Archive for November, 2008

Pack Library

On the The Leader’s Campfire #54 (2008-Sep-17) the guys discuss the starting collection of books that you’d want in a BSA Pack library;


(No. ##### = BSA document number)

This got me thinking about the equivalent Australian Pack Library


  • Cub Scout Leaders handbook No.50001 (October 2004)
  • Cub Scout Record Book No.50005 (October 2004)
  • My Adventure into Cub Scouts 2nd.Ed No.50009 (December 2007)
  • Your First Six Weeks in Cubs No.50043
  • Cub Scout Leaders’ Resources Folder No.50010 (November 2004)
  • National Risk Management System (2003) [online PDF]
  • Programs for Cub Scout Leaders Vol.1 (2000)
  • Best of Cub Vol.1 No.50031
  • Best of Cub Vol.2 No.50032
  • Songbook – at least 3 {eg Australian Scouting Songbook}
  • Scout Ceremonies Handbook No.500??
  • Field Book for Australian Scouts No.50199
  • 2008 Victorian Info Book (online PDF)
  • Back issues of Australian Scout Magazine
  • Leader Resource Manual (2001) (online)

(No. ##### = Scouts Australia catalog number)

These books can be tracked down from Scouts Australia on theirResources & Publications pages, there is also a page dedicated to
Cub Scout Publications. Personally, I think you’d be better off going into Snowgum and having a browse through their shelves 😉

This is probably a good starting point. What would you add or subtract with this list?

[1] The Leader’s Campfire #54 (2008-Sep-17) [The Leader’s Campfire]
[2] Hints and Tips For New Cub Scout Leaders [USSP]
[3] #54-“I’m A New ___________, Now What?” (2008-Sep-16) [PTC Media Forums]


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via the Scoutmaster blog.

Mike Rowe is the host of Discovery Channel’s “Dirty Jobs” series and is also an Eagle Scout. The following is a quote from his reply to a letter request encouragement to assist the writers son in reaching their Eagle.

Mike Rowe Offers a Potential Eagle Scout His Eagle Perspective
… Personally, and for whatever it’s worth, the best decisions I’ve made in my own life, are those decisions that put me on the outside of being cool. Singing in the Opera, working in home shopping, staring in the school play when the entire football team laughed at me, and especially earning my Eagle, were all choices that required sacrifice, hard work, and delayed gratification. I have no idea if you possess those qualities, or even envy them. But I can tell you for certain, that NOT getting your Eagle, will be one of the easiest things you’ve ever done.

Anyway, I have no idea if you would prefer an easy life of predictability and mediocrity, or if have the passion to follow the road less travelled. Only you get to decide that. …

A good reply, and one that you should read in full. These are words that need some thought, and reminded me of The Road Not Taken. What path are you promoting with your Scouts?


The Road Not Taken
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

— Robert Frost (1916)

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An energetic dance-game .
An outer circle of 25-30 people and an inner circle of 2 people.
The 2 people within the circle move in a clockwise direction around the circle as everybody sings the lyrics:

Ride, ride, ride that pony,
Ride, ride, ride that pony,
Ride, ride, ride that pony.

As the chorus is reached the people in the inner circle move to the nearest person on the outer circle and perform a dance facing the person, facing away from the person, and then to the side of the person:


Front to front to front, now baby (Clap hands in air with partner.)
Back to back to back, now baby, (Bump hips on the side.)
Side to side to side, now baby, (Turn around and bump back sides.)
THIS IS HOW WE DO IT! (Person on outer circle swaps into the inner circle)

Continue until everyone has been into the inner circle.

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The SRESU is conducting our first National Radio Active Camp activity next year.
When: APRIL 15 – 18 2009
Who: For older Scouts, Venturers, Rovers and Leaders

If you attended Scout Hike or Hoadley Hide, you may be aware of the Safety and Welfare Radio Network that was provided via Amateur Radio. Scouts and Venturers may be aware of Amateur Radio through JOTA or the Jamboree Station VI3JAM. Many scouting people and friends of scouting are enjoying the many aspects of the hobby, including Fox Hunting and Radio contesting. Scout Station regularly score very well in both Australian and World Wide contests.

In an emergency, Amateur Radio operators are still valued highly by the emergency services and formal arrangements are in place to deploy radio operators to assist various networks.

“Amateur Radio starts getting interesting where CB Radio fades into the noise”.

  • Scouts (Adventure Level *) can earn their Communications Badge by attending the camp.
  • Venturers can use the course and the Formal Assessments to gain their Pursuits Badges.
  • Rovers can extend the knowledge learnt and start an interesting pathway as part of their BP Award Scheme or a stepping stone into an interesting career path.
  • Leaders can use the skills learnt to improve their communications planning or skills for activities.
  • All successful candidates in the formal assessment will be entitled to wear the Amateur Radio Badge on their uniform.

Have you considered the possibilities of establishing an Amateur Radio Activity Base in your Scout Hall or at your next Camp?

Formal Training and Assessment by WIA accredited Trainers and Assessors.

Participants on successful completion of the approved assessment at the completion of the training and on receipt of their Certificate of Proficiency from the ACMA are entitled to wear the Scout Amateur Radio Badge

*Please ring for more information visit our Web Page.

Applications Close when maximum applicant numbers are reached or the end of February 2009.

Further information to follow.

Philip Adams
Scout Radio and Electronics Service Unit (Victoria).
P O Box 269 Box Hill Victoria. 3128

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