For New Scout Parents

Scouting is a great adventure, but the first few months can be intimidating for newcomers.  Relax and take it one outing at a time.  Scouts get the hang of things pretty quickly, and parents can back off and let their sons have the adventures they want and need. 

Here is some information to help you get started.

You don’t need a lot of expensive gear, but you do need the basics.  Sometimes you can borrow it from older boys in your neighborhood.  Usually you have to purchase it.  What to Buy for a New Boy Scout

If you are in the Mt. Diablo Silverado Council, here is the address of the Scout Store: 800 Ellinwood Way, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523 (925) 674-8500

When parents pack their son’s backpack, there are sometimes lots of (heavy) and extra things.  So let the Scout pack his own kit. It’s usually better to have too little than too much.  After all, Scouts can usually borrow what they forget.  What to pack for your first overnight

This classic list is what Scouts should have with them on every outing: Ten Essentials

Scout Lore

Gilwell Field is a camp site and activity center for Scouting groups, as well as a training and conference centre for Scout Leaders. The 109 acre site on the edge of Epping Forest, close to London.  Part of the 2007 World Jamboree was held at Gilwell.

Daniel Carter “Uncle Dan” Beard (June 21, 1850 – June 11, 1941) was an American illustrator, author, youth leader, and social reformer who founded the Sons of Daniel Boone in 1905, which Beard later merged with the Boy Scouts of America.  The outdoor program, based partly on Beard’s experiences, is the foundation of modern Scouting.

KYBO = Scout Toilet.  The term “kybo” is popular within the Scout Movement worldwide. The term “kybo” may have originated at the Farm and Wilderness Camps in Vermont where it came from the coffee cans (Kybo brand coffee) that held the lye or more often lime used to keep odor to a minimum. It was only after Kybo coffee was no longer available and the cans were no longer used that folks began to come up with other possible reasons for the term “kybo”. The word is believed by some to have originated as an acronym for “Keep Your Bowels Open” although this may be a backronym. An interesting aside is that toiler paper is often referred to as “Kybo Tape” or “Kybo Wrap”. The term appears in a popular summer camp song as a parody of “Downtown”:

When you are sleepy and it’s time to go peepee there’s a place to go… kybo
When you are droopy and it’s time to go poopy there’s a place to go… kybo
Just listen to the rhythm of the froggies in the toilet,
Even though it’s smelly I am sure you will enjoy it
The lights are not on in there, but you forget all your worries,
Forget all your cares in the kybo
Is not it fun to go… kybo

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