Jim Carter - HCI Project (hci@CS.USASK.CA)
Sun, 2 Apr 1995 17:06:40 -0700
in Re: Re: New First Class Proposal???? Patrick Lam wrote:
>But Canadian Scouting went
>from First Class to Queen's Scout, with an optional Bushman's
>Thong for 1st Class Scouts (outdoors skills), and Cords for earning
>Proficiency Badges, which were kind of like Star & Life, although
>they were open to 2nd Class Scouts.
This "optional" Bushman's Thong was a part of many country's programs (even
part of BSA) at one time. The Bushman's Thong wasn't just some optional
side road to Queen Scout/Eagle, it was at least their equivalent in many
respects. While Queen's Scout required 5 badges (in Canada) beyond first
class and the Bushman's Thong required only 4, both took about a year
beyond first class BUT IT TOOK A LOT MORE WORK TO GET THE BUSHMAN'S THONG.
Someone who achieved the Bushman's Thong was an expert camper above and
beyond the norm. The work involved and the expertise necessary to lead
those pursuing it, meant that it was earned considerably less frequently
than a Queen's Scout. Exceptionally lucky were those Scouts who had an
opportunity to achieve both.
Unfortunately the Bushman's Thong was a casualty in Canada of "SCOUTS'68"
which took the OUT out of ScouTING for many years. Perhaps it's time to
reconsider the demise of the Bushman's Thong and to start to lobby for its
reintroduction as na optional part of the program.
YIS Jim Carter
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City