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Product Details

  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (June 20, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1490352481
  • ISBN-13: 978-1490352480
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.4 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,046,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Clarke Green can be found on ScoutmasterCG.com and hosts the Scoutmaster Podcast. As a regular visitor to his blog, I have found the insights I read there to be very helpful towards informing my own approach to Scouting roles as a parent and as a volunteer. He offers, through an easy and entertaining delivery, decades of hard won, deep learning that will be of benefit to Scouters and Scouting parents alike. I was excited to hear he had collected some of these learnings through the publication of Thoughts on Scouting, and ordered a copy straight away.

The reader will find 150 thoughts on Scouting. On first impression, I think you will find the book to be an easy and enjoyable read. With reflection, you may discover that many of the entries are not simply entertaining, but thought provoking and guiding as well.

Personally, I has a Boy Scout and later a volunteer in Cub Scouting. Given my Scouting experiences, I feel the book would be an excellent suggestion for someone making the transition from Cub Scout leadership roles to becoming an adult leader in a Troop. The book does a really nice job of suggesting to the reader how the adult leader role in a Troop must be different in order for Boy Scouts to grow and thrive.

For example: "A youth-led activity is often inefficient, inconsistent, chaotic, and full of setbacks. It is a wonderful thing."
Another example: "The central importance of the patrol prioritizes everything else about Scouting."
If you are a Scouter or a Scout parent transitioning from Packs to Troops - insights like this will smooth out the learning curve...
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I recently came back to Scouting and have been eagerly devouring Clarke Green's numerous podcasts from scoutmastercg.com and heard about this book. I bought it to read while I was at the first half of the National Jamboree and might not have access to the podcasts.
It was a quick read but I will read it over and over because the short blurbs on each page (tweets and nuggets from his blog) are the best kind of teaching and humor... succinct but substantive. The bits of wisdom (I'm tempted to call them Scouting Proverbs) are short and weighty; the humor is short with the flavor of real experience coming through.
A very good book that I will read again and give as a gift to others in Scouting.
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I have to be honest, I bought this to support Clarke and all that he does for the Scouting community. This book contains short pearls of wisdom that were originally tweets, so don't expect much in the way of details or in depth parting of knowledge. Perfect for "gathering" part of a meeting. But I really hoped for some of Clarke's insights beyond the 140 character limit. If the 2nd edition comes out and Clarke expounds on each "thought", I will be sure to pick it up.
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I bought this as a gift for a Scoutmaster. Initially, I thought it is book for short stories of scouting adventures and insights. As it turn out, they are just 1 or 2-liners of light-hearted inspirations in each page. It's probably a good book to give for new Scoutmasters and leaders during the Christmas gift exchange.
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