GISMO, The Boy Scouts’ Custom Existential Crisis Robot

Rani Baker
4 min readSep 11, 2019

What kid has never dreamed of building a robot? All the kids who actually had friends of course, but there were still a lot of us in the “I need to build friends” camp. The Boy Scouts official magazine has published variations on their own personal home-built scrap metal Frankenstein, which they call GISMO, since the 1950s. Looking over its evolution is really bleak.