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. […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

Honoring the Scouts Who Defended Freedom

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 […]

Scouting Around Town

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) […]