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Scouting and Nature

For anyone involved in Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Brownies and Girl Scouts who'd like to share ideas on how to get kids outdoors, and help them to WANT to be outdoors.

Website: http://whowiththeautumn.blogspot.com/
Location: Newell, North Carolina
Members: 23
Latest Activity: Jan 24, 2013

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How did your 2012 Let's G.O. (Get Outside) event go?!

We're so excited to hear about your April events! Please join the Let's G.O.! (Get Outside) group and post your stories and photos.Haven't heard of Let's G.O.! yet? It's not too late!Everyone can…Continue

Started by Daniella (Donna) Drader Apr 17, 2012.

New Girl Scout Badges 4 Replies

Does anyone else feel like they are trying to get away from a lot of the outdoor badges ?  The majority were eliminated in an effort to promote Girl Scouting as a more "tech savvy" organization.  Now…Continue

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Scouting and Earth Scouts 2 Replies

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Great SmokyMountains and Cataloochee Elk watching

Took a bunch of Cubs and Webloes to Cataloochee over the weekend, hoping to see some of the Elk.If you have any doubts to whether this is a worthwhile trip, please see the photos below...Continue

Started by Steve Miller Oct 25, 2010.

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Comment by Margie on August 8, 2012 at 9:45am

Scouting is all about developing character.  Check out this new curriculum that merges nature education with character education:  http://www.yourtruenature.com/library/images/Teacher%20Curriculum/K...

Comment by Suz Lipman on December 20, 2011 at 12:54pm

Scouting in the News again!

Boy Scouts Chief: Outdoor adventures vital to Scouting.

http://www.childrenandnature.org/news/detail/from_the_chief_get_our...

Comment by Suz Lipman on December 19, 2011 at 10:55am

Hello! Thought some of you might be interested in this story on our C&NN web site:

Scouts Tackle Obesity Issue

http://www.childrenandnature.org/news/detail/scouts_tackle_obesity_...

Comment by Steve Miller on October 25, 2011 at 6:07pm
Apologies, massive, abundant apologies for faling off the face of the earth! Sometimes we get so wrapped up in our own drama, that we miss the truly important stuff, and I failed y'all. I hope you'll forgive me.
Comment by Willie P on November 11, 2010 at 11:23am
I currently working with Girl Scout K- 5th grade.

Comment by Steve Miller on October 15, 2010 at 2:44pm
Bear Cubs are fun, because they're just learning that independence thing.

That's how a good Pack turns great! Don't be afraid to get "down and dirty" with the boys; climb into that creek, lift up some rocks and show them some salamanders and crayfish! It is imperative that we get these kids back into the woods, and scouting teaches them soooo much for life!

I have a friend who got his Eagle in 1942, Troop 27 Cape Fear Council, and he has told me that the only reason he survived Operation Market Garden and especially the Battle of the Bulge, was because of what he learned in Scouts.
Comment by Justin Powell on October 15, 2010 at 2:16pm
The den is third grade. Our pack leader took me through what training is available and I plan to jump right in on that. I love hiking and wildlife, so I would like to integrate that in perhaps a little more than has been the case in prior years. We have some great parents with diverse interests and I want to leverage that as best as possible.
Comment by Steve Miller on October 15, 2010 at 11:45am
That's great Justin!! Welcome to the "one hour a week" club! LOL
I would suggest taking all the training you can, especially the on-line stuff. Get up to date with your basic training and take BALOO training! After that, you can take the knot tying classes, compass orientation, etc.

The one thing you have to remember is, the kids will get out of it what you put into it. If you are a hiker, take them on weekend hikes to a local park with trails, or if your an amateur astronomer, teach them about the constellations. A pack is only as good as it's utilization of everyones unique skills and passions. What year are your scouts?
Comment by Justin Powell on October 15, 2010 at 7:14am
Fun news - our first Den meeting was last night and we were without a Den Leader (previous Den Leader's son is no longer in scouting due to sports). So, I volunteered as the new Den Leader. Should be a ton of fun & I will be open to any tips! ;)
Comment by Suz Lipman on October 13, 2010 at 8:55am
Great to hear from you Justin! I agree that scouting and being outdoors is good for the whole family.

Steve, Leave No Trace is a wonderful program. It's terrific that you're dovetailing that with your scout work. The work your Den is doing sounds great and meaningful, and it sounds like you're giving the kids as many outdoor experiences as you can.

Your REI program looks terrific too. I added it in the Event area of the forum so more people can read about it and hopefully attend.
 

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