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,… 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… Keep Reading!
[N.B. - Sorry for being a little scarce for the past couple of weeks! I've been working on a really cool project with Clarke Green of ScoutmasterCG.com. I'll be announcing more about that soon! I will now be continuing my regular posting schedule of roughly once a week. Thank you all so much for your… Keep Reading!
I'd like to take a moment here at the end of 2013 to thank everyone who's taken the time to read this blog, support it, comment on it and share it with others! You all make the work on this site worth-while! I hope that this website has been a good inspiration to Scouts and Scouters… Keep Reading!
You are not supposed to be reading this post! Instead of this post, you should be reading a long and thoroughly exposited post about why long-term thinking is important in a Scout Troop. However, after I got gotten it all outlined and was a good 500 words into it, I sat back, not at all… Keep Reading!
What does the Patrol System look like? If there was one tangible thing that you could look at and tell how well a Patrol is working, what would it be? The Patrol Flag? The uniform? No, there is something even better that requires the personal initiative of the whole Patrol: The Patrol Den. Having a… Keep Reading!
[N.B. This is a long post; roughly 2k words. However, I feel that it is one of the most important I have ever written. Please look at it when you have time to sit down and read it through. I don't think you will regret the time spent!] A Time When a Movement is… Keep Reading!
If you've been involved in Scouting for any length of time, you've probably heard the term “Patrol Spirit”. Simply put, Patrol Spirit is a culture of teamwork and camaraderie that develops among the members of a Patrol that is run according to the principles of the Patrol System. Patrol Spirit is what makes a group… Keep Reading!
Why Have Formation Drills? Since Baden-Powell first introduced the concept in “Scouting for Boys”, Scout Troops have always used specific formations to bring order and discipline to Troop Meetings. Most commonly, a Troop “falls in” to the formation at the beginning and end of meetings and on any occasion where special announcements are made.… Keep Reading!
“Smartness in Scouting”
“Scouting For Boys” (1908)
“Boys' Life Magazine”
Call to Action
Scout formations are a great way to improve the order and team spirit of your Troop. For the next month, set aside a few minutes each Troop meeting to learn couple of different formations. You can then use these at announcements, Courts of Honor, openings, and closings. You can turn it into a contest between Patrols as to which one is the quickest and neatest. Of course, the whole thing should be planned and executed by the Patrol Leaders' Council.
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Thank you for reading! I believe that traditional Troop formations need to be rediscovered by modern Scouting. They are fun to do, they increase order and discipline, and they raise Scout Spirit!
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