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 […]

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 […]

The Scout’s Guide to Patrol Dens

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 […]

Scout Camps are Boring! – Part 2

The Purposeful Camp I was buying into a certain way of thinking about camps that I have since found to be inaccurate. The way of thinking goes like this: “The most important thing about Scout Camping is where you camp. The more exciting the setting, the funner the camp. The more commonplace the setting, the more […]

Why the Wilderness? – WoS Part 3

Welcome back to Scouting Rediscovered! In this post, I’d like to continue a very interesting series I’m working on about the wilderness and its important role in Scouting. In the first post of this series, I defined the current dilemma of the wilderness’s role in Scouting and laid out what this series would be about. […]

Rediscovering the Tourniquet Lashing!

Other Places on the site, I’ve talked about John Thurman, an influential British Scouter. He was the head of the famous Gilwell Scout Park in England for some time. In addition, he wrote many good books on various topics of Scouting. One of his biggest contributions is in the field of Pioneering. He wrote many […]

The Patrols’ Common Ground

  This quote from John Thurman gives an excellent example of what the Patrol Spirit should look like. When the Patrol gets together, each of the Scouts should be focusing on the good of the Patrol. I remember when I was Patrol Leader of the Panther Patrol. It was first formed, I became the Patrol […]