I've never had a desire to join groups, you know like the Guides or Brownies. I had one sister who was a Guide and one who was a Brownie for a short while and I think my brother may have toyed with Scouting for a second or two, but I think it was just a sign of the times, the late sixties, early seventies, when it was more common than it is now. There was a friend who asked me to join Venturers with her but really when it came down to it I'm not one for organised activities. Group outings leave me cold.
But Lord Baden-Powell was right about one thing- everyone loves collecting badges! It was a marketing coup!
Do the activity, get the badge, swap the badge, sew the badge on!
OK, I've gone a little badge-mad. I'm making friends all over Australia hunting down these little suckers...... they want to know if I'm into Scouting....... and (shamefaced) I have to admit 'no'.
Once I explain they think it's cool and tell me stories about swapping badges with foreign scouts, sewing them (the badges, not the foreign scouts) onto a blanket with a head hole cut in the middle of it and sitting around a campfire snug-as-bugs-in-rugs swathed in a scouty rug poncho.
So this is part of the new winter cushion range. Scout cushions! Made from wool army blankets and scout badges. Jethro likes them, I think he wants to be a scout.