Last Friday night I attended a Jamboree, and yes it was a "jamboree." We weren't all dressed in the same uniform, but there was talk about badges and the occasional hushed mention of sashes. Except that this wasn't your usual jamboree - no, this was a Science Scout Jamboree
Hold on - in case, you're scratching your head and wondering what I'm going on about, let me explain. The Science Scouts
is this somewhat silly thing that is probably best described as a mix of science geekery, badges, and the occasional beer. It's been mentioned a few times here
, but really, at the end of the day, it's just an excuse for folks with a vested and/or peripheral interest in science to hang out. It's interesting because that description is general enough that a really interesting and diverse mix of people come out.
But back to the badges - yes, there are badges! In fact, there are over a hundred of them right now and you can check them all out on the website
, as well as read the many hundreds of comments left by people who have taken the effort to tell us why they deserve specific badges.
For instance, some of my favourite include the four below:
The one on the far left is the "I can be a prick when it comes to science
" badge. This one is interesting, because there are lots of folks who argue against woo, creationism, and climate change denialism, and feel that this badge was made for them. The next badge is the "call me a visionary, because I do a pretty convincing science dystopia
" badge. I love this one, because it was created with the help of someone who obviously knows what she's talking about, and is just an example of how funny little web things can lead to interesting connections. Moving along, the "I've named a child or pet for science
" badge) is just cool, because so many folks have left comments telling us what they've named their child or pet and why. Finally, there is the "I've set fire to stuff (LEVEL IV)
" badge, because there are different levels when it comes to combustion.
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