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Sir Baden-Powell Hid Maps in Insect Drawings


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#1 RememberSchiff

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Posted 20 June 2016 - 01:16 PM

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The drawing's creator Robert Baden-Powell, in his 1915 book My Adventures as a Spy, wrote:

“This sketch of a butterfly contains the outline of a fortress, and marks both the position and power of the guns. The marks on the wings between the lines mean nothing, but those on the lines show the nature and size of the guns, according to the keys below.”

It was espionage by entomology.

 

See explanation at source link below.

 

http://www.atlasobsc...insect-drawings


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#2 Tampa Turtle

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Posted 21 June 2016 - 05:50 AM

Now that would be a good story for a Insect Study MB class! :)


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Posted 21 June 2016 - 07:33 AM

This seems like something that is lost from scouting..... all of the true "Scout" stuff.... (Army Scout stuff)

 

I don't know....perhaps boys today don't get a charge about this sort of stuff

but I was thinking about animal tracking the other day at summer camp.

I see some mention of animal footprints in the books, but I really just don't see much interest or focus given to any of this sort of "adventure"


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Posted 21 June 2016 - 07:38 AM

I think the BSA could really use some injection of excitement by having a president or some other very prominent key player be a real "spy" or special forces scout.  Someone for young boys to emulate.  I keep going to Bear Grylss, given his connection to the brits' scouting program....

 

but this kind of stuff gives some interesting teeth I think to map reading, map making, and art.

 

Another example...... in the basketry merit badge class.... why not make a fish trap instead of a pretty basket?  Give it some teeth!


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#5 RememberSchiff

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Posted 21 June 2016 - 07:56 AM

I dunno, a STEM scout might say why not just encrypt the information or hide the data (stego) in a jpg file. :rolleyes:


Edited by RememberSchiff, 21 June 2016 - 08:02 AM.

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#6 desertrat77

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Posted 21 June 2016 - 07:37 PM

Though it isn't always overt, I've noticed the BSA has steadily tried to distance itself from its military roots. 


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Posted 22 June 2016 - 10:17 AM

thanks for posting this @RememberSchiff.  I printed the article and shared with my son.  He learned a thing or two....


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