Minnesota Boy Scout halfway to goal of sleeping outside for an entire year

I know a youth that is exactly like this!

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Update (Jan. 8): Read Rudy’s blog to learn more about the conditions he faces on a nightly basis during his quest to spend an entire year sleeping outside his Minnesota home.


His sister and his friends call him crazy, but you and I call Rudy Hummel a typical Boy Scout.

Rudy, a 17-year-old Life Scout from the northern Minnesota city of Hermantown, is nearly 200 nights in to his quest to sleep outside for 365 nights in a row.

Any Boy Scout living in Miami or Maui could pull off that feat, but Rudy lives in Hermantown, a suburb of Duluth, where tomorrow’s high temperature is 5 degrees. By the weekend, it could get down to minus-18. Consider that as you sip your hot cocoa by the fire this week.

Rudy’s original plan was to camp outside all summer, he told the Duluth News Tribune. “I thought it would be cool…

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A Bonus #24in24 for Year’s End

On December 21st Southern Ontario was hammered with an Ice Storm that left up to 34mm of ice is some areas by the time the freezing rain passed. It also caused massive damage to trees and power-lines and  even now there are still people without electricity.

There are many wonderful stories about people reaching out to help their neighbors deal with the challenges of living through the aftermath of the storm plus the outstanding efforts hydro crews from all over Ontario and the Northern United States.

The church that my Scout Group meets at has a fair number of trees on the property, many of which were damaged by the ice. Given that the majority of the parish are retired it was clear that we needed to apply some “Scouting” power.

This afternoon 6 Venturers, 5 Scouts, 1 Cub, and 5 Scouters answered the call for help. 3 hours and several large piles of cut brush later the church was clear of most of the downed limbs. I’m very proud of the effort put out by the youth. Not one questioned why they were there and all worked nonstop throughout the afternoon. All in all it was a pretty awesome parting good turn for 2013.

Below are some of the highlights of the day (I’m even in a few).

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How to help Scouts with ADHD succeed — without hurting anyone’s feelings – via Scouting magazine

I wanted to share this article with you all from the current edition of Scouting Magazine (BSA) dealing with Scouting youth and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). For Scouter’s this disorder can be a real challenge, and I’m sure most of you can share a story or two. With a little extra patience this challenge can be overcome.

As a parent of two Scouts that have been diagnosed with ADHD  plus having it myself, I can attest that the Scouting program can be beneficial in development of individuals identified  with having it. All it takes is some planning and teamwork with parents in finding what works with the child and how they “learn”.

It’s an interesting article and has a good overview of how to deal with Scouting youth that have special needs.While it doesn’t cover everything, it does offer a fairly decent starting point for those with limited experience dealing with the subject. Click on the link below to go to the article.

How to help Scouts with ADHD succeed — without hurting anyone’s feelings – Scouting magazine.

Until next time…

Be safe, be prepared, and keep Scouting