One general comment. My scoutmaster kept track of a lot of our activities in a shoe-box. Plus there were all of the polaroid pictures that he gave the troop historian to make posters of after each trip. When I graduated, a few of those polaroid images got handed to me. Years later, they were shared with my kids, along with my handbook of signatures from my PL. There are things that will never make it into ScoutBook, but should be noted because they are important to your troop. For example, the founders of that troop were great guys. But, not because they were founders, but because they were rough and tumble and the stories of their shenanigans entertained us all. (And embarrassed the SM, a little.) Founders are important, but what scouts will want to know at ECoH’s if the candidate was the one who:
- Started the tradition of flipping the perfect pancake … without a spatula?
- Invented that stupid song that we can’t get out of our heads?
- Kept the shed in perfect order … even when not QM.
- Braided tent lines obsessively.
- Was there for the homesick cross-over who is now a rugged JASM.
- Etc …
Troop Historian is a position of responsibility that should demand as much time as SPL. Through that PoR, scout tenures become more than lists of awards, they becomes legends!