Re: Bushman's Thong
Patrick Lam (PLAM@MUSICM.MCGILL.CA)
Sun, 2 Apr 1995 21:29:32 EST
>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
I've seen an old Tenderfoot to Queen's Scout book, but that only had
grade requirements, not badge requirements, so I didn't know what
actually was involved in getting the Bushman's Thong besides 1st Class.
>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.
Jim, have you had an opportunity to look at today's Venturer handbook,
and in particular, the Outdoorsman Award? As part of Scouts'68,
I think that some of the things they did shifted Scout programme
over to Venturers, including this. "The Outdoorsman Award is
particularly demanding. ..." It can qualify someone for the Queen's
Venturer straight away, instead of the Venturer Award or Silver
Duke of Edinburgh. I'd be interested in knowing if it does correspond
to the Bushman's Thong.
Perhaps the Chief Scout's Award today is equivalent to First Class in
the old programme. It was meant for Scouts about 14 years old, same as
the CS award.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City