Some youth are gung-ho to get out and sleep overnight in the outdoors. Others, however, have a very different reaction.

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Ken and Colin discuss an old — but still relevant — Scouting Magazine article that looks at the reasons why Scouts (youth in general, really) might express fear or trepidation at the idea of camping out in the wilderness. Strategies to mitigate those fears are also discussed, with additional reference made to Scouts Canada's guide to taking Beaver Scouts camping.


We'd like to give a shout-out to Matt, who wrote in from Australia to comment on the Be Prepared episode:

G'day! I just listened to your Be Prepared podcast. You guys are great; thanks for a great show. If you made a scarf and would ship it to Australia, I would love to buy one. I'm a Joey Scout assistant leader.

Additionally, a shout-out goes out to Chris, a Scouter whom Ken met at the Beaver Hills/Rivers Edge Cuboree back in May; Chris, Ken, and Colin first crossed paths back in 2005, at Camp Impeesa.

And yet another shout-out goes out to Chris C., who sent in several emails (and thus has been awaiting a shout-out for far too long). Here's the first:

Great podcast, keep up the great work.

My suggestion for a future podcast episode is working with special needs youth. I realize its a broad subject, but even having a child/youth worker or some other person with a background in child development as a guest who can offer some tips and strategies about youth with special needs and how we as scouters can better identify and understand those needs

And here's the second:

Another topic I thought of, as I continue to get caught up in the podcasts is a troop wrap up of a year on the path, similar to what you had done with Beavers.

I'm interested in hearing other successes on the path, without the negativity that comes from the Facebook group. That candid review, part of that plan do review I read about somewhere.

On a side note I appreciate your honesty and forwardness on the episode about respect in sports and what scouting has meant to you. It took that courage we try to instil in the youth and even ourselves.

And the third:

In response to some thoughts on the be prepared podcast about a necker, I'd go further to suggest a podcast crest made available, even for sale.

Can never have too many crests for the blankets.

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

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