Snoopy is quite a quirky fellow who prefers to sleep on top of his dog house instead of inside, and he likes to assume the roles of various imaginary characters he creates in his mind (i.e. a World War I flying ace, Blackbeagle – the world famous pirate, “Joe Cool” and many more).
According to the Peanuts Wiki, the first strip appearance of Snoopy as a scout was on May 13 1974. Snoopy revealed that he was a “tenderpaw” when Lucy asked what kind of scout he was. Further, on Snoopy’s first hike he gets lost in the woods and is rescued by Loretta, a scruffy looking girl scout selling cookies. When Snoopy comes back home Lucy calls him a disgrace to the Beagle Scouts and when Charlie Brown asks him about his compass skills Snoopy admits he thought N meant “nowhere”. Snoopy’s bird friends first joined him as Beagle Scouts in the strip from June 9, 1974.
It seems that I’m not the only Scoutmaster who enjoys “Beagle Scout Snoopy” — The Hallmark company has been producing an annual Christmas Tree Ornament featuring Beagle Scout Snoopy since 2007. Further, another Scoutmaster has been blogging about each ornament as it’s been released. Check it out!
- Campfire Fun 2007
- Beagle Scout Day Out (canoeing) 2008
- A Spooky Story 2009
- The Fearless Crew 2010
- Holiday En-tree-preneurs (selling Christmas trees) 2011
- Salute The Flag 2012
- Beagle Scouts Rock! (this year’s)