STEM Scouts Expanding . . . to our Backyard

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Patrick Sterrett, our Crossroads of America Council Scout Executive, spoke to the College of Commissioner Science at Belzer’s Activity Center on June 6, 2015.  He covered a variety of topics, but one of them had a direct impact on our local council: the introduction of a pilot program for STEM Scouts.STEM Scout Logo

Patrick described the traditional scouting program as “outdoor scouts.” To reach more youth, BSA and our Council are piloting a new “indoor scouts,” called “STEM Scouts.” Patrick reports that the Council is excited to be a part of this project. It has required the acquisition of a Vortex lab.

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Answer to Trivia Question Picture

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The answer to “What is this?” is

The bottom of an aluminum Dutch oven that took on a Troop 191 scout from Church at the Crossing!

The Dutch oven apparently lost.

hat tip to Scoutmaster Smiley.

Foundation of “My Duty to . . . my Country”: 800 Years

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Today, June 15, 2015 is the 800th anniversary of England’s Magna Carta or “Great Charter.” On this day, King John (of Robin Hood infamy) signed a promise in perpetuity to allow many rights. Many of these rights are enshrined in the American Bill of Rights.

Happy Flag Day

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Today is to honor the birth of our flag, as the birthday of its adoption on June 14, 1777.  Betsy Ross gets a lot of credit, which may be undeserved. Declaration signer Francis Hopkins should receive more credit. Even so, the more important is that we consider what the flag represents and what military personnel have sacrificed to keep the flag moving forward.

Today we consider flags merely a symbol of the country.640px-Flag_of_the_United_States_at_the_Flint_Hills_Discovery_Center_in_Manhattan,_KS

Until the 20th century, they were so much more.

On battlefields for millennia, flags and standards were forms of communication. A general would communicate his location with his personal flag. This allowed runners to know where to find the general to deliver reports and obtain orders.

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“Sgt. Snorkel was a Scout,” or “Why ‘Leave No Trace’ is Mean to Nature”

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In honor of “Rocky & Bullwinkle” titling conventions, this post has two titles.

“What ‘Leave No Trace’ Instructors don’t tell us …

2015 Cub Scout Recruiting Rally

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 Adventure is Waiting… Launch into Scouting!

Join us at the Council Recruiting Rally at Victory Field

Our council will be conducting a “Picnic in the Park” –Recruiting Rally at Victory Field on Thursday, July 16th. This will be a great opportunity for Scout leaders to get ready for the council-wide Sign Up night on August 27th.

There will be food, prizes and lots of excitement and information sharing. Scout leaders will also be able to:

• Pick up posters, yard signs & all of the other materials needed for the sign up meeting

• Learn about the new online registration for youth membership

• Meet with your district membership team and district executive

• Get details about the rocket launch events and family camping weekends

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Trivia Question

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Here is your question: 

What is this? 


This is from Church at the Crossing’s Troop 191’s campsite.

Post your guesses in the Comment Section below.  

The Sox Report For Sessions 1 and 2

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Sox’s board has 30 Sparks and one to go.

How many will your troop contribute?

White Stag National Youth Leadership Training slots still available 

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Attention Scoutmasters, Varsity Coaches and Crew Advisors! Space is still available for youth to attend National Youth Leadership Training / White Stag. Courses offered in June and July. NYLT is an exciting, action-packed program focused on developing your Scout’s leadership skills they can then use in your unit. Register a Scout today at the Council website.

Carolyn Small | Program Director – Special Initiatives