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#21 Stosh

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Posted 31 January 2008 - 09:31 PM

The only gimmick that works for me is to take the Law and Oath put it on one's night stand. READ through it 3 times before going to sleep every night for 4 weeks. Don't try to memorize it. But if just read that many times one will retain it. Stosh
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#22 rabbitpaw

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Posted 15 March 2010 - 12:50 PM

In college a psychology instructor taught us how to memorize things using a memorization technique known as Shape Peg Words. The idea of this system is to memorize things in a certain order, and know what any number is. When it came time to teach Webelos how to memorize the Scout Law, I couldnt remember all of the Shape Pegs, and I have since found some probably more correct ones. The idea is to create a shape from the number and then associate the thing you are trying to remember with that shape, and the more outrageous the relationship, the more likely you are to remember it. You can make up your own, but these are the ones I used to teach the boys. Add a top to the 1 and it turns to a T TRUSTWORTHY If you turn the 2 sideways it looks like an N which stands for Noah, Noah had 2 lions that were very LOYAL Turn the 3 sideways it is an M for mountain. In the mountains there are signs that point the direction to go, they are very HELPFUL The 4 can be turned into a Ray Gun. Imagine a giant alien holding a Ray gun at you and is ready to zap you away my isnt he FRIENDLY 5 can be turned into a large snake who always bows at the waist. He is very COURTEOUS If someone gives you a 6 pack of (root) beer they would be very KIND My son decided he could turn a 7 into a dog, and dogs are very OBEDIENT Turn the 8 sideways and it can be a mask on a clown. Clowns are very CHEERFUL. Bankers hours are 9 to 5, and bankers are very THRIFTY This may be politically incorrect, but there is a song 10 little Indians (one little, two little, three little Indians) 10 little Indian BRAVE(s) My son decided the two parallel 1s looked like a bar of soap, CLEAN Most of the boys just remembered the last one was REVERENT, but if you turned the 1 into a cross and added the 2 as a squared sign that would be very REVERENT By using this method you can memorize them in any order, and know what the 8th scout law is without spooling through all of them. I still amaze the boys today by being able to recite the scout law backwards. Here are some I have found since trying to remember them on my own, and they do work well for memorizing most things. (very helpful in school) Shape Peg Words (1-10) Like the Rhyming Peg System, the Shape Peg System is also based on associating a peg word with each of the digits 1 to 10. The difference is that peg words are chosen on the bases of resemblance in shape. Thus, a pencil might be a good peg word for 1, because it resembles the long and thin shape of a 1. Below are possible peg shapes pencil, candle, spear swan Bird rotate 90 degrees counter-clockwise Sail of a Sailboat Hook Club the end of golf club Cliff think of a little guy looking over the edge Hourglass Balloon flying through the air, on a little string Knife and plate
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#23 bnelon44

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Posted 15 March 2010 - 02:46 PM

I think it is just easier to learn the Scout Law as is. By the time you learn a acronym to help you learn the law, you might as well learn the Law. Boys have been learning the law to pass their Tenderfoot for 100 years, it isn't that hard.
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#24 BDPT00

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Posted 15 March 2010 - 04:23 PM

Bingo! I can't believe I just read this whole thread. I didn't realize how old it was. I found it totally useless to even consider. BDPT00
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#25 OneHour

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Posted 17 March 2010 - 10:52 AM

I don't have mnemonic for the Scout Laws; however, when I was working on my BSA LG, this is how they taught Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat to us and I used it with our scouts. They and I actually remember them. It is always funny to see them go through the mnemonics: Safe Swim Defense: Quit - Qualified Supervision Pulling - Physical Fitness Sally's - Safe Area Left - Life Guard Leg - Lookout And - Ability Groups Being - Buddy System Disruptive- Discipline Safety Afloat Quit - Qualified Supervision Pulling - Physical Fitness Sally's - Safe Area PFD - Personal Floatation Devices Because - Buddy Systems She - Skill Proficiency Prefers - Planning Extra - Equipment Discipline- Discipline As for scout Law ... upteenth repetitions!
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#26 MammaBear

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Posted 09 April 2010 - 02:18 AM

Well, much later, like 4 years... which is now...I'm asking the same question which lead me to this forum. I quickly came up with this one, that is a silly saying attempting to help remember the 12 points to the law. Well, it may be just easier to learn it the old fashion way and work at it as it is. I enjoy my own creation of an "a mnemonic (mnemonic (n-mnk)adj. Relating to, assisting, or intended to assist the memory. n. A device, such as a formula or rhyme, used as an aid in remembering)". tlhfckoctbcr: the long haired furry creature kept on crawling toward both chief and rookie Well, there is something. It doesn't offer much or rather any reverence toward the whole point of the oath, but it's an offering none the less. As to memorizing or just relating the meaning of the oath: We are Webelos I and am more than ever convinced that thorough reciting is the way to go..no matter how slow we go. Happy Trails, MB(This message has been edited by MammaBear)
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Posted 14 October 2010 - 10:56 PM

I have come across your forum, albeit a little "out of date"! I am in Australia, so your Law is a little different to ours, but when I was in Scouts, I was taught the Law using a little rhyme. I have recently signed up to become a Scout Leader after being out of the movement for a number of years, and I found I immediately knew the Scout Law, because of the little rhyme. Problem is, I cannot remember it all! After reading posts above, it seems to be based on a number of different mnemonic methods. What I do remember is below: A Scout is... 1. Trustworthy (dont remember this one!) 2. Loyal (picture 2 L's as 2 Hockey Sticks) 3. Helpful (3 little words - "May I Help?") 4. Friendly (F for Four, F for Friendly) 5. Cheerful (Number 5 on its side looks like a smile) 6. Considerate (Convict Number 6 Named Sid) 7. Thrifty (Don't remember this one either!) 8. Courageous (Don't remember this one, but thinking maybe 8 looks like a B for Brave?) 9. Respectful (Number 9 looks like it is bowing) 10. A Scout Cares for the Environment (Picture a large red X on a tree, like trees that have been marked for logging - X being the Roman Numeral for 10) Worked for me! And I would like to teach it to the Scouts here, but cannot remember the rhymes for 1, 7 and 8... Tried googling it with no luck - that's how I stumbled upon your forum! If anyone has any ideas, I would appreciate it! Thanks, Akuna
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Posted 28 January 2011 - 09:59 PM

I read this posting with interest and, admittedly, some amusement at the efforts of the members to outdo each other regarding the true meanings and applications of mnemonics and acronyms. Though similarly tempted, here's my shot at the meat of the original question. If I am understanding correctly, the thing sought after is ANY way to help young Scouts memorize the Scout Law. As a Construction Trades instructor, I often need to help my students remember code rules for egress, DWV, and kajillions of other construction-related rote memory items. As a Scoutmaster, I use the same method that helps those students. I simply break down the list into bite-sized sets of three or four items to master at a time. Then I add another group. For example, first night memorize Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly and discuss their meanings (5 - 10 minutes spent altogether.) Have the boys all write them down,starting a list. Next time - repeat the first four a few times, then add Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful including meanings and writing them down on their previous list (another 10 minutes that night) Last night, add the rest of the Law, finish the written list, and ask for new insights about meanings for perhaps another 15 or 20 minute total session. The whole process should only take a total of 40 minutes, more or less, of planned meeting time. Bite-size memorization works with the oath as well, but save that for other meetings. It SHOULD go pretty smoothly for the boys, acknowledging learning differences. Also, be sure to include taking turns leading the law and oath at opening AND at closing for a while until they are comfortable and confident with it, then just at opening. I hope this is helpful and GOOD SCOUTING! to all.
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#29 Eliza

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Posted 05 February 2011 - 11:40 PM

Well, this is something we used at home. It's pretty silly, but it works if you can make a mental picture of it: Tiny, little hippo followed cuddly kangaroos Ornery crocodile terrifies brave clean raccoon A proper swim looks like a bad dog Adult Physically fit Safe swim area Lifeguard Lookout Ability groups Buddy system Discipline
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Posted 06 February 2011 - 01:45 PM

A few ideas for aiding memorization ... 1. Make it tactile. Writing down the words - by hand - helps me memorize tons of material. Typing it out doesn't do the same thing, for whatever reason. 2. Make it interactive. Write out the words on pieces of paper or cardboard and have the Scout rearrange them, putting them in the right order, reverse order, etc. 3. Make it verbal. Do a group chant, song or round-robin shouting contest - saying the words out loud helps, too.
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#31 SSScout

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Posted 06 February 2011 - 09:34 PM

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Posted 06 February 2011 - 09:35 PM

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Posted 07 February 2011 - 05:07 PM

Do these devices work for singers who have difficulty with our national anthem?
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#34 Ledursh

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 07:29 AM

YOu have to say this in the YODA voice, it helps... TRUST, LOYALy, HELPFUL FRIENDs COUncil KINOBE. CHEwbacca THRew BRAinless Clones REVEngefully. You will see the scout law is there, at least in its partial forms. I realize Kenobe is spelled wrong, but for the purpose...I capitalized the parts of the scout law, and left the rest in lower case.
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#35 TechieChic

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Posted 26 March 2017 - 11:39 PM

I realize that I'm jumping in on this at least 5 years later but I found this thread today as I was looking for something to help remember the order of the Scout Law as I was teaching it to my son.  I know it seems silly to memorize one thing to memorize another but since the principles in the Scout Law are in an arbitrary order it can be difficult to keep them straight.  An actual sentence is easier to remember because you have nouns and verbs that have to stay in a particular order to make sense.  I figure I learned the order of the planets by learning "My Very Excellent Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas" so why not the Scout Law in a similar way?  Here's what I came up with, it's kinda dumb, but sometimes kinda dumb makes it easier to remember -

"The Lion Has Finally Caught (and) Killed Our Cubmaster", The Big Cat Roared. 

 

Unfortunately the  you still have to know which one is Courteous, Cheerful and Clean as well as Trustworthy and Thrifty - but at least something about a lion killing their cubmaster seems like something cub scouts will remember!


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#36 clemlaw

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Posted 08 April 2017 - 10:36 PM

I would never have memorized the resistor color codes without a mnemonic device, however it's far to bawdy to reproduce here. I like the trevor saying though!! Personally I just typed the Scout Law out and hung it on the wall in my office until I had it down cold.

 

I had already learned the version from a merit badge book before being introduced to the more common version.  Better be right or your great big venture goes west.


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#37 Stosh

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Posted 09 April 2017 - 07:10 AM

Every morning and every night, simply read through them thoughtfully.  In 3 weeks time one can have it memorized.


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Posted 09 April 2017 - 12:11 PM

It's easier to repeat it 10-20 times in front of a mirror than memorize some silly acronym.


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