[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 support!] It was a bright and cool day: the first morning of the camp-out. […] 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 in the year and a half since its founding. I eagerly look forward to this […] 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 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 were […] Keep Reading!