Sometimes you just don’t know how much you know, you know?
As a Scout or Scouter, you’re equipped with many skills you may feel are second nature. You don’t bat an eye at the idea of whipping up a life-saving knot or fashioning a quick tourniquet for an injured Scout.
But to people not involved in Scouting, your know-how is pretty astounding – which is why your skill set is the subject of listicles of lifehacks and instructional YouTube videos.
Most recently, Business Insider shared survival tips every Eagle Scout has mastered. Check out “10 Eagle Scout survival skills everyone should know,” and note how many of these abilities you and even your not-yet-Eagle Scouts have nailed down.
A few of our favorites mentioned in the story include:
- How to turn your pants into a life jacket.
- How to create a Swedish Torch for cooking in the wilderness.
- How to gather rain water for drinking water.
Read the other 7 tips on Business Insider.
What Stories Like This Mean for Scouting
The article above illustrates the value Scouting adds to the lives of everyone involved in the program. It shows that “Be Prepared” is more than a motto for Scouts. Being prepared is their future, as they are looked to as leaders in both everyday activities and times of distress. That’s why the general public loves to glimpse the skills of Scouts in short, snackable content.
Take this article and share it with parents of prospective Scouts. Let them see how Scouting prepares young people for the hurdles life will undoubtedly place in their paths. From Cub Scouts who are tinkering with Pinewood Derby car aerodynamics to Venturers who identify when a river is safe for rafting to an Eagle Scout who can always tell you which direction is north, Scouts have the skills to lead their peers, save a life, and change the world.
Let us know in the comments below what skills you’d add to Business Insider’s list.