What were Merit Badges like in 1913? Today I'd like to present to you a great article I discovered from an 1913 edition of Boys' Life Magazine. The topic is on Merit Badges, specifically, an introduction to what Merit Badges are all about. What makes this article so valuable is that it gives us an… Keep Reading!
[N.B. This post, which is the last in the series on the "Older Scout Problem" in Scouting, is quite a lengthy one. However, I feel the importance of the subject matter justifies the length. Please read this when you have time to sit down and look at it thoroughly.] Introduction Welcome back to… Keep Reading!
Introduction In Part I of this series, I began the process of looking into the “older Scout problem”. This is where Scout Troops have trouble retaining and recruiting boys from the ages of 15-18. In the last post, I began the discussion by examining just why this is a very important issue and why… Keep Reading!
[Note: I originally planned on making this topic one single post. However, I feel it is important and complex enough to deserve a series of posts. So instead of one post, I will be covering this topic in three different posts. The first one is on the importance of older Scouts in a Troop. The… Keep Reading!
Throughout the history of Scouting, there have been many explanations of the meaning of the points from the Scout Law. For today’s post, I have collected from various sources my favorite definitions. The points on Kindness and Thriftiness came from the ninth edition of the Boy Scout Handbook, 1986. The point on “Brave” came from… Keep Reading!
It’s been a while since the last installment of this series, and for that I apologize. Out of all the series here on Scouting Rediscovered, the “Keystones of a Scout” series is the most important to me. Back when I first started this series, I wrote: In my own Quest to rediscover Scouting, I have… Keep Reading!
If you have been following this blog for a while, you will know that I have been working on my Eagle Project for quite some time now. I wrote about my project several times on here. Well, today I have the pleasure of making a happy announcement: This past Tuesday I went before my regional… Keep Reading!
In case you haven’t heard, the International Jamboree on the Air took place Saturday, the 20th of October. JOTA is an annual event in which Boy Scouts from all over the world speak to each other by means of Amateur (ham) Radio. Scouting experiences are exchanged and ideas are shared via radio waves. Since 1958 when… Keep Reading!
This quote from John Thurman gives an excellent example of what the Patrol Spirit should look like. When the Patrol gets together, each of the Scouts should be focusing on the good of the Patrol. I remember when I was Patrol Leader of the Panther Patrol. It was first formed, I became the Patrol… Keep Reading!
I thought it was a Ceremony? Traditionally, when Scouting first started in England, the term “Court of Honor” had a different meaning than it has today in the Boy Scouts of America. These days, “Court of Honor” refers to an award ceremony held every so often to award merit badges and rank advancements. The… Keep Reading!