Scouting Stuff is proud to announce — officially, now — the launch of their Discord server; you can join it today at: discord.io/scoutingstuff
For those not familiar with Discord, it's a text/voice/video chat application that was initially designed for — and is still, in many respects, targeted toward — the video gaming community. However, it also offers some of the crispest, highest-quality voice chat available online today (for free, at any rate); it easily and handily beats Hangouts and Skype for both quality and reliability. And indeed, we've used it a couple of times already to record Scouting Stuff episodes!
So: come and join us on Discord. In addition to chatting with the podcast team and other Scouts and Scouters, you’ll be able to jump in on recordings when they happen, either to lurk and listen or to participate.
In other news, did you know that a Museum of Scouting has been opened at Gilwell Park in England? As part of the celebration of the Park’s 100th anniversary, the museum there had its official opening; it’s evidently situated in the Camp Square at the park. Many thanks to podcast listener (and Big Man in the Woods) Mark Yeats for bringing this to our attention!
All that said, though, the topic of this episode is actually...gear donation! Scouter Ken has recently been the recipient of a number of donations of camping gear from members of his church community, a side effect of his visibility therein as a member of Scouts Canada following his reception of the Religion in Life award.
Some Scouting councils — this is certainly true of Ken and Colin’s home council, Northern Lights Council — have gear donation programs in place, whereby they can receive gently used camping gear from the community (or from Scout Groups that are looking to replace gear and have older gear they no longer need), and then distribute this to Groups that need it. But if your council doesn’t offer this service, consider approaching the council office and volunteering to set a gear bank up! Like as not, there are always Groups — and Scouting families — who will have need of gear, and who will happily accept donated gear if it means their youth can take part in more Scouting adventures.
Firstly, we have another shout-out to offer podcast listener Dan Tapley, who wrote in regarding our episode on food handling:
Just listening to this episode while waiting for the plane home after vacationing in BC. Your comment about a squirrel absconding with a granola bar made me laugh. I saw the same thing happen at the top of Dog Mountain lookout yesterday. A lady pulled out a protein bar only to have a raven swoop down and fly off with the bar.
Good timing by the bird! And thanks to Dan, for sending that story in.
And. as always, a big thank you to the folks at Scouting Radio for rebroadcasting Scouting Stuff episodes to their worldwide Scouting audience. If you're listening to us on Scouting Radio right now, let us know; reach out and get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.
Slow Burn, by Kevin MacLeod
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