New InsaneScouter Ramblings

SM Tip - A New Scouting Position: Nozzle Control Officer

A New Scouting Position: Nozzle Control OfficerOkay, the BSA hasn't really created a new position, but maybe it should.We live in an information age, when all sorts of information is coming at us like water...[More]

SM Tip - Why We Do What We Do

Why We Do What We DoThis past Saturday, my daughter Lesley got married. It was a lovely wedding on a picture-perfect fall afternoon, and we were thrilled to share the celebration with more than 250...[More]

SM Tip - Ten Essentials of Scoutmastership

Ten Essentials of ScoutmastershipWhat does it take to be a good Scoutmaster? Many years ago, legendary Scouting author William “Green Bar Bill” Hillcourt suggested 10 attributes. Here they are:1. A belief in boys that will make...[More]

SM Tip - Put Down That Firewood, and Nobody Will Get Hurt

Put Down That Firewood, and Nobody Will Get HurtHere in Kentucky, we’ve been entertaining an unwelcome visitor in the last few years: the emerald ash borer. This Asian invader has killed more than 25 million...[More]

SM Tip - What Really Attracts Boys to Scouting

What Really Attracts Boys to ScoutingSeveral years ago, I chaired my church’s youth minister search committee, and in that role, I thought a lot about what makes a successful youth program. In the process, I...[More]

SM Tip - Facts and Filmstrips

Facts and FilmstripsBelieve it or not, YouTube is good for more than cat videos!In planning a session on the patrol method that I’ll be teaching at the Philmont Training Center next week, I came across...[More]

SM Tip - Let's Hear It for Columbusing

Let's Hear It for ColumbusingNPR’s Code Switch blog ran an interesting article recently on a phenomenon called columbusing, which it defines as “discovering something that’s existed forever.” Often, these discoveries happen across cultural or ethnic...[More]

SM Tip - How to Make Your SPL Quit

How to Make Your SPL QuitI've been doing interviews recently with Scouters for a forthcoming Scouting magazine article on the boy-led troop (or boy-run or Scout-run or Scout-led--you pick the term). The most remarkable quote...[More]