Powder Horn 220-15

Interested in High Adventure?

Looking to help us take our Troop program to the next level or help get the Venturing Crew started?

Consider Powder Horn!
April 16-19, 2015
Broad Creek Memorial Scout Reservation

What is PowderHorn?
In Scouting, Powder Horn is the vessel to sustain the spirit of the outdoors in our youth today.  Along with the spirit of the outdoors, you will also gather knowledge to share, motivate and direct youth.  Powder Horn will give you the necessary skills to oversee a high adventure program.  It will also help you identify local resources for your group’s program. 
What do I need to do before the course?
Complete the following on-line trainings at MyScouting.org:
  • Youth Protection: Boy Scout or Venturing
  • Safety Afloat
  • Safe Swim Defense
  • Weather Hazard
  • Climb on Safely
  • Trek Safely
What will we do?
Powder Horn is organized around the Venturing Program’s High Adventure elements and Boy Scouting’s High Adventure Merit badge elements.   It is intended to help adult leaders get started finding and using the resources for high-adventure programs.
Planned topics include:  
  • Backpacking
  • Cave Exploring
  • Communication
  • Conservation Projects
  • Cooking
  • COPE
  • Cycling/Mountain Biking
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Expedition Planning
  • First Aid
  • Fishing
  • Land Navigation
  • Leave No Trace
  • Mountaineering
  • Outdoor Living History
  • Physical Fitness
  • Plants and Wildlife
  • Shooting Sports
  • Watercraft
  • Weather Forecasting
  • Wilderness Survival
  • Working with Teens
  • Winter Sports
Why come to Powder Horn?
Come to experience an opportunity to get the hands on knowledge and practical resources to provide a challenging and fun outdoor program for your older youth.
What others have said about attending the course:
       ”Walk the walk, talk the talk, pack the pack!”
       ”I learned what I needed to have a high adventure program.”
       ”Great fun while learning the essentials of high adventure programming.”
Who can attend Powder Horn?
All registered adult leaders and youth (14 and up) are welcome.
All participants must be registered members of the Boy Scouts of America. Adults must have completed Leader Specific Training for your registered position. Youth participants must have a letter of recommendation from their Scoutmaster or Advisor .
Course Director:  Ron Herning

Building Resilience – 7 Cs and Scouting

An author was being interviewed on the radio in the background as I was working away at my desk. He was discussing building resilience in young people. As I listened I thought “Hey! Who is this guy? This sounds a lot like Scouting!”

This got me thinking about the big ideas that form the foundations of the Scouting method and a specific instance of what I suppose you’d call “spontaneous inspiration.”

In 1907 Baden-Powell took the first Scouts camping on Brownsea Island and Italian Physician Maria Montessori opened her first Casa dei Bambini in Rome. While their efforts were directed at different age groups they were independently inspired by similar ideas and methods. Montessori and B-P expressed mutual appreciation of each other’s work later in life.

Of course the basic concepts behind their methods weren’t created by Baden-Powell or Montessori; their genius was assembling those concepts into methods. What each created has been been validated over a century of scientific scrutiny, a validation that testifies to the powerful resonance of the ideas themselves.

Back to the radio; it turned out Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg was being interviewed and after listening I got a copy of his book Building Resilience in Children and Teens. As I read I recognized Scouting explained with greater definition, clarity, and order; a “high resolution” version of familiar landmarks.

As the title indicates Ginsburg begins by introducing resilience;

If we want our children to experience the world as fully as possible— unfortunately with all its pain, and thankfully with all its joy—our goal will have to be resilience. Resilience is the capacity to rise above difficult circumstances, the trait that allows us to exist in this less-than-perfect world while moving forward with optimism and confidence.

“Resilient” is the best one-word answer to the question “what do we want our children to be?”

We know that Scouting is aimed at building character. How do we define character? I think the character we are aimed at and the qualities of resilience are one and the same. Ginsburg expands on this short-hand term by defining the “Seven Crucial Cs of Resilience”;

  • Competence: When we notice what young people are doing right and give them opportunities to develop important skills, they feel competent. We undermine competence when we don’t allow young people to recover themselves after a fall.
  • Confidence: Young people need confidence to be able to navigate the world, think outside the box, and recover from challenges.
  • Connection: Connections with other people, schools, and communities offer young people the security that allows them to stand on their own and develop creative solutions.
  • Character: Young people need a clear sense of right and wrong and a commitment to integrity.
  • Contribution: Young people who contribute to the well-being of others will receive gratitude rather than condemnation. They will learn that contributing feels good and may therefore more easily turn to others, and do so without shame.
  • Coping: Young people who possess a variety of healthy coping strategies will be less likely to turn to dangerous quick fixes when stressed.
  • Control: Young people who understand privileges and respect are earned through demonstrated responsibility will learn to make wise choices and feel a sense of control.

See what I mean? The 7 Cs are a good definition of the Scout law and the Scout oath. Dr. Ginsburg has crafted a practical, compelling tool for building character; the main aim of Scouting (and parenthood). If you strive to be a better Scouter and/or better parent I recommend studying Building Resilience in Children and Teens.

Building Resilience in Children and Teens Kindle edition on Amazon

Building Resilience in Children and Teens Paperback edition on Amazon

Visit the Fostering Resilience website

The post Building Resilience, 7 Cs and Scouting appeared first on Scoutmastercg.com.

Powerful Musical Tribute Shows the Lasting Impact of a Quality Leader

Posted on February 18, 2015 by Bryan Wendell

It doesn’t take much for a Scout leader to have a profound impact on the life of a young person.

Put another way: “The smallest gesture can spark a life.”

In the case of Cub Scout leader and Nashville singer-songwriter Dean Madonia, that leader was a Scoutmaster named Ernest.

Ernest was so special to Madonia that the musician was inspired to write a moving song about the man.  It’s called “Doesn’t Take Much Light (To Shine in the Dark).”

Watch the song performed by David G Smith below. It’s a reminder that the impact of a quality Scout leader can last a lifetime.

OA Members: Earn the Arrowman Service Award to Wear on Your OA Sash

About the Arrowman Service Award, an OA patch you can wear on your sash

Posted on Bryon on Scouting blog:

2015 is the Order of the Arrow’s 100th anniversary, and every good centennial celebration needs a patch to match.

If you ask me, the OA really knocked its 100th anniversary patch out of the park.

It’s the Arrowman Service Award, a patch youth and adult members of the Order of the Arrow can earn and wear on their OA sash.

The goal is to encourage Arrowmen to recommit themselves to the OA, increase their level of service and participate in the OA’s wide-ranging centennial celebrations.

Along with patches issued during the OA’s 50th and 60th anniversaries, this patch is one of just three patches the Order of the Arrow has authorized to be worn on the sash.

Yes, on the sash itself. The award may be worn only on the traditional OA sash (not the red one available at the National Order of the Arrow Conference). You’ll want to sew it so its lower edge sits one-half inch above the upper Brotherhood bar.

Speaking of, being a Brotherhood member or attaining Brotherhood membership in the OA is one of the primary requirements, though there is an exception for Arrowmen inducted as Ordeal members after Jan. 1, 2015.

There’s no limit to the number of Arrowman Service Awards that can be given per lodge, provided the lodge’s advisor and staff advisor/Scout executive approve each candidate’s completed requirements.

Arrowmen can work on the requirements from July 16, 2014, until Dec. 31, 2015.

Arrowman Service Award requirements

To earn the award, Arrowmen need to complete requirements in three categories: personal growth, Scout service and centennial participation.

Requirements for youth:

Requirements for adults

Still have questions?

Learn more here or see these helpful FAQs (PDF).

February Outing – Posting by Troop Historian

Posted by Troop Historian, Nathan T.

This month’s outing was about teaching a few Webelos from Cub Scout packs 883 and 678 and introducing them to our troop.

What we did was teach them about some first aid and how to tie knots.  A little later, we began to build fires for s’mores and skits later on. For dinner, there were tacos, hamburgers, and hot dogs.

After dinner, we all went outside to do some skits and eat s’mores. Two of the skits were the giraffe skit and “If I Were Not a Boy Scout.”

After all of that, we went to bed in our tents and tried sleeping. Then, the next day, around 9 AM, we began to pack up and then left around 11.

Seattle Seahawks President Peter McLoughlin is an Eagle Scout


Posted on January 26, 2015 by 

Given the Ravens’ rivalry with the Patriots, I hope you all (except for Mr. Benefict) will be rooting for the Seahawks this Sunday.  If you need another reason to root for the ‘hawks, here it is:

Long before leading the Seattle Seahawks to the Super Bowl in back-to-back seasons, Eagle Scout and Seahawks president Peter McLoughlin had his sights on a much simpler goal: calling his mom.

It was the early 1970s, and McLoughlin was a 14-year-old Life Scout in Troop 50 out of Princeton, N.J.

McLoughlin liked to ride his bike from his house into town so he could walk around the university campus, visit the candy store, and hang out with friends at the five and dime.

“But my mom was very strict about when I had to be home,” he says, “and if I was going to be late, whether it was a weeknight or a weekend, I had to call and let her know that I was on my way and running late.”

But in the pre-cellphone era, calling home was no easy task. Princeton had “virtually no payphones,” he says. So for his Eagle Scout service project, McLoughlin put together a plan detailing exact locations for payphones across Princeton. He researched the subject extensively, submitted the plan, defended the plan to local leaders and watched as Princeton installed the phones.

Not bad for a kid who wasn’t even old enough to drive. McLoughlin says Scouting taught him the problem-solving skills needed to finish his Eagle project, and he uses those same skills today as president of the NFL’s hottest franchise.

McLoughlin’s Seahawks team will try for its second Super Bowl championship in as many years this Sunday against the New England Patriots.

Last August, with the Seahawks gearing up to defend their Super Bowl championship, I spoke with McLoughlin by phone from his office in Seattle. That’s the same office, by the way, where he proudly displays his Distinguished Eagle Scout plaque on the wall.

Understanding teamwork

McLoughlin, who’s in his fifth season with the Seahawks, is in charge of all financial and business operations, sales and marketing, sponsorship, and administration.

In other words, he works his magic behind the scenes. His name won’t appear on the back of any replica jerseys. Unlike the team’s coach or star quarterback, he’s not surrounded by cameras after each Seahawks win.

But McLoughlin’s fine with his role. The business of football, just like Scouting, takes a team effort.

“I think to be successful in business, you have to get along with people, you have to have a sense of teamwork, you have to realize you can’t do it alone,” McLoughlin says. “You have to have your teammates alongside you in order to be able to achieve the greater goal. But you have to set the goal. You have to be clear about the goal. And you’ve got to stick to it until it’s accomplished.”

It’s good

Two clear goals McLoughlin has accomplished already: Winning the Super Bowl and earning the Eagle Scout award.

As for the latter goal, McLoughlin didn’t hesitate to tell me the Boy Scout ranks from memory — “Tenderfoot to Second Class to First Class to Star, Life and Eagle. It’s all about goal-setting and then figuring out what steps you have to go through to achieve the next goal.”

He remembers that Troop 50 kept a list of merit badge counselors for dozens of merit badges. But neither his Scoutmaster nor his parents set up the appointments to meet with those counselors. He had to do that himself.

Sure, McLoughlin’s mom drove him to meetings, but everything else was left to him. As it should be.

“That took planning and organization,” he says. “My parents didn’t do it for me.”

Seahawk green

Under McLoughlin’s leadership, the Seahawks’ CenturyLink Field has become one of the NFL’s greenest stadiums.

That means 3,700 solar panels, low-water-use toilets and urinals, low-electricity lighting, and a system to recycle or compost 80 percent of the waste collected during games.

Seattle’s reputation as a green city necessitates some of those Earth-friendly changes, but McLoughlin gives Scouting some of the credit, too.

“When you camp as a Scout, you’re taught to clean up your trash, clean up your campsite, don’t leave anything behind, make sure the fire that you cooked on and warmed yourself with is fully out,” he says. “Taking care of the environment you’re living in or camping in is really important.”

The future of Scouting

 McLoughlin serves as an executive board member of the BSA’s Chief Seattle Council, so he has a personal stake in the program’s continued success.

 What does he see as the outlook for Scouting’s future?

 “I’m an optimist by nature, and I think Scouting has a good, strong future,” he says. “I think joining an organization with the kinds of standards and morals and ethics that Scouting represents is a healthy learning process for young people to go through.

 “That’s why people participate in it and join a troop, and that’s why Scouting will continue to endure. The lessons learned are timeless and invaluable, and the Boy Scouts of America have proven, through the test of time, that they teach valuable lessons.”

Photo: McLoughlin gets his Distinguished Eagle Scout award

Here’s Toby Capps presenting McLoughlin with the Distinguished Eagle Scout award last year in McLoughlin’s office at the Seahawks headquarters in Renton, Wash.

Peter McLoughlin Eagle

More from McLoughlin

Look for more from my interview with this famous Eagle Scout in a future issue of Eagles’ Call magazine. And good luck to McLoughlin’s Seahawks on Sunday!

Scout Sunday 2015

The twelfth point of the Scout Law…a Scout is Reverent…

St. Joseph’s Catholic Communitty will be hosting its annual Scout Sunday Mass on Sunday, February 22nd during the 12:00 Noon Mass

All Scouts and Scouters are encouraged to attend – in their Field Uniforms. This is the time to get “decked out” – like you would for a Court of Honor. (If you are not a member of SJCC parish, check with your religious institution to find out when your Scout Sunday service is scheduled).

Any Scouts who have earned a religious emblem this year will be recognized by Fr. Neville during the Mass. Please email Walt Crognale (see below) if you have earned a religious emblem this year so you can be recognized.

In addition, Fr. Neville would like as many Scouts and Scouters to serve at the Mass. So if you serve as an alter server, usher, lector, or Eucharistic Minister, please e-mail Walt Crognale at walter.crognale@ngc.com so he can pass on the information.

Matt Moniz: Eagle Scout, Superstar Climber, Outdoor Inspiration Award Winner (and he’s just 16)


Posted on January 27, 2015 by  

An incomplete list of the accomplishments of Matt Moniz:

  • Eagle Scout
  • 2010 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year
  • At 12, the youngest and fastest climber to summit all 50 U.S. state high points — he did it in 43 days, three hours and 51 minutes
  • At 16, the youngest person to summit the 27,766-foot Makalu, the world’s fifth-tallest mountain
  • Youngest male climber to summit Mount Elbrus in Russia and Mount Aconcagua in Argentina
  • Sponsored by gear companies Mountain Hardwear, Zamberlan, Q-Force and Leki
  • Advocate for pulmonary hypertension awareness
  • Honored as one of Men’s Journal‘s “22 Greatest Record-Breaking Feats of 2014

At last week’s Outdoor Retailer winter show in Salt Lake City, Matt, 16, added one more honor to that ever-lengthening list: Youth winner of the Outdoor Inspiration Award.

I first mentioned those awards in November when nominations were being accepted. I’m told award sponsors adidas Outdoor and Outdoor Retailer received several excellent submissions, but Matt’s inspiring outdoor résumé stood out.

The Youth category, new this year, recognized an outstanding young person (defined in this case as 16 to 21) who shows leadership and passion for the outdoors and is an inspiration to all. Yep, that’s Matt Moniz.

The category was added because of the BSA’s involvement as a presenting sponsor, but it was open to youth who aren’t in Scouting. And the BSA had no part in selecting the winner, though our Chief Scout Executive Wayne Brock did get the honor of presenting Matt with the award.

Want more inspiration? Watch this video about Matt below.

Video: Matt Moniz — Adventurer, Alpinist, Eagle Scout

Matt Moniz | Eagle Scout | Alpinist from Unblind Productions, Inc. on Vimeo.