Austin Little Scouts (Troop 696) is 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
With scouting, you’ll first have a space to make friends, have fun, and build community, and, second, you’ll find support in exploring a world of radical sexuality. The official mission statement is:
- 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 influences how you participate in them. Any time scouts are learning by doing, you’re earning badges!
What level of involvement is best for you? Most join for social activities and parties, but some will want to wear the troop number (or put it on a build-a-bear scout uniform), and others will pursue Merit Badges and earn Ranks which signify their in-depth project work and community activity.
Who it’s for
Age players, partners of age players, and anyone else who feels that this is basically their crowd. To be clear, bigs/caregivers and middles are welcome! Participants must be legal adults in good community standing who are comfortable with themes of sex and sexuality.
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!
Rules can differ from one event to the next, and according to venue, so whenever you RSVP to one, please read the pre-event info mail carefully. However, we’ll attempt to list rules here as they arise:
- Campsite rules: leave it in better condition than you found it. This is a good rule to apply to everything, but especially to venues and play partners!
- Vetting happens. The group leader requires everyone who attends to meet him in advance, either at the monthly Austin Ageplay Social or some other arranged time and place. This isn’t a long meeting; half an hour is enough to discuss the group and to learn a little about an interested person’s background in the community and in age play. With this basic vetting, Brett isn’t asserting that someone is good to play with or fun to date.. only that they have a reasonable background and social skills, so that he feels ok sending them his home address!
- Safe space policy. Those displaying homophobic or transphobic behavior, or who engage in other hate speech or discriminatory behavior, are not welcome. It doesn’t matter where it happened.
- Those who are disruptive or misbehave will be asked to leave. We’ve already banned individuals with poor personal and social boundaries. Please help us keep events comfortable and safe by reporting uncomfortable interactions.