Ten ways that baseball is like Scouting


With the next round of the Major League Baseball playoffs set to begin tomorrow, we thought it would be fun to think about some ways that baseball and the Boy Scouts of America are alike.

With the help of some of our 7,000-plus friends on Facebook, we came up with 10 ways that baseball and Scouting are similar. Some are funny, some insightful, but we think you'll find that all are accurate. Here's the list:

  1. Good coaching is essential, but in the end it's up to the player to give his best effort. — Michael J.
  2. Both are what people think of when they think of great American pastimes. — Tim R.
  3. A first aid kit is essential to both. — Sadie W.
  4. The coach also wears the uniform. — Chris W. 
  5. In both, you'll see lots of guys running around a field. — Dan S.
  6. You have to cover all the bases in Scouting, too. — Doug E.
  7. Youth do the playing; parents stay off the field. When the adults play they usually get hurt and increase insurance premiums for all! — Don Q.
  8. Things go more smoothly if you learn and practice the basics first. — Ron E. 
  9. Always start by saluting the flag! — Jennifer R.
  10. Be prepared with a big tarp in case it rains. — Roberta H.

Share these with your pack, troop, or crew — or see how many they can come up with on their own.

And if your favorite MLB team is still in the playoffs, good luck!

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Bryan Wendell, an Eagle Scout, is the founder of Bryan on Scouting and a contributing writer.