Since I started the “podcast thing” I have received emails from around the country commenting on some of the topics, sharing ideas, and generally talking about their units.
What I have found is that it is the same all over.
The Scouts in our Troops still love the out doors..they love to camp, they love the taste of adventure, and love the association of hanging out with their buddies.
I think that this is the essence of Scouting..or at least from the Scouts point of view. I don’t think they really care to much, or at least give it a lot of thought, about the game with a purpose. They are receptive to the purpose… but they really want to play the game.
I said in a previous post, that we need to get out of the way and let them do it. This weekend and the climb instructor course, I learned more about the Scouts we teach, coach, train, and mentor.
There were a group of Scouts that were helping us out, they became our test subjects on the climbing wall and they fed us well.
These were average Scouts, they were helpful and curious, they were playful and serious, they were respectful and in some ways weird like 13 year olds are. In short, they were the Scouts you find in every Troop in America.
The point is that they taught us, by teaching them, that these Scouts of ours want to be challenged. They want to push them selves beyond the X Box… they want to be apart of an adventure, not stuck in a meeting hall.
I had an interesting talk with one of the boys. He is a life Scout… 15 years old. He has one requirement left to earn his Eagle award and is in no rush to get there. As he told me.. I have till I’m 18.. as long as I get to keep coming on cool stuff like this.. I’ll get it [Eagle Scout].
His attitude was great. He gets it, and will be an Eagle Scout one day.. but its not about that. Its about Adventure and learning, Skills and fun, Service to others and hanging out with his best friends. Friends he knows he can Trust, that are loyal, that are Friendly and kind, Courteous and Cheerful, helpful and brave, obedient, Clean in their thoughts, Thrifty and Reverent.
These Scouts, we love them because of who they are. They are kids looking for adventure and fun.. and structure along the way. They want to led, they want to challenge, and they want to push themselves… Give them a program that does all of that and you will never have a retention problem, a membership drought, or a Troop lacking in fun.