John Thurmann, camp chief of Gilwell for over twenty-five years, casually stated, “To me, the over-riding reason for presenting Pioneering is that boys like it.”
As always, the majority of today’s Scouts love the kind of woodsy activities that provide outdoor fun that’s involving and challenging. This kind of fun is timeless! To build a good pioneering project requires rope, wood, good sense, and skill, and when completed, there’s a happy feeling of accomplishment and success.
Naturally in today’s world, the Boy Scouts of America places an emphasis on keeping up with the times—there’s a general thrust to make the Scouting program relevant to the youth of today. Of course, this makes sense. Maintaining interest and attracting new members is contingent on the assurance that what Scouting offers is YOUTH-RELEVANT!
But, amidst the wide spectrum of fun available in Scouting, there’s always an attraction to and fascination with what’s termed, “old school.” It’s the way things were done before all the modern technology so prevalent in today’s society. Pioneering is all about using basic and advanced Scout skills to get things done, to make life in the outdoors easier, and for having just plain ole fashioned good times.
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