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  1. I was reading a post about Wood Badge and it occurred to me that patrols today are not quite like the patrols of yesteryear. In Wood Badge, traditional animals are used for the patrol name and emblem. Owls, Bears, Eagles, Beavers....these are the things of patrol names for Wood Badge (which allegedly takes its inspiration from B-P, Brownsea, and the earliest days of scouting). When I was a scout, things had changed only slightly. In the 70s, we still had a lot of animal name patrols, but I suspect it's because that was what the scout shop stocked for patches. My first troop mixed up the ages in a patrol, and we had a 17-year old Eagle scout as our patrol leader. He must have been reading Lewis Carroll because he named us the "Jabberwocky" patrol and our emblem was a blank patch. After a year, he aged out, we elected a younger patrol leader, and our first official act as a boy-led patrol was to change our name to the "Undertakers". The good thing was that we kept the blank patch, but got a marker and drew a gravestone with "RIP" on it. Today, as an adult leader in a large troop with 7 patrols, I don't see a single traditional animal name. When animals are used as the mascot, they invariably have an adjective preceding their name. "Toxic Kangaroos", "Nuclear Lobos"....you get the picture. As I browse through the patrol patches on web sites like ClassB, I see two classes of patrol names that seem to dominate (presumably across the scouting world): 1) Mutant Animals, and 2) Whimsical Whatever. Here's a few amusing examples of real patches that are in stock and ready for you to order today: MUTANT ANIMALS: Angry Owl Angry Squirrel Bad Cat Cosmic Cardinal Dab Cat Evil Blue Bunny Flaming Chicken Killer Panda WHIMSICAL WHATEVER: Amish Electrician Bag of Mulch Bozo Chaos Dancing Mummy Flaming Sock Loose Screw Man in Blue Shirt Bitten Donut Cat Herder Dancing Banana Do you miss the innocent animal patrol names of yore? Think Wood Badge should update their patrol for 21st century scouting?
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