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A New Scout Handbook

Not at all related to the "official" Cub, Boy or Girl Scouts. Merely inspired by my childhood experience in the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. A wilderness and urban survival manual for kids and adults alike without the hangups of the Cub/Boy/Girl Scouts.


  • Decentralization

    No over arching organization needs to exist. A network is more resilient than a hierarchy.

  • No Gods

    Belief in a deity doesn't affect one's ability to start a fire or build a shelter.

  • No Masters

    No leaders. No ranks. Peer to peer learning and experience.

  • No Country

    No flags. No pledges. No allegiance to nations or states. State lines do not matter.

  • No Military Subtext

    No salutes. No uniforms. This is not the training program for the armed forces.

  • Gender Neutrality

    Boys and girls and everywhere in between.

  • Skills First

    The ability to survive is the primary objective. Things like flying kites and building race cars are a distant secondary (or probably tertiary, maybe quaternary) objective.


The ultimate goal is a printed book that we can carry with us to help us learn survival skills in different situations.

Intermediate goals include developing a collection of skill-shares covering the core survival needs: shelter, water, food, first aid. Then expanding those to cover various contexts (e.g., cold climate vs warm climate). Then adding a kind of standard library of expansion pack skill-shares that can be tied together or read independently (e.g., orienteering, cartography, fire making, clothes/shoe making, knot tying, tree climbing, boating, etc).

Immediate goals are a two fold: a list of skills and field testing said skills.


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