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.
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:
Scouts Knots Sheet (PDF)
Scout Skills - Simple Knots (FS315082)
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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