Catholic Scouting – but why?

Scouting has it’s earliest origins in ancient bushcraft, the hunter-gatherer. Back then, it was the way of life for most.

As humanity grew in civilisation, the hunter-gatherer found himself being put out of work by farming. The skills of the hunter-gatherer were however not without application. The job changed from hunting and gathering food, to hunting and gathering information.

So, yes, essentially we all use hunter-gathering skills. Think about it, in our jobs we seek information, when we go for a walk we seek out somewhere beautiful and private for a picnic.

Obviously the hunting and gathering information skills were most valuable to those in positions of power (and who wanted to at the very least keep them). Information is power, so they said. So scouts in this sense had the highest value to militarys and governments. And it is almost exclusively in the context of the first that we think of scouts nowadays.

Indeed the Boy Scouts of Lord Baden Powell were formed from the children who assisted him at the siege of Mafeking in the Second Boer War. They weren’t carrying weapons but they were doing military work, making them children soldiers. This militarised image of the scout has persisted until today, in the minds of probably nearly all.

But it’s not the only way.

There is another Way.
Behold, a voice crying in the desert, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight His paths.


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