GreenBar Life

Hello! And thank you for reading ScoutingRediscovered! I wanted to make a brief, formal announcement of another Scouting project I have been working on this year with Scouter Clarke Green of ScoutmasterCG.com It is called “GreenBar Life”, and it is a running series of articles aimed at youth leaders in Scouting Troops. In this series, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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) […]

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 […]

The Guide to Scout Formation Drills

Why Have Formation Drills? Since Baden-Powell first introduced the concept in “Scouting for Boys”, Scout Troops have always used specific formations to bring order and discipline to Troop Meetings. Most commonly, a Troop “falls in” to the formation at the beginning and end of meetings and on any occasion where special announcements are made. However, […]

The Heavy Weight of Responsibility

Once upon a time there was a Patrol Leader. He was smart, he was a good Scout, his Patrol admired and trusted him, and he could do no wrong. One day that changed, though. It was a camping trip that was not unlike any other, and the Patrol Leader wanted to build a Pioneering structure […]

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, […]