“Wilderness Survival” Kindle Version Free on Amazon.com Today

Wilderness SurvivalLooking for information on wilderness survival? Today Amazon.com offers the Kindle edition of Wilderness Survival: Second Edition at no cost. This user-friendly guide, by Gregory J. Davenport, contains 192 pages of comprehensive information. If you don’t have a Kindle, you can download the book for free to your computer.

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Coming up May 18: National Kids to Parks Day

May 18 is a great day to plan scout activities in our national parks, in honor of National Kids to Parks Day. It’s also a great day to set aside some homeschool time to learn about our National Parks. Troops and families are invited register their planned activities on the National Kids to Parks Day website at www.kidstoparks.org. Families can also enter a Facebook contest at www.facebook.com/nationalparktrust to win park prize packages.

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Butte Creek Scout Ranch now has camp for girls

Scout camps for homeschool girls - Pacific NorthwestParents of Webelos attending Gilbert Ranch have said “it’d be wonderful if I could bring my daughter to Gilbert Ranch. She’d love it!.” Now they can! Two camps–Aug 5-7 and Aug 9-11 have now been set aside for girls, ages 8 to 13. This has the potential for becoming a memorable father/daughter or mother/daugher event for a homeschool student and parent.

Gilbert Ranch, located at Oregon’s Butte Creek Scout Ranch is a working horse ranch.  When the camper steps onto main street and lays eyes on the old western town of Butte Creek, it’s easy to imagine themself as part of the old west.

Camp Sessions are 3 days / 2 nights. Campers and parents stay in large two-person platform tents in campsites identified by different “brands” such as Setting Sun, Lazy B, Yellow Rose, Happy River, Circle T, 2 of Hearts, Flying J and Rocking K. Meals are served family-style in a large full service dining hall.

Whether it’s riding horses, panning for gold, sitting by a campfire or learning to rope a steer, girls will find the real cowgirl inside them!

Butte Creek Scout Ranch is located approximately an hour from Portland, Oregon. To register for Girls’ Camp, click here.

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Bonneville Lock and Dam to host Great Electrifying Event

Here’s a great event for Pacific Northwest homeschooled scouts that takes place 10am-3pm Feb. 18 Washington Shore Visitor Center at Bonneville Dam.

This free educational event is designed to teach the basics of electricity and how it is generated at Bonneville Lock and Dam.  It is geared toward elementary and middle school students but informative and fun for the entire family.

Visitors will learn how different forms of energy work through hands-on activities and films, and can take a tour inside Bonneville’s Powerhouse 2, which includes walking on top of two generators and partially inside one. This event is one of many held nationwide to celebrate National Engineering Week.

To get to the Washington Shore Visitor Center, travel on Washington State Route 14 to milepost 39, then turn onto Dam Access Road about one mile west of the dam or three miles west of the Bridge of the Gods.  Follow the signs to the visitor center. Other visitor facilities are available on the Oregon side of the river off Interstate 84 at exit 40. The Bradford Island Visitor Center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors also can stop by the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Fish Hatchery and catch a glimpse of Herman, the 10-foot long sturgeon.

For more information about Bonneville Lock and Dam, call 541-374-8820 or visit http://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/locations/bonneville.asp.

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Unique merit badge opportunities in Oregon’s Willamette Valley

Merit badge event - Boy Scouts and homeschoolingHere is a great opportunity for homeschooled scouts to earn the Textiles merit badge in a historic textiles mill, learn about the sheep that produced the wool for the mill while earning the Animal Science merit badge, & explore the histories of America & Scouting (while earning those badges) in this historic location. One of the most picturesque historic areas of the Willamette Valley, The Willamette Heritage Center at the Mill, also makes a great backdrop for earning the Photography merit badge. Class size is limited so register today at cpcbsa.org/register. You will have the opportunity to earn two of the above merit badges. Bring your lunch and signed blue cards with you. Snacks and merit badge counselors will be provided. For more information email Steve Utter.

When: Saturday March 10th, 2012
Check in starts at 8:30am & we will begin promptly at 9 AM. We will finish at 4:30PM.

Where: The Willamette Heritage Center at the Mill
1313 Mill St SE; Salem, OR 97301

Cost: $15.00 per Scout

Merit Badges Offered:
Textiles, Scouting History, Animal Science, American History, and Photography

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Tomorrow’s human chess match celebrates new merit badge

Homeschooled boy scouts - new chess merit badgeBoy scouts will serve as pieces, challenging each other on a gigantic chess board tomorrow in St. Louis in honor of the new chess merit badge. You can watch the match online, which takes place at 1:25 EDT tomorrow, Sept. 10, by clicking this link.

The chess merit badge is another great badge that can be incorporated into homeschooling. While earning the new chess merit badge, scouts will learn about score keeping, organizing a tournament, and teaching others to play.

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Meriting with the Experts in observance of 9/11

Homeschooled boy scouts living in the Pacific Northwest have a unique merit badge opportunity coming up with the Meriting with the Experts series: Prepared. For Life. In Case of an Emergency — in observance of the 10th anniversary of 9/11. The event will be based around the following seven first responder-type merit badges: Crime Prevention, Emergency Preparedness, Fingerprinting, Fire Safety, First Aid, Public Health and Safety.

Alan Peters, Special Agent in charge of the FBI in Portland will be honorary chair for the day, while experts such as a SWAT team, K-9 unit, bomb squad and the Coast Guard will conduct the merit badge workshops. Merit badge counselors will be available to sign off on completed requirements.

The event will be held from 8am to 5pm Oct. 10 at Whitford Middle School, 7935 SW Schools Ferry Road in Beaverton, Oregon. Snacks and lunch will be provided. Cost is $30. If you sign up today, Aug. 31, the cost is $20. For more information, or to register, visit the Cascade Pacific Council’s Web site.

Update: This event is now sold out.

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Enter the BL Gym for homeschool PE

BL Gym - Fitness training for homeschooled boy scoutsHere’s a great idea for a homeschool P.E. course! Check out the Boys Life Gym for strength training and fitness videos and guides. Whether a boy scout or not, any participant can start out with a simple dumbell-based program. The Web site also offers a training log that can be downloaded to keep track of your progress. Click here to enter the BL Gym!

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Free day at OMSI for Tigers

OMSI - Oregon Museum of Science and IndustryThe Oregon Museum of Science & Industry is partnering with Cascade Pacific Council to invite Tigers to OMSI for a day of fun. On Saturday, June 11th, any Tiger Cubs showing up in uniform will be admitted free! OMSI hours are 9:30am—5:30pm. All other Scouts, parents, and family members pay regular price. For more information about current exhibits at OMSI, click here.

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Earn the Internet Scout Patch as a homeschool bonus

If your curriculum includes internet studies, you may want to encourage your homeschooled scouts to earn the Internet Scout Patch, offered by the U.S. Scouting Service Project. Although not an official BSA award, it may be worn as a temporary patch signifying what has been learned about the internet and how it relates to scouting.

You can find a link to the requirements at http://usscouts.org/tradingpost/internetscoutpatch.asp.

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