Ways to SPICE Up Your Campouts

Welcome friends – thanks for stopping by!  Today we are going to talk about campouts. One of the fun things I get to do is write pieces for some of the BSA’s social media outlets. Last year, I wrote about our Scout Troop’s famous “Iron Chef” campout.  This is a long-standing tradition in our Scout […]

Uplift Families and their Parenting Conference

Hello, and welcome to my blog.  Last month, I got to do something very cool.  I attended a bloggers luncheon at the Governor’s Mansion with our Utah First Lady Jeanette Herbert.  She has an initiative called Uplift Families.  Her goal is to promote good parenting skills, strengthen families, and offer resources to parents throughout the […]

The Twelve Days of Scouting Christmas

OK, this is just a quick one today.  I am up to my ears in Christmas “busyness” to the point where I can’t even sleep for thinking of all the gifts I need to wrap (and still buy!) and cards I need to send.  But I did want to slip this one in.  I know […]

My Son, the Eagle Scout

If you remember this post from over the summer – My son the almost-Eagle Scout, you’ll know that I was really biting my nails over whether or not my son would complete his path to Eagle.  I’m happy to report that he finally got with the program and earned his Eagle rank. I was very pleased […]

Digital Scrapbooking: Scout Pages – Early Years

I’m a proud Mama today!  My son was just awarded his Eagle rank last night.  So, as we are getting ready to celebrate his achievement, I am scrambling to finish up his Scouting album so we can display it on his display table at his Eagle Court of Honor at the end of the month. I’ve […]

How Scouting Helped My Bullied Son

Our family is into Boy Scouts in a big way.  We recently discovered that my father and uncle were both Eagle Scouts, my older son was into Scouting for a while (but got busy with other interests and didn’t continue), while my youngest son Blake is thisclose to becoming an Eagle Scout.  My husband and […]

Raising Financially Responsible Teens

This is a sensitive subject for every family.  I think every family handles money slightly differently with their teens. But on the other hand, I think it is something we all need to get a handle on if you are raising teens. The decisions you make during these critical years are going to have a […]

My Son the Almost-Eagle Scout

If you’ve been reading this blog for very long, you’ll know that we are a big Scouting family.  My middle son was a Scout for a while, my youngest son is thisclose to becoming an Eagle Scout, and my husband and I are part-time adult leaders in our Troop.  I am the Camping Chairperson and […]

Guest Posting on the Utah Scouts Blog

For the last several months, I’ve had a bit of a side gig going on.  As you may or may not know, I’m one of the Adult Leaders in my son’s large Scout Troop – I’m not THE Leader (thank heavens!), but I’m definitely part of the crowd of adult leaders who keep our Troop […]

Scout Sunday Service

I don’t always share stuff like this on my blog, but I thought this one was pretty cool.  This post was featured on the state-wide Scouting website – Blog.Utahscouts.org recently.  I met the coordinator of it at the recent Build Your Blog conference and we’ve been collaborating on some posts like these since then.   […]

The Daily Finance Lessons are Starting to Pay Off

As a finance blogger and a Scout leader, I am passionate about teaching young people about money.  To me, it isn’t just a one-shot deal.  It is a string of opportunities to both teach them and show them some easy ways to manage their money.  It’s not just being thrifty, though that’s part of it. […]

Kid’s Craft Tutorial: Popsicle Stick Catapults

Isn’t it funny how sometimes the simplest of things can be the most fun?  One of our Scout leaders came up with these little catapults and we’ve used them several times since then.  The kids just love them.  They would be perfect for birthday parties, Sunday school classes, Scout activities (obviously!), or even Homeschooling Physics […]

Four Tips for Being a Good Scout Parent

Writing workshops always say that you should write about topics you know.  Well, one thing I know a little bit about is Scouting.  Since I have all boys, I’ve mostly been involved with Boy Scouts, but I’m sure the Girl Scout program has similar benefits.  (I actually was a Girl Scout, but I gave it […]

Adventures of a Scout Mom

I don’t know if I’ve ever really called it out on my blog, but I’m a Boy Scout Leader.  For reals!  I mean, I’m not THE leader – that’s a big job in a troop of our size, but I’m definitely part of the cast of characters in our Troop. In fact, I’ve actually been […]

To Jamboree or Not to Jamboree?

I am having such a tough time making a decision.  So, I thought I’d take it to the blogosphere to get some perspective.  I have a chance to send my son to the National Scout Jamboree in 2013.  A lot of the other boys from our Troop are going to be going and they are […]