We’ve Been Doing Merit Badges Wrong

  Setting the Stage (Moviemaking) It was the end of January. My Troop and I were going through the last few hours of an event called “Merit Badge College”. This was an annual event held at a local community college where experts in various fields came and taught different merit badge subjects over the course […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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) […]

From Boy Scout to Scout Leader

The End or the Beginning? Well, not too long ago, I turned 18. That means that I am ‘officially’ no longer a ‘Boy Scout’. Wow! I can’t believe how quickly time has flown! I joined when I was 13, and I still vividly remember so many of those early memories as if they were last […]

2013 Website Announcement

Hello Everyone! I’m very sorry for not posting here in a while! Unfortunately, the website was hacked and some malicious code was installed in various places. You may have gotten a warning when you tried to visit this website in the past couple of weeks. Since this website is completely self-funded by myself and I […]

On Becoming an Eagle Scout

If you have been following this blog for a while, you will know that I have been working on my Eagle Project for quite some time now. I wrote about my project several times on here. Well, today I have the pleasure of making a happy announcement: This past Tuesday I went before my regional […]