Podcast 40: Scouting With Chivalry

Dr. Robert Lynn Horne, executive director of the International Scouting Museum, joins Scott to talk about the ideals of chivalry that guided Lord Robert Badon-Powell, founder of Scouting, to create the Scouting movement, and chivalry’s place in Scouting today, as Scouting in America celebrates its centennial.

Plus: A talk with journalist Anna Bernasek, author of The Economics of Integrity; and a discussion on putting chivalry into reverse.

Quicklinks — Learn more about the books and programs featured in this show by using the following links:

• The International Scouting Museum
The Economics of Integrity by Anna Bernasek

 

Segment 1: Chivalry In Reverse

Is it practical, or even possible for a woman to be “chivalrous” toward a man in society today?
• Read Esquire Magazine’s take on how women can practice Reverse Chivalry in today’s world.
• Below – Watch the segment from the morning talk show The Catch-Up, as two of the female hosts demonstrate what they believe is “chivalry in reverse” – which includes ignoring an elderly woman in need of help, leering at passing fellows, and groping men on the street (as their husbands watch from the studio). Is this what they think of as “chivalry”?

Segment 2: Scouting With Chivalry

The monument to Lord Robert Baden-Powell looks remarkably like the statue of a knight of old – no surprise, since “chivalry” was one of B-P’s guiding principles.

When Lord Robert Baden-Powell founded the Scouting movement in 1908, his first handbook, Scouting For Boys, included an entire chapter on “chivalry.” Since then, chivalry has been one of the guiding principles of the Cub, Girl and Boy Scouts. Scouting in America is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year – a great time to reflect on the history and values of the code of chivalry today!

• Learn more about the work and collections of the International Scouting Museum in Las Vegas, Nevada – the largest collection of Scouting memorabilia in the world;
• Find out how the Scouts are celebrating their centennial, and find out how you can get involved!
• Want your Scouts to learn more about chivalry? Find out how to schedule one of Chivalry Today’s popular live presentations for your Cub Scout, Boy Scout or Girl Scout meeting. Let your Scouts meet a real “knight in shining armor”!

 

 

 

Segment 3: Economics, Integrity and Chivalry

Anna Bernasek is author of The Economics of Integrity

• Buy The Economics of Integrity: From Dairy Farmers to Toyota, How Wealth Is Built on Trust and What That Means for Our Future, by Anna Bernasek;
• Visit Anna Bernasek’s website to read more about her writing about investments, economics and other financial issues.

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Next month on Episode 41: Scott interviews Stephen Knight, Prof. of English Literature at the University of Wales and author of Robin Hood: A Mythic Biography, about the ideals of chivalry and the history of Sherwood’s most famous outlaw knight, just in time for the premier of the new movie Robin Hood, starring Russell Crowe, which opens May 14, 2010.