Mar 11, 2010 - Kevin
Love this site. But I have a problem, our webelo patrol wants to name themselves "running toilets". I see there are unofficial patches, "old fart", "flaming TP", on this website. Can they name themselves that unoficially, or do they need BSA approval. Don't really understand an unofficial category.
Mar 11, 2010 - Scoutmaster Paul
Kevin - One of the most important and most difficult things to create is "Patrol Spirit", or in the case of Webelos, den spirit, since they're still a den.
If a group of guys can all be excited over a name that they pick out and a patch that gives them identity, then I'm all for it.
Since there aren't official names for patrols or Webelos dens, scouts can use anything they want and are encouraged to be creative with their name, flag, and yell. "Creative" doesn't mean silly, flippant, crude, or degrading. What are some great team names? Vikings, Rams, Steelers, Raiders, ..., not Pansy-pickers, Disco Duds, or Armpit Hairs. This name should be something they are proud to be part of that may invoke respect, honor, or adventure. If it's just a joke, there's a good chance those scouts will treat their scouting as a joke. If there's a bit of clean humor in it, that's not a problem in my view.
As their den leader, you could ask them why they like that name and patch; what it is about it that shows off their group; how it shows other people what this group of guys is like.
If you, as their den leader, are uncomfortable with a name or patch or anything else the scouts want to do, you should explain to them what about it does not follow the aims of scouting and help them choose something else.
Mar 18, 2010 - scout4ever
this site is great
Mar 18, 2010 - Clymer, NY Tiger Scouts
The Clymer Tiger Scouts are working on the " How I Tell It" section. They have read this post and are very excited as well now that spring is just around the corner. Hope every one has a great spring.