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 […]

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 – 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 Has Odd Laws

When you’ve been in Scouting for a while, it’s easy to recite the Scout Law and not think twice about the way it is worded. When you examine it closer, you see that when Baden-Powell first drafted the Scout Laws he made them quite different from what most people commonly think of as ‘laws’. This […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Scout’s Guide to Patrol Flags

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 […]