Making Scouting Fun with Pioneering

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.

“I am inclined to suggest to Scouters that in addition to the technical details of knotting, lashing, and anchorages, there is an educative value in Pioneering since it gives elementary training in stresses, mensuration, etc., and it also develops initiative and resourcefulness to use local material. Additionally, it gives practice in team work and discipline.’ In other words, Pioneering is practical and character building: the two essential ingredients of any programme material for Scouts.” — Lord Baden-Powell

The goal of this conference is to provide the participants with the knowledge and skills needed to implement in their units a rewarding program of Scout pioneering that will translate into greater retention and increased membership.

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