August 9, 2017
To celebrate this singular day, the Beacon Society, a scion society of the Baker Street Irregulars, proudly launches the Junior Sherlockian Society. The society invites children and youth to complete Junior Sherlockian Training- an in-depth study of Sherlock Holmes’s character traits, observational skills, capacity for critical thought, and inductive and deductive reasoning. During the online training, Junior Sherlockians-in-Training complete the 2-2-1-b tasks to explore, experience, and extend their understanding and appreciation of the great detective. Upon completion of the tasks and submission of “training evidence,” a certificate of completion is granted.
Andrew Solberg encouraged the formation of a Sherlockian society for children and youth, and many other notable Sherlockians assisted in the development of the 2-2-1-b tasks. For example, Junior Sherlockians-in-Training may choose to
- Be introduced to Sherlock Holmes’s creator, “The Grand Game,” and Sherlockians by reading “The World of Sherlock Holmes” essay by Francine Kitts.
- Review Sherlock Holmes’s resume created by Dr. Marino Alvarez. If Sherlock Holmes had to apply for his position as a consulting detective, what background information, skills, and talents would his resume reveal?
- Read Susan Diamond and Francine Kitts’s analysis of the language, imagery, and structure of “221B,” by Vincent Starrett, and complete a word search of the most prominent words in the poem.
- Read Baker Street Elementary comics by Joe Fay, Steve Mason, and Rusty Mason. The comic strip chronicles Sherlock Holmes and John Watson’s adventures if they had attended the same grade school.
- Read “10 Rules for Writing a Sherlockian Pastiche,” by children’s pastiche writer Derrick Belanger, and then write one of their own.
- Retell “The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle” using Chris Schweizer’s paper dolls to someone who has not had the opportunity to read about “the whimsical, little incident.”
- Perform the “The Red-Headed League” play, Dr. Marino Alvarez’s adaptation of “the three pipe problem,” with friends and/or family members.
- Read issues of Baker Street Elementary’s “The Life and Times in Victorian London,” by Joe Fay, Liese Sherwood-Fabre, Rusty Mason, and Steve Mason, to learn more about 19th century England.
Junior Sherlockians-in-Training may begin their training at
Please share this announcement with your scion and/or group and encourage children and youth in your area to participate in the training.