Fall TOT Camporee

Hear ye! Hear ye! The TOT Fall camporee is coming ’round the bend (of the Buffalo River). It will be held October 27-29, 2017 at Grimes Canoe Base. The cost is $12. Registration will be up on doubleknot soon (Look up the mtcbsa.org website, go to Trail of Tears...
Six VR Products You Need To Know About

Six VR Products You Need To Know About

Virtual reality has finally hit the mainstream. Here are six new products you should know about in the expanding world of VR: Oculus Go Hate wires? Oculus Go ($199) is the first-ever standalone VR headset. That means it’s wireless and has its own small computer built...
How to help with special needs advancement

How to help with special needs advancement

Last year in Virginia, blind triplets made history by becoming Eagle Scouts. But Leo, Nick and Steven Cantos aren’t the first Scouts with special needs to achieve success in the movement. Ever since its founding, the BSA has attracted members with physical and mental...
Here’s what to pack for the ultimate camp kitchen

Here’s what to pack for the ultimate camp kitchen

Car camping isn’t about braving the wilderness with just a knife, a wool blanket and your wits. It’s about temporarily living in nature with some of civilization’s comforts — which should absolutely include a top-notch camp kitchen. Here’s what you need to build your...
Challenge yourself with an Uniform Parts Crossword

Challenge yourself with an Uniform Parts Crossword

Across     1.  Main part of the World Crest, 3 words     6.  It might be part of dress clothing     9.  Main color of the Wolf badge   10.  Color of the Sea Scout New Century Uniform   11.  See 15 down   13.  Lay asphalt   14.  Rank a Scout progresses through to reach...
Bigger, better BALOO training for Cub Scout leaders

Bigger, better BALOO training for Cub Scout leaders

If you’re a movie buff, you know the sequel is rarely as good as the original. For the longest time, that was how Cub Scout leaders felt about training, too. Longtime trainers Matt Markham and Jessi King-Markham found that volunteers who willingly attended Basic Adult...
Scouters in Action: They saved a woman after a fall!

Scouters in Action: They saved a woman after a fall!

“Scouters in Action” subjects come from the National BSA Court of Honor. If you know of an act of heroism that should be recognized, contact your local BSA council office for a lifesaving or meritorious award application. Note: Consult approved safety guidelines, as...
The power is yours when it comes to screen time

The power is yours when it comes to screen time

As her infant daughter moved into toddlerhood, NPR education blogger Anya Kamenetz began searching for a book to help her family navigate the world of screens. When she couldn’t find such a book, she decided to write one herself. The result, The Art of Screen Time:...
Lost in the wilderness: Should I stay or should I go?

Lost in the wilderness: Should I stay or should I go?

You’re lost. Rather than navigate your way to safety, in many situations, staying in one place is the best thing you can do. After all, there’s no guarantee you’ll find someplace better just around the bend. As a rule, if you don’t have any idea where to go or how to...
The Exploration merit badge: To boldly go…

The Exploration merit badge: To boldly go…

Antarctica. The Amazon rainforest. Remote sites like these are great places to explore and to expand mankind’s knowledge. But so is San Antonio, Texas, according to Exploration merit badge counselor Ted Lee. An attorney and member of The Explorers Club, Lee helped a...