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Posted March 1, 2015

7 Great Scouting Images by "America's Illustrator"

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7 Great Scouting Images by "America's Illustrator"

Spring is in our sights, and depending on where you live, it might even be in the air. But we wanted to give February one final farewell. At least for 2015. February is an important month in Scouting. With the anniversary of the Scouting movement in February, we quickly get swept away with all the excitement of Blue and Gold banquets, Scout Sunday/Scout Friday preparations, Founders' Day activities, and even national holidays like Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Presidents' Day/Washington's Birthday. All of this makes February one of our very favorite times of the year. But there is another birthday we celebrate in February. The man who captured the spirit of Scouting on his painted canvass. That's right, America's favorite illustrator, Norman Rockwell himself, was born in February. What make's...

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Posted February 28, 2015

#CubChat Recap - Digital Technology to Build Your Pack

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#CubChat Recap - Digital Technology to Build Your Pack

It's been another week, and that means another #CubChat, and well, we just can't wait through the weekend to bring you the recap of one of our favorite #CubChats we've ever hosted. Many of you weighed in on some ingenious ideas on what tools and techniques you use digital technology to support your recruiting efforts for your Pack. But it wasn't just about recruiting efforts. From Twitter to Pinterest, and Facebook to blogging, and truly everywhere else in between, we held essentially a master class on using digital tools to enhance the whole Cub Scouting experience. If you've ever wondered how to Facebook better in a way that helps with recruitment and retention, or how to organize Pinterest, involve the community via email and other social resources, then you'll want...

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Posted February 26, 2015

#CubChat Recap - Presidents Day and Citizenship

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#CubChat Recap - Presidents Day and Citizenship

We had a bit of fun last week for our #CubChat with some trivia and facts about various Presidents of the United States and what they said about Scouting, or how they were involved in Scouting. But in the spirit of George Washington's Birthday, or what has come to be called Presidents Day, we also took the opportunity to host a discussion on fostering Citizenship as a Core Value of Cub Scouts. We discussed ideas for civic engagement, service, history and educational opportunities within your communities that your Cub Scouts Pack can really sink its teeth into. We learned about your traditions and ideas for Go See It activities and other Cub Scout field trips. Learn how to engage your Cub Scouts more in Citizenship-oriented activities by checking out the...

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Posted February 24, 2015

What's Next for the 2015 Cub Scout Pinewood Derby Photo Contest?

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What's Next for the 2015 Cub Scout Pinewood Derby Photo Contest?

It's getting close to the end of the month and for most of you that means wrapping up your Pinewood Derby events. For us it means wrapping up Phase 1 of the 2015 Cub Scout Pinewood Derby Photo Contest! via IG user @iagmom  We've received over 700 entries so far for the Pinewood Derby Photo Contest, and wow! We had no idea how many stellar photographers there are in Cub Scouts! If you haven't seen it yet, check out the gallery of entries for the Pinewood Derby Photo Contest. via IG user @aaronhorevay  So what happens now? Well, first of all, you have just a few more days to submit your photo into the contest (Deadline: Feb. 28th), and then on March 1st, we'll post an image library on Facebook of...

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Posted February 20, 2015

8 Themes for a Blue and Gold Your Cub Scouts Will Love!

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8 Themes for a Blue and Gold Your Cub Scouts Will Love!

By now you've seen that when it comes to personal flare, Blue and Gold banquets, quite literally, take the cake! But beyond the batter and frosting, we've seen creative themes and amazing decorations across the Scouting world for the big BSA birthday bash that comes every February. Sure it's fun to do a Star Wars theme, and Cub Scouts love it, but if you are considering incorporating a different, or new theme into your Pack's Blue and Gold banquet, here are 8 others that we think are the bees knees. 1. LEGO my Blue and Gold! Everything really is awesome when you combine a popular toy with a hit movie that boys of a certain Cub Scout age love. A LEGO party for Blue and Gold is a way to celebrate...

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Posted February 18, 2015

#CubChat Recap - Blue and Gold | Advancement

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#CubChat Recap - Blue and Gold | Advancement

Another week, another #CubChat recap. If you missed last week's #CubChat, just scroll down below to catch all the main tweets, questions, comments and ideas shared during our weekly Twitter party. In the third and final #CubChat on the theme of Blue and Gold, we discussed advancement traditions, Order of the Arrow, Crossover ceremonies, Recognition and honors for younger Scouts, parents and Scout leaders. We heard from many of you some of the best time-management tips in fitting a lot into a Blue and Gold banquet. We loved seeing how many of you are able to balance a meaningful ceremony and a fun feast in a way that engages all your Cub Scouts and honors the traditions and roots of the Blue and Gold celebration. Thanks to all of you...

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Posted February 17, 2015

What the last 5 U.S. Presidents said about Scouting

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What the last 5 U.S. Presidents said about Scouting

Presidents Day is officially celebrated on the third Monday of February, but really there is a lot more to the holiday than that. Some people celebrate it as George Washington's birthday only. Others include Abraham Lincoln whose birthday is also in February. And many folks celebrate this day as an homage to all our presidents and the positive qualities of their leadership. So, whether it's called Washington's Birthday, or Washington's and Lincoln's Birthday, or Presidents' Day, a lot of how this holiday is named and celebrated is influenced by where you live, and how your State celebrates it. One thing is for sure, Presidents Day is a day (and a season) where we celebrate our nation, patriotism, and leadership—all things that are integral to Scouting and the purpose of the...

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Posted February 10, 2015

#CubChat Recap - Blue and Gold Decorations, Food and Cakes!

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#CubChat Recap - Blue and Gold Decorations, Food and Cakes!

Here's the recap to last Wednesday's #CubChat. We had a fun and lively discussion that dove right in to the details about food choices, logistics, decorations and themes of your annual Blue and Gold Banquet. Of course, we spent plenty of time talking about the beloved Scout Cakes! We saw a lot of new folks out there in the Digital Pack join in, and we really loved getting to know so many of you and hear what ideas you bring to your Packs and Dens that really make Cub Scouting a fantastic experience for all involved. We shared Pinterest pages with all kinds of sweet and savory food ideas for Blue and Gold, and we bonded over a serious discussion on stellar Center Pieces for your Blue and Gold tables....

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Posted February 10, 2015

15 Insanely Creative Pop Culture References in Pinewood Derby Cars

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15 Insanely Creative Pop Culture References in Pinewood Derby Cars

Scouting has been around a long time, so of course it often pops up in our entertainment and popular culture. While, obviously, no one is "stuck on" Webelos for losing Pinewood Derby, like George Costanza claimed in an episode of Seinfeld, it's fun to relate to a Scouting reference when we hear it from such unexpected places. But the references go both ways. Every year we see a bumper crop of these pop culture references that make their way to the Pinewood Derby speedway. And every year we at the Cub Hub delight in seeing so many nods to movies, video games, viral videos and anything else that captures the collective attention of the Scouting community. As we've been diving into all your Pinewood Derby photos on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and in...

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Posted February 5, 2015

#CubChat Recap - Blue and Gold Best Practices

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#CubChat Recap - Blue and Gold Best Practices

If you missed last week's #CubChat on Twitter, as usual we post the recap right here on the Cub Hub. We discussed all things Blue and Gold Banquets at last week's #CubChat, but we realized there is A LOT to talk about when it comes to Blue and Gold. In the #CubChat Recap below, you'll see that we focused on the big picture of planning, delegating, budgeting, execution and themes for Blue and Gold. So many of you had great ideas and resources on how to make this big event an even bigger success, as well as making it fun for adults and even MORE fun for Cub Scouts. Thank you to all of you who participated, and remember, if it's Wednesday night, it's #CubChat. See you on Twitter! [View...

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Posted February 5, 2015

11 Impressive Cub Scout Cakes for Blue and Gold that Look Amazing!

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11 Impressive Cub Scout Cakes for Blue and Gold that Look Amazing!

You've been there before. You think you have an amazing cake for Blue and Gold, and you arrive to the party thinking you are destined to win, but lo and behold somebody in the Pack turns out to be a professional cake decorator. WHAT? That's OK, their cakes are works of art for all to enjoy. Even if making them is no "piece of cake. " Get inspired by these amazing Scout Cakes we found on Pinterest and elsewhere shared by some talented folks out there in the "Digital Pack." When we first saw this cake, all we could say was "Bullseye!" That's the cleanest campsite we've ever seen. Bet you could even eat the dirt. OK, whoever sewed those patches on without wrinkling that shirt deserves a medal. Hey...

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Posted January 23, 2015

#CubChat Recap - Pinewood Derby

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#CubChat Recap - Pinewood Derby

If you missed out on #CubChat this week, here's the recap. It was pretty amazing to see the conversation grow as we discussed all things Pinewood Derby. It's inspiring to see Scouters all across the country join in on Twitter to share their knowledge and be a part of the discussion. We heard from Scout Moms and Scout Dads, leaders and other adult volunteers from Tennessee, Minnesota, Illinois, Pennsylvania, California, Virginia, and Ohio. Some Cub Scouts from Canada even joined in to talk about their Pinewood Derby equivalent "Kub Kar." As always, #CubChat is fun and educational, but the best part is the feeling of support one feels from the "digital pack" as we strive to make the best Scouting experience our Cub Scouts can have. [View the story "Pinewood Derby - #CubChat...

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Posted January 22, 2015

Six Pinewood Derby Cars That Will Make You Hungry!

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Six Pinewood Derby Cars That Will Make You Hungry!

Pinewood Derby isn't always about the speed. Creativity counts for a lot. But there's something about these creative Pinewood Derby cars that made us hungry, real fast! See for yourself! 1. The Sandwich Derby! They say Pappa was a rolling stone, but we'd rather chomp on this Rolling Hoagie! And is it just us or does that bread look shockingly real? From Instagrammer @jojosuds. 2. The Pizza Derby Finally a piece of pizza with the perfect amount of pepperoni! Oh never mind, it's a Pinewood Derby car. From Instagrammer @thejoshstanley. 3. Mr. Speedbar Here's the sequence of events in turning a candy bar wrapper into a Pinewood Derby decal. Instagrammer @camelcola denied where the actual chocolate went, however. 4. Ready for s'more? Here's to hoping the track was made of...

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Posted January 9, 2015

Cub Scout Changes, Webcast and More

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Cub Scout Changes, Webcast and More

You've probably already seen the new cover designs for the Cub Scout handbooks in advance of the new Cub Scouting program. And if we were to judge these books by their cover, they'd be awesome! But the good news doesn't stop there. There are a lot of changes coming to the Cub Scouting program this year. Scouting Magazine declared that these changes would include "Improved activities, easier-to-understand advancement and some sweet-looking handbooks," adding that, "yes, Cub Scouting is about to get even better than before." Did we mention how excited we are? January 17th Webcasts — RSVP HERE It's definitely an exciting time to be involved in Scouting, and these changes will reflect thoughtful improvements that enable the Cub Scouts to continue to be an organization that is a force for good, for...

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Posted December 31, 2014

2014: The Year in Review

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2014: The Year in Review

Phew! It's been quite a year! But we find that when spending the year with Cub Scouts, youth is not wasted on the young; they share it! No wonder we feel more youthful! In looking back on the year, however, we noticed that there was a lot to talk about in 2014, so we decided to recap some of the most important and most popular discussions we've had, and the memories (in the "Digital Pack") we've built over the last 12 months. Let's reminisce a few. 1. First, new changes were announced, then details revealed, and updates finalized about all of the upcoming changes and updates (and new book covers) for the Cub Scouts program. These are exciting changes and more information is constantly being shared as Cub Masters and Scout...

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Posted December 29, 2014

December CubCast: Fundraising

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December CubCast: Fundraising

It's been a whirlwind of a busy season, but we wanted to make sure you had a chance to listen to a very important episode of CubCast. December's episode of CubCast, the official podcast for the Cub Scouts of America, is all about the future of fundraising efforts for your Cub Scouts. There’s been a change to the IRS compliance environment with regard to nonprofit fundraising efforts which will affect your Scout's Den and Pack directly. CubCast hosts Mark and Janet Griffin bring in Steve McGowen, general counsel for the Boy Scouts of America to discuss these changes and what they mean for popcorn sales and other fundraisers you and your Cub Scout participate in. The question of Individual Scout Accounts is discussed and to what extent they are allowed within the...

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Posted December 18, 2014

10 Perfect Gifts: Cub Scout Holiday Gift Guide 2014

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10 Perfect Gifts: Cub Scout Holiday Gift Guide 2014

It's that time of year when millions of busy parents suddenly realize they haven't done their holiday shopping and it's time to kick things up into high gear. Well, if you are anything like us at the Cub Hub, than that's what it feels like. But no worries! We've got all the best gifts right here without having to leave the comfort of whatever festive, glowing LCD screen you are reading this on. It's time for this year's Cub Scout Gift Guide, where we've picked our ten favorite gift ideas from ScoutStuff, not only for the Cub Scouts in your life, but for parents and leaders who love Cub Scouts too! Click on the images below to be swept away to ScoutStuff.org for purchasing details. Cub Scout™ CamelBak® Pack | $59.99 Perfect for older...

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Posted December 15, 2014

Twitter #CubChat 12/10/2014 – Service in the Giving Season

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Twitter #CubChat 12/10/2014 – Service in the Giving Season

Following up from our first #CubChat on Twitter where we had so much fun with all of you, we wanted to host one more party with the "Digital Pack" before the year ended. This time we discussed service and volunteering traditions, ideas and experiences that all of you Scouts and Scouters do during the holiday "Giving Season." We got our inspiration from this Scouting magazine article. Many other articles were shared and we saw many great tips and ideas from all of you in the Cub Scout Twitter community, part of what we affectionately call our “Digital Pack!” As promised, we'll catalog every Twitter #CubChat here on the Cub Hub for your reference. So many great ideas and stories were shared, and we want to make sure you have access to all the...

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Posted December 8, 2014

Cub Scouts Serve Zoo, Get Animal Close Up

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Cub Scouts Serve Zoo, Get Animal Close Up

Have you ever wondered how all those animals at the Zoo are kept safely in their enclosures? Well, the answer might not be Cub Scouts, but Pack 49 from Gulf Shores, Alabama still performed a valuable and safety-oriented service project at their local Zoo. We learned about this service project idea from awesome Scout Mom, Brittney Reeves on Instagram who posted this great service project idea her son's Pack did at their local zoo. She sent us this little write up with more details in case you and your Pack or Den want to try and do something similar at a Zoo near you. So fun! GULF SHORES, ALABAMA – Cub Scout Pack 49 in Gulf Shores, Alabama recently took park in a community service project at the Alabama Gulf...

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Posted December 8, 2014

Twitter #CubChat 12/3/2014 - Scouting Through the Holidays

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Twitter #CubChat 12/3/2014 - Scouting Through the Holidays

Last week we threw our first ever Twitter chat party. And what a party it was! Everyone seemed to have a lot of fun! For us, we loved getting to know some of you Scout moms and dads, and dedicated Scout leaders out there a little better. After every Cub Chat we'll catalog many of the tweets you posted, along with the questions asked and resources shared, so that you can reference this topic in the months and years to come. It'll all be here on the Cub Hub for you to use. Last weeks #CubChat was all about Scouting through the holidays, and keeping the momentum of your Den and Pack carried through all the way to the new year. We got our inspiration from this Scouting magazine article....

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Posted November 26, 2014

Cub Scout Saves Brother's Life, Gets Big Honor

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Cub Scout Saves Brother's Life, Gets Big Honor

It's something you don't hear everyday. This brave Cub Scout saved his brother from drowning in an incredible show of bravery and quick thinking. As a result, Hunter Brown, a Cub Scout from Erie, Pennsylvania, received one of Scouting's highest merits, the Honor Medal. Read more about this incredible Cub Scout and watch a video from his local news station, here. You can also learn more about the Honor Medal and other Lifesaving and Meritorious emblems the BSA awards to exceptional Scouts, here.

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Posted November 20, 2014

Cub Scout-Themed Smart Phone Backgrounds Are Here!

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Cub Scout-Themed Smart Phone Backgrounds Are Here!

Smart phones are everywhere these days. They've practically become an extension of our arms. They contain our contacts, calendars, email and well, everything. They give us the power to connect us to the world. Smart phones help us keep in touch with our friends and they can even help us keep track of our kids. Of course, in Scouting, smart phones can be so much more. They open up the wonders of Geo Caching, for example, or they help us know about the weather on a campout. Even on a daily basis, our phones keep us connected to the digital Scouting community. That said, forget for a second about all your phone's apps and contacts. Because NOW your smart phone can be personalized to reflect your passion for Cub Scouting! That's right. make...

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Posted November 18, 2014

November CubCast: Den Ideas

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November CubCast: Den Ideas

For those parents and Cub Scout leaders out there, this month's CubCast is a can't-miss episode, chalk full of great ideas on making your Cub Scout Den or Pack successful, fun and meaningful for you and your Cub Scouts. Among other things, in this episode Mark and Janet Griffin talk shop with Linda Vaughn, a member of the National Camping Task Force with a focus on Cub Scout National Camping School. She has some great ideas, most of which are outlined in Scouting Magazine's thorough write up on this month's episode. Check it out. CubCast is the official podcast for Cub Scout volunteers and other adult leaders. It's where all the latest issues, news, ideas and inspirational stories about Scouting and Cub Scouts are discussed and shared. Get more from your...

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Posted November 18, 2014

More Museums Offering Sleepovers to Scouts

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More Museums Offering Sleepovers to Scouts

Have you spent a night with your Cub Scouts...in a museum?! It's not just the stuff of movies. More museums all across the country are offering overnight outings for Scouting units and other youth groups. They combine the adventure of a campout with the educational experience in a museum. Your Cub Scouts will also get to feel like they are doing something out of the ordinary and something others might never get the chance to do on a regular basis. But it's more than just a fun night in the museum. These museum sleepovers can also help your Cub Scouts with advancement opportunities. They often facilitate activities that harmonize with Scouting curriculum and satisfy belt loop requirements. Another element not to overlook is the season. Not only are these programs a fun adventure for Cub Scouts,...

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Posted October 31, 2014

5 Cool "Scout-o-Lanterns" for Halloween

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5 Cool "Scout-o-Lanterns" for Halloween

It's Halloween, and in our excitement for tonight, we went scouting to find the coolest pumpkins and Jack-o-Lanterns we could find that also showed a little Scouting pride. Check out the gallery of spooky pumpkins below and keep sending us pictures of your fantastic Den Meeting ideas, Pack activities, and adorable Cub Scouts. You know we love it. For all you Cub Scouts out there celebrating this fun holiday, be safe and have a Happy Halloween!

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The best thing about cub scouting is ... winning!

Use Our New Cub Scouts App And Win!

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Use Our New Cub Scouts App And Win!

Use our new app to tell us what you think is the best thing about Cub Scouting! Just fill in the blank! You could win a gift certificate from ScoutStuff.org every week for a month!

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Posted May 22, 2014

Cub Scouts Changes Are Afoot!

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Cub Scouts Changes Are Afoot!

So, did you happen to hear about the changes coming to the Cub Scouts? They're pretty big. Cub Scouts will have to tick off a set of Adventures to earn their rank badges, with some electives thrown in. Also, Tiger Cubs are going to be just regular old Tigers (we never said "Bear Cub" or "Wolf Cub," so it's only fair). Oh, and the Adventures all have new belt loops that the kiddos get after achieving them. You can find every single detail about the program in the Program Change Overview. And if you want a more complete rundown, check out Bryan's Blog. There's plenty of time to get familiar with this stuff. We don't get started until the 2015-2016. One more thing: if you just want a broad look...

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Did you win the Cub Scouts Go Camping Giveaway?
Posted May 19, 2014

Did You Win The Cub Scouts Go Camping Giveaway?

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Did You Win The Cub Scouts Go Camping Giveaway?

Over the last month, the Cub Scouts gave away 12 pieces of gear from ScoutStuff.org. What kind of gear? Just things we thought Cub Scouts (and their parents!) would think were cool. So we had to have some binoculars. A couple of Camelbaks. A tent, a sleeping bag, a sleeping pad, and a camp chair. A really amazing survival kit. Some rain gear and a hiking staff and a headlamp. Oh, and a pretty amazing hammock. Can't forget the hammock. All you had to do was comment on one of four pictures that we posted on our Facebook Page. So the big question: Did you win? Well, if you're one of these people, you sure did: Kylene Clay-Adkins — sleeping bag Gretchen Flotow — camp chair Scott Nagy — rain...

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Posted April 11, 2014

Cubmobiles From Scouting Magazine

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Cubmobiles From Scouting Magazine

Cubmobiles. You know you want one. Your Cub Scout probably wants one, too.  :) Get the goods at Scouting Magazine.

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