How To Teach Nature (The Non-Boring Way)

As a Scout, I loved every chance my Troop and I got to spend time in the outdoors. I even loved studying different topics related to camping. Nevertheless, there was always one section of outdoor books that I flipped through as quickly as possible: wild plants and animals. I loved the idea of being an expert […]

My Last Article?

Okay, I admit it: the title of this article is a little bit misleading. This isn’t actually my last article. The title isn’t a description of the article. It’s a challenge. Here is the premise that I have been meditating on a lot lately: Time flies by so swiftly. When we invest time in others, do […]

“Over the Top”

Published in Boys’ Life July, 1918   “ Private Edward J. Kelly, One Hundred and Sixty-fifth United States Infantry, went over the top one night in a raid, and the end of his story was written in the darkness of No Man’s Land. He was sixteen. A few months ago, the only uniform he ever […]

Developing Patrol Identity

Think back to those exceptional, specific moments when you saw a Patrol in your Troop really shine. Maybe it was the way they prepared a meal during that camping trip last Fall: everyone doing their job quickly and enthusiastically. Maybe it was the way the whole Patrol came together to help one of its members […]

Recapturing a Vision for Active Patrols

Curlews. Bulls. Wolves. Ravens. – These are the very first Scout Patrols that ever existed. They were the Patrols Baden-Powell formed from the twenty-one boys that had come to Brownsea Island for his famous experiment with the Scouting framework. Baden-Powell could have led the whole camp single-handedly through the respect his reputation had earned and […]

The Baden-Powell Method of Scout Skill Training

Baden-Powell was a master teacher. I don’t know how much of the success of the Scouting movement was due to his instinctual charisma for training and inspiring others to catch his vision, but it certainly played an integral part. He became the world’s first Scoutmaster in August of 1907. It was then that the famous […]

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 – Discovery of the Wilderness

Prologue: A couple of posts ago in the “Traditional Scouting 101” series, I talked about how true Scouting centers around outdoor expeditions and how these expeditions should always be challenging. In the next post after that, I showed step-by-step how to create Troop meetings and camping programs according to this principle. Now in this post, […]

Calvin Coolidge: The President and the Scout

In July, 1924, tragedy struck America’s first family. Calvin Jr., the son of President Calvin Coolidge, died suddenly and unexpectedly at the age of 16 from blood poisoning. Coolidge was devastated, and the whole country mourned with him. At the same time, many people (especially his close supporters) wondered what would happen now. Coolidge was […]

How Scouting was Saved in ’79

There is a period in the history of the Boy Scouts of America that not many people like to talk about. Some of you may have heard the story before; some of you may have lived through it. I think it is vitally important for all Scouters to know because of what it teaches us […]