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!
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… 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… Keep Reading!
[Note: The term “Court of Honor” generally refers to an advancement awards ceremony today. That is the way I will be using the term in this post. If you want to know about what the term “Court of Honor” used to mean, check out this post.] The Unique Ceremony Scout Ceremonies have a… Keep Reading!
Once upon a time there was a Patrol Leader. He was smart, he was a good Scout, his Patrol admired and trusted him, and he could do no wrong. One day that changed, though. It was a camping trip that was not unlike any other, and the Patrol Leader wanted to build a Pioneering structure… Keep Reading!
It's been too long since I did one of these posts! You may have noticed that I use a lot of old-time Scout photographs throughout this blog. There are a handful of reasons for this. For one, they go great with the theme of this blog, as I am out to rediscover valuable Scouting lessons from the… Keep Reading!
Where's the Enthusiasm? Ask a boy today if he'd like to go spend a week in the woods away from civilization, and you're going to get variety of responses. Unfortunately, many of those will be negative. Ask a kid the same question in the 1930's, and you'd get a much more positive response overall. Granted,… Keep Reading!
The Purposeful Camp I was buying into a certain way of thinking about camps that I have since found to be inaccurate. The way of thinking goes like this: “The most important thing about Scout Camping is where you camp. The more exciting the setting, the funner the camp. The more commonplace the setting, the more… Keep Reading!
The Downward Spiral of Spectacular The Example It was a much anticipated Scout Camping Trip. We were going to see some spectacular canyons out in West Texas. The weather was beautiful, and everything was just right. Though it was a long drive to get there, the Adult Leaders and older Scouts were really pushing for… Keep Reading!