The Scout’s Guide to Naming Your Patrol


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 […]

Best Online Resources for Learning Morse Code


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 […]

Searching for Heroes


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 […]

The Patrol Leader’s Mission


“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 […]

Dreams and Decisions


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.

GreenBar Life


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 It is called “GreenBar Life”, and it is a running series of articles aimed at youth leaders in Scouting Troops. In this series, […]

The Scout’s Guide to Patrol Inspections


“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 […]

The Boy-Man

[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 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 […]

Site Navigation and Personal Update


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 […]

When Scouting Isn’t Easy


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 […]