When you’ve been in Scouting for a while, it’s easy to recite the Scout Law and not think twice about the way it is worded. When you examine it closer, you see that when Baden-Powell first drafted the Scout Laws he made them quite different from what most people commonly think of as ‘laws’. This was intentional! Read what early British Scouter Roland Philipps says about it his book “The […] Keep Reading!
Endurance When Baden-Powell wrote Scouting for Boys, he heavily emphasized that one of the attributes Scouts should strive for is endurance: A Scout saying is “Never say die till you’re dead”— and if he acts up to this, it will pull him out of many a bad place when everything seems to be going wrong for him. It means a mixture of pluck, patience, and strength, which we call “endurance.” […] Keep Reading!
Once Upon a Campfire One of the first Scout camping trips that sticks out in mind was not noteworthy because of where we went or what we did. As a matter of fact, I can’t even remember where it was. What sticks out in my head was what took place around the campfire one night. We were all sitting around (kind of bored) when someone suggested a story. The problem […] Keep Reading!
While working on an article that will be published this weekend on GreenBar Life, I found some really cool quotes from John Thruman, William Hillcourt, and others talking about the importance of the Patrol Name. This is a topic which I didn’t think much about when I first joined Scouting. To me, a Patrol name just needed to be something cool, but I learned that there is so much more […] Keep Reading!
Ham Radio and Scouting have had a long and solid relationship. Back in 2012, I wrote an article of the Top 10 Reasons You Should Get a Ham Radio License. I also wrote a couple of articles (here and here) about Jamboree On The Air – the annual Ham Radio event just for Scouts. One of the ways Ham Radio and Scouting intersect is in the area of Morse Code. […] Keep Reading!
The Influence of Heroes One of my first childhood heroes was a man named George Washington Carver. He was born into slavery in 1864. Despite having to grow up during the tremendously difficult reconstruction era, he became one of the leading botanists and educators of the South. He had a genius for science and a passion for helping Southern farmers succeed during some of the roughest times America went through. […] Keep Reading!
“Get all the fun you can out of being a Patrol Leader! But remember that there's much more to it than fun. Your greatest thrill as a leader will be your chance to turn an ordinary gang of boys into a real Patrol, to help five or six or seven fellows become good Scouts. Every one of your boys will have a part to play in making the Patrol whatever […] Keep Reading!
I had a dream once. It was to make my Troop the perfect Scout Troop. I just joined Scouting and I was excited about the whole thing. I knew if I worked hard enough, I could become a leader and iron out all the wrinkles that I observed around me. Keep Reading!
Hello! And thank you for reading ScoutingRediscovered! I wanted to make a brief, formal announcement of another Scouting project I have been working on this year with Scouter Clarke Green of ScoutmasterCG.com It is called "GreenBar Life", and it is a running series of articles aimed at youth leaders in Scouting Troops. In this series, I share a lot of tips, techniques, and experiences I gleaned from my time as […] Keep Reading!
“In a well-run Troop camp one of the first things that ought to happen is that the Scouts report the night before with their kits packed ready for inspection.” – The Patrol Leaders' Handbook (John Thurman, 1950) Too Military? The Patrol Inspection is one of those aspects of the Scout Program that has a military-like appearance. I think that some may have avoided using it in Scouting for this […] Keep Reading!