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 […]

The Art of Story-Telling

Once Upon a Campfire One of the first Scout camping trips that sticks out in mind was not noteworthy because of where we went or what we did. As a matter of fact, I can’t even remember where it was. What sticks out in my head was what took place around the campfire one night. […]

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 Patrol Leader’s Mission

“Get all the fun you can out of being a Patrol Leader! But remember that there’s much more to it than fun. Your greatest thrill as a leader will be your chance to turn an ordinary gang of boys into a real Patrol, to help five or six or seven fellows become good Scouts. Every […]

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 […]

Scouts Should Eat Bear Meat?

“ How about making HIKING your hike objective this month? In other words – have a hike for the sake of hiking! It’s about time for all of us to rediscover hiking. It is one of the best exercises known. It strengthens the lungs and heart, straightens the back, develops the muscles, makes the blood […]

Best Description of the Scout Law

Throughout the history of Scouting, there have been many explanations of the meaning of the points from the Scout Law. For today’s post, I have collected from various sources my favorite definitions. The points on Kindness and Thriftiness came from the ninth edition of the Boy Scout Handbook, 1986. The point on “Brave” came from […]