Last week we looked at 20 funny cartoons from the pages of Scouting magazine. But BSA publications aren’t the only places you’ll find Scouting-related cartoons.
Artists have been sharing some good-natured laughs about the BSA for years. In Scouting magazine’s March-April 1992 issue (which you can find in our digital archives), we published a roundup of those unofficial Scouting cartoons.
The article’s author, Ernest Doclar, knew not everyone would be happy with the cartoons being reprinted for Scouting readers.
“Being the subject of such fun-poking angers some in Scouting,” he wrote. “But as a cartoon devotee, I feel such satire not only helps to amuse us but also keeps us from taking ourselves too seriously.”
I couldn’t agree more. The cartoons aren’t offensive but they do play on well-worn Scouting stereotypes. A handful focus on the portrait of a Scout helping an old lady across the street, for example, but each flips that stereotype on its head with occasionally humorous results.
The Chas. Addams and “Hi and Lois” ones are my favorites. I’m interested to know what you think. Take a look after the jump.
H/T: Thanks to Jon Halter for the blog post idea.