Help me name my potential blog.
May 12, 2011 12:03 PM   Subscribe

Blog naming help: Boy Scouts, Merit Badges, learning project. Help me come up with a name that I wouldn't be embarrassed to use.

I came across a wiki page of the different Boy Scouts Merit Badges and their requirements, and I started thinking about creating a blog in which I go about doing what is necessary to "earn" each of the badges. This would be a personal learning project, to be done with no association with the actual Boy Scouts. I would have to do some tailoring of the requirements, but I think that they are a good jumping off point for learning about less academic subjects.

The thing is, as much as I think that the idea is interesting, I'm having trouble thinking of a name that isn't, well, lame. I'm a guy and in my 20's, and being in the Scouts isn't the coolest thing in the world to begin with. I'm not terribly creative, and whenever I start thinking about a potential name, all I hear in my head is "Adult Boy Scout, adult boy scout, adult boy scout,...", which is very lame.

Any and all suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Comments on the idea or other suggestions are welcome as well.
posted by Homo economicus to Education (25 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Professor Emeritus Badges

Merit Badgers
posted by Michael Pemulis at 12:09 PM on May 12, 2011

Badge Unlocker

Achievement Scout
posted by smitt at 12:12 PM on May 12, 2011

I like this quote from Baden-Powell, the guy who invented Scouting:
“In all of this, it is the spirit that matters. Our Scout law and Promise, when we really put them into practice, take away all occasion for wars and strife among nations.”
With that quote in mind I thought an appropriate title might be "It's the spirit that matters" or some variant. In your case because you're not technically eligible for many of the letter-of-the-law parts of scouting.
posted by circular at 12:13 PM on May 12, 2011

""Badges? We need stinkin' badges!"
posted by dgeiser13 at 12:16 PM on May 12, 2011 [1 favorite]

Scout's Honorary
posted by hermitosis at 12:33 PM on May 12, 2011

"Scouts Honors"
posted by Ys at 12:34 PM on May 12, 2011

LOL yeah, what she said.
posted by Ys at 12:34 PM on May 12, 2011

I think you should embrace the lameness you feel surrounding being an adult boy scout and go with a name that has humor. Something like:

- Nerdy Man Boy Scout
- Boy Scoutin' as a Grown Man
- Yes I'm an adult Boy Scout, so what?

You get the idea. It would be funny, it would be memorable, and some of your blog posts can be about how you feel conflicted about boy scoutin' as an adult, why, how you handle it and how you're not going to let a bit of shame stop you from doing something you really enjoy.

Personally I think that would make for a much more interesting blog than just "rah rah Boy Scouting!" all the time. You will definitely attract readers who feel similarly to you and maybe build a community of adult scouters who love it as much as you do.

Good luck.
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 12:35 PM on May 12, 2011

I like the idea of making up a Troop name for yourself. It might lead to a more participatory blogging experience. People could join your effort as part of your adult-post BSA appropriate-merit badge experience. (Including people never allowed in the BSA - -like the ladies.)

Like Troop :) or Troop 0. or Troop NC17. (Although the last one may seem a little pervy...) Maybe even the Epic Troop. Something to get excited about. Troop MF'Awesome!
posted by Kronur at 12:41 PM on May 12, 2011 [1 favorite]

Bad Ass Badges

The Well Decorated Scout

Skill Tree: A Guide to Boyscout Badges

Scamp Stamps! (or Camp Stamps)
posted by ian1977 at 12:43 PM on May 12, 2011

Yobbo scouts-- we put the bad in badges.
posted by jamjam at 12:46 PM on May 12, 2011

Troop of One

Man Scout

Leader in need of a Troop

Never too old to Scout

Never too old to camp

Oh Boy! Scouts!
posted by TooFewShoes at 12:51 PM on May 12, 2011 [1 favorite]

I was going to suggest "Man Scout," but there's a similar blog (with only a few entries) with that name.

What about a riff on the Scout Law? Like "Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Old."
posted by Metroid Baby at 12:53 PM on May 12, 2011 [1 favorite]

DIY Man Scout

(Your Name), Man Scout

The Older Boy Scout

Manly Merit Badger

Homo Scoutian

Aren't You a Little Old to be a Boy Scout?
posted by Leezie at 1:11 PM on May 12, 2011 [1 favorite]

Badge Intentions

It's Never Too Late To Be Prepared
posted by amyms at 1:12 PM on May 12, 2011 [1 favorite]

Blog Scout
posted by filthy light thief at 1:14 PM on May 12, 2011

I'm a guy and in my 20's, and being in the Scouts isn't the coolest thing in the world to begin with.

I think scouting is very cool, and I think that guys who stick with it are very cool.

I would suggest something like "It Ain't Just Tying Knots". :)

Good luck!
posted by DWRoelands at 1:31 PM on May 12, 2011 [1 favorite]

Badge to the Bone

Way Beyond Webelos

Be Prepared
(the BSA motto)

A good subtitle might be a takeoff of the Scout Law:

"A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean...and sometimes irreverent."
posted by Fuego at 2:31 PM on May 12, 2011

"Pieces of Flair"?
posted by ella wren at 6:30 PM on May 12, 2011

Badge Or Badge Or Badge Or...!
posted by tintexas at 7:05 PM on May 12, 2011

Guy Scout
posted by jay dee bee at 8:14 PM on May 12, 2011

You don't list your real name in your profile, but if it is anything starting with "D" you could call it "D Merits"
posted by mikepop at 6:10 AM on May 13, 2011

Best answer: Also, I like the "Badger" angle, especially if you can come up with something alliterative, possibly based on your name/location:

The Brooklyn Badger
Bayside Badger
Beantown Badger

Also good and not name/place related:

Belated Badger
posted by mikepop at 6:14 AM on May 13, 2011

"Filling The Sash" or "Working To 143 [or however many there are this month]"

See also,
posted by wenestvedt at 9:45 AM on May 13, 2011 [1 favorite]

Dang, wrong link! Boy, I could use an "edit" button now...
posted by wenestvedt at 9:46 AM on May 13, 2011

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