Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Not Knots??






Mmm.... So this was sparked by this article in the Telegraph. Knots are not stopping. Jack has the opportunity to get his Camp Skills (aka knots) badge in Beavers.

I honestly cannot see knots ever disappearing from Scouting. It is a basic part of the whole movement! OK so most of us don't use a whole lot of knots in day to day life other than tying our shoes. Or do we? I need to know some impressive knots to keep my washing line functional. I was tying knots to keep hooks on fishing lines most of my childhood. How many of us use knots in crafting (so many crafting bloggers out there), how many of us take our kids camping, or take part in other outdoor activities?

And kids in the Scouts - at any stage from Beavers to Explorer - DO get the chance to go camping and take part in loads of out door activities that DO require a good knowledge of knots. Many kids carry on with these sports and activities even if they don't carry on with Scouts.

So will they stop learning them? Doubtful!

Quote from the Scouts website:

Scout Skills - Simple Knots (FS315082)

People have been tying knots for thousands of years.
Today, despite technology, knots are still as necessary as ever.
In sports such as sailing, climbing, caving and angling, and in work such as fire fighting, fishing, truck driving and even surgery, the ability to tie the right knot is essential...
Scouts Knots Sheet (PDF)

All the "newfangled" badges that are being introduced are great. Of cause the Scouts should keep up with modern life! Leaders do need skills in youth work... they are working with todays youth! The kids should be learning skills that have a chance to help them in adult life like computing as well as traditional skills like knots. That'll all part of having a well rounded education and varied skill base.

Personally I will be encouraging Jack - and the other boys should they choose to join up too as they get old enough - on his mission to earn as many badges as possible. The whole point of him going was to get the benefits of every aspect, traditional and modern. We're really looking forward to badges like Experiment, Healthy Eating, Space, and Animal Friend.

BRING ON THE BADGES - OLD AND NEW!



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