Two of my characters start cub scouts when they’re 7 or 8, in 1979 or 1980, and get very intensely into scouting, with the goal of earning all the merit badges. They’re in Kansas, if it matters.
Wikipedia has been very helpful to me on the topic of which merit badges were actually available at the time, so I think I’m okay on that front. But I was never a boy scout, so I don’t know what else scouting involves.
- What is it like to be a very serious (i.e. not casual) boy scout?
- What parts of the scouting experience would you consider to be essential, so that a story that didn’t include them would tip you off that the author doesn’t have personal experience?