Philmont Training Center


This video offers a great introduction to the Philmont Training Center (and not just because it includes footage from one of my conferences). PTC Is a great training opportunity and a great family vacation all rolled into one. I’ll be there this summer. Will you?

Eagle Scout Photos



I’ve often (probably too often) compared Eagle courts of honor to weddings. There are many differences, of course, including the lack of a bride, but there are many similarities as well.

One such similarity is – or should be – the presence of a photographer. These days, of course, virtually everybody has a camera or three, so getting photos is easy. But it’s still important to designate an official photographer who doesn’t have any other duties on the day of the big event.

I also encourage folks to get a formal portrait in addition to shots of the ceremony. Twenty-five or 50 years from now, your new Eagle Scout will treasure that photo – and so will his family. (One of my favorite photos of my father-in-law is a studio shot taken around the time he became an Eagle Scout.)

If you’re looking for inspiration, consider this shot from the 1938 Handbook for Scoutmasters!




As winter descends on Atlanta, BIrmingham, and other southern cities, I’m reminded of Eagle Scout Paul Siple, the co-creator of the wind chill factor. An Eagle Scout and Sea Scout, Siple twice went to Antarctica with Admiral Richard Byrd.



As the tagline promises, I’ve created this blog as a repository for ideas related to writing, Scouting, and writing on Scouting. I talk about the books I sell at, my other Scouting-related writing projects, and other items of interest. I hope you find the blog of interest. If you have ideas to share, just post a comment on the About page.

New at Color Certificates



I’m excited this year to feature two new products at color versions of the popular Eagle Mountain Certificate and Eagle Mountain Certificate–Mentor Edition. (The Eagle Mountain Certificate is shown here.)

Each certificate costs $15 and is personalized with the recipient’s name and ceremony (or board of review date). The mentor certificate also includes the Eagle Scout’s name.

If you prefer the classic parchment versions of the certificates, those are still available at just $9 each. All prices are postage paid.

For details or to order, click here.

Preparing for College


This year, a law firm in San Diego called Harrison and Boddell is offering a new $1,000 Scouting scholarship. The only requirement (aside from involvement in Boy Scouting or Girl Scouting) is to write a 400-600 word essay on how Scouting prepared you for college. (Details are here).

That assignment got me to wondering about how my time in Scouting prepared me for college. There were countless ways, but two that come to mind relate to the merit badge program. When you think about it, every merit badge is like an introductory course: Swimming 101, Leatherwork 101, etc. So going to college and taking English 101 or Psychology 101 was only natural. Also, earning a merit badge (outside summer camp or a merit badge class) is like taking an independent study class. So it was no big deal to me when I needed to take some correspondence courses to get core requirements out of the way.

How did Scouting prepare you for life after high school? Post your thoughts in the comments section below.

Eagle Court of Honor Book Editions



At, I offer two editions of The Eagle Court of Honor Book. Why?

I’ve kept the second edition in stock so that buyers on a budget can save a few bucks; that edition sells for $8.95. For those who want the whole enchilada, the third edition is available for $14.95.

The third edition boasts a fresh new look. In terms of content, the most notable difference is in the complete scripts each edition includes.

  • Eagle Mountain (both editions)
  • The Ranks of Scouting (both editions)
  • Trail to Eagle (both editions)
  • Voice of the Eagle (both editions)
  • The Challenge (both editions)
  • Order of the Arrow (both editions)
  • Late Night (third edition only)
  • College and Career (third edition only)

Note that buyers of both editions can download Word versions of all ceremonies and script parts. Details are printed in each book.

Eagles in the Wild



One of my regular writing gigs is Eagles’ Call, the quarterly magazine of the National Eagle Scout Association. Last fall, we introduced a fresh new design that includes lots of new features.

One feature I’m excited about, which should appear beginning in the spring issue, is “Eagles in the Wild.” Here’s the idea: Eagle Scout badges show up in the most surprising places, from ships to statues to stained glass windows. We’re asking readers who spot an Eagle badge or other Eagle Scout image “in the wild” to send a photo and details to

Where have you spotted an Eagle badge in the wild?

A New Adventure


After years of offering tips for Scout leaders and those planning Eagle Scout courts of honor, I’m moving in a new direction: this blog. The idea is simple: to let you access content when you want it and where you want it and to free me up to write about more than just running Scout troops and planning courts of honor (although those topics will remain important).

I hope you like what you see. Please send any comments via the contact form below.