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Everything you should know about #Scouting in #Canada, and occasionally other places.
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The Great 8 Challenge

The Great 8 Challenge

2021-04-1950:30

Eight weeks of challenges for all levels of Scouting! Podcast Topics Scouter Mike from Battlefields Council rejoins the podcast to talk about the Great 8 Challenge, an eight-week series of challenges for members of Scouts Canada hosted by Les Stroud (also known as Survivorman; you may have watched his long-running Discovery Channel show). If your Group is participating, make sure to post their efforts online using the hashtag #SurviveWithLes; submit your challenge reports to Scouts Canada here, and keep tabs on the leaderboard — when it goes live — here. Also worth checking out (and happening at the same time): Spring into Adventure ScoutCon 2021 Shout-Outs Mike has a shout-out to offer to Rylan, a Venturer Scout who has been running D&D games for Mike’s Venturer Company. He also has kudos to offer to Tim Fountain, the technical genius national virtual campfires. Mike and Tim will be doing weekly live discussion sessions every Thursday evening during the Great 8 Challenge on the Scouts Canada Discussion Group on Facebook. And, as always, a big thank you to the folks at Scouting Radio for rebroadcasting Scouting Stuff episodes to their worldwide Scouting audience. If you're listening to us on Scouting Radio right now, let us know; reach out and get in touch. We'd love to hear from you. Subscribe Follow Us and Subscribe  Send Feedback Email Us | Leave Us a Voice Message | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram  | Discord | Leave Us a Review Music Slow Burn, by Kevin MacLeod
Prince Philip passes, Red Deer Scouts help a fallen Scouter...and Scouts Canada has a new challenge for you! News Stories HRH Prince Philip, lifelong champion of young people around the world, passes at age 99 How the Golden Ray's Final Voyage Went Wrong in a Hurry Red Deer Scouts, Venturers and leaders honoured for back country rescue Early Years Programme Proposal Westerham Scout Compound was broken into again The Great 8 Challenge 2021 Get Shuffle! Subscribe iTunes | Google Play | Spotify | Android | TuneIn Radio | Stitcher | Anchor | YouTube Send Feedback Email Us | Leave Us a Voice Message | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Tik Tok | Discord | Leave Us a Review Music Unexpected Hoedown in Bagging Area, by Doctor Turtle
Sleeping Bags

Sleeping Bags

2021-04-1053:41

The right sleeping bag will make — or break — a camping experience. Podcast Topics Ken and Colin discuss the all-important sleeping bag. Even more than the extra socks that Ken never shuts up about, having the right sleeping bag for a camp will make or break the whole camping experience; a sleeping bag that isn’t well-cared-for, or which isn’t appropriate for the weather you’ll be camping in, will make for miserable sleeping...which will make for a miserable camp. Topics covered include: The importance of a sleeping pad (air mattress or foamie) The different designs of sleeping bag (rectangular, barrel, and mummy) Temperature ratings of sleeping bags (don’t take a 7 C bag out in -10 C weather, and don’t take a -18 C bag out in +20 C weather) Sleeping bag liners (both to improve temperature rating, and to help keep the bag clean) Care and storage of sleeping bags And more! Shout-Outs Scouter Sarah and Scouter Chris both commented on a photo Ken posted to the Facebook page of his daughter’s Scout Troop’s ember-cooked food; evidently, Scouter Chris’ group had done something similar a weekend prior. And hey...it was Colin’s birthday recently; congratulations to him! And, as always, a big thank you to the folks at Scouting Radio for rebroadcasting Scouting Stuff episodes to their worldwide Scouting audience. If you're listening to us on Scouting Radio right now, let us know; reach out and get in touch. We'd love to hear from you. Subscribe Follow Us and Subscribe  Send Feedback Email Us | Leave Us a Voice Message | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram  | Discord | Leave Us a Review Music Slow Burn, by Kevin MacLeod
Cooking Over Embers

Cooking Over Embers

2021-03-2747:24

A fun method of campfire cooking that’s easy to try...but tricky to get right. Podcast Topics Ken and Colin discuss a particular sort of campfire cooking: placing foil-wrapped food directly on the embers after the fire has died down some. It’s an easy concept to grasp: you wrap your food up in foil, wait for the fire to burn down so that there’s a nice bed of hot coals, and the place the food directly on the embers for however long it takes to cook through (typically, turning it once). Of course, each step in the process presents certain challenges, and it’s easy to screw up along the way. For best results, you’ll likely want to let the fire burn for at least an hour, and you’ll want to make it a good-sized fire to start; the goal is to have a large bed of embers across almost the entire bottom of whatever fire pit you’re using. It’s also important to wrap your food in at least a couple layers of foil, not just one; this creates a kind of double-boiler effect that results in more even heating...and less burning. Leaving a bit of space — not packing the foil too tightly around your food — is also key. And finally, if you’re looking for recipe ideas, the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles have a great cookbook available that is just brimming with ideas. Shout-Outs We’ve got a couple quick shout-outs to Scouters Sarah and Chris, who commented on a photo Ken posted to the Facebook page of the foil-wrapped cooking his daughter’s Scout Troop did just before this episode was recorded. It would seem that Scouter Chris’ Group also did some campfire cooking recently! And, as always, a big thank you to the folks at Scouting Radio for rebroadcasting Scouting Stuff episodes to their worldwide Scouting audience. If you're listening to us on Scouting Radio right now, let us know; reach out and get in touch. We'd love to hear from you. Subscribe iTunes | Google Play | Spotify | Android | TuneIn Radio | Stitcher | Anchor | YouTube Send Feedback Email Us | Leave Us a Voice Message | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Tik Tok | Discord | Leave Us a Review Music Slow Burn, by Kevin MacLeod
Scouting increases happiness in Estonia, Saudi Scouts help out...and WOSM unveils a financial toolkit. News Stories New Study in Estonia: Scouting Increases Happiness, Gives Youth Solid Base for Future Saudi Scouts contribute to the organization of Covid-19 vaccination centres World Scouting launches new Financial Management Toolkit to support NSOs in financial best practices Subscribe iTunes | Google Play | Spotify | Android | TuneIn Radio | Stitcher | Anchor | YouTube Send Feedback Email Us | Leave Us a Voice Message | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Tik Tok | Discord | Leave Us a Review Music Unexpected Hoedown in Bagging Area, by Doctor Turtle
Who Are We, Again?

Who Are We, Again?

2021-03-1355:52

Re-introducing the podcast hosts! Podcast Topics This is mostly a nostalgic/reflective episode, as Ken and Colin reflect on the length of time the podcast has been running and re-introduce themselves — and their Scouting careers — for the benefit of new listeners that have signed on. By the way: here’s the Hinterlands Who’s Who that Colin mentions. Shout-Outs As always, a big thank you to the folks at Scouting Radio for rebroadcasting Scouting Stuff episodes to their worldwide Scouting audience. If you're listening to us on Scouting Radio right now, let us know; reach out and get in touch. We'd love to hear from you. Subscribe iTunes | Google Play | Spotify | Android | TuneIn Radio | Stitcher | Anchor | YouTube Send Feedback Email Us | Leave Us a Voice Message | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Tik Tok | Discord | Leave Us a Review Music Slow Burn, by Kevin MacLeod
A thousand female Eagle Scouts, Luxembourgish Scouts earn an award...and Girl Guides in the UK lose a camp. News Stories Scouts of Luxembourg Win a European Citizens’ Prize for 2020 Anger after Girlguides close Chigwell Row Campsite used by Brownies and Scouts all over the UK without consultation 1,000 female Eagle Scouts make history as part of inaugural class Eagle Scout Class of 2018: The numbers behind the number Subscribe iTunes | Google Play | Spotify | Android | TuneIn Radio | Stitcher | Anchor | YouTube Send Feedback Email Us | Leave Us a Voice Message | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Tik Tok | Discord | Leave Us a Review Music Unexpected Hoedown in Bagging Area, by Doctor Turtle
Field Book Nostalgia

Field Book Nostalgia

2021-02-2642:03

There’s an argument to be made for having a physical copy of important outdoor survival information. Podcast Topics Ken and Colin discuss the venerable Field Book for Canadian Scouting, once a staple of a Scout’s program materials in Scouts Canada’s program, and now an often-pricey collector’s item. This episode isn’t intended as an endorsement of any of the below-mentioned materials; it’s more a curated list of works that Ken and Colin have come across over the years. The Field Book may be out of print, but there are several reasonable alternatives available. Beaver Scouts and Cub Scouts might find some utility in Ranger Rick’s Kids Guide series of books. Ultimate Survival Technologies’ Learn & Live Cards are pocket-sized reference cards for various survival concepts. The SAS Survival Guide might be great for Scouts (and older youth). And Ken and Colin would be remiss if they didn’t also mention Mors Kochanski’s various writings. The 2014 BSA Fieldbook is also an excellent option. Shout-Outs The 36th Ottawa Cub Scouts' winter challenge for Cub Scouts is still ongoing. And as always, a big thank you to the folks at Scouting Radio for rebroadcasting Scouting Stuff episodes to their worldwide Scouting audience. If you're listening to us on Scouting Radio right now, let us know; reach out and get in touch. We'd love to hear from you. Subscribe iTunes | Google Play | Spotify | Android | TuneIn Radio | Stitcher | Anchor | YouTube Send Feedback Email Us | Leave Us a Voice Message | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Tik Tok | Discord | Leave Us a Review Music Slow Burn, by Kevin MacLeod
Sri Lankan Scouts plant trees, Scouts Canada gets active...and a Scouts BSA Council hosts an all-girls camp. News Stories Boy Scouts seek to extend halt to lawsuits vs. local groups La Crosse Area Female Scouts from Scouts BSA holding a Council-wide Event at Camp Decorah Scouts apologise to Ben Leonard's family after inquest delayed Scouts to plant 100,000 trees Scouts Canada ends lease of Northumberland County Forest property Survey finds 52 per cent of Canadians are currently active outdoors only once a week, with 28 per cent participating less than once a month Subscribe iTunes | Google Play | Spotify | Android | TuneIn Radio | Stitcher | Anchor | YouTube Send Feedback Email Us | Leave Us a Voice Message | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Tik Tok | Discord | Leave Us a Review Music Unexpected Hoedown in Bagging Area, by Doctor Turtle
COVID cancels a Gang Show, Scouts ally with Coca-Cola...and two billion is a BIG number! News Stories What Covid meant for St Albans Gang Show First Blueberry Scouts mark 40 year milestone Scouts and Coca-Cola unite to fight the Victorian government on the cash-for-cans scheme Florida Scouts become video pen pals with Scouts from England Scouts contribute 2 billion hours of community service towards peace and sustainable development Subscribe iTunes | Google Play | Spotify | Android | TuneIn Radio | Stitcher | Anchor | YouTube Send Feedback Email Us | Leave Us a Voice Message | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Tik Tok | Discord | Leave Us a Review Music Unexpected Hoedown in Bagging Area, by Doctor Turtle
A new all-girls Scouts BSA Troop in Kearney, confusing COVID restrictions in Nova Scotia...and Scouts promote forests in P.E.I. News Stories Two boy scout leaders accused of sexually abusing children Local Boy Scout leaders start Kearney first Scouts BSA Girl Troop N.S. Scout leader questions COVID-19 restrictions when others can have 60 people Winter Woodlot Tour Feb. 6 in Rustico Subscribe iTunes | Google Play | Spotify | Android | TuneIn Radio | Stitcher | Anchor | YouTube Send Feedback Email Us | Leave Us a Voice Message | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Tik Tok | Discord | Leave Us a Review Music Unexpected Hoedown in Bagging Area, by Doctor Turtle
Sit back and enjoy! Podcast Topics Scouter Mike rejoins us to discuss Scouts Canada the 3rd National Virtual Campfire that Scouts Canada will be hosting next month, on February 27th at 7:00 PM Eastern Time. Which, as it happens, is the last day of Scout/Guide Week this year. Of course, they need the usual collection of skits, songs, cheers, and jokes — especially skits, which have tended to be in short supply in previous Virtual Campfires. But they are also looking for short video submissions from “youth co-hosts”, which should take the following form: Videos should be 15-20 seconds in length Ideally, videos should be shot “on location” in a place of local significance, or of personal significance to the youth Youth should introduce themselves, mention their troop & section, and then introduce the location and discuss its significance briefly The deadline for “youth co-host” video submissions is February 12th, 2021, and the deadline for skit/song/cheer/joke video submissions is February 20th, 2021. Send in content here: https://bit.ly/ScoutsCampfire And: follow the Scouts Canada news and events page! Shout-Outs As you might expect, Scouter Mike has a number of shout-outs to offer; assembling the Virtual Campfire takes quite a sizeable team! This includes Bill Dewar and Thomas Dewar, both of whom Mike credits as amazing campfire chiefs. Tim Fountain puts most of the campfire program together, and Ruben De Sousa helps out by contributing graphics. Venessa Christian, Ken Broad, Anissa Stambouli, and Joe Vantour comprise the social media team. Jake Forsyth is in the mix as well. And Marc Chamberlain heads up Scout’s Canada’s team overseeing Scout/Guide Week. Subscribe iTunes | Google Play | Spotify | Android | TuneIn Radio | Stitcher | Anchor | YouTube Send Feedback Email Us | Leave Us a Voice Message | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Tik Tok | Discord | Leave Us a Review Music Slow Burn, by Kevin MacLeod Beach Party, by Kevin MacLeod
Scouting for Food rolls on, Hank Aaron’s time as a Scout...and both Scouts and Guides are nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. News Stories News — good and bad — from Northern Lights Council (Scouts Canada) Boy Scouts set to kick-off 'Scouting for Food' food-drive as need soars Scouts can help protect the environment by earning the new Environmental Protection Agency award Hank Aaron, former Scout, baseball legend and lifelong friend of Scouting, dies at 86 Boy Scouts' Insurers Attack Massive Rise In Sex Abuse Claims Everything you need to know about Scout Sunday 2021, Scout Sabbath 2021 and Scout Jumuah 2021 Scouting and Guiding nominated for Nobel Peace Prize for global contribution towards peace and dialogue Subscribe iTunes | Google Play | Spotify | Android | TuneIn Radio | Stitcher | Anchor | YouTube Send Feedback Email Us | Leave Us a Voice Message | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Tik Tok | Discord | Leave Us a Review Music Unexpected Hoedown in Bagging Area, by Doctor Turtle
Bear Grylls continues as Chief Ambassador of World Scouting...and Scouts in the UK can earn a D&D badge. News Stories Bear Grylls signs on as Chief Ambassador of World Scouting until 2022 Scouts can soon earn a Dungeons & Dragons activity badge Scouts group in Summerside facing volunteer shortage New construction training program starts to build bunkhouses for Scouts Row over church plans to sell off scout hut for housing Subscribe iTunes | Google Play | Spotify | Android | TuneIn Radio | Stitcher | Anchor | YouTube Send Feedback Email Us | Leave Us a Voice Message | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Tik Tok | Discord | Leave Us a Review Music Unexpected Hoedown in Bagging Area, by Doctor Turtle
Concerning Badges

Concerning Badges

2021-01-1559:07

Why, yes, we do need them. Podcast Topics Ken and Colin kick off 2021 by discussing...well, after an extended amount of banter about holidays and a few other topics, the discussion eventually settles onto the history of badges. Call them what you want: crests, merit badges, personal achievement badges, outdoor adventure badges...they’re a nigh-universal element of Scouting programs that can trace their history back to the movement’s founding. Even in Scouting for Boys, Baden-Powell discusses badges at various points...in particular, the Scout Badge, a two-part crest that combines a scroll (which reads “Be Prepared”) and an arrowowhead/fleur de-lis. This badge signified progression in the Scouting program; a newly-invested Second Class Scout would receive the scroll, and then later the arrowhead upon being prompted to First Class. And badges are used, in part, as a means of signifying a Scout’s progression even to this day. But, of course, that’s not all they’re used for either, is it? Shout-Outs First off, a shout-out is due to J.P. Torunski and the 36th Ottawa Cub Scouts. They have challenged Cub Scouts across Canada to get out and move over the winter months ahead. By the end of March, Cubs should try and do one of the following: Hike 50 km Ski (cross country)100 km Skate 75 km Bike 200 km Personally, we say: why limit this challenge to just Canada? If you’re anywhere in the world and you have a Cub Scout pack, feel free to challenge them to achieve one of these adventures; they’ve got three months to make it happen! And, as always, a big thank you to the folks at Scouting Radio for rebroadcasting Scouting Stuff episodes to their worldwide Scouting audience. If you're listening to us on Scouting Radio right now, let us know; reach out and get in touch. We'd love to hear from you. Subscribe iTunes | Google Play | Spotify | Android | TuneIn Radio | Stitcher | Anchor | YouTube Send Feedback Email Us | Leave Us a Voice Message | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Discord | Leave Us a Review Music Slow Burn, by Kevin MacLeod
Filipino Scouts might become an NGO, fire at a Scouts Canada camp...and a long-serving Scouting volunteer earns an MBE. News Stories Alford Scout presented with honour for overcoming adversity and supporting charity Solon pushes bill to strengthen Boy Scouts as autonomous NGO 1st Airdrie Scouts help the community through annual Christmas tree recycling Fire destroys buildings at Scouts Canada’s Camp Nedooae, RCMP investigating Boy Scouts of America accuse Girl Scouts of starting 'war' New Year Honours 2021: Reading scoutmaster appointed MBE Subscribe iTunes | Google Play | Spotify | Android | TuneIn Radio | Stitcher | Anchor | YouTube Send Feedback Email Us | Leave Us a Voice Message | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Tik Tok | Discord | Leave Us a Review Music Unexpected Hoedown in Bagging Area, by Doctor Turtle
Featuring a special winter challenge for Cub Scouts! Subscribe: iTunes | Google Play | Spotify | YouTube |  TuneIn Radio | Stitcher | Anchor Full show notes available at scoutingstuffpodcast.com.
Scouts help a food drive, a big win for STEM Scouts...and Kenilworth Scouts can deliver Christmas cards this year. Subscribe: iTunes | Google Play | Spotify | YouTube |  TuneIn Radio | Stitcher | Anchor Full show notes available at scoutingstuffpodcast.com.
Scouts Scotland selects a president, Scouts in Canada fundraise with photos...and a Cub Scout holds a toy drive. Subscribe: iTunes | Google Play | Spotify | YouTube |  TuneIn Radio | Stitcher | Anchor Full show notes available at scoutingstuffpodcast.com.
Do a Good Turn

Do a Good Turn

2020-11-2649:38

Doing a “Good Turn” - to one person, if not to many - daily is a key element of what Scouting is (should be) about. Subscribe: iTunes | Google Play | Spotify | YouTube |  TuneIn Radio | Stitcher | Anchor Full show notes available at scoutingstuffpodcast.com.
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