The Kansas City Royals’ Kauffman Stadium is Named After an Eagle Scout


Posted on October 21, 2014 – Bryon on Scouting

Only one ballpark in the American League is named after a person.

Ewing-Kauffman-croppedAnd it turns out that Ewing Kauffman, the man who started the Kansas City Royals and for whom the team’s stadium is named, was an Eagle Scout.

Ewing Marion Kauffman, born in 1916 in Missouri, earned the Eagle Scout award on Nov. 6, 1931. After a successful career in the pharmaceutical industry, establishing a professional baseball team and his myriad philanthropic efforts, it was an obvious decision to name Kauffman a Distinguished Eagle Scout in 1977.

Eight years later, Kauffman got more good news: his Kansas City Royals won the World Series, beating the St. Louis Cardinals in seven games.

Kauffman died in 1993, and the Royals never made the postseason again after that 1985 World Series win. That is, until this year.

Bringing baseball back to K.C.

When the Athletics franchise moved to Kansas City in 1955, the man responsible, Chicago real estate tycoon Arnold Johnson, was hailed as a hero.

That feeling didn’t last — and neither did the Athletics’ stint in Kansas City. The team moved to its current home in Oakland, Calif., after the 1967 season.

That upset U.S. Sen. Stuart Symington, who threatened to remove baseball’s antitrust exemption unless Kansas City was granted a team in the next round of MLB expansion.

Major League Baseball complied, and the Kansas City Royals and Seattle Pilots (later the Milwaukee Brewers) began play in 1969.

Kauffman won the bidding for the new Kansas City franchise. He named the team the Royals after the American Royal, a horse and livestock show held each year in Kansas City.

The team played in the multipurpose Municipal Stadium for the 1969 through 1972 seasons before opening Royals Stadium in 1973. Royals Stadium stood out at the time because it was one of the few single-sport stadiums around, bucking the trend of one-size-fits-all stadiums that housed multiple teams.

In 1993, Royals Stadium became Kauffman Stadium in honor of the Royals’ founder.

And now, for the first time in 29 years, Kauffman Stadium is home to the American League Champions.

Ingenious Scout Dishwashing Rack is Made From Hiking Poles


Posted on October 9, 2014 on Bryon on Scouting blog

If your Scouts still set up their three-pot dishwashing system on a picnic table or the ground, it’s time for an upgrade.

One volunteer’s design for a Scout dishwashing rack made out of hiking poles holds wash basins at Scout height — and frees up picnic tables for other things.

Better yet, the dishwashing rack doesn’t cost much to build, breaks down easily and is a fun pioneering project.

The mastermind here is Larry Green, a BSA volunteer who created a design that uses 10 hiking poles (aka Scout staves), some lashing rope and three basic wash basins. That’s one basin with hot soapy water, one with hot clean water and one with very hot water containing an environmentally friendly chemical agent for sanitizing.

Larry has designed the dishwashing gadget with enough supports to withstand the weight of water-filled basins. He does so with $6 poles from and 18-quart Sterilite basins from Walmart.

For the step-by-step instructions, complete with pictures, see Larry’s post on Scout – Pioneering, an unofficial blog.


Carroll District Needs Help at the Corn Maze THIS WEEKEND!

Carroll District Scouting has a great relationship with the Ag Center.  Among other things, they allow us to hold our movie nights for free in exchange for helping with Ag Center events.  It’s a great arrangement and benefits everyone.

As our next service, Carroll District will run the Ag Center Corn Maze THIS WEEKEND, the 17th -19th.  That involves selling tickets, reciting a safety briefing, and then waving bye-bye and wishing people good luck as they enter the maze. Two volunteers will also need to sit in a truck on a hill, but I can’t figure out why and I don’t know which hill.

To make all this happen, I need 6 volunteers from 5 – 9 PM both Friday and Saturday evening, and 10 volunteers from 1-6 PM Sunday afternoon. Sunday is family day and we’ll be running a crafts table for children, so we’ll need a few extra folks.  Right now, only one person has volunteered to help – so PLEASE email or call me if you can help too during any of the time slots.

As a bonus, we can use our time at the maze for scout recruiting.  Any unit sending at least 4 volunteers to run the Maze can also set up a recruiting display or activity. Scouting is not very visible in our communities and this is a great chance to be seen and make contact with scouting age boys. 

Thanks to all of you,

Bob Betz
Vice Chair for Programs and other stuff


Does Rank Have Its Privileges?


Posted on October 10, 2014 – Bryon on Scouting blog

At dinnertime on a recent campout, Scouter Ted saw the older, bigger Scouts push to the front of the line.

“Rank privilege,” the boys explained to the younger Scouts.

drucker-rank-quoteThe next day, it was too windy to set up tents, so the boys slept inside a cabin. There were two rooms: a simple, carpeted room and one with cushioned benches on which the boys could sleep.

Once again, “rank privilege” was invoked. The older guys said only boys who were Star Scout and above were allowed to sleep on the comfortable benches. Everyone else got the floor.

Ted, the Scouter, couldn’t stand silent any longer. He stopped the practice and told the boys that if they were truly following the Scout Oath and Law “they would make sure the smallest and youngest were comfortable and then take what was left.”

He wrote me asking whether he was right to step in. “Is there such thing as rank privilege in the BSA?” he asks.

I told Ted my opinion: Yes, he was right to intervene. Rank privilege seems incongruous to the spirit of Scouting.

But I wanted to check with the experts. I asked Mike Lo Vecchio of the BSA’s content management team, who offers this simple response:

There is no such thing as rank privilege, nor do we support or endorse this kind of behavior.

So there you have it.

Special privileges for Eagle Scouts?

At the summer camp I attended as a Scout, now called Camp Trevor Rees-Jones, there was a lake between our campsite and the dining hall, pool and most of the activity areas.

Most Scouts walked around the lake, but Eagle Scouts were allowed to ride in a boat reserved just for them. It made the journey quicker and more enjoyable.

Ted’s question got me wondering whether this was an example of unfair “rank privilege.”

I think it was fine. The boat only existed as an added perk; it didn’t give Eagle Scouts special treatment for essential elements of camp like eating or sleeping.

Plus, it gave older boys another reason to return to summer camp. And I can confirm it motivated me to want to earn the Eagle Scout rank even more.

Den Chiefs Wanted

Cub Scout Pack 392 is searching for a few Den Chiefs to support their Tiger, Wolf, and Bear Dens.

The Dens meet on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, and the Pack meetings are on the 1st Friday of each month.

If you are interested, you should:

  • Be 1st Class or above
  • Have a Scoutmaster Conference with me to talk about the role of the Den Chief
    • I will introduce you to Pack 392′s Cubmaster, and he will introduce you to the appropriate Den Leaders
  • Commit to regularly attend the Den and Pack meetings until the end of the Cub Scout year (summer 2015)
  • Complete the Den Chief Fast Start training (available on
    • Bring a copy of your training certificate to the Den Chief Training (below)
  • Attend Den Chief training at SJCC on Saturday, October 25 at SJCC

A Clever Solution to an Age-Old Nuisance


Those of us in Scouting see poison ivy as a campout-ruining nuisance. Goats, as it turns out, see it as a delicious treat.

Gavin Burseth, a 16-year-old from Bartlett, Ill., is training the animals to help clear poison ivy from campgrounds at the Blackwell Forest Preserve, about 30 miles west of Chicago.

Why goats instead of machines or chemicals?

“Goats are cheaper. They’re more eco-friendly. Generally they eat all day,” Gavin told the Chicago Tribune. “And poison ivy doesn’t affect them like it does people.”

Gavin, still a few steps shy of the Eagle Scout Award, is closing in on another rare BSA honor: the William T. Hornaday Award, which many call “an Olympic medal bestowed by the earth.”

The goat project is the third project of three required for theHornaday bronze medal. His others involved storm drains and water testing.

Once he finishes the necessary paperwork for the Hornaday Award, he’ll join an elite club. The BSA says about 1,100 Hornaday medals have been awarded since 1917. That would mean fewer than a dozen are awarded each year.

Read more about Gavin in the Chicago Tribune story.


Young Engineers and Scientists Seminars – FREE!


Interested in STEM?  Thinking about a career in engineering?

Northrop Grumman is sponsoring FREE seminars geared for high school students who are interested in science or engineering careers. Details are below.

The Young Engineers and Scientists Seminars (YESS) are being held at the National Electronics Museum on Wednesday evenings during October.  YESS presents this opportunity for high school students to meet some of the area’s finest engineers and to participate in weekly team-based engineering contests for a chance to earn prizes.

Four free seminars will be offered on the following Wednesday evenings: October 8, 15, 22 and 29.

A pizza dinner will be served from 6 – 6:30 p.m.  Afterwards, guest speakers and the engineering challenges will last until about 8:30 p.m.

For more information or to register, please go to

Point of Contact:  Mr. Walt Crognale

Nentico Lodge – OA Fall Fellowship

Attention OA Members:

Let’s get ready to fall back into the Medieval Times at our upcoming Fall Fellowship. That’s right, Nentico Lodge is going to start this year’s fall with an awesome display of medieval games; like Jousting, Archery, Tom-a-hawks, Giant sling-shots and much, much more!!!

Don’t miss out on this amazing event on October 10-12, 2014 at Camp Saffran. Cost is only $21 per person, and registration opens at 6:30 pm on September 26. Registration closes on Oct 3rd, make sure to register before the at the link below:

****Golden ticket holders-please register on the link above, there is a link for you to express pay****

For our Arrowmen who have completed their ordeal this year, come out and see what Nentico Lodge is all about.  This is the first lodge event that you can attend as an Arrowmen!!!

Other activities during the weekend include; Brotherhood Conversions, Vigil Call Out, Broken Arrow Ceremony, NOAC Meeting, Founders Award Meeting, General Lodge Meeting, and Lodge Officer Elections.

Please contact with any questions about this fun packed event.

Yours in WWW,
Lane Short
Vice Chief of Program
Nentico Lodge 12

Interesting! I Didn’t Know That…

BSA asks Scout units, councils to stop using phrase ‘Fun With a Purpose’

The Boy Scouts of America protects its brand and trademarks.

We wouldn’t let a company use our red, white and blue fleur-de-lis or the phrase “Prepared. For Life.” without permission.

In that same vein, we should respect the rights of others to protect their trademarks.

That’s why the BSA is asking for help from packs, troops and crews to stop using the phrase “Fun With a Purpose” and remove it from promotional materials and unit websites.

The phrase, often used with Cub Scout-related activities, is a registered trademark owned by the publishers of the popular Highlights children’s magazine.

Don’t worry. Your unit isn’t in trouble or getting sued; the BSA doesn’t expect any legal action from Highlights. In fact, the BSA and the Highlights publishing company are working cooperatively on this effort.

But there are a few simple steps you should take to respect the Highlights company’s protected trademarks. Here are six do’s and don’ts you should share with your fellow adult leaders:

Six Do’s and Don’ts

  1. DO delete all instances of the phrase from your council or unit website. This includes uses of the phrase in text as well as graphics.
  2. DO use a different phrase in the future. Find a different phrase to promote your activities from now on.
  3. DON’T simply use a similar phrase. You cannot use a similar phrase, like “Fun and Purpose” or “Fun Has a Purpose.” It needs to be distinctively different, not just a variation.
  4. DON’T worry about materials already printed or distributed. In order to avoid waste, you don’t need to destroy hard-copy materials already printed. And you don’t need to collect copies already distributed. Just use a different phrase going forward.
  5. DO notify the BSA if you’re contacted by Highlights. If Highlights contacts you directly, be courteous and respectful (in the spirit of the Scout Law). Then notify the BSA of any communication you receive. Call the Member Care team at 972-580-2489.
  6. DO find other marketing ideas from the BSA. You can’t use “Fun With a Purpose” anymore, but you can find tons of great marketing materials at the BSA’s Marketing Toolbox.

Reprinted from the Scouting Magazine blog – September 24, 2014