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The Secret Laws of Adolescence
Blog     16 Sep 2014 | 9:05 am
It’s been some years since most of us lived under the regime of the secret laws of adolescence. Our Scouts know them pretty well and obey them most of the time. Here’s one section Scouters should review: SECTION I TALKING TO ADULTS  1. ATTENTION SPAN a. Maximum attention span of three minutes, no minimum attention span required. 2. ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS ASKED BY ADULTS a. Reaction and “answers” (in order of precedence) 1. Puzzled look and or exasperated eye-roll. 2. Grunting. 3. Words of one syllable (yes, no). 4.Mumbled, indistinct phrases; I dunno, whaddya mean?, I dintdoit. 3. PENALTIES AND SANCTIONS Adolescents not observing SECTION I laws are adjudicated “uncool” (ref. SECTION 38,2,a.) and immediately subject to; a. Group eye-roll and generalized snark...

Podcast 235 – Patrol Method 1
Blog     15 Sep 2014 | 11:06 am
Sponsored By Backers What, exactly, is the Patrol Method? Why did our founder emphasize the importance of the patrol method over all else in Scouting? In this week’s podcast I’ll begin a series of four installments that establishes the patrol method as the character school for our Scouts and relate a story about how things can go wrong if you don’t understand patrol method principles. Here’s the link I mentioned to purchase multiple copies of my books at a discount for your fellow Scouters.  Join me in Kandersteg next summer! Details Here. Listen to Scoutmaster Podcast 235 Get The SCOUTMASTERCG APP Podcast Archive   The post Podcast 235 –...

B.P.’s Blog – The Patrol Spirit
Blog     14 Sep 2014 | 9:05 am
During his lifetime Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the worldwide Scouting movement, wrote many books and articles directed to Scouters. Each Sunday I’ll publish a selection from his writings in the hope that you’ll draw inspiration and understanding from his timeless ideas. THE more I see of Troops which are successful, the more I realise the value of the system of making the Patrol the responsible unit of the Troop, and the treatment of the Patrol Leader as a responsible being, just as if he were grown up. As a further step in this direction, and one which I think will be helpful...

Two Scout Pioneering Techniques
Blog     10 Sep 2014 | 9:10 am
Here’s two relatively little-known Scout pioneering methods that are well worth investigating. CatDrill This new (to me at least!) Scout pioneering technique originated with the Italian Scout Group Trento1. CatDrill combines classic pioneering  and froissartage (see below).  This technique uses smaller diameter wooden poles or branches and lighter cordage to make sturdy joints that can be used to build  a number of different projects. The basic technique involves shaping a “diamond head” and corresponding “partridge eyes” (drilled holes) that are joined with light cordage (like paracord). These PDF directions are in English and should help you learn the various techniques involved in CatDrill. A1_basic-techniques 01_cat-drill-intro 02_selfblocking 03_square-joint 04_diagonal-joint 05_tripod-parallel-joint 06_tripod-crossed-joint 07_simple-spiral-joint Froissartage Froissartage (pronounced froy-sar-tage) is a Scout pioneering...









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