Since I have written a number of posts about Scouting, including this one about Lord Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting, what I am about to write is painful to me.
Scouting in Britain is dead. It died of politically correct, nanny state overprotection. Lord Baden-Powell set up a program to train young men to self reliant, to be able to go into the woods and make a camp, to overcome and survive on their own. A program to prepare them for manhood.
Rope, fire, knives, axes, tools, and the training and skills to use them properly. To learn these things was to gain confidence, to be prepared. Crucial skills at the very heart of the Scouting program, so important that training with knives begins in Cub Scouts. Not always easy, or safe, but without them, you might as well stay home in front of the television and have mom make you a snack.
Al Rasch, of The Rasch Outdoor Chronicles sent me an email today. Scouting in Britain has told the Scouts and Scout Leaders to discontinue the practice of carrying a pocket knife to camp.
So ends a century of Scouting.
The more responsibility the Scoutmaster gives his patrol leaders, the more they will respond.
–Lord Robert Baden-Powell