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Some interesting thoughts from AskAndy (March 12, 2009); that could be broadly classified as returning the romance of Scouting.

Bring back the paths of the pioneers, rhythms of the Red Man, and lace liberally with the knights of yore and their code of chivalry and you’ll return the romance of Scouting to its roots. Is there an age when this isn’t needed?
AskAndy (2009-Mar-12)

Maybe Scoutmaster’s minutes need to introduce Scouts to B-P, Boyce, Seton, Beard, West, Theodore Roosevelt (first Chief Scout), and the lore of Scouting! It’s after all, the romance of the woods and the ideals of chivalry that are at the center of what we’re here to accomplish… Maybe we simply need to talk about them more often? A Scoutmaster has between 40 and 60 opportunities each and every year to make this happen.
AskAndy (2009-Mar-12)

When Navy aviators in the Pacific Operation of WWII were told they could have three personal items aboard their aircraft when they flew missions and sorties, almost to a man they asked for: The Bible, a knife, and the Boy Scout Handbook.
AskAndy (2009-Mar-12)

The romance and excitement of Scouting?

I can already hear the calls of “Yeah right just what we need some wishy-washy Mills & Boon in the program to make things totally soppy”, but this is not the romance in question. In this case the definition is a little broader as this is the romance of the fantastic, the romanticism of the adventure;

  • romance: tale of chivalry; a literary genre typically involving fantastic or perilous adventures. Medieval verse romances were usually about knights and ladies, sorcerers.
  • romanticism: an exciting and mysterious quality (as of a heroic time or adventure)

In short we are talking about the underpinnings of Scouting.

The underlying feature is the spirit of the Movement, and the key that unlocks this spirit is the romance of Woodcraft and Nature Lore.
— Lord Baden-Powell
Aids to Scoutmastership

From the boys’ point of view Scouting puts them into fraternity-gangs which is their natural Organisation, whether for games, mischief, or loafing; it gives them a smart dress and equipment; it appeals to their imagination and romance; and it engages them in an active, open-air life.
— Lord Baden-Powell
Aids to Scoutmastership

Wolf Cubs – The training of the Wolf Cubs is founded on the romance of the jungle, …
— Lord Baden-Powell
Scouting for Boys


Scouting shouldn’t ever be a series of dry lectures, a set of classes, a process of wrote learning for tests. The smell of the campfire, the excitement of the Scout Show, the thrill of competition. Activities are the romance of Scouting, its what makes Scouting fun!

Who hath smelt woodsmoke at twilight?
Who hath heard the birch log burning?
Who is quick to read the noises of the night?
Let him follow with the others.
For the young men’s feet are turning,
To the camps of proved desire and known delight.

— Rudyard Kipling

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Pack Council 11-Nov-2008
A range of programming ideas from our Cubs at the end of year Pack Council for 2008.
They brainstorm faster than you can write things down!

  • RAINBOW DAY – wear bright colours
  • SPLAT! – whack-a-mole, wet sponge fight, catapults (Cuboree base)
  • St Patrick’s Day; Gold at the end of the rainbow
  • Cycle Camp
  • Beach
  • Cooking on coals
  • Cooking – like international food night but each six cooks a meal
  • Spooks Night!
  • Lights Camera Action – need to use stage, video camera, costumes
  • Messy (YUCK!) night – custard eating with no spoon, make goo (Joeys have these, expand on their program?)
  • “Thieves Guild Night” – Your mission is to …
  • Electronics night – soldering, circuits (some found last one boring)
  • Pyjamas night
  • Trip to fire station
  • Story night – poems, scary
  • Campfire night
  • Indoor Rock Climbing (again)
  • Wet night, water night
  • Fancy Hat night
  • Hippy/80’s/70’s/60’s night
  • Disco
  • Cub History
  • Science; Science works
  • Arcade Games
  • Caveman night
  • Codes + Signals
  • Bushwalks
  • Night walk on beach
  • Sleep over in park
  • Swimming with diving boards
  • Canoes
  • IMAX
  • Indoor games night; board and card games (Saturday with Joeys?)

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Ray Mears – Bushcraft
BBC (2004 – 2005, 2 seasons with 5 episodes)

Bushcraft is a survival television series hosted by Ray Mears, on the Discovery Channel in the United States, Canada, India, Italy, Brazil, New Zealand, Australia, Norway, Sweden, The Netherlands, Russia and the United Kingdom. Following on from Extreme Survival, Bushcraft was first shown in 2004, and ended in 2005. [wikipedia]


Season 1

Ray Mears Bushcraft 1×01 – Aboriginal Britain (59:03)
Ray Mears Bushcraft 1×02 – Jungle Camp (59:06)
Ray Mears Bushcraft 1×03 – Jungle Trek (59:00)
Ray Mears Bushcraft 1×04 – Africa Camp (59:11)
Ray Mears Bushcraft 1×05 – Africa Safari (59:04)

Season 2

Ray Mears Bushcraft 2×01 – Birchbark Canoe (59:03)
Ray Mears Bushcraft 2×02 – Canoe Journey (58:34)
Ray Mears Bushcraft 2×03 – American Prairies (58:55)
Ray Mears Bushcraft 2×04 – Sweden (59:00)
Ray Mears Bushcraft 2×05 – Four Seasons (59:16)

Ray Mears [veoh]
Ray Mears – Bushcraft [Google Video]

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Les Hiddins is a retired Australian Army soldier and war veteran, who is best known for his love of the Australian bush. Hiddins is recognised by his distinctively modified Akubra hat and big grin.
As a soldier with the Australian Army, Hiddins did two tours of duty in Vietnam between 1966 and 1968, the first as a forward scout in the infantry. In 1987 he was awarded a Defence Fellowship to research survival in northern Australia. He was the principal author of the Australian Army’s Combat Survival manual (1987) and was awarded Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 1987.
This research turned into a hit TV series The Bush Tucker Man. The series involves Hiddins driving around in a Land Rover Defender 110 with his trademark hat, finding and describing native Australian bush food or “Bush Tucker”. Les appeared in two ABC TV series of Bush Tucker Man, and the series Bush Tucker Man – Stories of Survival. …


The Bush Tucker Man – Series One (1988)

1. Aborigines of Ngukurr, NT (28:51)
2. Northwest Northern Territory in the Wet Season
3. Desert Country
4. Heart of the Kimberley
5. Rainforest at Iron Range
6. Northern Queensland Coastline
7. Gulf Country
8. West Coast of Cape York

The Bush Tucker Man – Series Two (1990)

1. Wet Season – 1:2, 2:2
2. East To West – 1:2, 2:2
3. Kimberley – 1:2, 2:2
4. Top End – 1:1, 2:2
5. Wildman – 1:2, 2:2
6. Coastal Story – 1:2, 2:2
7. Desert Story – 1:2, 2:2

Bush Tucker Man: Stories of Survival (1996)

1. The Coffee Royal Affair Part1 Part2 Part3 Les travels to the West Australian coast where Sir Charles Kingsford-Smith was forced down.
2. The Cannibal Convict
3. The Great Misadventure Part1 Part2 Part3 Les retraces the famous Burke and Wills journey.
4. The Best of Them All
5. The Dutch Settlement
6. Gold Fever
7. The Passionate Prussian
8. Into The Vilest Country

“I’ve done these trips many times… but some things don’t change – the wilderness, the beauty and the attraction of the whole place remain the same. If you make the effort to go, the rewards are tremendous”.
– Les Hiddens (Explore Wild Australia)

[1] Bush Tucker Man: episode guide [Australian Television Information Archive]
[2] Les Hiddins interview on ABC Talking Heads [Google Video]

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The Goodies – Series 7, Episode 3.
Broadcast: November 22, 1977.
Bill and Graeme notice their friend Tim behaving in an odd fashion. Each night, he goes out, wearing a grubby mac, a bin liner on his head, and creeps about the deserted streets like someone with a guilty secret. They follow him to a hut, where Tim is Scoutmaster of a troupe of ancient Scouts. Bill and Graeme find this hilarious. But it does not stop them from joining.
They use their Scout credentials to commit crimes, such as stealing wigs, and demanding protection money. Tim throws them out of his troupe, so they set up on their own. Such is the scale of their crime wave that the Government officially declares the Boy Scout Movement an illegal organisation. A petrified Tim is forced to testify before the sinister Scoutfinder General… [IMDb]

The Goodies – Scoutrageous (Part 1 of 3)

The Goodies – Scoutrageous (Part 2 of 3)

The Goodies – Scoutrageous (Part 3 of 3)

Time to earn your world domination badge?

Alternate Source on Scoutrageous (veoh)

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When we were Scouts

When we were Scouts (2007) BBC
Documentary about Scouting (58:58) Celebrities discuss what Scouting and Guiding did for them, including Ronnie Corbett, Bernard Cribbins, Cherie Booth, and Betty Boothroyd. Neil Morrissey visits a Scout camp.

This video gets various reviews along the lines of – Too much reminiscing on old Scouting and not enough emphasis on what its like now.

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