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merit badges
July 2010

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Experience the History of Scouting

Here are four merit badge phamplets that a Scout many years ago would have used to earn merit badges. Two versions of pamphlets have been used here to show that the earlier version had little color and used ilustrations while later, color and photographs were added. It is also interesting to note while reading these older merit badge pamphlets how language has changed and how some elements of Scouting have adapted to keep Scouting relevant with the times.

These also list the original requirements as written in 1910-1911. Think about how times have changed as you complete the requirements a Scout your age would have done a hundred years ago.

As the Boy Scouts of America celebrates 100 years of Scouting in the United States, today's youths will have the opportunity to experience a piece of the past.

The four vintage merit badges that will count toward rank advancement are being released for the centennial year only, giving Boy Scouts a hands-on opportunity to experience the exciting past of the BSA.

Earning these historical merit badges should be more than just earning another badge. By reading these merit badge pamphlets and completeing the requirements as close to how a Scout of 1910 would have done them will be your true growth experience.

Looking for a summer activity?

Look no further CubAnnapolis 2010
Come join us for a night of free fun.
July 28th from 6-8

Mark your calendars!

August 12th from 6-9 Pm at Redeemers Lutheran.
We will kick off Our scouting year with some food and fun.
It is highly suggested that each unit send at least I person, but the more the merrier!
More information to come in July!!
Reminder** Camporee date will be Sept 10- I 2 We will have a medical theme at Rum River
Fall conclave is Sept 24-26

Youth Protection now Mandatory for all registered leaders

Youth protection is required for all BSA registered volunteers, regardless of their position.
New leaders are required to take Youth Protection training before submitting an application for registration. The certificate of completion for this training must be submitted at the time the application is made and before volunteer service with youth begins.
Youth Protection training must be taken every two years. If a volunteer's Youth Protection training record is not current at the time of recharter, the volunteer will not be reregistered.
Go http://training.nsbsa.org/info/OnlineTraining.aspx to take YP training online

Food for thought

"Good leadership is just the right blend oflogic and gut instinct. A good leader has the uncanny skill to follow suggestions of others sometimes and reject them other times; a good leader can pick just the right priority out of the eight emergencies screaming for attention. I doubt this one will ever be quantifiable by a test, but it's just as critical when the only person you're "leading" is yourself. I do believe that those in leadership positions need to maintain the highest of positivity, and have the trust to move the mission forward. Often the decisions to be made are so critical that the leader has to paint a picture of extreme optimism,and that can often be the difference between success and failure. "