New! Scouting Podcast Section

I noticed a couple interesting conversations in the world of Scouting podcasts that took place this week. First, was this blog post over at Boy Scout Trail:

Yesterday, I was asked by a nice fellow in Irving to let you know about ScoutCast – a series of podcasts for Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Commissioners.

Second, was a tweet this morning by Cubmaster Chris:

PTCers: National wants us to promote Cubcast on the PTC website. What do you think?

I’m pretty excited whenever I see BSA National embracing technology, particularly when they are using technology to deliver more information for volunteers. I have to admit though, I’m not really a podcast listener. I can read faster than I can listen, and when I am receiving really useful information I want to take it in as quickly as possible. (Which is why HalfEagle is so text-focused instead of audio-focused.)

Now, the nice fellow in Irving, Texas hasn’t contacted me. :'( But I’m not going to wait for an email from him to add a feature I should have added long ago. 🙂

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Due in large part to the efforts of PTC Media who already brings together the best volunteer Scouting podcasts into one place, it was a snap for me to add a new podcasting section. You can now listen to the most recent episode from each show straight from the HalfEagle home page. What this section looks like is shown in the box to the right.

Here are the great Scouting podcasts included (in alphabetical order):

That little purple icon is the link to subscribe to the podcast directly in iTunes. When you find one you enjoy, you can click that icon to have iTunes deliver new episodes to your computer and iPod automagically.

Of course, you can also click the podcast title (in brown) to go directly to that podcasts page or you can click the podcast site title (in gold) to go to the home page for that particular podcast.

I really hope this feature brings more attention to Scouting podcasts like the rest of HalfEagle does for Scouting blogs.

As always, your thoughts and feedback are appreciated! 🙂

P.S. If you’re curious about the semaphore scouts in the section header graphic, they came from the Semaphore Translator available on InterNETional Scouting. 🙂

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