Regaining focus

Every once in awhile we all need to step back and regain our focus. In the context of Scouting, some [adult] leaders tend to forget why they are here and what they are here for.
For new leaders it is important to do things right and to be taught to do those things that effect the program right. Getting a clear picture, or focus, on what it is that we are here in Scouting for.
I have recently been going through the process of reestablishing my focus in Scouting. It was nice to see that I had not lost sight of the goal or direction of the Troop, but like everyone.. I needed a step back, a shake of the head to clear the cob webs out and reset my eyes on what is important in Scouting, especially as it applies to my Troop.

So…. In my refocus period I came across some great information that I would like to share. It is nothing new..in fact it is pretty darn old.. and it won’t tell you anything you don’t already know.. I share it for focus.

The 1932 Scoutmaster handbook (13th printing) talks about the Scout Program.

“In order to develop and maintain a uniform understanding of what Scouting is, it’s aims and purposes and elements essential to making its aims and purposes effective, all Scouters and other Leaders, and especially all who conduct training courses for Scout Leaders, shall emphasize:

First: That Scouting is a game.

Second: That the aim and purpose of the Boy Scouts of America as set forth in Article II of the Constitution is character-building and citizenship-training by developing, training and making available through organization, leadership, which capitalizes boys’ desires to be Scouts and makes it possible for them to engage in Scouting activities as a game.

Third: That the essential elements in the Boy Scout program are the Scout Oath and Law and the Ideals of Service resulting in the practice of the Daily Good Turn and organized service for others. All Scout activities should be regarded as a means of making ideals effective.”

It goes on to outline the Essential elements of the Program as:

” 1. The Boy – Individual, Patrol, Troop

2. Leadership- Trained Volunteer
3. Activity – Achievement with Recognition
4. Organization – Institutional – Local, Regional, National, and International (to include Professional Leadership.
5. Scout Oath and Law- Ideals of Service.”

I share this..because nothing has changed. This excerpt from the 1932 Scoutmaster is just as relevant today as it was in 1932. Remember that in 1932 the Cub Scout Program was only 2 years in, and the BSA has just celebrated its 22nd Anniversary.
As we begin the celebration of the Boy Scouts of America’s 100th Anniversary, lets refocus ourselves and remember what is important and good about Scouting. A quick look to the past can surely guide our future.

Happy Scouting!

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