Author: Laura Sowdon

Games for Scouts

As part of a happy and healthy Outdoor Service Guides group, you should plan for your guides to have a lot of fun. One easy way to make every meeting more fun, is to start with a game! This is a list of games that work well for groups of guides. There are Icebreakers for the start of the year,...

Pathfinders: Making Maps

There are lots of good reasons to work on making maps, and several badges now require it for pathfinders. But how do you make it fun? Because scouting is a game we are playing, and we want our pathfinders to enjoy their meetings, as well as learn from them. One thing that it is important to remember, is that you...

What goes in a Patrol Box?

If you are new to scouting, you may have never heard of a patrol box. What is it? A patrol box is generally, a box full of the things you need for cooking and cleaning at camp, plus some necessary items. While there are some very fancy boxes out there, a sturdy plastic tub will work for most groups. What...

Otters: Blue Paw

Recently I wrote up how to complete the Red Paw for otters in a set of meetings. Below, I’ve done the same thing for the Blue Paw. ¬†This set includes needing to have 5 meetings, one of them focused on your service project, plus a camping trip. If you want to work on the blue paw and red paw both...

New Pathfinder Badges and Awards- A How To For Leaders

PLEASE NOTE: Since the publication of this post, the Pathfinder Handbook has been published. You can learn more about it here in the announcement on the OSG website. Hopefully you have seen the Pathfinder Handbook Prerelease of 3 chapters of our new handbook. If you have, you’ve seen that there are 101 new badges, plus pins, special awards and other...

Otter Red Paw

How do you work on getting through an otter paw quickly and efficiently? Is there a way to plan a set of meetings to check those boxes faster? Below, I’ve outlined a plan to complete the Red Paw for otters in just 4 meetings, plus a camping trip. In general, I don’t recommend working to get through the otter paws...

First Archer Badges Awarded

PLEASE NOTE: Since the publication of this post, the Pathfinder Handbook has been published. You can learn more about it here in the announcement on the OSG website. Congratulations to the Pathfinders of the 64th Brandywine, in Pennsylvania! Seven of them have been awarded the New Archer Badge in the updated Pathfinder Handbook. They are the first OSG pathfinders to...

Fund Raising for your OSG Group

Are you looking for ideas for how your OSG group can fund raise for equipment or a special activity? Your group can choose to just raise dues or ask parents to donate what you need. However, sometimes you need more funds than parents can cover. What’s a scout leader to do? Because Outdoor Service Guides doesn’t have any national sales,...

Rubric for Scouting Accomidations

While being inclusive, we may have times that we need to decide how to accommodate the needs of one of our guides. One way to do this, is to determine how much help a scout needs. Once you determine their needs, you can discuss with parents and caregivers how to provide for those needs. This may mean asking a parent...

Outdoor Service Guides Mission Statement

Outdoor Service Guides has updated our Mission Statement in the wake of our name change. We believe this new statement better reflects who we are, and who we want to be. Having an accurate Mission Statement is essential to having a well run organization. A mission statement helps direct all of us to what our mutual goals are. This new...