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ScouterStan - Scout Leader Podcast

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Online Scouting Commissioner Podcast - Scouting needs good and informed leaders like YOU to succeed. Join the ScouterStan community in sending a positive message to our youth. Thank you for taking the time today to check out the @ScouterStan podcast. I hope to cover the topics you need to become a g… read more

167 Episodes | 2019 - 2023

Debunking the "One Hour a Week" Recruiting Claim as an Urban Myth?

December 9th, 2023


We dive into the urban legend of Scouting only taking one hour a week. Where did this crazy idea come from? We debunk a lot of the misconceptions that arise from recruiting claims. Leaders know that this is not the …

The Mysterious James E. West Fellowship Award

December 2nd, 2023


James E. West Fellowship Award recognizes the financial contribution to the Boy Scouts of America. It would seem that this is kind of straightforward …

A Life Scouts' Procrastination Towards Eagle Scout

November 11th, 2023


Many scout leaders are frustrated with life scouts procrastinating towards their goal of becoming an Eagle Scout. Many factors affect young people's choices regarding time management. Scout leaders and mentors need to …

The Historic Trails Award

November 3rd, 2023


The Historic Trails Award is achieved by scouting units in recognition of historic activity on a historic trail. Hiking metals on specific trails can qualify for this group award. Typically Scout Troops can hike and …

From Youth Leader to Adult Leadership: 3 Essential Steps

October 27th, 2023


The transition of youth leadership to adult leadership within a Troop is critical to the survival of the unit. Scout leaders spend an incredible …

The Heroism or the Lifesaving and Meritorious Action Award

October 20th, 2023


The meritorious action award is often referred to as the heroism award and lifesaving award. This rare and unique award is given to individuals who have gone above and beyond to help others. Many scout skills or …

Unlocking the Secrets of Unit Advancement Chair Part Two

October 13th, 2023


This is the follow-up video from the advancement team video from a few years back. From this, we dive into some of the new changes that have happened …

Scouts' Shocking Screen Time Addiction Exposed

October 6th, 2023


Scout Leaders are witnessing young people becoming more and more addicted to screen time. Cellular or mobile phones make it easy for anyone to stay …

Secret Den Chiefs Role in the Troop with New Scouts

September 29th, 2023


This is a critical youth leadership position that is often overlooked. The Den Chief position is essential in many respects. They are the representation of the best of the troop. They are youth leaders who work with Den …

Discover BSA Alumni Association & Award

September 22nd, 2023


The Boy Scouts of America Alumni Association is established to help support scouting's goals of helping others at all times. Former scout leaders and community activists are encouraged to join the BSA Alumni …

The Forgotten Interpreter Strip

September 15th, 2023


Just over the words, Boy Scouts of America or Scouts BSA on the right pocket is a space reserved for the interpreter strip. All too often we forget that the Scouting movement is international. It's important that scouts …

Once an Eagle Scout, always an Eagle Scout

September 8th, 2023


Eagle Scouts are rare in the world. They represent individuals who have dedicated themselves to live their lives according to the Scout Oath and Law. …

A Scout's Trustworthy Nature and Unwavering Loyalty

September 1st, 2023


The Scout Oath and Law are so important to the Scouting movement that young people should take it seriously. In the American Scout Law, the first two …

Discover the 2010 Centennial Merit Badges and Ranks

August 25th, 2023


On the 100th Anniversary of Scouting in America (2010), the Centennial series commemorated this incredible event. The BSA reintroduced 4 discontinued …

Unofficial Top 5 Tips for Den Leaders (All Leaders)

August 18th, 2023


Discover the unofficial top five tips for den leaders to get the most out of their leadership experience. These 5 tips could be for all unit leaders …

The Mysterious George Meany Award

August 11th, 2023


The mysterious George Meany Award is uncovered from its mystery. National recognition was provided by the AFL-CIO executive council. It is to recognize scout leaders that are union members and have given significant …

The Mysterious District Positions

August 4th, 2023


Most unit leaders may not be aware of the structure of their District and how important it is. The District is a critical part of your Council in its direct operations with all Scouting units in your area. The District …

Unofficial Secrets to Schoolroom Visits

July 28th, 2023


Schoolroom visits are getting more essential to good recruitment. Many school-age children do not know that they can join Scouting and have the …

Empowering Girls Through Scouts BSA

July 21st, 2023


In this groundbreaking video, we delve into the transformative journey of the Girl Scouts organization as it embraces a new era of inclusivity and …

Exploring the World of Patch Trading at Summer Camp

June 23rd, 2023


We take you on a journey to explore the exciting world of patch trading at a Boy Scout summer camp. If you're a Boy Scout enthusiast or collector, …

10 Essential Tips for New Assistant Scoutmasters

June 16th, 2023


Being a new Assistant Scoutmaster can be a challenging but rewarding experience, and it's important to “be prepared” for the role. We'll cover …

Unveiling the Truth Behind Scouting: Militarism or Peace Movement?

June 9th, 2023


Many non-scouters believe that Scouting is militaristic. Almost to the point of an “urban legend”. This rumor that somehow our peace movement is actually militarily oriented. Baden-Powell the founder of Scouting spend …

Unlock the Secret to a Successful Leadership Transition!

June 2nd, 2023


So many units fail when it comes time to replace a critical leader. Unlocking the secret of mentoring replacements is a critical skill that all …

5 Amazing Facts About the Aids to Scouting Book by Baden-Powell

May 26th, 2023


Proclaimed to be the book that started the Scouting movement in the world. Originally was an instruction manual for the military. This little book of …

What is Wilderness First Aid?

May 19th, 2023


This podcast dispels many of the mysteries about Wilderness First Aid (WFA) training & CPR/AED Certification. Many scout leaders that are heading off to high adventure are required to take this training. This first …

Be Proud to Be A Scout, in Uniform

May 12th, 2023


The Scout uniform is part of the methods of Scouting. As a uniformed organization, we transform our daily life into being a Scout. Boys & Girls in uniform are Scouts, not kids. There are places to be in uniform and …

The Amazing History of the Den Chief

May 5th, 2023


The history of the Den Chief is fascinating. Ernest Thompson Seton had the original idea from woodcraft indenes. The newly formed BSA just wasn’t ready for the new Cub Scouts. James West persuaded the founders to let …

Kicked Out of Scouting?

April 28th, 2023


We hear about people getting “kicked out of Scouting” all the time. Many famous people make this fashionable claim. The reality is that not many …

Scout Leader Council (SLC)

April 21st, 2023


A properly running Troop has a regular Patrol Leader Council (PLC) every month. Many Packs, Troops, and Crews could benefit from a similar meeting …

College Scouter Reserve

April 7th, 2023


Looking for a place to belong as an “Aged-out” Scout? Check out the College Scouter Reserve! This Scouting position is perfect for Scouts over 18 who …

International Scouter’s Award

March 31st, 2023


The International Souters Award recognizes Scouters that have participated in and promoted international Scouting. Often adult leaders don't realize …

Nova Award and Supernova Introduction

March 24th, 2023


Scouting is deeply tied to STEM while working with America's youth. We need to recognize youth that chooses to fulfill the requirements of STEM …

New Member Coordinator for Your Unit

March 17th, 2023


The New Member Coordinator for any unit is a critical role in any successful Scouting unit. This underutilized position needs to be a critical part …

First Year at Summer Camp Programs and More

March 10th, 2023


Do you have new Scouts going to Summer Camp? This is the podcast for you! In this episode, we'll be discussing everything you need to know about first-year Scouting at Summer Camp. If you're looking for information …

Surprising Truth About Aging Out in the Order of the Arrow

March 3rd, 2023


In this podcast, I'm sharing a surprising truth about “aging out” in the Order of the Arrow. In short, it's not as bad as you think! You may have heard that you'll age out of the Order of the Arrow if you're over 18 …

Scouts BSA Troop Scribe is 3rd in Command?

February 24th, 2023


There is a debate about who is 3rd in command in youth leadership. Many maintain it’s the Troop Scribe while others put forth a good case for other …

The Tribe of Mic-O-Say

February 17th, 2023


Discover some of the fascinating histories of the tribe of Mic-O-say. One of the early honor societies of the Boy Scouts of America. Most Scouters know of the Order of the Arrow (OA) as the official Honor Society of the …

What's in it for the Adult Scout Leader?

February 10th, 2023


Many outside of Scouting don't know why we would volunteer our time to be adult leaders. We believe in helping young people discover Scouting Values …

Square Knots that Youth can Wear

February 3rd, 2023


Many leaders mistakenly think that Square Knot is only for the adult uniform. Youth are not restricted from wearing square knots that they have been …

The Basics for Camping for All Scout Leaders

January 27th, 2023


In this podcast, we're going to discuss the basic training requirements for camping for all Scout Leaders. As a Scout Leader, you're undoubtedly passionate about your program and the outdoors. But before you can enjoy …

Order of the Arrow: The OA Troop Positions in Scouting

January 20th, 2023


The Order of the Arrow (OA) is Scoutings Honor Society and has many different positions. two of these positions are within the unit. Most Scouters …

How to be a Better Scout Leader in 2023

January 13th, 2023


Volunteering to be the best scout leader you can be will always leave a legacy. Many scout leaders “pay it forward” through selfless service to …

ScouterStan Commissioner Weekly Podcast Returns

January 9th, 2023


Starting this Thursday, January 12, at 7 PM Season 8 will start. This promotional podcast gives you more details about what is going on with the show. I look forward to making this happen for the listeners of the …

Evolution of the Council Shoulder Patch or Council Strip

March 23rd, 2022


A patch that is on every uniform is the council shoulder patch. Originally the scout uniform didn't have a place for the council strip. The CSP that …

The Scouters Role in the Order of the Arrow

March 16th, 2022


A lot of adults have no clue about their role within the order of the arrow. It's important to remember that they are no longer running things or …

Starting Up a New Unit

March 10th, 2022


Starting up a new Scouting unit is important to giving America's youth the opportunity of a Scouting experience. Many critical things need to be done to make this happen. One of the most important is a Chartered …

Adult Recognition Starts with a Trained Leader

March 3rd, 2022


Every Scout deserves a trained leader. The more training you get the better the adult leader you become. The first step in leadership is training. …

Recruiting New Scouts Year-round

February 24th, 2022


There is no such thing as a recruiting season. Scout units that fail often make this mistake. It is important to understand that scout units need a constant flow of new youth recruits. Here is a way to recruit new …

Rejoining the Order of the Arrow

February 17th, 2022


A very popular answer to this question is YES! Many new adult leaders were once involved in the Order of the Arrow. Now that they are back in …

National Jamboree Collectables from History

February 10th, 2022


The National Jamboree from 1935 to the present day has been an exceptional experience for young people throughout the United States. The history of the National Jamboree is displayed within its patches and neckerchiefs. …

Making the Most of Your Time in Scouting

February 3rd, 2022


Join ScouterStan as he kicks off the 6th season. Scout leaders are a unique group of people that are dedicated to a higher purpose for our American youth. Today scout leader is faced with a lot of competition for the …

A Brotherhood of Cheerful Service

November 25th, 2021


The Order of the Arrow is a brotherhood of cheerful service. Many chapters are looking for ways to give service to their community. Here are some …

What is a Scouts Own Service

November 18th, 2021


A Scouts' Own service is usually short and often less than 15 minutes. As Scouts and Scouters, we have all participated in this religious observance. We discuss a Scouts' Own theme and structure to help Scouters put …

What Is That On Your Uniform?

November 11th, 2021


Uniform seems to be a big concern with a great deal of leadership out there. Many of the top-rated videos on this channel have to do with uniforms and patches. Join ScouterStan as he describes his uniform and the story …

Who is the Most Valuable Member of the Order of the Arrow?

November 3rd, 2021


Let's discuss the most important Arrowmen in the Order of the Arrow. They are often overlooked and taken for granted but this should not be the case. …

The Square Knot on the Uniform Tells a Story

October 27th, 2021


Square knots can actually tell a story. The square knots that I'm referring to are the ones other leaders put on their uniforms above the left pocket flap. Discover the four categories in this installment about uniforms …

Messengers of Peace - MOP

October 20th, 2021


Messengers of Peace is a flagship initiative of World Scouting that inspires Scouts around the world to take action in their communities by contributing to peace and sustainable development. Since 2010, Messengers of …

Order of the Arrow Elections

October 13th, 2021


The Order of the Arrow election season starts when unit leaders make contact with their OA chapter. All troops, crews, and ships are eligible for an election. The Inductions Team (also known as the Elections Team) will …

Crossover & Arrow of Light for Packs and Troops

October 6th, 2021


Cub Scout Packs and Scouts BSA Troops need to understand the differences between a Crossover ceremony and an Arrow Of Light ceremony. Not all Webelos …

Your Recruitment Team

September 29th, 2021


Each unit should have a recruitment team of Scouters that are ready to promote their unit at any event. They should also be equipped with …

Patch Trading Basics - Patch Crazy

September 22nd, 2021


Patch trading seems to be a big part-time activity with Scouts and Scout leaders. There are many facets to the patch trading world that can be explored and enjoyed by everyone. Patches or badges whatever you choose to …

Scout Law Around the World

September 15th, 2021


Scouting started at the beginning of the 20th century. Baden-Powell the founder of Scouting believed in basic principles found in the Scout Law today. Scouting has grown over the years and around the world. Although the …

Countdown List of 10 Important Points in a New Parents Guide

September 8th, 2021


Having a great new parents guide as a tool for your recruitment team is extremely important. This countdown list of 10 important points will help …

Youth Protection Training for Everyone? - YPT

September 1st, 2021


Youth protection is a priority in Scouting. The training for youth protection starts with the parent guide that is part of the scouts' handbook. Unit leaders will often show videos produced by Scouts BSA before taking …

Crossovers & Arrow Of Light Ceremonies by the Order of the Arrow for Cub Scouts

August 25th, 2021


Your local Order of the Arrow (OA) chapters Ceremony Team has worked with Cub Scout Packs throughout its area for many years. Providing OA Ceremony Team members for Crossovers and Arrow Of Light ceremonies. Recently …

The New SAFE Scouting Guide

August 18th, 2021


Job one of any scout leader is to run a safe program. In the past, we had the “Sweet 16” of BSA Safety in the Guide to Safe Scouting to refer back to. Now we have the SAFE Scouting guide to help us remember safety in …

Not Everyone Should Join Scouting?

August 11th, 2021


Not Everyone Should Join Scouting? This sounds like a crazy statement but it was one that a parent made at a signup night. I have been struggling to …

Recruiting for Wood Badge?

August 4th, 2021


You have attended Wood Badge and worked your ticket and now you got your beads. Now the Wood Badge course director has asked you to help by joining the staff. You say YES, and they hand you a bunch of recruiting …

What is the Gold Star on my Scoutmaster Patch?

July 28th, 2021


Last season we covered the Unit Leader Award of Merit knot. We forgot to mention or even talk about the Gold Star that can be added to the adult …

What is an ELANGOMAT? - Order of the Arrow Stuff

July 21st, 2021


The Order of the Arrow… OA for short is shrouded in mystery only because it's an honored society that most non-Scouters don't know anything about. One of the mysterious positions is that of the Elangomat. This is a …

Making Scouting Strong Again - Season 5

July 14th, 2021


The first episode of the 5th Season of Commissioner Weekly starts with a bang. Join ScouterStan in reigniting the joy and magic that Scouting can bring to America's youth. Now that we are in a post-pandemic environment …

Scouting Needs YOU!

June 16th, 2021


Scouting needs you to get more involved. Stepping up as a parent is a critical part of the big picture. Scouting should be looked upon as a part of …

What's the difference between a Lodge and a Chapter?

June 9th, 2021


In this video, ScouterStan jumps into the differences between a Lodge and the Chapter in the Order of the Arrow. As an Honor Society of Scouts BSA and Honored Campers, the Order of the Arrow is established as lodges …

Board of Review

June 2nd, 2021


The Board of Review is not all that complicated. It is essential for evaluating the performance of the leadership regarding youth achievements. Always keep in mind that it is just a review. It's not a trial or an …

Pandemic Scout Leader Training

May 26th, 2021


There are many forms of training within scouting. During this pandemic time, Scout leaders have been concentrating on their online learning. There is more to training than just online classes. many times there is …

Order the Arrow High Adventure

May 19th, 2021


Order the Arrow High Adventure has been around since the 80s. Starting at the Philmont Scout Ranch with trail crews. This program allows arrowmen the opportunity to work the trails and receive exclusive adventures. In …

Unit Leader Award of Merit - Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Advisor, and Skipper

May 12th, 2021


All too often these days Cubmasters, Scoutmasters, Advisors, and Skippers go completely unrecognized. The Unit Leader Award of Merit seeks to right …

Wood Badge Patrols Critters

May 5th, 2021


One of the craziest things about Wood Badge is the fixation of critters. Each patrol in Wood Badge is personified by an animal. Be forewarned if …

National Eagle Scout Association NESA

April 28th, 2021


Today's National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) was originally formed in 1925 as the Knights of Dunamis. in 1972 it became officially the NESA we all …

World Conservation Award

April 21st, 2021


One of the coolest badges a Scout can earn is the World Conservation Award. It has a Panda Baer on it! Cub Scouts, Scouts, Crew Members, and Sea …

OA Steals Scouts? - Promoting the Order of the Arrow Within Your Unit

April 14th, 2021


The Order of the Arrow (OA) is Scouts BSA National Honor Society. Scout leaders need not think of it as competition and need to promote the OA within the unit. There are many reasons for supporting the OA. It helps …

EDGE Method Training and More

April 7th, 2021


Scouting has developed over the many years unique training skills that help young people learn more efficiently and independently. The EDGE (Explain, Demonstrate, Guide, and Enable) method is the official way of …

The 3 Promises in the Scout Oath

March 31st, 2021


Scout leaders often forget the three promises that are represented in the scout sign. The scout oath and law are represented when making the scout sign. The three fingers are the promises that we make in the oath and …

NYLT is the YOUTH Wood Badge

March 24th, 2021


The National Youth Leadership Training NYLT is equivalent to the adult Wood Badge in many ways. Youth leaders in their Troop or Crew should plan on …

Order of the Arrow Vigil Honor - OA

March 17th, 2021


The Order of the Arrow (OA) Vigil Honor is shrouded in mystery. We discuss how and why this is. We also discuss the process by which a Brotherhood …

The Scout Uniform Through History (Scouts BSA)

March 11th, 2021


Scouting just celebrated its 111th Birthday in America. All during that time Scouts have been wearing various types of uniforms. Very early on the uniforms were very easy to obtain. As the decades of Scouting continued …

The NEW Wood Badge

March 4th, 2021


The new Wood Badge is something that everyone's talking about. Discover with ScouterStan what is new at Wood Badge. National has implemented many surveys to improve Wood Badge with new leadership teaching skills. …

Once an Eagle Scout, Always an Eagle Scout

February 25th, 2021


Eagle Scouts are rare in the world. They represent individuals that have dedicated themselves to live their lives by the Scout Oath and Law. Many of …

What's a NOAC? - National Order of the Arrow Conference

February 18th, 2021


What is a NOAC? This is the national conference for the Order of the Arrow known as the National Order of the Arrow Conference or NOAC for short.  In this video, ScouterStan talks about his experiences at the infamous …

Keeping Your Unit Healthy

February 11th, 2021


Task One: When you agree to take a leadership position, your first job is to find your replacement. “You must have someone that can take over when you go, or you can’t go!” Every unit needs to have succession plans in …

Eagle Scout Court of Honor - ECOH

February 4th, 2021


In November of 2018, I finished posting my 3 Part Eagle Mentoring series. Here is the 4th part of that for leaders and mentors. Quite simply it's time to plan a celebration of your new Eagle Scouts achievement. There …

Be Prepared - More Than Just a Motto, It's a Way of Life

January 27th, 2021


I wonder how many Scouts and Scouters have thought about the motto “Be Prepared”? This includes unexpected service to the community. Often this is personal and close to home in many ways. Living your life by the …

Where Do I Stick This Patch?

January 21st, 2021


Patch landing places on the uniform can be confusing. Sometimes it's easier to think of them as the four quadrants of the uniform shirt. Uniform …

The Sweet Sixteen of BSA Safety

January 14th, 2021


Safety is job one for us adult leaders. A big part of safety is Youth Protection Training (YPT). This is done online and can be printed out from …

5 Ways to Make Your Scouting Better This Year

January 7th, 2021


Happy New Year! Let's make this year one of the best for Scouting. There are five ways to make sure that we start off the year in a good way. 

#1 is to make sure that your Youth Protection Training is up to date. It's …

Commissioner Service… a Cubmasters' next step?

November 26th, 2020


What is the oldest leadership corps in Scouting? The oldest leadership role in Scouting is the Commissioner corps. “Gray Tabs” or I like to tell the …

What is Friendly, Courteous, and Kind?

November 19th, 2020


Adult leaders and parents are NOT exempt from the Scout Law. Have you ever really thought about it. Also the number one question we should ask all …

Reporting Service Hours

November 12th, 2020


Historically, a BSA service project is a special Good Turn that puts Scout spirit into action.  Good Turns take many forms such as 

• aid during emergencies and natural disasters 

• recycling • conservation projects 

• …

Merit Badge Counselor

November 5th, 2020


All troops should expect every adult to take on some kind of leadership role. One that’s often overlooked is Merit Badge Counselor (MBC). Merit Badge …

Dealing With Upset Parents - How Leaders Deal With It

October 28th, 2020


Thair is an actual complaint form for parents. That national has a 100% guaranty on. More info later, let's jump into this. We are talking about disagreements and not actual safety or YPT issues.

Parents get mad or …

Order of the Arrow, After Brotherhood What’s Next?

October 21st, 2020


Now that the ties of Brotherhood are upon you, what’s next?

✔ Get into your chapter/lodge activity weekends!

  • Inductions Weekend – In the South, …

How to Deal With Homesickness - Home Sick ?

October 14th, 2020


First time on their own.  2nd or 3rd night at summer camp – Most new Scouts develop self-imposed anxiety or homesickness when a routine has been …

Thank you for 1000 Subscribers - 1K ? WOW ! I mean really…?

October 7th, 2020


There are 31,000,000 YouTube Channels and only 76,179* have more than 1K Subscribers. That represents about 0.2457% of channels on YouTube. 2,000 channels have more than 1 Million Subscribers.


What is ITLS? - Introduction to Leadership Skill

September 30th, 2020


Training of the elected youth leaders of your unit is the unit's responsibilities.

Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops (ILST) Activities …

Unit Fundraising - 3 Types of Scout Fundraising 💲 Money, Dollars, Bucks, Cash, Moo-La!

September 23rd, 2020


Scouting cannot happen without fundraising. All too often parents tend to be relied on for funding their youth through the program. The scout should …

Scout Skills, Can Pay the Bills

September 16th, 2020


In cub scouting, we focus on good character building. This helps give the cub scout confidence and self-reliance. This skill is necessary for everyone. Merit Badges are a great way of finding talent and interests. If …

Lost Unit?... Scouting Has A Road Map to Success!

September 9th, 2020


Do you know a successful Pack or Troop? They are the ones that have a gigantic AOL cross-over ceremony. You know the one Troop who has 2 or 3 new …

Scouting is a Safe Place to Fail?

September 2nd, 2020


The primary goal with all Scout leaders is Safety. We as adult leaders need to understand that some times we learn more by failing. A Senior Patrol …

Running a Good Planning Meeting or Seminar

August 26th, 2020


In a Pack, the planning meeting/seminar is usually a subcommittee of adults. In a Troop the planning is done by the youth members, guided by SPL and …

The Patrol Method? - The Patrol Method Isn't One Way To Run A Troop - It's The Only Way.

August 19th, 2020


Baden-Powell is accredited with developing the “patrol method” originally for the British Army shortly after his success at Mafeking. His military …

Your Unit Advancement Team?

August 12th, 2020


Advancement is one of the eight methods used by Scout leaders to help youth fulfill the aims of the BSA. A new or small unit could use the committee …

Camping Mode on Your Smartphone? Scouting and your Mobile or Cell Phone

August 5th, 2020


Mobile phones are a way of life these days. Scout units need to think of setting up rules that will help make them less intrusive.

  • Mobile phones …

Every Scout Deserves a Trained Leader - Scouter’s Training Award

July 29th, 2020


There are only 7 requirements for this award. Most Scouters have completed it after two years in a unit. Filling out the paperwork and submitting it …

A Scouts Next Step - Eagle, is Not an Exit Sign!

July 22nd, 2020


You have a scout youth that is turning 18 soon. Scout leaders should have a plan worked out for the scout's parents leaving. Most Scouters and …

Flag Etiquette - Flag Ceremony - How Important is the "Opening" in Scouts?

July 15th, 2020


The opening of many meetings is a flag ceremony. Has your unit practiced it? Should an opening prayer come before the flag ceremony? Yes, think about …

Post-Pandemic Summer Camp? (Leaders get ready…)

July 8th, 2020


In the past, the traditional scout summer camp was defined by overnight tent camping, waterfront swimming, and unusual dining hall experiences. Now living in a post-pandemic time we need to think of summer camp …

Scoutings Founding Fathers and WDB Organizer Square Knot Award

July 1st, 2020


Scouting is blessed with many founders. Many of the ones throughout history are no longer around to sincerely thank for their service. There are …

The Blue Card Process or Merit Badges Mania?

June 24th, 2020


All rank advancements beyond First Class Scout require merit badges. Everyone should know the system and the blue card process is a big part of that. …

Scouting's New Path… Post-Pandemic

June 17th, 2020


Welcome to Season 3 of Commissioner Weekly. Season 2 finished filming at the beginning of February. So this is the first time we have been able to address the pandemic. Most of Scouting survived with some needed …

Honoring Others, Is a Scout Thing To Do

May 6th, 2020


In scouting, we promise in our oath to help other people at all times. Honoring our nation's armed services is important in building strong citizenship. Honoring all that helped out in the CoVid19 pandemic is important …

Using the ScouterStan Community on this YouTube Channel

April 29th, 2020


You're invited to become apart of our scout leader community we have here on YouTube. With almost 250K views in 9 years*, only 0.003% of viewers of this channel are subscribers (not 8% as ScouterStan stated in the …

Cub Scout Day Camp is Camp School Certified?

April 22nd, 2020


Your district Cub Scout Day Camp has a minimum of two Camp School Certified directors.  The Day Camp Director and Program Director. This training …

Retiring From Scouting? Ageing Out? Eagle Out? Moving On? What Now?

April 15th, 2020


Most scout leaders leave Scouting when their children do (but not required). Some units have “term-limits” on positions like Scoutmaster, Cubmaster …

Are Donations to Scouting Taxable? Yes and No...

April 8th, 2020


Basically, only cash/check/charge donations to Scouts BSA or your local council office fall under charitable donations. Everything else is your property and asset. Donations to a scout unit are given to the chartering …

The Scoutmaster Conference... Not Just for Rank Advancement Anymore

April 1st, 2020


The Scoutmaster conference is exclusive to Troop operations. However, the concepts and policies apply to all unit leaders*. Its recommended that …

Thanking Outside The Tent? - Keeping Scouting New & Fresh

March 25th, 2020


If you're stuck in a rut.. with the same old schedule of campouts. You NEED to change it before your Scouts lose interest. Youth like new and …

Working Your Ticket If You Can? - Finishing Up Wood Badge

March 18th, 2020


Now the hard part? Making time to complete your ticket. A ticket is broken up into 5 parts. Setting up your tasks in a logical order with the …

I’m an Ordeal Member… Now What?

March 11th, 2020


Ordeal membership is meant to be temporary. You only do ordeal once! The ordeal is a big thing but not the only thing that Order of the Arrow is about. This is the start of your membership process. In a short time, you …

Who Created the Scout Law?

March 5th, 2020


The 12 points of the BSA's Scout Law was put together by Robert Baden-Powell and Ernest Seton. The first publication of ‘Scouting for Boys’ in 1908 Baden-Powell first proposed only the first 9 points of the Scout Law. …

Requirement Sign-off for Troops & Packs - What is an Instructor?

February 27th, 2020


In a Pack, the sign-off responsibilities are delegated to the adult Den leadership and parents. In a Troop, this may be delegated to senior (First …

Who Was Baden-Powell? & How B-P Changed the World!

February 20th, 2020


The history of B-P is naturally lengthy in detail. Knowing the brief history will help you gain insight as to the foundations of Scouting. Over 160 years ago on February 22nd (1857) Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell …

Scoutbook? The Official Scouts BSA Online Unit Management Tool

February 13th, 2020


Whether you like it or not, Scoutbook is here to stay. In April 2015 the BSA acquired Scoutbook. Scoutbook is the official Scouts BSA online unit …

How Did Scouting Start in America?

February 6th, 2020


The history of scoutings beginnings and how scouting came to America is a fascinating subject. We first must understand the basics of youth organizations at the turn of the 20th century. In 1844, George Williams founded …

Scout Sabeth, Scout Sunday, A Scout is Reverent

January 30th, 2020


Scout Sunday or Sabeth is the first weekend of February. Many units are chartered with religious organizations and it would only be natural to be …

Scout Units Need to Protect There Gear

January 23rd, 2020


Scout units are not immune to the thievery of their equipment. All scouting units should take precautions to discourage thieves from stealing. …

Youth Protection, A Call To Action… Teen Suicide Prevention

January 16th, 2020


Teen suicide is the 2nd cause of death to American youth today. I know this subject is dark and cringy and most leaders avoid it if they can. As …

I’ve Been Elected to the Order of the Arrow... Now What? Ordeal? 🏹

January 9th, 2020


At the last camporee or summer camp, your name was called out and you left the campfire with Order of the Arrow brothers. This is known as a

Now seeing in 2020 - A New Year of Scouting

January 2nd, 2020


Happy New Year! 2020 will be a big year for us scout leaders. Sometime in September, we should see the first girl Eagle Scouts. This will be a big …

The Gift of Scouting Knowledge

December 26th, 2019


During this vacation time, it would be ideal to check into your scout Leader training. Records of your training are attached to your Scouts BSA ID …

Cooking in the Great Outdoors with Camping Gadgets - Dutch Oven ?

December 19th, 2019


Every Chef has a deep respect for the skillet… Scouters love something much deeper. Dutch ovens! Many Scouters discover that cooking in the great outdoors can be challenging. Gaining some quick knowledge about the Dutch …

Discovering Winter Camping

December 12th, 2019


ll across the nation scouts are discovering the joys of winter camping. ScouterStan recalls his youth in's winter camping experiences. Even though ScouterStan lives in Central Florida winter camping is exciting. Similar …

The Patches On The Scout Uniform Tell A Story

December 5th, 2019


The purpose of the uniform is part of the aims and methods of Scouting. The scout uniform shows others the unity of scouting. It shows others you can be trusted. It shows others that you are willing to help at all …

I’m Thankful for Scouting

November 28th, 2019


Thanksgiving is this week and Scout Leaders need to reflect on Things there thankful for. I’m back with a new season of commissioners weekly. We are …

First Season of Commission’s Weekly Review

October 30th, 2019


ScouterStan reviews the first session of the commission's weekly show. ScouterStan has been inspired to continue with a second season, but he needs …

🎃 The Most Frightening 👻Tale of... 💀Scary RECHARTERING! 🦇

October 23rd, 2019


Every year scouting units recharter. 😬The recharter packet should contain the following:

  • ✔ Step-by-Step Instructions
  • ✔ Printout of Units Current …

What Is The Charter System? Understanding The Century-old Charter System

October 16th, 2019


On June 15, 1916 the US Congress first issued a charter (Title 36 congressional charter) to the Boy Scouts of America signed into law by President Woodrow Wilson. Scouting in the USA has been charged to help make …

Burnout Prevention and ScouterStan’s Rule of Five

October 9th, 2019


Scout leaders are notorious for volunteering and over-committing. We like to say and hear the word YES! Leaders often get burnout when they …

What’s a Den Chief? The Most Important Youth Leadership Position!

October 2nd, 2019


A Den Chief is a youth position in a Troop that is helping the Den Leader in a Cub Scout Pack. Often this position is dismissed as unimportant and trivial. However, it’s one of the most important in the life of a Scout …

Wood Badge is the Highest Level of Adult Scout Leader Training

September 25th, 2019


♫“Back to Gilwell O’Happy Land… I’m Going to work my Ticket if I can.”♫ Wood Badge is the highest level of adult Scout leader training available in …

What’s the Order of the Arrow about? 🏹

September 18th, 2019


The Order of the Arrow (OA) is Scouts BSA National Honor Society. The OA was founded by Urner Goodman and Carroll Edson in 1915. Founded on the …

America Needs Scouting Values Now More Then Everbefore

September 11th, 2019


Today we recognize all of Americas who willingly sacrificed their lives, to save others. Firemen & First Responders, who bravely climbed up to …

Scouts For the Whole Family

September 4th, 2019


Everyone should be encouraged to use the Scout Sign and recite the Scout Oath and Law. Often I see parents at meetings that just stand there, while …

District Roundtable, a Meeting You Need to Attend

August 28th, 2019



This is your monthly district roundtable meeting that ALL Scout leaders should plane to attend. The structure of this meeting has three parts. …

Training for ALL - Every Scout Deserves a Trained Leaders

August 21st, 2019


Now that we have lost of new families joining our Pack or Troops, existing leadership needs to have a discussion about training. Every adult (moms, …

New Leaders – Understanding Scout Facing or Backstage

August 14th, 2019


Cub Scout Packs recruit leaders from the parents. Troops get leaders crossing over from Packs with their Scouts. Packs are organized and run by the …

Recruiting Scouts is Year-round - School Night Signup

August 7th, 2019


Scouts recruitment is year-round. When school starts back up in the fall, its often referred to as the start of recruiting season. Many districts …

Scout Service to Your Charter Organization

July 31st, 2019


Charter Organization Representative (COR’s) is your units connection to the community. Many units don’t even consider a service project for their …

Summertime Scouting – Scouts BSA Year-round

July 24th, 2019


A lot of the Cub Scout Packs take the summer off? Nope! Troops have Summer Camp and that’s it? Nope! Scouts mimic the school schedule in many ways. …

Summer Camp for Scout Leaders

July 17th, 2019


One of the big challenges for adult leaders have at summer camp is finding time for self-improvement. Pack and Den Leaders can help out with …

Crossover for Adult Leaders?

July 10th, 2019


The natural tendency of adult leaders to cross from a pack to a troop is not the only option. Seriously consider joining the commissioner core of …

Excuse me… When will the 7 o’clock meeting start?

July 3rd, 2019


Setting an example is often harder than just doing it. Consistent start times is critical to establish respect for leadership and audience. Remember that to be early, is to be on time. On time, is to be late. To be late …

We Can Work it out! A commissioner can help...

June 26th, 2019


Sometimes adult leaders have difficulties with other leaders. your unit commissioner can help work out difficulties and help relations be more scout …

Leadership Anxiety?

June 19th, 2019


 Adult leaders are faced with many challenges. One of the biggest Fear for adults is public speaking. ScouterStan explores concerns that Adult …

SIGNS UP! (ScouterStan only hears… SHUT UP!)

June 12th, 2019


The Scout Sign is a common feature of any scout meeting. It demands our respect as it is a living symbol of our commitment to the Scout Oath & …

Scout Leaders minute, moment, or epiphany? Giving scouts something to take with them.

June 5th, 2019


Every scout leader should always be prepared with a quick one-minute story for the end of any meeting or campfire. This story can help illustrate a …

JTE Find Out What It Means to Me, or Journey to Excellence

May 29th, 2019


Your scout unit needs to use the JTE as a road map to gold. When you do this your unit will succeed in every way. Journey to Excellence is the …

What the heck is a Commissioner? New Weekly Series from ScouterStan

May 29th, 2019


Join ScouterStan as he launches the first episode of the commissioners weekly series on YouTube. Find out what a commissioner is, and how to use one …

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