“Have you seen her all in gold,
Like a queen in days of old?
She shoots colours all around
like a sunset going down.
Have you seen a lady fairer?”
She’s like a rainbow! This is one of our all time favourite Rolling Stone tracks. From the album Their Satanic Majesties Request from 1967, the Stones had their own unique asthetic and sensibility with creating the perfect sound… all around chaotic but organic. The entire album is magnificent, but this track is such a joyous standout.
With the ‘coming’ Apocalypse, or just the change of season, any man could benifit from the skills shared by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). Even a pocket knife could be enough to save your hide. Nothing compares to the skills and trades of these wilderness boys, who abide by their own strict moral code. We must admit our love of scarves, so you may understand our intrigue with the uniform of a Scout.
As families moved to settling America, many organizations began forming across the country to help raise children in the changing world. Since its founding in 1901, more than 110 million americans have been members of the Scouts. BSA had two notable predecessors in the United States: the Woodcraft Indians started by Ernest Thompson Seton in 1902 and the Sons of Daniel Boone founded by Daniel Carter Beard in 1905 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
In 1907, British General Robert Baden-Powell founded the Scouting movement in England using elements of Seton’s works among other influences. Several small local Scouting programs for boys started independently in the U.S., soon after, many of these programs merged with the BSA.
Militant style. Cool boyish attitude. Scarves and swagger. These boys got the moves like jaggar. Go for a clean look and save tradition. Boots and pressed shorts, with a crisp collar and red scarf can keep that look true to the Scouts mission if your feelin’ fresh. Or do your own thing and add some personal flaire, use an ignigmatic pattern or print in a scarf, don’t worry about colour, as long as you keep that insinuation of camping in a uniform with a boyish quality, everybody will look toward with as their Saviour.
Of course a world with all boys and grown men seems unquestionably controversial, and it has proved to be over history. Declared in Scout Oath and Law, the boys are obligated to be ‘morally straight and clean in thought, word, and deed’ to discourage homosexuality, and girl’s are not allowed to join at youth level, but could volunteer as leaders as older women, so not to obliterate a woman’s influence all together. When a member of any organization, one must expect a certain conduct required. The BSA contends that these policies are essential in its mission in the traditional programs to instill in young people the values of the Scout Oath and Law.
On my honor, I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country;
To obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.
A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.
Do a good turn daily
As an American, I will do my best, to be clean in my outdoor manners, to be careful with fire, to be considerate in the outdoors, and to be conservation minded
We understand the sentiment of the Boy Scouts of America, and wish more people complied with some of the codes of conduct. Being more courteous and cheerful, and always safe with fire. Let’s all take a nod from these fella’s and be considerate of our outdoors, and feel confidant in standing up for our values and goals! You won’t need badge, just get out today and be kind to someone, and be part of something larger than yourself.
Will you be gettin’ out there, whether it’s down the street or into the woods to do a good turn??