Thursday, July 2, 2009

Tab Scouts Part 2

When I solicited suggestions for the growing list of Tabib Boy Scouts activities on Tuesday I did not expect much feedback. Well Grant and Erin came through in a big way with a monster list of awesome. Some of the items I am kicking myself for not putting on my original list and others are ones that are great, but I never would have come up with on my own. Big thanks G&E and below is the list they sent...

  • Knife skills
  • Knife sharpening
  • How to chop/dice/mince vegetables
  • How to break down and cook poultry from the entire bird (sans feathers, maybe) - might replace this with grilling basics
  • Bread baking fundamentals

Food Awareness
  • What is actually in food?
  • How does the body process food?
  • How do people eat in other parts of the world?

  • How to read a map
  • How to use a compass
  • How to navigate astronomically
  • In general, a strong sense of North/South/East/West and spatial distance reasoning; grasping the functional difference between 50 feet, 2 kilometers, and 20 miles (and not only by how long it takes to drive on the interstate—how long to walk, to ride a bike, etc)

Water Safety
  • Swimming
  • Canoeing
  • How to hold somebody else afloat in the water

Fishing Basics

  • Mending
  • Buttons

Basic First Aid


Animal Safety
  • How to interact with dogs
  • Why it is important to understand that other animals do not think like humans and shouldn’t be treated like furry people- e.g., when dogs bite down on something and shake it back-and-forth, that’s called the “kill bite” because they’re hard-wired to grab their pray and shake it back and forth until it stops moving—it is not playful.

  • Basics of social graces, thank you notes, etc. within the kid’s own culture
  • Viewed from a survival perspective, how to interact with people of different ages and groups without grossly offending them: e.g., don’t touch people or food with the left hand in most countries of the world. Take your hat off indoors if you’re around traditional American southerners.

  • How to clean different materials—wood, stainless steel, aluminum, plastic
  • How to clean things efficiently—cars, houses, floors

Bicycle Riding
  • Bunny hopping
  • Track standing
  • Inside foot up, weight on the outside for higher speed cornering
  • How to handle traffic
  • How to look over your shoulder without swerving
  • How to ride in a group/paceline
  • How to ride no hands
  • Why a helmet makes you safer on a bike, but by no means safe

Creative Writing

  • Playing it
  • Hearing it: picking out particular instrumental sounds in a song.
  • Not automatically hating or writing off what doesn’t appeal to your ear/taste.
A great list for sure, I'll combine the two and keep it as a Google document for years to come. By the by, thanks for writing my Thursday post for me Holbricks, I owe ye both one.

1 comment:

Grant said...

Hey, no problem. There are a lot of things on both lists that I definitely can't do (but wish I could).

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