I've sometimes wished that I could travel back in time and instead of getting kicked out of the Cub Scouts stayed through Eagle Scout. I think the Eagle Scouts develop character as well as skills. The Boy Scout motto, "Be Prepared" is the soul of every true Prepper.
Today, my brainfart gained a little clarity. Until one is dead, its just too early to give up on anything, including one's dreams. I think that now more than ever many Americans are realizing their lack of preparedness and skills. There are many who have never been around firearms, hunted, camped, fished, hiked, cleaned game, handled livestock, grown a garden, cooked over a campfire, learned first aid, repaired a torn garment, sailed a boat, or ever developed any outdoor skills, no less became a competent outdoorsman or woman.
I think a lot of us suffer from ennui and learning a set of scouting/preparedness skills as adults would be great fun and as well as developing potentially lifesaving tools. I was a much better student as an adult when I went back to college than I ever was in high school. I think wanting to learn makes it so much easier.
I've been a police officer, a soldier, and a sailor, yet realize I still lack many of the skills learned by an Eagle Scout or even a Boy Scout!
I think there is a definte market and need for a group for adults or families to learn these skills. My concept is Prepper Scouts (PrepperScouts.org). It would be based on Boy Scout and Girl Scout skills and Emergency Preparedness, but Co-ed and geared towards either adults or entire families. Initially, it could be lead by Eagle Scouts and Den Masters.
I would appreciate any and all feedback, especially from folks with a scouting background.