April Fools Day and the Scouting Community

As you are well aware yesterday was April Fools Day.  The Scouting World wasn’t exempt from this day of pranks; however it seemed fairly tame this year.  Take a look at a few of the April Fools Day Pranks that tried to take the Online Scouting Community:

  • John over at OAImages.com had breaking news about the New OA Policy on Vigil Honor.  This new policy would remove the limit on the number of Arrowman that could be selected for Vigil Honor, “The National Committee did not want to exclude any worthy brothers from attaining this honor, simply because there are “too many” able leaders within a lodge or “too many” active and selfless adults.”  It also enacts a checklist of requirments that need to be met for any Vigil Honor candidates.
  • Kevin over at A Boy Scout’s Blog informed us that Google Inc. was acquiring his blog and integrating it as a Scouting based blog aggregator.  This news was accompanied by a theme change that was very Goolgesque.
  • On Scouts-L, Mike pointed out a Press Release titled Boy Scouts Enter 20th Century with Modern Initiatives“Responding to global “go green” initiatives and a number of lawsuits over food served at Scout camps, the BSA is taking steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, raise ethnic and cultural awareness in food preparation, and become the premier training program for new and improved ways of catering t= o discriminating palates.”  It has some cheap shots at the organization such as “…to demonstrate BSA’s ability to move quickly on ground-breaking initiatives.”
  • On Scouts-L, Donald shared some information he was privy to about the future site of the National Jamborees at how in 2013 the Jamboree would be held at two sites connected by Virtual Reality.  “A highly placed individual in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), on condition= of anonymity, announced today that the preparations for moving the National Jamboree from Fort. A. P. Hill to The Summit: Bechtel Family National Scout Reservein West Virginia have not been progressing at the expected pace.”  Tico Perez did not seem amused.

Did I miss any?  I follow a lot of the online Scouting Community, but it wouldn’t surprise me if I missed an April Fool’s prank or two.  Were the victim to any of the above?  Share below in the comment section!

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For the record I wasn’t fooled by any of them, but did take a second glance at the “Boy Scouts Enter 20th Century with Modern Initiatives”, as it was very well written.

By Dan on April 2nd, 2010 at 9:11 pm

Well, I really didn’t intend to fool anyone, just amuse. In any case, you should read a little more carefully, I placed National Jamboree at three sites, not two :-), and really, the jest was really aimed at the tendency to see BSA as looking for ways of raising money rather than relocate jamboree…

By Donald Roberts on April 2nd, 2010 at 9:44 pm

Dan —

I’ll try harder next year. 😉

I still like the idea of the “Order of the Fletching”, an honor camper program for Webelos and integrated with the local lodges and chapters.

A series of Centennial Historic OA Badges was also a possibility.

Perhaps in 2011 we may see the debut of the cyber-lodge, complete with Virtual Ordeal. The Brotherhood ceremony could be conducted via Twitter.

By John Pannell on April 18th, 2010 at 11:15 am


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