Cub Scout Graduation in the Improved Scouting Program


A friend’s youngest boy decided to join a traditional troop in our community and the new cubmaster needed ideas for an appropriately traditional graduation ceremony.

In my boy scouting library is a 1973 printing of “Staging Pack and Den Ceremonies.” Here is a scan of the chapter on graduations.

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Music! “On My Honor as a Scout” from “JAMBOREE”


Here’s a beautiful song available again for the first time in decades.

“On My Honor as a Scout”(click to see a video published on YouTube) is the Main Title for the Hollywood documentary made of the 1953 Boy Scout Jamboree at Irvine Ranch, California. It was so close to Hollywood they got all the stars and bigshots to attend like Jimmy Stewart, Bob Hope, Jane Powell and President Ike Eisenhower (via film)!

Here’s the industry’s AFI Film Catalog page.

AND HERE’S THE SHEET MUSIC FOR PIANO AND VOICE:

Trail Life offers free e-book, “Let Boys be Boys”


Sounds like something I might have written.

Download your free copy of “Let Boys be Boys” here.

Boys and Girls are different. “As leaders of boys in schools, homeschools, churches, and youth organizations, we must recognize and affirm their unique strengths and challenges. We are positioned to instill the principles and character traits that can prepare boys to become courageous, successful, focused men. But will we?” How can we successfully engage and disciple boys? If your attempts look anything like a typical classroom or Sunday school class, you are fighting a losing battle. Boys aren’t defective, they are different and to engage and disciple them effectively, we must Let Boys be Boys!

Discover three winning strategies from Counselor and Author Mark T. Hancock to engage and guide the next generation of young men to honor God, lead with integrity, and serve others.

On the Front Line of the Culture War: Defending the Boy Scouts of America


Written in the 1990s over two editions, William Donahue presents this early report on the systematic, relentless, and ultimately successful frontal assault on the Boy Scouts of America.

Below is a selection from the forward. on-the-front-line-of-the-culture-war-recent-attacks-on-the-boy-scouts-of-america-2nd4.

Foreword

On May 24, 1993, Roberta Achtenberg was confirmed as U.S. Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity.

This was a ballyhooed “historic first” of the Clinton era: Achtertberg is a homosexual activist.

Less than two weeks later, President Clinton scuttled the politically-disastrous nomination of his long-time friend and political ally Lani Guinier for the nation’s top civil rights post.

More startling to the public was that he had nominated her in the first place: Guinier had built her entire reputation on challenging the idea of majority rule, both in elections and in legislatures.
These events are related, and their connection is related to the theme of this booklet.

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Learn the International Morse Code the Boy Scout Way


Here are high quality scans of traditional Boy Scout training material for the International Morse Code or, in BSA’s classic terminology, the service code.

This link takes you to my YouTube video of BSA’s LP training record set.

Learn the International Morse Code the BSA Raybrun Method

Here are the LP liner notes and instructions from an official BSA Signal Kit:

BSA Raybrun Morse Code Liner Notes

BSA Signal Kit Literature optimized

Here you’ll find my one-page practice chart of letters in the recommended study groups:

BSA Morse Code Training Groups Chart

Uniform Inspection Sheets


Perhaps you’ve noticed the BSA uniform inspection sheets resemble a haute couture catwalk more than an inspection of the troops.

You have? Good!

Here is a complete set of high quality scans in PDF format, taken from new old stock originals for Cubs, Scouts, Den Mothers, and Officers . Print them off for your guys be they cubs or scouts and have them ship shape in no time.

BSA Inspection Sheets