Apr 4th, 2018
Scouting is — or should be — open to all, but not everyone can advance through the program in the same way.
Ken and Colin take a look at the case of Logan Blythe, and some of the misinformation surrounding that story, all with an eye toward the idea of inclusion in Scouting, and the idea that although Scouting is indeed open to all, rank and advancement requirements within Scouting shouldn't be a “one size fits all” kind of thing. Because, in practice, one size won't fit all.
Eagle Scout Alternative Rank Requirements: https://www.scouting.org/programs/boy-scouts/advancement-and-awards/eaglealt/
Boards of Review Requirements: https://www.scouting.org/resources/guide-to-advancement/boards-of-review/
We have had a number of emails and comments come in, which is awesome. So, firstly, a shout-out to Parker, who sent us an email:
Hey Scouter Ken,
I am a former Eagle Scout on the BSA side. I just wanted to say thanks for the podcast, and if you need a guest to represent the BSA side let me know. I'd be happy to do it.
We weren't able to get Parker on this episode, although we may attempt to revisit this issue and get his thoughts on it in the future.
Via Podbean, we received another comment from honeyfield10, this one on Episode 56:
I agree that Scouting creates friends for life. I have some friends who I grew up with for many years in Scouting, and even though we don't talk as much, I know they are still my friends and will be for life.
So our second shout-out goes to honeyfield10.
A third shout-out goes out to Klavs, who left a comment on our Facebook post about Episode 42:
Just discovered your podcast (yeah, I know, a little late) and have listened more or less non-stop the last couple of days. Driving to work today, I heard the podcast on the motto, and you mentioned mottoes from around the world. Being from Denmark, I was pleasantly surprised when you mentioned our motto, but was less pleasantly surprised by your quote. I can't remember what you said (but it was far from what it actually is, at least for The Danish Scout and Guide Association). Its motto is “vær beredt”, which is a literal translation of “Be Prepared”...so not as exotic as your quote.
Apart from that, it's a great podcast, even for a Dane Scouting in the UK.
We pulled a number of mottoes from this Wikipedia article, and it would seem we read from the wrong column in that table. Our apologies!
And, as always, a big thank you to the folks at Scouting Radio for rebroadcasting Scouting Stuff episodes to their worldwide Scouting audience. If you're listening to us on Scouting Radio right now, let us know; reach out and get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.
Slow Burn, by Kevin MacLeod