“A boy is naturally full of humor,” Scouting founder Baden-Powell once said.
So it’s completely appropriate for us to share a good-natured laugh about those funny, spontaneous moments that make Scouting great.
In that spirit, I’ve gathered 20 of my favorite Scouting cartoons from the 1960 to 1963 issues of Scouting magazine (available for anyone’s perusal in our digital archives).
Do these scenes still ring true today? Which are your favorites? Do any remind you of your Scouts? Have a laugh after the jump.
Sometimes boards of review are more trying for the Scouters than the Scouts…
Can’t get your Cub Scouts to calm down? Here’s one idea…
Taste test, anyone?
Would this have been considered “racy” back in the ’60s?
Maybe you should try birthdays…
Scoutmaster knows best, right?
Might be seen as sexist by today’s standards. Still pretty funny.
Chemistry merit badge — adult supervision required.
Cubmobiles pictured here, but would this apply to pinewood derbies, too?
A trained Boy Scout: don’t leave home without one.
That’s what you get for making sugar packets the pre-meeting snack!
Know any Scouts who “pack” like this?
Merit badges do indeed lead to careers, so this one’s funny and true.
Do not try this at home (or if you do just don’t tell us).
This is every Scout around May each year.
Now that Cooking merit badge is required, this’ll only get worse!
Everything including the kitchen sink.
Is that a telephone booth? I’ve read about those…