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 satisfied with what I was writing. This actually happens more often than you might think! […] 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 Patrol Den should be the goal of every proactive Patrol. It's mentioned in many old […] 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 Called to Decide The world is constantly changing. Ideas grow old; some die and are […] Keep Reading!
Here is some great advice on proper delegation in Scouting that I recently ran across in an old pamphlet published by the Boy Scouts of Canada in the 1960's: Keep Reading!
It is hard to imagine a better reason to look into the past than to simply say "Thank You!" to those who sacrificed their time, money, and lives to build a better world for us today. The Scouting Movement, in particular, has distinguished itself for being populated by members and volunteers, young and old, who have dedicated their lives to this end. Today, I want to take a look at some of […] Keep Reading!
Introduction Modern Scouting seems to have developed a simple, repetitive model for Scouting activities. Once a week, the Troop holds a meeting (almost always at the same place); once a month (or less), the Troop goes on a camping trip; and occasionally a community service project is performed. This routine (or small variations on it) has become the totality of practical Scouting for many Troops. However, the principles of Scouting […] 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 of boys a real Scout Patrol rather than just a convenient division of a Troop. […] 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. However, many Scout Troops have forgotten the full utility of formations. In the past, there […] Keep Reading!
Introduction In the last post, “Building Blocks of Fitness”, I introduced a new series on becoming physically fit. As Scouts, it is our duty to be prepared in body for everyday service, for challenging adventures, and for any emergency which may arise. Because of that, I have determined to build good, healthy habits which will last me for the rest of my life. One of those habits include setting […] Keep Reading!
“On my Honor I will do my best … to keep myself physically strong …” To be a Scout of any age, health is important. Obviously, you can't enjoy the adventures of Scouting the most or serve others as best you can if you aren't physically fit. But it also goes deeper than that. One of the most elemental aspects of being a Scout is being prepared. For what? For […] Keep Reading!