Learn how outdoor 'free play' helps Scouts grow

Scouting offers an ideal opportunity to restore some sanity to childhood. All we have to do is remember the words of Scouting founder Robert Baden-Powell, who wrote: “Play is the first great educator.”

Tips for teaching Cub Scouts the Scout Law

Memorizing the 12 words of the Scout Law (16 if you count “A Scout is” and “and”), and getting them in the right order, can be tough for Cub Scouts. To make it easier for Cub Scouts, here are some learning strategies that work better than rote memorization.

Connecting Cub Scouts to their new pack

Units like Pack 160 in Burton, Mich., know how to both recruit and retain members. The secret, says Cubmaster Julie Rencsak, is to get families to camp as quickly as possible.

Why outdoor crossover ceremonies make sense

You don’t have to go somewhere special to have a great outdoor crossover ceremony. Just about any natural area will do—maybe even the grounds around your regular meeting place. The key is to do it outside.

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