The Austin Little Scouts are a kink (sex & sexuality) group based on a scout troop model, mostly with age players in mind, with regular social and educational meetings.
Introduction to Little Scouting
Scouting is a space to make friends, have fun, build community, and find support in exploring a world of radical sexuality. The mission statement:
- To have fun!
- To support each other in pursuing project-based kink self-education
- To provide a fun, unconventional gateway to Leather for age players and others interested
You’re halfway there already:
Scouting doesn’t displace other groups or activities, but it may influence how you participate in them. When scouts are learning by doing, they’re earning badges!
What level of involvement is best for you? Do whichever parts interest you:
- Participate in discussion, social activities, and parties
- Wear the troop number (or put it on a build-a-bear)
- Pursue Merit Badges and earn Ranks
Who it’s for
Age players, partners of age players, and anyone else who feels that this is basically their crowd. Participants must be legal adults in good community standing who are comfortable with themes of sex and sexuality.
How do you earn merit badges and ranks?
With the assistance of peer scouts and leaders, you:
- Select a topic of interest, in which to pursue a merit badge
- Get “getting started” advice from someone experienced in the topic
- Put in some practice
- Actually use the skill (not practice)
- Report what you did to your peer scouts
There are three ranks, awarded as three separate patches that, together, display the leather flag:
- Rank 1: Earn 2 merit badges + consent badge
- Rank 2: Earn 2 merit badges + identity badge
- Rank 3: Earn 2 merit badges + history badge
Do I have to be involved in Leather?
No, it’s optional, but the Austin Little Scouts do provide an entry point to an interesting kink subculture with conferences and clubs around the world.
Why the emphasis on “project-based self-education”?
In 2013, we attended Race Bannon’s class on “Kink Self-Education”, in which he questioned the prevalence of the classroom model in kink education. It made a huge impression on us.
Scouting often stands out in a person’s early life, because as a scout, they really did something! That hands-on experience outperformed our classroom education, and created more meaningful memories and community.
Our goal is to get back to what works! We support individual scouts in meeting skilled people, practicing the skill or craft together, performing or constructing a showpiece demonstration, then relating their work to their fellow scouts.
So, no classes?
There are, but we promote hands-on workshops whenever possible.
What is leather?
Leather is about sexual radicals asserting their identity, with a dose of hierarchy and the trappings of classic rebel masculinity. We inherited it from various tribes of sexual pioneers who had to stick together. Radical sexuality is ongoing today, though it’s styled differently, with varying degrees of brother- and sisterhood. You still enter leather the same way as always: show up, stick around, be respectful, listen, and HAVE FUN.
Troop 696 welcomes sister groups in other places!
If you’d like to organize one along this or a similar model, we’d be happy to discuss how to form a chapter, or just to share our experiences and lessons learned, to help you build up your own unique group!