Recapturing a Vision for Active Patrols

Curlews. Bulls. Wolves. Ravens. – These are the very first Scout Patrols that ever existed. They were the Patrols Baden-Powell formed from the twenty-one boys that had come to Brownsea Island for his famous experiment with the Scouting framework. Baden-Powell could have led the whole camp single-handedly through the respect his reputation had earned and […]

The Baden-Powell Method of Scout Skill Training

Baden-Powell was a master teacher. I don’t know how much of the success of the Scouting movement was due to his instinctual charisma for training and inspiring others to catch his vision, but it certainly played an integral part. He became the world’s first Scoutmaster in August of 1907. It was then that the famous […]

What Makes a Patrol and Why? (TS101)

Scout Leaders, is your Scout Troop on autopilot? You’re busy. I know I sure am! Most likely, the ‘Scout Leader’ hat isn’t the only hat you wear. Between work, family, and social responsibilities, you probably have a crazy schedule. Because life has so many ups and downs, it’s tempting for all of us to put […]

Traditional Scouting 101 – Discovery of the Wilderness

Prologue: A couple of posts ago in the “Traditional Scouting 101” series, I talked about how true Scouting centers around outdoor expeditions and how these expeditions should always be challenging. In the next post after that, I showed step-by-step how to create Troop meetings and camping programs according to this principle. Now in this post, […]

Traditional Scouting 101 – The Vision of the Scout

The term “Scout” or “Boy Scout” will bring many immediate associations to our minds. This is true for the rest of society as well. I believe what people think of when they think of the term “Scout” is very different from what it was upon Scouting’s genesis. Rediscovering how the founders originally envisaged the term […]

Traditional Scouting 101 – Introduction

Now was my big moment. Here I was, a new Senior Patrol Leader, formally opening my first Troop meeting. I had everything prepared – I was going to lead the opening recitation of the Scout Law and Oath; I would then make announcements; finally, I was going to give a rousing pep-talk. My inspirational mini-speech […]

Scouting For the Long Haul

Endurance When Baden-Powell wrote Scouting for Boys, he heavily emphasized that one of the attributes Scouts should strive for is endurance: A Scout saying is “Never say die till you’re dead”— and if he acts up to this, it will pull him out of many a bad place when everything seems to be going wrong […]

The Art of Story-Telling

Once Upon a Campfire One of the first Scout camping trips that sticks out in mind was not noteworthy because of where we went or what we did. As a matter of fact, I can’t even remember where it was. What sticks out in my head was what took place around the campfire one night. […]