Jump to content


  • Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won


Kudu last won the day on May 19 2019

Kudu had the most liked content!

Community Reputation

183 Excellent


About Kudu

  • Rank
    Senior Member

Profile Information

  • Gender
  • Location
  • Occupation
    ESE Education ("Self Contained" Classroom)
  • Interests
    Primary Objective: To learn to produce short explainer videos for Free-Range "Lone Patrols" unaffiliated with "leadership skills" Troop structures.
  • Biography
    Webmaster of the Traditional Scouting Website, www.inquiry.net - Editor of the first edition of Traditional Pathfinder Handbook, http://www.inquiry.net/traditional/handbook/index.htm used by US Baden-Powell & Independent Scout organizations - 20 years as Scoutmaster and instructor for BSA district and council training courses, including advanced OKPIK

Recent Profile Visitors

The recent visitors block is disabled and is not being shown to other users.

  1. Why so binary, @InquisitiveScouter ? My non-binary pronoun is simply "Majesty."
  2. From Baden-Powell's 1938 POR (Policy, Organization, & Rules) http://www.inquiry.net/traditional/por/proficiency_badges.htm Wirelessman 506. (1) Have an elementary knowledge of how a thermionic valve works as- (a) H.F. Amplifier. (b) Detector. (c) L.F. Amplifier In a wireless set, and also how a "Westector" works (2) Know the functions of condenser, resistance, inductance, reaction and mains rectifier, transformer. (3) Know how to cure hum OR how to build a cheap mains eliminator. (4) Know how to locate and cure a simple fault in a wireless set. (5) Show a working knowledge of moving coil loud-speakers, both permanent magnet and mains energised types. (6) Draw a simple diagram showing the way to connect up a stage of "resistance coupled" L.F. amplification, and another to illustrate the connections of a "L.F. transformer," and show a knowledge of the principles involved. (7) Read a technical diagram and interpret all the symbols ordinarily employed. (8) Have assembled a simple wireless receiver which works satisfactorily and know all the distress signals. (9) Know the methods of charging and looking after accumulators.
  3. I'm in favor of requiring Scouts to demonstrate virtue signaling, so long as it is done in Morse Code.
  4. In a way, Scouter.Com was the birthplace of Traditional Scouting in the United States. Back in the 1990s Craig contacted me about an article I wrote for Scouter.Com's print publication. It featured the adventures of one of my Patrol leaders, a 12yo free range kid who took his Patrol into the woods most weekends. They lived on the rabbits and squirrels they hunted using a spear extender illustrated in one of the Patrol Leader's near-century-old library discards, Scouting for Boys. Craig invited me to join his fledgling movement. Scouter Terry then set up a list serve for us, that included the original founder of BPSA-UK and the current Chief Scouters of BPSA-UK, BPSA-AU, the Canadian provinces, as well as the head of WFIS-NA (North America). Welcome back Craig!
  5. Thank you! I wrote the first edition of the Pathfinder Handbook for the Texas-based BPSA-USA about four years before BPSA-US was established. BPSA-USA was based on the 1965 PO&R (Policy, Organization, and Rules), which accounts for those "Senior Proficiency Badges," which were not a part of Baden-Powell's program when he was still alive. BPSA-US, on the other hand, is based on the 1938 PO&R, which was the very last version of the Scouting program that Baden-Powell himself approved. See: http://www.inquiry.net/traditional/por/index.htm Baden-Powell's equivalent to Eagle was King's Scout, which I renamed "George Washington's Scout." Like all badges in B-P's program, it is a measure of a Scout's current proficiency so (if you have the pdf version of the Pathfinder Handbook), you can find those requirements under "Additional Proficiency Badges." "Current Proficiency" means that all of the qualifying badges must be renewed every 12-18 months, so there is no equivalent to "Once an Eagle, Always an Eagle," in Baden-Powell's version of Scouting. BPSA-US has voted to cancel my term "George Washington's Scout," because the guy was a slave owner. To their credit (so far as I know), BPSA Rovers currently have no plans to milkshake my face with quick-drying cement for my role in the promotion of slavery. 😎
  6. Depends on how you define "old school." 😎 Some Hillcourt fans would date the end of Hillcourt's version of Traditional Scouting at 1966 (the same year as "The Chief Scout's Advance Party Report" throughout the former British Empire), and the year that the BSA decided to replace Hillcourt's "Real" Patrol Method with a "Nine Leadership Skills" version of White Stag http://www.inquiry.net/leadership/9skills.htm . This "leadership skills" program was introduced in 1972. Purists like me would date Bill's demise a year earlier, 1965 - the year of his retirement, when the BSA introduced position of responsibility requirements for advancement. Thus "Patrol Leader" would became a revolving door entry-level position. A few of us began organizing the Traditional Baden-Powell program in the 1990s but, yes, WB for the 21st Century is the black lagoon from whence the two BSA Wood Badgers emerged to move BPSA-US training toward leadership skill Senior Patrol Leaders and even Assistant Senior Patrol Leaders, trust falls, and indoor blindfold walks . http://www.inquiry.net/leadership/index.htm
  7. A Corporate CEO crawls to the throne of Lucifer, in cardiac distress, eyes bugged, nostrils flared, "Master, Master," he wheezes, "The Americans have discovered Baden-Powell's Traditional Scouting!" "Not to worry," replies the Angel of Light, "I'll send two BSA Wood Badgers up to the BPSA-US to organize it."
  8. Looks like I buried the lead! 😎 The purpose of my post was to show how actual gung-ho outdoor kids in a BSA Troop can experience (if only for one weekend in their entire lives) a Free Range Patrol System as it was known to Baden-Powell and William "Green Bar Bill" Hillcourt. Absent this "mountain top" experience, I don't see how the material from Kudu.Net can help but sound like magical thinking (to paraphrase @dkurtenbach ). Just idealistic words on an electronic screen. Yes! Baden-Powell held in disdain the American invention of summer camps, calling them "Parlour Scouting" in "canvas towns." Render unto Caesar, but I wonder how many Eagle Scouts ever experience a single night of Patrol camping at Baden-Powell's minimum distance between Patrols?
  9. Keep in mind that the above reference is to Baden-Powell's Patrol System, not the Patrol Method. Two relevant differences: 1) There are no middle managers in Baden-Powell's "System," no SPL, no ASPLs, no JASMs, no TGs, nor anyone other than Patrol Leaders with a vote in what Americans call the PLC. In other words, ONLY the Patrol Leaders run the Troop. This means that the most gifted outdoor Scouts rise (yes, are appointed to) the position of Patrol Leader, as opposed to the tendency in the USA to regard it as an entry-level "Position of Responsibility." In Baden-Powell's System, there are no POR requirements. 2) For Free Range outdoor kids the "Adventure" of Scouting is to get out on the trail, especially without adult helicopters. This is the fundamental experience in Baden-Powell's system, to get the Patrols out on Patrol -- and likewise for William "Green Bar Bill" Hillcourt's "Patrol Leader Training" http://www.inquiry.net/patrol/green_bar/index.htm and his Wood Badge http://www.inquiry.net/traditional/wood_badge/index.htm So, one secret "to just stand back and let the magic happen," is to a) Announce a rugged backpack campout. This will weed out kids who are in Scouts just to get Eagle on their resume, as well as their helicopter parents. b) If necessary, let the Scouts divide themselves into two ad hoc Patrols, the more rugged of which will hike to a set destination without adults. The other, usually less mature, might hike a shorter route to the same destination, but with adults trailing a mile or so behind. For the first time, I would appoint the two most gifted natural leaders to the rugged Patrol, and let them work out the actual dynamics between them as they go. Note that the more rugged Patrol will likely include a few gung-ho smaller Scouts. c) At the agreed destination, the two Patrols camp Baden-Powell's 300 feet apart, likewise for the adults At the end of the weekend these members of the Troop (including the adults) will have experienced the Patrol experience that once made Scouting so popular. Now, how to integrate these Scouts into a BSA Troop is a different question πŸ˜• Yours at 300 feet, Kudu
  10. "Sabattis Scout Reservation is located on over 2,000 acres in the heart of the Adirondack Park. It offers the premier wilderness camping experience in the northeast United States. Sabattis is a traditional full-featured patrol cooking camp" http://www.cnyscouts.org/camping/sabattis-scout-reservation/
  11. Certainly Baden-Powell's First Class Award is the very definition of Free Range. The final requirement, the First Class Journey, is a 14 mile overnight backpack or canoe trek, alone or with one peer. No two-deep helicopters! > The tracking probably wasn't needed and while the plant and animal identification is nice, it's not really a core skill. > On the whole, it seems to be a bit obsolete Despite the significant controlled risk involved in the First Class Journey, not to mention the increasing challenges of the subsequent Journey and Expedition requirements of the more advanced Awards, Baden-Powell's program has some higher outdoor aspirations. > What skills would make a scout more adventurous? In addition to the practical skills a Scout needs to undertake his or her Journey, B-P's requirements include Observation Skills which, for some, are the whole point of outdoor adventure: These skills are known better in the 21st century as "mindfulness," with roots in secular Western versions of zazen and kinhin. "In the summer of 1898 Baden-Powell took a trip to Kashmir which convinced him that the outdoor life, enjoyed purely for its own sake without any military objective, was immensely valuable. Before setting out, he paid considerable attention to his equipment.…On this trip he adopted clothes that he would occasionally claim as the inspiration for the Boy Scout uniform; these included the Stetson he had worn in Rhodesia and a flannel shirt, but not the famous shorts. Yet in spite of all the planning, Baden-Powell viewed camping and walking in wild places as an experience which transcended practical considerations: 'Going over these immense hills - especially when alone - and looking almost sheer down into the deep valleys between - one feels like a parasite on the shoulders of the world. There is such a bigness about it all, that opens and freshens up the mind. It's as good as a cold tub for the soul'." http://www.inquiry.net/ideals/beads.htm Those who roamed the woods alone as teens may recognize this experience: Baden-Powell's "Religion of the Woods." Your mind chatter ceases, and your pupils dilate with interest in the subject of attention, causing the forest light to brighten and colors to saturate. It is a quiet clarity of mind that can last many minutes, similar to the experience of ceasing intense work on a problem, only then, seemingly from out of nowhere, the answer presents itself full-blown. Yours at 300 feet, Kudu http://www.kudu.net Second Class: Observation: Describe in writing, 20 out of 24 well assorted articles, following one minute of observation (Kim’s Game). Follow a half-mile trail of at least 30 woodcraft signs, in 25 minutes. Read the meaning of a series of simple tracks made in sandy or other suitable ground covering at least 20 feet. Follow real animal tracks or a trail made for you by someone else. http://www.inquiry.net/traditional/index.htm (To the above, I would add the tactile feel of rope work and the mental flow of Signalling.)
  12. Seems worthy of a new thread, "Natural Leaders."
  13. My initial inclination is to encourage Free Range Kids to organize around the original fortnight edition of Scouting for Boys. As in the days before Troops were common, a Lone Patrol would seek out, as needed, adults in the community with expertise in the outdoor skills they wish to master. Perhaps a church, school club, hiking group, outdoor store clinic, local chapter of Let Grow, former BSA volunteers, etc. (I'd be interested in additional suggestions). Adult Led / Youth Led then becomes: Youth Led adults whose services can be terminated as needed. Some day I'd like to see a spin-off thread on the research behind @Eagledad's observation that only about 3% of the population are "Natural Leaders." In my experience Barry's figure is exactly right. In a Troop of 32 Scouts, typically I trust only one or two to take a Patrol out into the field with no adult supervision. And, like @qwazse, I do sometimes meet these 3 in 100 "Alec in Wilderland" kids, with a Patrol-size following. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXHCiIQtqoQ&t=11s Yours at 300 feet, Kudu Kudu.Net
  • Create New...