Sunday, February 28, 2010

100 Days of Scouting: Day 21

Today I:

Had a conversation with a Scout that many Scoutmasters have never had.  The Scout wants to earn the Hornaday Award.  Much rarer than Eagle Scout.

Answered more questions about summer camp.

Posted "A Scout is Kind".  This is going to be popular--I bet you see it a lot over the next few days.

Post a summary of Days 16-20 at Scoutsigns.

Talked to another Scouter that wants to do a 100 Days of Scouting series on his blog!

Wet, cold and melting here--not a great day to be outside.  But a perfect day to discuss earning a Hornaday Award!  What did you get to do for Scouting?  Comment below!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

100 Days of Scouting: Day 20

Today I:

Talked to the sales guy at Lowes.  Found out he was new to the area, had been a Scoutmaster for 15 years, is OA Vigil, has an Eagle Scout for a son and hadn't been in touch with the local council yet.

Emailed my DE about our new resource at Lowes!

Sent emails and made phone calls to my summer camp hold-outs.  Only 1 Cub Scout away from having them all attend Cub Resident Camp this summer!  4 Boy Scouts away from a clean sweep for the troop.  Holding my breath.

Tallied summer camp deposits.

Posted on Scoutsigns:  New Venturing age and grade guidelines

Posted FAQs for new Venturing guidelines on council blog.

Mailed an application for the Knights of Columbus (our charter organization) to our new Eagle Scout, who aged out yesterday.

Realized I could go to our council's Facebook page and BSA camp page and invite my (Scouting) friends to join them--duh.  You are welcome to join, too!

Enjoyed a lot of Scouters on Twitter today!

This was the kind of day I like!  Finding new ways to build Scouting, big and small.  How about you? Are you 20% through the 100 Days challenge yet?  If not, keep at it and you will be!  Comments or tweet--thanks!

Friday, February 26, 2010

100 Days of Scouting: Day 19

Today I:

Distributed new Venturing age and academic eligibility requirements to our crew and council on Facebook.

Posted new Venturing age and academic eligibility requirements to council's blog.

Shared the council's new Eagle Scouts with the world!  Congrats guys!

Made a minute to wish a Scout "Happy Birthday"!  It only takes a minute.

Tough day to find time for Scouting.  Still have a number of "have to" items on my list before the sun goes down.  Thoughts?

Thursday, February 25, 2010

100 Days of Scouting: Day 18

Today I:

Finalized (almost) Cub Scout summer camp roster for the pack.  Will have final couple of answers tomorrow.

Finalized (almost) Boy Scout summer camp roster for the troop.  Will have final couple of answers tomorrow.

Wrote about last night's Blue and Gold event for Scoutsigns.

When you have a really hectic busy day at work, do you still make time for Scouting?  Comment below!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

100 Days of Scouting: Day 17

Today I:

Prepped the awards for the pack's Blue and Gold dinner tonight.  My Cub Scouts are loving the new belt loops!

Signed up Scouts for summer camp--one week for Cub Scouts, one week for Boy Scouts.  I love summer.  [If you are looking for a new camp, Camp Rock Enon is about 2 hours west of Washington, DC.]

Posted information from our council and summer camp onto Facebook.  Webelos Crossover is right around the corner!

Got this in early today, because it will be a busy night at the Blue and Gold!  How did you mark the anniversary of Scouting in your units?  Tell us!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

100 Days of Scouting: Day 16

Today I:

Wrote three posts for Scoutsigns--two published today, one more will in the morning.

Sent a long email to @ScoutingAsWeGo regarding Webelos Scout to Boy Scout crossover ceremony.

Helped my SPL with questions for pending Court of Honor and with his training of our soon-to-be-Boy-Scouts Webelos Scouts.  

Commented on a Scout's blog and a Scouter's blog.  You should do this if you like a blog.  Blogging is a lonely business and there isn't a lot of feedback.  [Hint, hint.]

Ordered the awards for our Blue and Gold potluck dinner tomorrow night.

Showed my wife that I was quoted in Scouting magazine this month.  Yeah, it is a good day.

I love it when I have a great day of Scouting!  How about you?  Any triumphs to share with us?  Tweet or comment!  

Monday, February 22, 2010

100 Days of Scouting: Day 15

Today I:

Helped a Scouter get the registration fees worked out for himself and his son.

Wrote the first post for my new project to help new Scouts, new Scout parents and new Scouters.  [Tentative launch of 23 APR.  Be an early bird and sign up new posts in the upper left corner.  But you can't be first--someone else already did that!]

Cracked 600 visits to the 100 Days of Scouting project!  

[OK, stumped by the knot?  Hint--it is another way to help build Scouting!]

Today could be your 1st Day, or your 8th, or your 15th Day of Scouting.  Doesn't matter!  Just needs to be started.  Is anyone (leave a comment) doing this and just not sharing?  That's OK, too, but we'd still like to hear from you.  Comments and tweets are appreciated.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

100 Days of Scouting: Day 14

Today I:

Worked on my "A Year of Celebration" award.

Sent out last minute reminder for awards to present at the Blue and Gold on Wednesday.

Ate the last of my Trails End trail mix!

It has been a busy weekend here--how about where you are?  But there is still daylight left to do something positive for Scouting.  Tweet or comment!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

100 Days of Scouting: Day 13

Today I:

Spent the entire day with my wife, and we did discuss a couple of Scouting related things over dinner.  [OK, a bit of a stretch, but she is really good-spirited for a Scouting widow.]

Hatched a new idea.  Hope to get this pulled together to launch soon.  Your ideas are appreciated.

Any new ideas on your end? Whether this is your first day or your 13th, pitch your thoughts into Twitter or the comments to share you Scouting life with us.

Friday, February 19, 2010

100 Days of Scouting: Day 12

Today I:

Passed along plans to build outdoor planters for Woodworking merit badge--and they are free.

Received, and will probably accept, an offer to join a BSA camp inspection team for VA and NC.

Emailed the logistics for a Free Throw tournament coming up soon, courtesy of the Knights of Columbus in our area.

Kind of a weird day, but I found some things to get going for Scouting.  You?

Thursday, February 18, 2010

100 Days of Scouting: Day 11

Today I:

Helped the Venture Crew get their reimbursement from Krusteaz in the mail. [Continental Mills will reimburse half of the cost of your pancake mix used for fundraisers.]

Discussed posting the list of newly-minted Eagle Scouts to the council blog each month--Success!  Hoping list will come to me shortly.

Posted a set of links to Day 6 to Day 10 on Scoutsigns.

So many quick little things to do--and they all matter.  What did you do today to get the word out about Scouting?  Comment below or tweet away!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

100 Days of Scouting: Day 10

Today I:

Reached a 100 Days of Scouting, and personal, milestone:  10% of the way through this project!  Pretty exciting, and even more so to see the efforts others are putting in, like @bryanspellman and @scoutdude.

Congratulated our newest Eagle Scout!  Go Matt!  Passed last night with flying colors, and only a few days to go until he ages up to Assistant Scoutmaster.

Worked on Scoutsigns blog posts.  I'm trying to spread the 100 Days of Scouting message by putting up links to daily updates in groups of 5.  

Tweaked our council's BSA camp's Twitter list.  Even a little thing like this adds to Scouting.  I have been able to show Camp Rock Enon to more folks via blogging and Twitter.

Is Scouting worth a little something from you every day?  No matter how small, every effort adds to the greater good.  What was your contribution today?  Comment below, or tweet away.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

100 Days of Scouting: Day 9

Today I:

Provided details on our new crew for a report to our charter organization, the Knights of Columbus.  Many were Scoutmasters 30 or 40 years ago, so are unfamiliar with Venturing.  Especially, an all girl-crew.

Attended the crew's first fundraiser, a pancake dinner.  Lots of good food, and they have learned a lot.  And made a little money to put toward uniforms.

Encouraged a member of the troop to pursue the Cinematography merit badge after seeing his project on Youtube.

Great day for Scouting here!  How about where you are?  Share with us in the comments, on your blog, unit Facebook page, or Twitter.

Monday, February 15, 2010

100 Days of Scouting: Day 8

Today I:

Helped a Tiger Scout get his "dentist visit" elective signed off!

Advertised the Venturing Crew's Fat Tuesday dinner again.

Emailed Blue and Gold dinner reminders and contact information.

...and yes, it is snowing again!

Hopefully, you didn't have to go to the dentist today to help a Scout, but I'm sure you did something--right?  Share your news!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

100 Days of Scouting: Day 7

Today I:

Helped our new crew with their first Unit Money-Earning Application, getting signatures and converting to pdf for email.

Confirmed second adult for troop's backup camping trip next weekend.

Provided advice on snow day policy for Eagle BOR, if it happens.

A day of rest, definitely.  Still, how did YOU move Scouting forward today?  Share your accomplishments, big or small in comments or on Twitter.

[Check Scoutsigns out, too!]

Saturday, February 13, 2010

100 Days of Scouting: Day 6

Today I:

Helped our troop try to plan an alternative camping event this month for next weekend, since our council event was snowed out.

Emailed our council that our Eagle Scout candidate is at college, making it difficult for him to get back for a BOR next week.

I'm sick in bed today, so not able to do much.  But still looking for Scouting things to do, that require little energy.  How about you?

Friday, February 12, 2010

100 Days of Scouting: Day 5

Today I:

Contacted my state delegate about instituting a version of "Scouting for State Parks" in Virginia.

Submitted our council's Eagle Scout recommendation form for the Advancement Committee.

Published Weekend Patrol Box #29 from Scoutsigns.  Also posted to BoyScoutTalk and CubScoutTalk YahooGroups.

Have you publicized 100 Days of Scouting to your fellow leaders?  Do your good turn and share the challenge!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

100 Days of Scouting: Day 4

Today I:

Pulled together the list of participants from Scout Sunday to order their patches.

Posted a new blog entry for our council.

Posted a new blog entry for our BSA camp.

Found a bunch of Leave No Trace materials aimed at Scouting.

How did you improve Scouting today?  Big or small, it all counts!  Comment or tweet.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

100 Days of Scouting: Day 3

Today I:

Invited a young man to join our Tiger Scouts.

Wrote and emailed an invitation to our various church email lists (Knights of Columbus, Scouts, homeschooling, etc.) to join our new Venture Crew's first fundraiser, a pancake dinner for Fat Tuesday.

Notified Venturing and Lone Scout YahooGroups about 100 Days of Scouting.

Did you "do your best" today?  Share in the comments, or tweet away.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

100 Days of Scouting: Day 2

Today I:

Wrote and mailed an Eagle Scout letter of recommendation. Go MATT!

Notified BoyScoutTalk and CubScoutTalk about 100 Days of Scouting project.

Updated Twitter feed so that 100 Days of Scouting will show up there as new posts appear.

What did you do today for Scouting?  Tell us about your "good turn" in the comments!

Monday, February 8, 2010

100 Days of Scouting: Day 1

Today I:

Joined in the Twitter-fest of congratulations to the BSA for their birthday.

Wore my uniform all day, at work and to Walmart.  Trust me, I was the only Scouter in uniform at Walmart in the middle of the day!

Started the 100 Days of Scouting blog.

Encouraged my Senior Patrol Leader on his quest for Life Scout rank this month.

What did you do today?  Post your "good deed" for the day in the comments section.

The Power of 100

Today is the day.

The Boy Scouts of America turns 100 years young.  Millions of Scouts and Scouters each add a piece to the BSA picture.  [A million is 100 X 100 X 100, by the way.]

100 is a powerful number.  100% is everything.  $100 still matters.  100 days is enough time to change lives.

For the next 100 days, 100 Days of Scouting will offer a glimpse of the most significant things I've done for Scouting each day.

Every day.

It might be as small as helping my Tiger out with an elective.  Or as big as assisting my daughter's new Venture Crew get off the ground.

Maybe I'll do something to help publicize Scouting in a positive way.

Whatever it is, it will force me to focus on doing it each day and not letting one day go by without making a difference in the life of a child.

The best part:  I want you to join me!

Either post a comment to show our Scouting world what you have done (it can even be anonymous).  Or generate your own blog post and pop the link into a comment.

At the end of 100 days, we'll be able to see how much our own small efforts matter.

Today is the day we decide to focus on the power of 100.

Let me know what you think:  email or Twitter.