The Distraction of Camping Gear

In Which I Find Myself Overthinking Camping Gear “Ah, what happened to the good old days when camping was simple? No backpacks overstuffed with the latest and greatest camping gadgets from Cabela’s.” These words were spoken by Mr. Westerly, the grandfatherly figure of the local Scout Troop. He was shaking his head at the Therm-A-Rest […]

Have You Met Your Camping Avatar?

As Scouts, camping is an important part of our identity. At some point, you went on your first camping trip… then you went on the next one… and then the next. These experiences became memories which in turn shaped your understanding of the true purpose of Scout camping. Because of the different experiences we’ve each had […]

Traditional Scouting 101 – Camp Programs

When election time comes around, I sometimes find it frustrating watching different politicians debate. Many of them have great things to say about what they want to accomplish if they’re elected, but I often want more details. I want to know how the results they describe will actually be accomplished step-by-step. I like plans, not […]

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 […]

Scout Camps are Boring! – Part 3

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, […]