Scouting’s triangles

District-Key-3-PatchA triangle is the simplest two-dimensional figure and is one of the strongest in nature. The world is made of triangles, from honeycombs to bridge trusses. Three is a magic number in many ways beyond the familiar Bob Dorough song popularized in the TV series Schoolhouse Rock, including within the Scouting movement.

This past week, Bryan Wendell, Scouting Magazine’s editor, posted on his blog an item about the Scouting triangle from Scouter Michael Dulle, likening it to the triangle of fire. In the triangle of fire, you need to have fuel, oxygen and ignition. If any one of these is missing, you can’t have a fire. His Scouting triangle consists of youth, program and trained adults. Same thing – if a side goes missing, the movement falls apart.

This is just one of the triangles in Scouting, though. There are many more situations where three is the magic number that keeps us moving Continue reading “Scouting’s triangles”

Can Cubs go ziplining, and other questions

concord-zip-lineOver the last couple weeks I’ve received questions on various issues from readers. Since they’re probably subjects that others may have questions about, I’ll discuss them here. (And as Joe Friday would say, the names have been changed to protect the innocent.)

Can Cub Scouts go ziplining?

A local nature center is sponsoring a Cub Scout activity day. They’ll be running nature activities for Wolf and Bear advancement as well as some of the Webelos activity badges. Our pack is going to sign up. They’re also offering an opportunity, for an additional fee, for the boys to go on the zipline. Is it OK for them to go on the zipline, and what’s involved in getting the parents’ OK? Continue reading “Can Cubs go ziplining, and other questions”

What’s a Parent to Do?

Last night at Roundtable, one of our participants got off on a tangent about the advancement process in her troop.  Remarking that it took her son, an ambitious go-getter, three years to make First Class, she mentioned that it was because the Scoutmaster was very particular about just which Scouts were allowed to sign off on advancements, there were no opportunities for advancements to be completed at camp or troop meetings, and she’d end up driving him to other boys’ houses to get things signed off.  Many other boys were in the same situation and it seemed that the Scoutmaster took some delight in making the boys struggle.  We were talking about another topic when she brought this up, but I got to thinking about a response. Continue reading “What’s a Parent to Do?”