Why pioneering? Well, as Gilwell Park Camp Chief, John Thurmann casually states, “To me, the over-riding reason for presenting Pioneering is that boys like it.” But, there’s a whole lot more to this question’s answer. CLICK HERE!
Many of the national jamboree pioneering area staff were students of the late, greatly-loved and widely admired Adolph Peschke, author of the (previous) Pioneering Merit Badge pamphlet, and the acknowledged designer of thirty original “boy-sized” pioneering projects.
Adolph’s way of presenting pioneering principles and projects is not only informative, but also serves to motivate and inspire. He clearly lays out what is needed, so Scouts can experience success and enjoy the fruits inherent in carrying out well-prepared plans, while putting into action the special skills required. (Not to infer that, when accomplishing an objective, Pioneering isn’t all about using one’s creativity, ingenuity and resourcefulness!)
Many agree that our Scout youth should be given repeated opportunities to engineer and orchestrate the construction of pioneering structures that are useful or just plain fun. Taking part in these projects contribute to the development of self-esteem and nurture a broad sense of accomplishment. They necessitate working hard and working together towards a common goal. Besides being really cool and impressing people in and out of Scouting, they require the mastery of a set of useful Scout skills that can be applied over a lifetime of outdoor activities—activities for both work and recreation.
Devoting time and attention to the proliferation of pioneering skills and the building of projects throughout the Scouting community is a worthwhile endeavor. By helping develop council pioneering kits for use by interested units, and establishing trained teams of council-level instructors to share the necessary skills and approaches, more Scouts will be in the position to experience the richness and timeless fun associated with Scout Pioneering.
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