds of millions of people from 135 countries took part in this annual event.  The World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) supports this global initiative and invites all Scouts to join in.

What to do?  Simply turn off your lights for an hour between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. (your local time).  Have fun, be safe, and let’s turn off the lights!

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A Scout is Friendly

Words of Wisdom Wednesday: Friendly

Posted on 28 March 2012 by CharlesN

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.

Continuing down the Scout Law, it is apparent why “Friendly” is memorialized right below “Helpful”.  They go hand-in-hand.  Although they have similar characteristics, they are, nonetheless, quite different.  Are you being friendly when you help someone?  Of course.  But are you helpful when you are a friend to others?  Not necessarily.

Being helpful means that you need to take that extra step.  However, to be friendly, we must be so at all  times.  You should not just be friendly in the morning and be bad-tempered in the afternoon.  It is, therefore, more general to be friendly.  It is continuous.  It is a reflection of your attitude toward others.

A Scout is a friend to others.  They include your fellow Scouts, friends, family, colleagues, strangers, people of different nationality… everyone.  Today, we live in a very interconnected world.  We are able to travel across the vast oceans within hours.  We need to try to understand each other better.

According to the World Organization of the Scout Movement, there are more than 30 million Scouts in 161 countries.  Scouts from all over the world are part of the same vision that Lord Robert Baden-Powell had envisioned for Scouting.  We are all part of the Brotherhood of Scouting.

Let me leave you with two questions to ponder over this week.  What do you think it means to be a part of the World Brotherhood of Scouting?  Can you identify some signs of friendship that people use in your community, in your country, and in our world?

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Scouts Canada Invites All Canadians to Join “Good Turn Week”

Posted on 22 March 2012 by Press Release

Scouts Canada LogoOttawa, ON – March 21, 2012 – One “Good Turn” can make someone’s day. Imagine what 100,000 “Good Turns” could do! Scouts Canada has designated April 14–22 as Good Turn Week and is calling on all Canadians to step up and join them by doing a “Good Turn” for a friend, family member, neighbour or the community.

“Scouts Canada’s National Youth Network created Good Turn Week as a way to inspire every Scout to do something great. We invite Canadians to emulate Scouting’s virtues and make the effort to deliver a simple act of kindness,” said Dylan Reinhart, National Youth Commissioner and Chair of the National Youth Network of Scouts Canada. “It’s really not difficult to do, and our goal is simple: to foster a stronger sense of community and friendship in Canada through consideration for and assistance of others.”
Good Turn Week exemplifies the principles of Scouting: to always help others. A recent York University study found that people who did Good Turns saw a marked increase in their happiness and self-esteem. In its third year, the Week not only encourages Scouts but also challenges all Canadians to recognize the importance of doing a “Good Turn” and taking the time to go above and beyond.
“Good Turn Week is an opportunity for all Canadians to put into practice the values that we teach our youth,” said Steve Kent, Chief Commissioner and Chair of the Board of Governors of Scouts Canada. “We’re proud of the efforts our Scouting youth have undertaken to create a week that inspires numerous acts of Canadian goodwill. With each simple act of kindness, we can help make Canada a stronger community.”
During the week Scouts Canada members will be out in the community doing Good Turns. After each good deed, they will pass along a ‘Good Turn’ bracelet and encourage them to “pay it forward” – creating a cycle of goodwill that will spread throughout communities across Canada.
There are countless ways to do a “Good Turn”. From passing along a parking ticket with time left on it to a driver who’s just parked, to assisting an elderly neighbour with their yard work, the possibilities are endless. Canadians can share their “Good Turn” on the Scouts Canada website by texting “Good Turn” with a description of their good deed to 51051 or submitting it via
Doing a “Good Turn” is a practice rooted in the values of all Scouting youth: Beaver Scouts (ages 5–7) promise to “help take care of the world;” Cub Scouts (ages 8–10) promise to “do a good turn every day;” and Scouts (ages 11–14), Venturer Scouts (ages 14–17), Rover Scouts (ages 18–26) and volunteers promise to “to help other people at all times.”
For more information or to see what Good Turns Canadians are doing visit:

About Scouts Canada

Scouts Canada, the country’s leading youth organization, has more than 100,000 members nationwide representing every faith and culture. Scouts Canada groups offer programming in more than 19 languages reflecting Canada’s multicultural landscape and communities. Kids in Scouts have fun adventures discovering new things and experiences they wouldn’t discover elsewhere. Along the way, they develop into capable, confident and well-rounded individuals, better prepared for success in the world. For tens of thousands of children and youth across Canada, Scouts is the start of something great. For more information visit
Scouts Canada is a not-for-profit organization (Charitable Registration No. 10776 1694 RR0028) and a member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement.

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Pinewood: Winning by the Rules

Posted on 22 March 2012 by ScoutingNewsStaff

One of the annual events in scouting and scouting-like activities around the world is the Pinewood Derby. Boys and girls build small gravity-powered racers to compete for the honor of being the fastest. This honor brings with it the temptation to “bend rules” to win.

Creating a Pinewood Derby car is not only a wonderful hands-on project for those into building, designing and racing their own unique car, but it’s also a chance to teach valuable life lessons. Winning by the Rules shows that the fastest cars can be built without “cheating.”

This how-to guide utilizes over four years of scientific testing to describe in easy terms how you can achieve higher speeds and better performance with one’s custom-made racers.

Phil Reinke’s first experience with pinewood derby racers began with his father when he was in the Cub Scouts. It continued when he and his son, Tyler, raced cars at Pinewood Derbies in Georgia and Florida. Their research and experience led to three consecutive district championships. This book is written to share the joy of dreaming, designing, building and racing, while completely following the rules.

PINEWOOD: WINNING BY THE RULES (ISBN: 978-1-61204-955-7) is available at Amazon/Kindle: Pinewood Winning by the Rules

About the Author – Phil Reinke is the founder and President of the Continuous Improvement Institute, Executive Partner/President of the PCR Group, LLC, and was recently an Executive Director at Kaplan Higher Education. He is currently working on three more books. Reinke lives with his wife, Lori, two daughters, Courtney and Rachel, and son, Tyler, in Cooper City, Florida.

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Words of Wisdom Wednesday: Helpful

Posted on 21 March 2012 by ScoutingNewsStaff

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 animal has been made by God just as you have been. He is therefore a fellowcreature. He has not the power of speaking our language, but can feel pleasure or pain just as we can, and he can feel grateful to anyone who is kind to him. A Scout is always helpful to people who are crippled or blind or deaf and dumb; so he is good also to these dumb fellow-creatures of ours.” -Sir Robert Baden-Powell

Helpful is the third character trait of a Scout. When Baden-Powell founded Scouting, he intended that every Scout be helpful toward both the environment and people alike. He recognized that a Scout should help those that could not help themselves and that a Scout should give the voiceless a voice.

So when you do a service project, help a person in need of assistance, or speak out for someone else, you are in fact upholding a part of the Scout Law.

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Cub Scout Theme for April is Faith, Thank You

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Cub Scouts Give Thanks Theme for April

Posted on 20 March 2012 by Scouter Mom

Cub Scout Theme for April is Faith, Thank You

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Each month, the Cub Scout program focuses on a core value. The Cub Scout April theme is Faith. BSA has started releasing theme based pack meeting plans for each of these core values. I hear that the new April theme will be Cub Scouts Give Thanks. So this month, I’ll be highlighting some ways that thankfulness can be incorporated into the Cub Scout program on my site

This April theme for Cub Scouts brings to mind both thankfulness to the Creator and remembering to show appreciation to each other. This thankfulness theme also presents a good opportunity for your Cub Scouts to thank everyone who helps them with the program – their parents, their leaders, and the chartering organization. Have your Cub Scouts spend some time writing thank you notes to them, or come up with a creative way for the Cubs to show their appreciation.

Related Cub Scout Achievements and Recognitions

Bear Achievement 18 – Jot It Down

  • Requirement e: Write a thank you note.

Good Manners Belt Loop

  • Requirement 3: Write a thank-you note to someone who has given you something or done something nice for you.

Computers Pin

  • Requirement 6: Use a computer to prepare a thank-you letter to someone.


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Trail To Eagle Scout App

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Trail to Eagle Scout App

Posted on 19 March 2012 by ScoutingNewsStaff

Trail To Eagle Scout AppFollowing the great theme of great Scout Apps hitting the market lately, another is rolling out.

Trail to Eagle  is a Boy Scout reference for your smartphone available on iOS, Android, and Windows Phone 7.  With the Trail to Eagle a Scout can quickly look up the Scout Oath or Promise, Scout Law, Scout Motto, Scout Slogan, or Outdoor Code. They can track their progress along their trail to Eagle, including all ranks; Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life, Eagle are available. Scouts can also review merit badge requirements.

After test driving Trail to Eagle, the features are easy to use. The Merit Badge requirements are easy to access and rather complete, however the new Welding MB is not listed. Tracking progress is accomplished by checking boxes next to the requirements. Having the ability to type in completed merit badges for each rank would enhance the functionality.

About the Developer

Trail To Eagle Scout App

Peter is an Assistant Scoutmaster with Troop 10 in Augusta, GA. He’s a software developer by trade and had been interested in developing an application for Android and iOS but could never find anything too motivating. One day he noticed that mis son and other boys carried  smartphones more often than their Scoutbooks which made him think that it would be much easier to get the Scouting materials infront of the boys if he put it on their smartphones. Trail2Eagle was born. Improvements are in the works including adding a social/achievement part to the Scout app by integrating it with Facebook and/or Twitter.
The great thing about Peter’s pursuits into the now broad field of Scout apps is the technology he used to build Trail2Eagle. His podcast about the technology can be found on He plans on doing a series of blog posts with more detail.
ScoutingNews would also like to thank Peter and Trail to Eagle for being a sponsor of this website. His support in bringing great news about the Scouting movement is greatly appreciated!

Download Trail to Eagle for Android.

Download Trail To Eagle for iPhone.

Download Trail To Eagle for iPad.

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New Research Affirms Lifetime Benefits of Girls’ Participation in Girl Scouting

Posted on 18 March 2012 by Press Release

New York, N.Y. — According to a new Girl Scout Research Institute report, Girl Scouting Works: The Alumnae Impact Studywomen who were Girl Scouts as children display significantly more positive life outcomes than non-Girl Scout alumnae.

Approximately one in every two adult women (49%) in the U.S. has at some point been a member of Girl Scouts; the average length of time a girl spends in Girl Scouting is four years. There are currently an estimated 59 million Girl Scout alumnae living in the U.S.

The study, which was not identified to participants as a Girl Scout project, surveyed a sample of 3,550 women aged 18 and older, roughly half of whom were Girl Scout alumnae and half drawn from the general population. The sample was chosen to be representative of the US population in terms of race/ethnicity, household income, education, marital status, and type of residence.

Compared to non-alumnae, Girl Scout alumnae display significantly more positive life outcomes on several indicators of success. These success indicators include:

  • Perceptions of self. Of Girl Scout alumnae, 63% consider themselves competent and capable, compared to 55% of non-alumnae.
  • Volunteerism and community work. Of Girl Scout alumnae who are mothers, 66% have been a mentor/volunteer in their child’s youth organization, compared to 48% of non-alumnae mothers.
  • Civic engagement. Of Girl Scout alumnae, 77% vote regularly, compared to 63% of non-alumnae.
  • Education. Of Girl Scout alumnae, 38% have attained college degrees, compared to 28% of non-alumnae.
  • Income/socioeconomic status. Girl Scout alumnae report a significantly higher household income ($51,700) than non-alumnae ($42,200).

In addition to collecting quantitative data, the researchers conducted a series of live interviews with Girl Scout alumnae. Overall, alumnae say Girl Scouting was positive and rewarding for them. Former Girl Scouts:

  • Rate their Girl Scouting experiences very highly. The average rating among all alumnae on a 1–10 scale is 8.04.
  • Fondly recall their experiences in Girl Scouting. Fun, friendships, and crafts are the most frequently cited positive aspects of Girl Scouting.
  • Say they’ve received concrete benefits from Girl Scouts, such as being exposed to nature and having a safe place to try new things.
  • Actively recognize the influence of Girl Scouting on their lives. Three quarters of alumnae report that the Girl Scout experience has had a positive impact on their lives in general.

The positive effects of Girl Scouting seem particularly pronounced for women who were Girl Scouts longer, as well as for African American and Hispanic women.

“Girl Scouts turns 100 this year, and we couldn’t ask for a better birthday present than this kind of validation,” saysAnna Maria Chávez, chief executive officer, Girl Scouts of the USA. “We declared 2012 as the Year of the Girl to help bring attention to girls and the value of encouraging and supporting them. To strengthen that support beyond the boundaries of Girl Scouting, we’ve launched ToGetHerThere, with the goal of reaching gender-balanced leadership in one generation.

“One kind of support we know girls need is role models—successful older women they can learn from and emulate. There is no group of women better suited to do that than our Girl Scout alumnae. We’re asking them to join ouralumnae association and let us know if they’d be willing to visit schools and talk to girls who want to be leaders and may not be sure how to go about it. So Girl Scout, phone home. We need you.”

Learn more about Girl Scouting Works: The Alumnae Impact studyor to obtain a copy, visit To join the Girl Scout Alumnae Association (where you may also obtain a copy ofGirl Scouting Works), visit To learn more about ToGetHerThere—and to take the pledge to support girls and girls’ leadership—visit

About Girl Scouts of the USA
Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls, with 3.2 million girl and adult members worldwide. Girl Scouts is the leading authority on girls’ healthy development, and builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. The organization serves girls from every corner of the United States and its territories. Girl Scouts of the USA also serves American girls and their classmates attending American or international schools overseas in 90 countries. For more information on how to join, volunteer or reconnect with, or donate to Girl Scouts, call 800-GSUSA-4-U (212-852-8000) or

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Update to Campfire Songs Scout App

Posted on 17 March 2012 by ScoutingNewsStaff

Dan from would like to announce an update for the Campfire Songs Scout app on the iOS. Dan’s also the creator of Helleniechsin featured here last month.

New in Version 1.3

20 new songs (some submitted by Megan and by Ginger Mikulich-Lapsansky) bringing the total up to 170 songs!
Another round of cleanup on the song book, with improvements in lyrics and in the names of the tunes to which they are sung.
The biggest new feature, has also been one of the most requested features for this Scout app.  Tune playback under iOS 5.  Currently there are only a limited selection of songs. It’s using Midi files to keep the size down.  So the tune is very basic, however the feature is intended to help learn new songs and not to groove on while driving.
Don’t worry if you don’t have an iThing, Dan’s working on an Android version.

Download  Campfire Songs for iPhone, or Campfire Songs for iPad today!


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Shutter Speed: 1/8000

Photo Friday: Shutter Speed

Posted on 16 March 2012 by BrandonQ

Photo Friday
Photo Fridays are brought to you by Brandon Queen Photography.

Shutter Speed


Last week we talked about the different terms needed to understand your camera. I want to focus on shutter speed this week. Lets take a look at what shutter speed can do for you in your photos.

In photography, shutter speed is a common term used to discuss exposure time, the effective length of time a camera’s shutter is open.

The shutter speed is simply the length of time that the light hits the film or sensor allowing the image to be recorded. Each variation in speed (much the same as the aperture variations) is known as a stop. A shutter speed of 1/60 of a second lets in twice as much light as a speed of 1/120s.

As you are letting in less light with a faster speed, you need to compensate and allow more light in via a larger aperture (creating less depth of field) or a higher and more sensitive ISO setting, and vice versa.

You also have fast shutter speeds and slow shutter speeds. You can get great photo with both. For example:

Slower Shutter Speed. Notice how the players feet are blurry and the rest is in focus. This gives a feeling of movement and is sometimes preferred creatively. (click on image for more detail)

Faster Shutter Speed. Notice how all of the players are in - focus and hardly any blurriness. This indicates a faster shutter speed. The depth of field is reduced (the chairs are blurry) because the aperture is greater. (click on image for more detail)

Conventionally, the exposure is measured in units of exposure value (EV), sometimes called stops, representing a halving or doubling of the exposure with each stop. Multiple combinations of shutter speed and aperture can give the same EV: halving the shutter speed doubles the exposure (+1 EV), while doubling the aperture size (halving the focal number) increases the exposure area by a factor of 4 (+2 EV). For this reason, standard apertures differ by about 1.4. Thus an exposure with a shutter speed of 1/250 s and f/8 is the same as with 1/500 s and f/5.6, or 1/125 s and f/11. The shutter is what determines the duration the sensor is exposed to light and the aperture determines the intensity of that light.

Here are four photos showing how the Shutter Speed affects a photo’s appearance. On a Canon camera (dslr/point and shoot) the mode is TV on Nikon the mode is S.

Shutter Speed: 1/6s


Shutter Speed: 1/10s

Shutter Speed: 1/20s








Shutter Speed: 1/50s

Now get out and start using your shutter and get creative!


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