Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Appreciating Scouting’s past

At the troop's Nov. 30 meeting, Trey (left) and Rusty (right) shared some of the
patches they collected through their Scouting activities, which included
attending the 2017 National Scout Jamboree.

During the troop’s Nov. 23 and Nov. 30 meetings, Scouts went back in time to explore Boy Scouting’s origins and those responsible for its founding in both England and the United States. Discussions, presentations and activities both evenings helped Scouts complete many of the requirements of Scouting Heritage Merit Badge. The required for the merit badge, first available in 2010 during Scouting’s centennial year, spans Scouting’s beginnings under Lord Baden-Powell to the history of Scouts’ own troop.

At the troop’s Nov. 23, meeting, Scoutmaster Andrew Baird led a discussion with Scouts about some of Boy Scouting’s historical “greats,” such as Lord Robert Baden-Powell, whose best-selling book Scouting for Boys led to Scouting’s founding in Great Britain and its worldwide spread. He also recounted the story of the “unknown Scout” whose good deed for the day benefitting Chicago publisher William Boyce during Boyce’s visit to England inspired him to bring the Scouting movement to America. The group discussed major milestones in Scouting’s growth and influence in the United States. Scouts concluded the meeting with a legacy Scouting game dating back to Baden-Powell's skills development programs held at Brownsea Island Scout Camp.

Assistant Scoutmaster Wes Williams reflects on his Scouting experience as a youth
by sharing traditional uniforms and patches dating back to the 1950s.

Assistant Scoutmaster Matt Podemski speaks with Scouts
about his days as a Scout.
The troop’s Nov. 30 meeting featured Scouts and leaders both reflecting on their Scouting experiences as they recounted their Scouting past. This included exchanging stories around patches, uniforms and other Scouting memorabilia that — including personal and family keepsakes shared by adult leaders — reached back to the 1940s. As part of the merit badge requirements, Scouts shared some of their Scouting mementos acquired through activities ranging from local camporees to national Scouting events like national jamborees. To also satisfy merit badge requirements, founding leaders Scoutmaster Baird and Troop Committee Chair Rob Stanford also traced the troop’s roots to its founding in 2012 and how it has grown and flourished since then.

For more photos, visit the troop’s online photo album.