This is a online journal of a Boy Scout troop scoutmaster’s point of view and thoughts on over 40 years as a Boy Scout Leader in central Minnesota. This site also serves as the home of the “Melrose Scout Productions Podcast” which features Scouting related videos, and the “Around The Scouting Campfire” audio podcast.

Visit the site of Melrose Boy Scout Troop 68 at http://www.melrosetroop68.org for nearly 200 pages of local Scouting history. You can contact me at stevejb68@yahoo.com

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  1. Hello….My son became an Eagle Scout recently, along with his cousin! We are very proud of both of them. W e are in midst of creating a slide show…I need ideas on songs fro slide shows…any ideas??? Thank you!

    Eagle scout mother

  2. Don Gardner says:

    Reply to Eagle Scout Mother. I have used “Where Eagles Fly” by Sammy Hagar. In a couple slide shows. One slideshow in particular was a Court of Honor which was done as Philomont High Adventure in New Mexico at base camp with the “Tooth of Time” in the background. Truly a memorible site to have been at and then re-visited via slide show pictures. “Where Eagles Fly” Starts out nice and slow and builds. It is perfect for Eagle Scouts slide shows. Best of Luck.

  3. I love your blog. I am trying to earn every merit badge. I have created a blog to keep track of my journey to do so. One of the merit badges I am currently working on is the Business Merit Badge. As part of the requirements, I need to run a business for three months, so I have decided to monetize my blog to fulfill this requirement. I was wondering if you would add my blog as a link on your page to help increase my traffic. I think you will find it entertaining and inspiring for other Boy Scouts. Thank you for your consideration.

  4. Seth says:


    I am a Young Assistant Scoutmaster from Troop 17 East Jordan, Michigan and I just happened across this site while doing a Google search about scouting uniforms just now.

    I liked the video you guys had about tucking in the uniform a lot. I think every youth attempts to wear the uniform unbuttoned with there hat backwoods at some point in there scouting career. Even I did this as a youth but don’t tell my boys that. LOL! I will bookmark this site as I may want to show your video to the boys in my troop someday. =D

  5. Cubmsater Dave says:

    I read that you didn’t get a Trading Post. I ended up with two of them (bought one last year, bought the 8 pack this year). I have a new, never used Trading Post. If you are interested in it, send me an email. I am not looking to make a profit, just the cost.
    Thanks, Cubmaster Dave

  6. stevejb68 says:

    I wish you would have presented that opportunity sooner Dave. Unfortunately, I already bought one from someone who had an eight piece set they were willing to break up. Although, I would really prefer to have one in the original packaging.

  7. Lesa says:

    Where can you purchase the fleece blanket you used to sew on the patches? My son just completed his Eagle Scout rank and would really like something like this one to sew his extra badges on. I have found others on other websites, but this would match the painting I did for him of the Scout ensignia.

  8. stevejb68 says:

    A local quilting shop carried these. Unfortunately, that shop closed its doors a few years ago.

  9. Jake says:

    Hey Steve!

    My name is Jake Andersen. I’m a big fan of your blog, and am an Eagle Scout myself. I really respect what you’re doing with your blog!

    This past summer I started a camping hammock company called Hobo Hammocks. We donate a meal to the homeless with every hammock we sell. I’ve sold to a lot of scouts and scoutmasters who really love our hammocks!

    I am writing because I have a video that teaches how to tie a really awesome camping knot. I use it for hanging my hammock, but it has a lot of other uses, too. I thought it might be something your readers would enjoy

    I’d love to get your thoughts on the knot/video. Can I send it your way?


  10. Rod Hale says:


    I’m a former scouter (den leader, pack leader, asst scout master, committee member)thinking of “getting back” into scouting….Your blog has helped me to decide to get back in! Thanks!

  11. stevejb68 says:

    I am glad to hear you are “getting back” into Scouting Rod. I am sure you are going to have a great time. Nice to hear that my blog may have helped in that decision a little. What position or level do you plan to be involved with?

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