What do you remember from your Boy Scout lessons?
There are plenty of reasons to join the Boy Scouts of America. As one of the largest youth development organizations in the United States, it works to help members develop useful skills, build relationships and learn vital life lessons. Although more prominent in their earlier days, Boy Scouts still have the opportunity to explore the great outdoors and learn what it takes to thrive in the wild.
As an adult, all of these benefits translate into real world uses. Employees who were Boy Scouts have a confidence and work ethic grown over years of actively bettering themselves. And when they leave the office, those skills apply to their outdoor hobbies like hunting, fishing and boating.
A simple skill that’s often overlooked is knot tying. Whether used to tie down your equipment, secure lines or scale terrain, knots can be the difference between a great trip and one littered with issues and hazards. Boy Scouts become proficient at tying knots by learning their practical uses.
For example, square knots are essential for connecting different pieces of rope or securing equipment with a non-slip bind. The knot doesn’t loosen as the objects it’s holding move around. This makes it perfect for keeping binoculars tied off to a pouch or a knife attached to a belt. If the rope isn’t long enough, it can be extended by using a square knot to join it with another rope.
These can also be used for furling sails, securing a shelter or tying yourself off before wade fishing in a river.
Packing for the Outdoors
When Boy Scouts prepare for their first outing in the great outdoors, they’re also taught how to pack. From fanny packs to duffel bags, Scouts learn to use the allotted space of their bags for purpose and efficiency — they never load their packs with multiple items when one will get the job done.
This mentality also helps promote the learning of vital outdoor skills. A Scout who learns how to start a fire with sticks can do it without a kit. While having a lighter or matches is common for those exploring the outdoors, knowing primitive techniques can save room and lessen the weight of the pack.
All of those packing and knot-tying lessons build something even more vital — safety. The BSA offers a series of firearms safety and marksmanship courses that teach Scouts to respect all weapons for what they are. While those are great skills to master, they’ve also influenced many young men to take to the outdoors. Hunting and tracking, as well as scouting, are skills developed over years, but getting a head start with the BSA can lead to better proficiency and safer trips in the wild. Knowledge of safety, like how to walk over various terrains, accurately firing a weapon and basic first aid are all common practices for Boy Scouts.
Many outdoorsfolk will agree that any time you leave the comfort of your home and step into nature’s domain, accidents can happen. For adults who were once Scouts, it’s just another day enjoying life.