The Purple Bishop
Girl Scout beats a decades-old record for cookie sales
An Oklahoma City girl, Katie Francis, has broken the record for Girl Scout cookie sales. Francis sold 18,107 in the seven-week fundraiser, which ended Sunday night, beating the old high mark of 18,000, set in the 1980s. Francis sold 12,428 boxes last year. Her trick, she says, is devoting a lot of time to the project, and making a sales pitch to every person she meets. --[The Associated Press]

Silver Beaver

The Scoutmaster Patch
By Nick Dorosheff

A small circle of tan cloth caught my eye
In a shoebox of odds and ends on its way
To a dumpster behind the resale shop.
Along the top edge and in the center
An embroidered eagle spread its wings
Upon a golden fluer-de-lis.

 

I turned it over and on the back in faded ink
The names of Scouters who must have worn this badge
Or so I thought. Dimmed by time and laundry
Names like Dennis Robertson, Tom Gustine, Craig Reichow,
Robert Carter, Jr., and Drew Mehan and
In slightly darker ink the name Vince Woo.
I did not recognize the names. They were from long ago,
But as I held this tattered piece of cloth
I imagined the hikes, the campouts,
The one pot meals they had eaten,
The Scoutmaster conferences and Scoutmaster Minutes.

 

Did they agonize over what words of wisdom
They would speak at the end of troop meetings?
Did they wonder if any of the Scouts would remember
One word of what they said? Probably not,
Since example is so much more powerful
Than mere words and they knew that truth.

 

I started to toss the old badge back into the shoebox,
But I stopped. After all dont we have a way
To retire with honor Old Glory once shes waved her last?
So, I made a small log-cabin-style box of twigs
And laid the Scoutmaster patch upon it
And lit a match.

Tonight, Ben sits for his Eagle Scout Board of Review

Tonight, Ben passed his Eagle Scout Board of Review

Position Change

After five years as Scoutmaster, I have now moved into a Troop Committee Position with Troop 130. Ben will be turning 18 soon and is less involved with the troop, so this seems a good time to transition.

Klondike Derby

Last weekend was the 2014 Klondike Derby at Golden Gate Canyon State Park. Lots of snow, temps in the teen, but it never went below Zero, so no Polar Bear patch.

It was on this day in 1910 that the Boy Scouts of America was incorporated as a youth organization in the United States.
The idea for the Boy Scouts came from a British Army Officer named Robert Baden-Powell who returned from a war in South Africa to find that the young people in his country had grown soft and undisciplined in his absence. He said,
"[Young people today are] without individuality or strength of character, utterly without resourcefulness, initiative or guts for adventure."
He created the Boy Scouts as an organization and wrote a book called Scouting for Boys that became the Boy Scout manual.

The Boy Scout Handbook says, "A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent."

Finished!


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Eagle Project

We are hoping to complete Ben's Eagle Scout project this weekend, building a terraced retaining wall at a park in Golden. I certainly have learned a lot from the project; building a simple wall is a lot more involved and a lot more costly. We're fortunate to have gotten the wall blocks donated, but we're still buying $400 worth of crushed gravel and renting an excavator for $300.

We've got our fingers crossed the weather stays dry through the week, or at least isn't too bad for Saturday, so we can get the worked knocked out and completed. There's a lot of work to do and a limited time to do it, but we're in the final stretch to get things done.

Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has been nominated to head the Boy Scouts of America.
"There is no finer program for preparing American boys for citizenship and leadership than the Boy Scouts of America. As an Eagle Scout, I know firsthand how impactful this program can be and I believe its mission is more important today than ever before," said Gates. "I am honored to take on this role and look forward to working on behalf of the millions of youth and adult members who make scouting what it is today — an organization providing life-changing opportunities to today's youth."

Black Forest Fire

A big fire erupted yesterday in the Black Forest area near Colorado Springs. High winds and dry conditions made for dangerous conditions. At 11am today this happened: "Peaceful Valley Scout Ranch has been required to evacuate per the Elbert County Office of Emergency Management. Scouts will be taken on school buses to the Kiowa fairgrounds. Emergency procedures are being followed. " Ben was amongst that group being a Camp Staff member.

Later in the day came this: "Scouts are arriving safely to the Elbert County Fairgrounds ... Evacuation operations are running smoothly - food and water are available at the fairgrounds. Camp is currently safe and [DAC is] waiting on further updates from Elbert County officials"

Ben reported he was safe and sound at the fairgrounds, he has his car if/when he is able to come home. Sarah hasn't come back from Oregon yet and is not affected. Below is a picture Ben sent of the smoke as seen from camp this morning. Photo removed at Ben's request

Summer Camp

Week One of Summer Camp starts today - Ben has been at PV all week for staff set up and training. Today the first round of Boy Scouts arrive. Troop 130 goes next week. Good luck, Ben!

Take one more step

Rev. Peter Morales, the Arvada man who serves as the president of the Boston-based Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations, had a mixed reaction.
"I'm delighted the scouts have taken this step. It's a historic step. I would encourage the scouts to take one more step — to be fully inclusive and include gay scout leaders. The culture has clearly changed. But they need to take one more step."

A Step in the Right Direction

After an extensive discussion within the organization, the Boy Scouts of America’s approximately 1,400 volunteer voting members chose to adopt the membership policy resolution and remove the restriction denying membership to youth on the basis of sexual orientation alone.

BSA membership resolution passes with more than 60 percent of vote

The Boy Scouts of America's talk of reversing its ban on openly gay scouts and leaders has divided the 100-year-old organization's biggest participants: churches. Of the more than 100,000 scouting units in the U.S., nearly 70 percent are chartered by faith-based groups, according to BSA statistics. Conservative denominations and movements that denounce homosexual behavior control some big numbers. Leadership at the conservative ministry Focus on the Family worries lifting the ban means diluting the Scout Oath to "keep morally straight" to "morally neutral." But progressive church leaders point to the inclusive concepts of the Scout Law, "kind," "friendly" and "brave."

Boy Scouts' talk of ending gay ban divides faith-based chapters

 

Update, 8:45am - Boy Scouts to continue review of membership policy, take action at May meeting

Breaking News

As early as next week, the Boy Scouts of America may announce it will allow gay Scouts and troop leaders, a spokesman for the group has told USA TODAY. If this policy shift is approved by the national board meeting next week, it will be a sharp reversal of the Scouts' decades' old national policy banning homosexuals.

Boy Scouts may soon welcome gay youths, leaders

Going the Distance

 
Troop 130 Blast Car racing highlights. Film Production by Ben

One hundred years ago on Aug. 1, Arthur Eldred, a 17-year-old Boy Scout from Long Island, became the first person to earn the Eagle Scout rank. Eldred, tall, quiet and with a shock of dark hair, had joined scouting largely at the behest of his widowed mother, who hoped it would give some structure to his life. Yet as Eagle Scouts would continue to do throughout the next century, Eldred caught the scouting world by surprise. He was the first of an extraordinary new cohort of young men who were to prove very different from the classic 13-year-old Boy Scout in short pants.

The Wall Street Journal/Michael Malone: A Century of Eagle Scouts

Girl Scouts Rock the Mall

200,000 Girl Scouts gathered on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. to celebrating the 100th anniversary of the founding of Girl Scouts.

Happy Birthday, Girl Scouts!

One hundred years ago today, in 1912, the first American Girl Scout troop was formed by Juliette Gordon Low.

2013 Jamboree

This weekend Troop 130 is heading down to Bent's Old Fort for their Traditional Holiday Celebration. We're looking at snow, wind, and cold this year - a perfect way to kick off December! Fortunately, we'll be staying indoors on this trip.

Outtakes from filming the 2013 Jamboree Promo Video

Horestooth Camporee

This weekend Ben and I join 32 scouts from Troop 130 for the Gateway District Camporee at Horestooth Reservoir in Fort Collins. This event is for all scouts in Gateway, so there will be 25+ troops in attendance. Last weekend was great weather, but this weekend - rain and wind. Still, it should be a good time!

The Summit

NPR Reports on The Summit, the new BSA High Adventure Base and Jamboree facility.

Troop Sailboat

Troop 130 Sailboat

Troop 130 Sailboat

Troop 130 Sailboat

PV Flood

From Ben: "Just for perspective of how bad the storm [last Tuesday] was, this is from the Dietler side [of camp], looking at the dining hall [upper right]. On the left is where the new shooting ranges are located. [in between] that there is a new 'Lake'"

Gone for a week

Well, I was gone for a week with Troop 130 for Summer Camp at Camp Buffalo Bill near Cody, Wy. We had a great time and totally dominated the camp. I'll link to photos later, but for now I'm trying to get back into the swing of my "noraml" routine.

Happy Birthday, Daisy!

It's the birthday of Juliette Gordon Low, born 150 years ago today in Savannah, Georgia (1860), who in 1912 founded the Girl Scouts of America.

Camporee

This weekend Ben and I will be heading down to Peaceful Valley for the Gateway District Fall Camporee. We're going with 18 scouts from Troop 130 plus a good dozen or so Webelos scouts from area Packs. The weather looks to be good the whole weekend, and I know we'll all have a great time.

Arena Show

Ben, at the Jamboree Arena Show, from the Boy Scouts of America Flickr stream

Subcamp 9 Set-Up

Here's a time-lapse video of our subcamp being set up. While it focuses on the Central Wyoming site, you can see the Denver Area Council sites in the background (including our Graebel Van Line Semi Trucks)

Jamboree!

I'm out on "tour" with Troop 907 heading to BSA Jamboree. Check out some photos on flickr!

Pathfinding

Tonight in our troop meeting we'll begin the Pathfinding Historical Merit Badge. Its roots are in the story of the Unknown Scout:

One day in 1909 in London, England, An American Visitor, William D. Boyce, lost his way in a dense fog. He stopped under a street lamp and tried to figure out where he was. A boy approached him and asked if he could be of help.

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The Boy Scouts have added a new Merit Badge, for Video Games.

UP/BSA 2010

Houston, Texas, March 31, 2010 -- Union Pacific Railroad today unveiled the UP No. 2010 Boy Scouts of America Locomotive, created as a tribute to the organization’s centennial celebration. The UP No. 2010 honors Scouting’s 100-year impact on the nation and the many Scouting enthusiasts in Union Pacific’s work force and communities.

Juliette "Daisy" Gordon Low assembled 18 girls from Savannah, Georgia, on March 12, 1912, for a local Girl Scout meeting. She believed that all girls should be given the opportunity to develop physically, mentally, and spiritually. With the goal of bringing girls out of isolated home environments and into community service and the open air, Girl Scouts hiked, played basketball, went on camping trips, learned how to tell time by the stars, and studied first aid.

Happy Birthday Girl Scouts! On this day in 1912, the first Girl Scout troop was registered in Savannah, GA

The history of Girl Scout cookies.

On this date in 1910, the Boy Scouts of America was incorporated by publisher W. D. Boyce. Boyce first learned about Scouting when a Scout refused payment for helping him through a fog. He was simply doing a Good Turn. For 100 years, Scouts across America have kept to that example, doing Good Turns daily. Today, we celebrate the 100th Anniversary of this great movement and begin our next 100 years of service.

Good Turn?

Koby and Magavin Carroll staked out spots beside adjacent urinals Saturday in men's bathroom No. 18 on Level 3 of the Intrust Bank Arena. Their mission: To join with 300 other scouts and simultaneously flush every public toilet in the soon-to-be opened building.

Intrust Bank Arena plumbing flush with success: Over 300 Scouts Gather to Flush Toilets

Scouts' honors

When David Bouchein won his Eagle Scout medal in the 1970s he had no idea of the prominence that award would play later in his life. "Who would have thought I'd be running the company that made my Eagle medal?" said Bouchein, president of Stange Company.

Awards manufacturer produces prestigious Eagle Scout medals

Explorador Nino

Boy Scouts reach out to Latinos

The Gentlemen's Rank

After a bit of work, six months of leadership, and a last-minute merit badge, Ben earned his Life Rank this evening. He's one away from Eagle now.

Lots going on with Scouts lately. Yesterday:

And tonight Ben and I go to our regular boy scout troop meeting. Lots happening all around!

SSS Odysses



Troop 130 is featured on boyslife.com as the photo of the day!

Dedication

The dedication of the new Frederic C. Hamilton Scout Headquarters in the Denver Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, took place on Monday, June 22, 2009 at 10 a.m. located at 10455 W. 6th Avenue. As the Boy Scouts of America approaches their 100 year celebration in 2010, they take great pride in past accomplishments and rich history, and look forward to a bright future of continuing scouting’s contributions to its members, families and the community. This new scouting facility is not only a more efficient place to conduct scouting’s business today, but well into the future.
Frederic C. Hamilton Scout Headquarters Dedicated in Denver

Sarah's Class A Staff Uniform
Sarah in new Class A PV Staff Uniform

Words To Live By

Ben and I were at Camp Tahosa this weekend where Ben completed the Ordeal portion of the Order of the Arrow. He worked hard clearing trees for his service project. Congratulations!

Community Service

Yesterday Ben and I helped out at the Christian Action Guild (a Golden, Colo. food bank) by unloading, sorting, and storing food collected by the post office. The food collected will last through the summer.

Unloading on Twitpic
Trucks of food come in...

Sorting food on Twitpic
Food gets sorted by date and type.

Got soup? on Twitpic
Shelves get stocked.

What We Are

Congratulations, Ben, on earning your Star Scout rank last night!

Ben and I have been selected to attend the 2010 Boy Scout Jamboree. I'm going as an assistant Scoutmaster and Ben is a regular participant. We'll be part of the gateway district contingent, along with 34 other scouts. It seems like a long way off, but there's lots of planning and fund raising to do. This is a great opportunity and experience and should be a lot of fun.

The Boy Scouts need to wise up, or they'll lose out

Super Seller

A 15 year old Girl Scout from Michigan sold 17,328 boxes of cookies this year. She sold them every day on a street corner and says about the cookies: "I love them".

Klondike

This weekend Ben and I joined Troop 130 at the Gateway Klondike Derby held in Golden Gate Canyon State Park. It was cold and windy Friday night: we set up in the dark after digging out our campsite (there was 6-12 inches of snow), and the wind howled all night. Saturday was sunny but still cold. The kids had fun at the different stations. Today, for camp-strike time, the sun shown and we were able to work without coats. Ben had a good time, though I know he and I will sleep well tonight!

Out in time

Ben and I went camping with his troop, staying at a cabin near Kremmling. We came home Sunday, and it looks like we left at the right time since storms closed I-70 at the Eisenhower Tunnels. We probably drove through the storm but the winds and snow wasn't as bad as it got later.

Foot/Snow Ball

Yesterday Ben and I joined his troop for a trip down to the Air Force Academy to watch the Falcons play the Wyoming Cowboys. The Falcons won 20-12 (too bad as I was cheering for Wyoming). Afterwards we drove over to a campsite in the Pike National Forest for a camp-out. The evening activities went well, but in the morning we woke up to 4" of snow, with more coming down. Everyone handled the weather well, and we were able to pack up and head out on schedule. The drive home was very slow, with lots of accidents along the way. Fortunately we made it home safe and sound.

From 9News:

Once every four years, boy scouts from all over the state flock for the Council Camporee. On Friday night, 3,500 boy scouts camped out Fulenwider Farm for the 2008 Council Camporee.

Ben and I joined his troop at the camporee. We had a lot of fun, even with a constant wind of 50 MPH, dust, and rain Saturday night. Many troops bailed out early, but we stuck it through to the end.

Change in leadership

Roy Williams, Chief Scout Executive since 2000, has retired and will be succeeded by Robert (Bob) Mazzuca.

This commentary from the Scoutmaster blog discusses the change in leadership and calls for Mr. Mazzuca to re-examine BSA's exclusionary membership policies.

When we most needed an open, frank dialog about our collective future. Our national leadership, with Williams at the helm, saw any discussion of its decisions as an attack. Their response was cold and mechanical - they simply dismissed or threatened dissenting individuals, units and Councils. Perhaps our new leadership will find a better way to deal with dissent. Perhaps they will recognize the corrosive, immoral effect of discrimination and lead by bringing it to an end.

Off to Camp Again

This week Cameo, Ben, Sarah, and I will be down at Philmont scout Ranch. I'm attending a cub scout leader training, and everyone else will have a week to "play" around camp. The weather s

Happy Birthday!

Scouts celebrate the 100th birthday of their organization.

A Scout is patient...

88 year old man finally receives his Eagle Scout award.

Dietler

Ben made it back from summer camp at Camp Dietler. He had a great time, even with hail and rain a couple nights. Ben was able to complete his archery merit badge, and has partial completions on metal work and camping. Ben also was voted "King of the Ca

Camping!

This weekend Sarah and I joined her troop on a campout at Pickle Gulch above Blackhawk. I did most of the cooking and brought the bulk of the "group" gear - stoves, covers for tables, cook gear - and firewood. We had a good time although it rained for

Webelos Weekend

On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday Ben worked as staff at Webelos Weekend held at Magness Adventure Camp on Peaceful Valley Scout Ranch. Ben's troop ran the knots station, and was voted the favorite station by t

Tenderfoot

Ben earned his Tendefoot rank tonight!

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Scout Show

Saturday was Denver Area Council's Scout Show, held at the Hall of Education at the National Western Complex. Pack 111 ran a booth this year, hosting Box Hocke

Good Turn

Today the boy scouts volunteered to help with the Easter Egg hunt at the Colorado Railroad Museum. It was cold and snowy, but the scouts had a good time hiding and helping the little kids collect eggs. When we were do

Gear Up!

Now that Ben is in Boy Scouts, he's going to need some camping gear. While we own a bunch of stuff, we figured he'd need a pack of his own, and we needed a new tent as well. We were able to pick up some good deals while shopping today, so Ben has a new

Court of Honor

Last night was Ben's first Court of Honor with Troop 130. He received his Scout Badge and the Aviation Mer

Metta

Ben completed the Metta Religious Award for Buddhist Cub Scouts and received the medal yesterday. Here's the photo of him

Crossing Over

Last night was Ben's last den meeting and Monday will be his last pack meeting. He is crossing over into Boy Scouts, and will be joining Troop 130, based in near by Golden, Colorado.

Ben ha

"Lady Liberty's Little Sisters"

The Denver Post ran an article on the "more than 200 Statue of Liberty replicas" erected throughout the area in the late 1940's and early 1950's. Boy Scout Troop 101 in Cheyenne Posted by Jason to Scouts 

I spent this weekend completing my Woodbadge Course that I started two weekends ago. (we had a break between the two weekends). I had a lot of fun, learned new skills, and made some good friends. Now I'

Off To Camp!

Tomorrow Ben and I head off once again to Magness Adventure Camp. This will be Ben's last year to attend the camp - next year he'll be old enough to go across the street to the Boy Scout camp. We'll be back Saturday, and I hope to post pictures Ben tak

Tahosa

Over the weekend Sarah, Ben, and I joined Pack 111 on a campout to Camp Tahosa, up above Ward, Colorado. I had been to Tahosa as a boy, but the camp was closed for several decades due to overuse. The Boy Scouts wanted the land to regenerate and recover

Webelos Weekend

This weekend was the 30th Webelos Weekend, held at Camp Tahosa above Ward, Colorado. Ben and I drove up Friday and returned this afternoon.

I have attended Webelos Weekend as a cub scout and served on staff as a Boy Scout, and now I've attende

Girl Scout Camp

Girl Scout's Mile Hi Council is promoting 2006 summer camps. They recently ran an article in the Denver Post's YourHub.com site (a web based local news source that also comes in print form once a week). Yo

Race Day

Today is Pack 111's pinewood derby. Ben is putting the wheels on his car this morning. We had a late start getting his car complete, but the design he created was easy to cut out and sand so he'll be ready for racing this afternoon.

From Scoutmaster: An Axe to Grind

Fun in the snow

Yesterday Ben and I joined his cub scout den in attending the Gateway District Klondike Derby.

(A Klondike Derby is when the boy scouts go camping in the cold and snow. They build sleds, have races, practice skills, and if the weather drops be

Kit and Kaboodle

Scoutmaster: An evolved Mess Kit

Ropes and Poles - a blog about scouting, pioneering, and the fun things you can make with some rope and some wood.

What a cool council strip! Wish I had an extra $20 to buy it.

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Colorado's Flying G Girl Scout ranch is closing and being replaced. I guess it's a victim of its success - too many girls want to use the facility. Sarah attended camp there a couple years ago and it
Magness Adventure Camp 2005 Photos
I FINALLY have a photo album of photos from Camp up. The page layout is one I have not used before, and some of the navigation didn't come out
Not a good week for scouts: Four Scout Leaders Die at National Jamboree. It appears a support pole for a tent they were setting up came in contact with elec
Followup: Peaceful Valley to close two campsites after illness. Looks like they are closing the two Boy Scout camps until the norovirus
Norwalk Virus makes 79 Scouts Sick. Scouts at Peaceful Valley fell ill yesterday, affected by the Norwalk virus, sometimes known as the "cruise ship virus". Camp remains open even t
Today Ben and I head down to Magness Adventure Camp at Peaceful Valley Scout Ranch. We'll be there through Saturday night. Last year it rained every afternoon and evening, but this year it looks like it will be HOT. This is Ben's third time attending Magn
Last night was Scout Night at the Colorado Rockies, so we went with Pack 111 to see the Rockies beat the Royals 4-2. Before the game scouts in uniform got to parade around the field, and we think
Sarah, Ben, and I just got back from a week at Philmont Scout Ranch. I was there for a national training seminar, and the kids got to spend a week doing summer camp stuff - hikes, camping out, hors
Today was Pack 111's Pinewood Derby, which is always a lot of fun. This year Ben placed 3rd fastest in his den and received a trophy for his efforts. Good Job Speed Racer!
Rookie: Last night I was honored by the Gateway District of the Denver Area Council as Cubmaster Rookie of the Year. I'm very humbled by the award and was caught off guard receiving it (I knew I had been nominated but didn't think I'd get it). It's been a
A Week Of Good Turns
Last year Pack 111 participated in Good Turn Week. Our project was assisting the Ronald McDonald house. During the activity we were interviewed by Scouting Magazine (
Ben was the 2nd highest seller in the Pack's annual Popcorn Fundraiser, selling over $800 worth of product. He received a radio-controlled truck as his pack-level prize (the top three sellers got a special prize). Good job Ben!
Camp Update:
Sarah returned from week-long girl scout camp on Saturday. Even though she was homesick fevery now and then, she had a great time, made some new friends, and wants to go back next year.

Ben and I made it through three rainy days
Today Ben and I are off to Magness Adventure Camp for the weekend. We went last year and had a great time. Ben has a camera with him, so we'll put photos online later.
Today we dropped Sarah off at Tomahawk Ranch for a week of Girl Scout camp. She will be camping in the mountains outside Bailey.

This is her
Ben put together a PowerPoint presentation on his trip to Trailblazer Day, and then turned it into a mov
Ben's photos from Trailblazer Day are back and available for your review in the photos section of the website.
Last Thursday night the Den gathered at Maple Grove Park in Wheat Ridge and did a little star gazing. The plan was to look at Mars and find some constellations. However, it was the
I've posted some photos from this year's trip to Magness Adventure Camp.
Ben and I are going to Magness Adventure Camp today! It's Ben's first time going as an official scout - he and I visited the camp a couple years ago when it was closed. We're all packed and head out after lunch, and return Tuesday evening.
Tonight was our first "offical" pack meeting. 60 minutes of Cub Scout fun. It will take some time to get used to Pack 111's tradations and standards, but there are a number of things I'll be discussing with the Pack leader, some positive, some negative. <