Keeping Logs –> Keeping Blogs

While reading through scouting materials from days gone by, I happened upon a jewel of a little book published in 1951.  It was the tenth in a series called The Patrol Books called Keeping Log Books. Here is a quote:

What a swell opportunity is being missed by so many present day P.L.s in the building up of a strong Patrol tradition.  Are the grand times they and their blokes are having right now not worth recording?  Are not the hopes and ambitions, the mishaps, the achievements of the gang, the snaps of hikes and camps worth keeping for those who follow on to turn up and read with pleasure (and perhaps profit) in the years to come?

There are of course many other reasons for keeping a Log besides providing nostalgic memories for old-times or for the inspiration and encouragement of new members to uphold the good name of the Patrol.  Properly planned and maintained it can give every son-of-a-gun in the gang a chance to express himself by means of the written word in a freer manner than is seldom permitted in school, by pen or pencil sketches or with the aide of a box camera.  Everyone can contribute their share.  It can promote neatness in presentation and good craftsmanship – pride in one’s work is often lacking these days.  Discipline, too, plays a part for it is not a bit of good putting off making the entries until next week.  Those amusing happenins we chuckle at today have a way of being forgotten in the rush of other things.

Observation also has a place in the fun of Log keeping. Scribes should always be on the look-out for the interesting story behind the hundred-and-one incidents which occur in the life of the Patrol.  Jounalist call this “having a nose for news” and more than one newspaper man discovered he had a flair for writing though having a go at keeping the Log as a Scout.

If anyone in the troop would like to contribute to the “Keeping Logs” let one of the adult leaders know, we can create for you an account for authoring directly to right here on the Troop Blog.  In the mean time, I assure you that you will enjoy reading the old time book titled “Keeping Log Books” as much as I did.

National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE)

The mission of National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience is to provide Scouts with a Philmont-based wilderness encounter that motivates them to follow a life of helping others succeed based on the values expressed in the Scout Oath and Law.

The Scouts experience such high-adventure activities as COPE, wilderness first aid, a high-level geocache hunt, conservation, Leave No Trace, and a search-and-rescue activity. This is complemented by learning the history and inspiration of the Philmont Scout Ranch as well as a personal journal that focuses on the Scout’s leadership skills.

Philmont leadership is committed to making NAYLE a very special experience. The Scouts live in a patrol setting at Rocky Mountain Scout Camp where they use their leadership skills to resolve exciting and challenging backcountry situations. The week concludes with a closing challenge for each Scout to build upon the legacy of Waite Phillips, the benefactor of the Philmont Scout Ranch.

National Youth Leadership Training

 National Youth Leadership Training is an exciting, action-packed program designed for councils to provide youth members with leadership skills and experience they can use in their home troops and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others.

For many years, junior leader training (JLT) was an important part of the leadership training continuum of BSA local councils throughout America. In 2003 and 2004, a task force of leadership experts and hundreds of Scouts in pilot courses across the nation reviewed and tested every aspect of the new NYLT syllabus, which incorporates the latest leadership ideas and presents fresh, vital and meaningful training for today’s Scouts.

The NYLT course centers around the concepts of what a leader must BE, what he must KNOW, and what he must DO. The key elements are then taught with a clear focus on HOW TO. The skills come alive during the week as the patrol goes on a Quest for the Meaning of Leadership.

NYLT is a six-day course. Content is delivered in a troop and patrol outdoor setting with an emphasis on immediate application of learning in a fun environment. Interconnecting concepts and work processes are introduced early, built upon, and aided by the use of memory aids, which allows participants to understand and employ the leadership skills much faster.

Built on the legacy of past JLT successes, the new NYLT integrates the best of modern leadership theory with the traditional strengths of the Scouting experience. Through activities, presentations, challenges, discussions, and audio-visual support, NYLT participants will be engaged in a unified approach to leadership that will give them the skill and confidence to lead well. Through a wide range of activities, games, and adventures, participants will work and play together as they put into action the best Scouting has to offer.

Youth Leadership Training Continuum Courses

The youth leadership training continuum is divided into three courses: The first course is Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops (ILST), which is designed to be run frequently in a troop setting. The Scoutmaster and senior patrol leader will conduct this three-hour training whenever there are new Scouts or there has been a shift in leadership positions within the patrol or the troop.

The second course is the council-level, week long National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) and is often held at a council camp. This course is an in-depth training covering a wide variety of leadership ideas and skills. It simulates a month in the life of a troop and uses fun and hands-on learning sessions to teach the concepts in the toolbox of leadership skills. The Scouts hone their understanding of service-based leadership as they undertake a patrol quest for the meaning of leadership.

The National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE) is an exciting new program that helps young men enhance their leadership skills in the Philmont backcountry. Scouts will expand upon the team building and ethical decision making skills learned in NYLT. NAYLE uses elements of Philmont Ranger training as well as advanced search-and-rescue skills to teach leadership, teamwork, and the lessons of selfless service. NAYLE offers Scouts an unforgettable backcountry wilderness experience where they live leadership and teamwork, using the core elements of NYLT to make their leadership skills intuitive.

The youth leadership training continuum provides the ultimate in leadership training for our boys, on a par with materials presented to corporate board members. Through each stage of their Scouting experience, the youth learn and build upon skills that will make them the best possible leaders for their unit as well as further instill in them the values of the Scouting program.

July Meeting Theme: Lashings

A Lashing is an arrangement of rope used to secure two or more items together in a somewhat rigid manner. Almost every lashing begins and/or ends with a clove hitch or a timber hitch.

The Timber Hitch is a Half Hitch with an added twist.  The Half Hitch is made by looping a rope around a post or other object, bringing the end around the standing part to take a partial turn, and pulling them in the opposite directions, so that the rope tightens.  To make the Half Hitch hold, the end then must be brought up and around the standing part, then tucked down between the rope and the post.  See figure below.  To make the Timber Hitch bring the rope over and under the side of the loop again, further turns can be taken to triple or quadruple it if needed.
The Clove Hitch is perhaps the simplest of hitches to tie, but sometimes the most confusing to remember how.  By studying what the finished hitch looks like, almost everyone can figure it out.  Begin by wrapping rope around object, crossing over the wrap to make a second pass around the object.  After completing the second wrap, pass the end back under the wrap and pull tight.  See figure below:

Two lashings were covered at the last meeting:

Square Lashing

Diagonal Lashing

Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops (ILST)

The purpose of the ILST course is to teach Scouts with leadership positions about their new roles and how to most effectively reach success in that role. It is intended to help Boy Scouts in leadership positions within their troop understand their responsibilities and to equip them with organizational and leadership skills to fulfill those responsibilities. Completion of ILST conducted by the Troop Scoutmaster or Assistant Scoutmaster entitles the scouts to wear the “Trained” leader emblem on their Class “A” uniform. ILST is the first course in the series of leadership training offered to Boy Scouts and is a replacement for Troop Leadership Training. Completion of ILST is a prerequisite for Boy Scouts to participate in the more advanced leadership courses National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) and the National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE). It is also required to participate in a Kodiak Challenge Trek.

This leadership training is given primarily by the Scoutmaster and the senior patrol leader to all the youth leaders in their troop. ALL Boy Scout troops should conduct the ILST course with every leadership shift—whether it is when the youth get a new troop position or a patrol leadership role, or even when they welcome a new patrol member.

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Troop Meeting – 7/2/2012

Hey, Troop 142….
Troop Meeting Today
Monday -July 2nd

WHEN: Monday, July 2nd… PLC Meeting 6:00 PM; Troop Meeting 7:00 PM.

WEAR: Class ‘A’ shirts.

Monday Night, WE WILL:

  • Work on remaining requirements for Merit Badges that have follow up after camp.
  • Requirements completed and/or partials received from Camp Orr, & have been posted to TroopMaster.
  • Any new Scouts who have not yet completed the Joining Requirement #10… Initial Scoutmaster Conference, please be there and plan on finishing that requirement.
  • Continue Discussion / Work on various First Aid requirements as planned at the last PLC meeting if not yet completed.
  • Advancement work. If you have something to turn in or review with a leader, or will be ready to do a Scoutmaster Conference when you have completed remaining requirements…. get it and yourself prepared to do so. No Boards of Review scheduled for Monday night.


  • We are trying to plan a Troop camp-out or outing event for 1st or 2nd weekend in July.
  • Court of Honor Monday, July 23.
  • Venture Crew White River Canoe Race, July 25-28. Not in the Venture Crew???? You can be if you are at least 14 years old. Get more information from one of the Troop adults.


  1. If you/your son has recently joined Troop 142 and has not completed and turned in a BSA Health & Medical Form &/or a Troop 142 Code of Conduct Form (Part 1) and (Part2).. Please download, print and bring to the next meeting. If you have a problem opening, downloading or printing any of these forms, please let us know. A limited number of these forms will be available at meetings. Health & Medical Form: Parts ‘A’ & ‘B’ can be completed by a parent. Part ‘C’ requires a Health Care Provider to complete. If you have an exam scheduled for a team or school sports activity, be sure to combine Part ‘C’ with that. ALL MEDICAL FORMS MUST BE UPDATED ANNUALLY. IF YOURS IS ABOUT TO EXPIRE FROM LAST YEAR….UPDATE NOW.Code of Conduct: Parent & Scout should read & discuss, then complete and return Part 2 for Troop Records. Parent & Scout signatures required.
  2. Boards of Review: Will be conducted by schedule only. All requirements and Scoutmaster Conference must have been completed at least 1 week prior to a Board of Review. Boards of Review will be scheduled and Scouts will be notified individually when eligible.

Check the calendar on our Troop website for other events coming up & updates: Click here.