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G4EBT  > SCOUTS   16.01.08 20:55l 142 Lines 5696 Bytes #999 (0) @ WW
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Subj: "dib,dib,dib - dob,dob,dob"
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I wasn't in the Scouts - I was in the Life-Boys then the Boys' Brigade, 
so I'm not all that clued up on Scouting, other than having read the
best-selling reprint of Baden Powell's book "Scouting for Boys", an
ambiguous title which - these days, might have worrying undertones!

So, I never did know if Scouts really said "dib dib dib - dob, dob, dob" 
and if so, what the significance of it was. According to the Times
readers' letters columns, (which I don't hold out to be an accurate source
of info) the correct term is "dyb dyb dyb".

I'm told that "dyb" is an acronym for "Do Your Best" and "dob" is 
any acronym for "Do Our Best". Fancy, all along I thought it meant 
something quite different.

The Scouts - formed a century ago to tie knots and light campfires without
matches, is to be re-branded to shake off its dated image and will soon
offer badges for healthy eating, sandwich-making and the perfect fruit

Some are asking if a movement built on the foundations of the British
Empire and muscular Christianity gone soft in its old age? Not at all, 
says the Scout Association; they're simply moving with the times. 

The new badges were introduced last weekend at the Scouts' winter camp at
Gilwell Park, Essex, where - given the present inclement weather, the old
skills of bonfire-making and tent-pitching favoured by Robert Baden-Powell
will still be in demand. 

Forty new badges can be earned in the largest overhaul of the movement
since its founder took a bunch of boys to Brownsea Island to pass on to
them the skills he'd found so useful in fighting the Boers at the turn of
last century. 

Fur of the new badges - skateboarding, snowboarding, parascending and
riding quad bikes, weren't on the original list, but on the other hand
there is no longer a badge for catching a runaway horse. 

Beaver Scouts working towards the healthy eating badge, aimed at six to
eight-year-olds, will have to make a fruit salad, two different
sandwiches, healthy snacks such as omelettes or homemade meatballs, and
list some unhealthy foods. 

Then no doubt they'll stop off at McD's or KFC on the way home.

Members will be invited to bring a vegetable to meetings, and see it 
turned into vegetable soup. Many - the movement believes, may never 
have seen a vegetable in its raw state. 

Some badges have been altered to take account of changing fashions. 

The street sports badge, for example, will now encompass zorbing, in 
which a participant is pushed down a steep hill inside a large ball. 

Sounds fun.

Till the Health and Safety "jobsworths" get a grip on it.

"Kid's having fun? Can't allow that - it's more than me job's 
worth. Where's your risk assessment and safe system of work?"

The first-aid badge is now called the emergency aid badge. 

Young Beaver Scouts will be taught to recognise dangerous situations (like
walking down the street minding your own business) and be able to treat
cuts and scrapes.

Older Scouts will learn how to deal with head injuries and to understand
conditions such as epilepsy and meningitis. (Nothing about being stabbed 
or shot).

The Scout Association denies that the revamped badges are an attempt to
counter falling popularity - membership has grown steadily in the past two
years. In 1907 he held an experimental camp on Brownsea Island, in Dorset,
with 20 boys 

Today the movement has 28 million members in 216 countries, with more 
than 400,000 in Britain and a waiting list of 30,000. A remarkable 
success story.

The Girl Guides are modernising too, and have set out 
the skills needed by a modern girls and teenagers. 

No longer need they bother with lighting fires, making jam or keeping 
a scrapbook about a former colony. Instead the modern Brownie (aged 
7-10) should be able to name the prime minister, swim 100 metres, 
care for a pet, and surf the web safely. 

Senior Guides should know how to manage their money, produce a
"first-rate" CV, assemble flat-pack furniture, practise safe sex, ( I
believe that to get a badge, only theory is needed - not practical. Maybe
you get a medal for that?). They also train to perform cardiopulmonary
resuscitation (after safe sex I imagine). 

The only hint of the old fashioned Guide movement are the quaint words
"first rate". 

Today Baden Powell would probably be seen as an oddball, but in his day,
when the British Empire was still bobbing along and white supremacy was
seen as the norm without doubt he was seen as a folk hero and an
inspiration to others.

Some of the stuff he wrote doubtless made perfect sense at the time, 
but today seems a tad bizarre:


The British scout has to be good beyond all nationalities in every branch
of his art, because he is called upon to act not only against civilised
enemies in civilised countries, like France and Germany. 

But he has to take on the crafty Afghan in the mountains, or the fierce
Zulu in the open South African downs, the Burmese in his forests, the
Soudanese on the Egyptian desert - all requiring different methods of
working, but their efficiency depending in every case on the same factor,
the pluck and ability of the scout himself . . . 

End quote.

Hmmm, I think it will take rather more than a Scout Troop to get the 
upper hand with the "crafty Afghans" (can we even say that any more?)
Burma, Sudan, South Africa, Egypt?....errrrm...

Quote of the day:

Former Russian tank commander:

"We quickly discovered that ten soldiers in a 
tank were no match for an Afghan on a donkey".

Best wishes 
David, G4EBT @ GB7FCR

Cottingham, East Yorkshire.

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