Some Fun Things Boy Scouts Do

Did you know that Tintin (the comic character) was based on a scout? Boy scouts all over the world are known for the adventurous outdoor activities that they partake. They participate in challenging activities and games that test their abilities in a fun way. Read on to find what activities they take part in. They are ranked based on their performance in these camps.

Camping is by far the most popular scouting activity. When camping, troops are left in the natural world on their own. They have limited resources. This challenge tests on their ability to work together as a team. It teaches the Boy Scout to rely on himself. Typical camps last anywhere between two and five days.

Adventures in the wilderness are always fun.  This is where scouts go for a guided tour in remote locations. They have to trek for about a week. They participate in a wide array of outdoor activities that include hiking, rafting, and backpacking.

Day hikes – here, troops go hiking on rugged terrains. These hikes are usually no longer than a day or two.

Performing community projects – One of the scout’s codes of conduct is that they live to help other people. In honor of this promise, they participate in humanitarian activities that include donating food to hunger stricken areas and building shelters. These projects take a full day.

Patrol activities – Patrols are the foundation of a scout’s troop. Each patrol is made up of boys of a similar age group that has common interests. One patrol troop may choose to camp with the other patrols. Sometimes, patrols hike and camp on their own when the scoutmaster allows them. These patrols are useful in promoting leadership at a tender age.

Boy scouts’ activities play a big role in teaching teamwork. Even if not all scouts participate in the competitive sports events, fellow members of the troop cheer them. The scout movement focuses on team building activities that promote responsibility and nurture self-esteem in a fun way.

Benefits Children Receive By Joining Scouts

Since its inception, the scouting movement has grown in leaps and bounds and over the years has emerged as one of the most popular clubs for young kids and teens. Scouting not only provides kids with an opportunity to try out new things but also has numerous other advantages associated with it. For parents who might wish to sign up their kids to be scouts, the following is an overview of some of the benefits associated with this club.

Helps develop Good social skills

This is perhaps one of the most notable advantages associated with scouting. As a norm, scouting usually involves a large group of kids who have to interact on a regular basis when carrying out various activities. To be able to function well in such a group, good social skills are required. Consequently, a child subconsciously develops good social skills which can prove invaluable later on in life.

Helps develop Good analytical and organizational skills

Scouting can also help kids develop good analytical and organizational skills. As you well know, scouting usually involves a lot of activities some of which include camping, hiking, excavation and a host of other physical activities. Most of these activities require a lot of analysis and organization so as to be pulled off successfully. In view of this, a child tends to pick up these 2 valuable life skills by being part of the scout movement.

Better performance

Research has also shown that kids who are part of the scouting movement tend to be better performers at school when compared to their peers who are not part of the movement. This can be largely attributed to the self-discipline associated with scouting and usually acquired through completing difficult tasks during camping trips. This self-discipline when transferred to a classroom setting can help kids achieve amazing results as it gives them the self-drive to go the extra mile and achieve better results.

Good leadership skills

Most of the great leaders were once part of the scout movement. Scouting helps to nurture and bring out leadership skills in young kids as well as teens. Most of the activities carried out within the scouting movement usually require a certain amount of independence, problem solving skills, decision making and also critical thinks. All these attributes when rolled up into one translate into good leadership skills as they are the building blocks for good leadership.

In view of this, enrolling your child within a scouting movement is considered as being very important.

I met my buddy Alex, who owns GTA Ontario Flat Roofers in the Boy Scouts when we were 8 years old.  Scouting is all about friendship.

A Short History of Scouts

The scouts movement was born in England, on the 24th of January 1908. It began with a publication of a famous little handbook by a man who at the time had already become very famous in England. The man’s name was Robert Baden-Powell and his book, Scouting for Boys, became an almost instant hit (hits weren’t as instant back then as they were now that we have the internet). The book quickly turned into a series and soon little scout groups were forming all over England.

Baden Powell became renowned all over Britain in 1900 as a result of his brave actions in the war between the Boers and the Brits in South Africa. Here he managed to hold defense over a little village, Mafeking, for 217 days against the Boer troops. He wrote a book thereafter titled Aids to Scouting. It was meant to be a military handbook but found a home in the hearts of the young instead. Boys particularly loved the tips on observation and survival as well as tracking and would organize games to emulate the things they had learnt. Baden-Powell, upon realizing this, decided to write something that would teach them these things with a sprinkling of advice on the importance of good morals and good deeds.

To test if his grand idea would work, Baden-Powell decided to perform an experiment. So on the 25th of July, 1907, he took 21 teenage boys to Brownsea Island and there they camped for 2 weeks. During the camp, he taught them a lot of different things like deduction, observation, tying of knots, tracking, lifesaving, patriotism, and bravery. The camp was a success.

Scouting for Boys was a great success and Baden-Powell took the cue and set up the headquarters of the Boy Scouts. There they would register new scouts. They also designed a uniform to distinguish boy scouts. By the end of that year, there were over 50,000 in Britain and many other groups forming around the world. The first meeting of the Boy Scouts was held in 1909 and was attended by many guests, among them a small group of girls who referred to themselves as the Girl Scouts. This made Baden-Powell realize the importance of including girls in the movement and in 1910 he formed the Girl Guides Association.

The Scouts Movement came to America as the result of a rather serendipitous event. William Boyce, a man from Chicago, was lost in the fog in London in 1909. He met a boy scout who guided him out of the fog. He wanted to tip the boy but the boy adamantly refused, saying boy scouts do not accept remuneration for committing a good deed. William Boyce was so taken aback by this gesture that upon his return, he organized the many disparate groups there into the Boy Scouts of America, and officially incorporated the movement on the 8th of February 1910. Soon after, the Girl Scouts of America was formed by Juliette Gordon Low in 1912 in Savannah Georgia.

The Scout movement grew from then on, with many major events taking place. One important one was the forming of the Wolf Cubs by Baden-Powell in 1916. Their counterparts were the Cub Scouts of America and it was meant for boys under the age of 11. The first International Jamboree of the Scouts Movement was held in London in 1920 and there Baden-Powell was named Chief Scout of the World. He continued to hold this position until his death in 1941.

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