Monthly Archives: March 2011

>Tools

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As Scout leaders we teach our scouts to learn and develop skills that will last their life times.  Even in the mission statement of the Boy Scouts of America it states that The Mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.  The Scout Oath and Law are tools that support the mission of the BSA.
We teach our Scouts skills that become tools that they will have for their lives.
When a Scout joins a troop he is given an empty tool box.  Look at the Scout Badge. As he learns more, develops leadership, and sharpens his skills he starts to fill up the tool box.  He adds an Eagle on the Tenderfoot badge.  This tells us that he is on his way to learning to camp, do first aid, and see where he is physically.  All the while the Oath and Law are the standards he is starting to live.
The next items he puts in his tool box is how to navigate using a map and compass, while he is learning those skills that keep him on the right trail, he also is learning about his moral compass and staying on the right path in life.  This tool is one of the most important tools he can place in his tool box.  Citizenship plays a big part in this next step and as the boy grows so does his responsibilty and understanding about who he is and what his part in his community is.  Service becomes an additional part of the young mans life.  His tool box is getting full, but there is always room for more.  The patch he wears now has a Scroll that reminds him to BE PREPARED, prepared for what?  Anything!.. but namely LIFE. 
By the time your Scout earns his First Class badge, he is a skilled camper, he understands First Aid, he is starting to lead, he is getting physically fit, and he is taking an active role in his Troop and his community.  His tool box is packed and he knows how to use the tools in it.  Now it is time to explore his world.  Star and Life give him the opportunities to learn and grow.  Learn about occupations, hobbies, skills, and the world he lives in.  He grows in leadership, service, and citizenship. 
The day he goes to his Eagle Board he need only show up with his tool box that he has put together along the way.  All the answers are there, his compass is set, his skills sharpened, and the Oath and Law are his guides to a life that will be measured by his character.
His tool box will never leave him and will always contain the tools he needs for life.  They will always be the right tool at the right time.
Fill up your Tool Box!
Have a Great Scouting Day!

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>Getting Ready for Philmont

>Even though we are not heading south to Philmont till 2012 it is never to early to get ready.
Our deposits are in and we have secured our 2 crews, the excitement is building!
The other night we met with many of the Scouts going, we are going to start our preparations this summer, more hikes, gear shake downs and building the crews.
To start with though, we are showing them what they are going to see…
Thought I’d share a bit with you.

So for my contribution for this day of #100daysofscouting.. it was all about Philmont today.
I talked with on of our Troops Dads about clamming while out on the coast this month and he is doing some research about tides etc.
Other than that.. it was a pretty quiet Scouting Day!
Have a Great Scouting Day!

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>His First Scoutmaster Conference

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Last night I participated in a Scoutmaster Conference for a new Scout.  It was obviously his first Scoutmaster Conference as a Boy Scout and he was trying to earn his Scout Badge. 
Here is why I am posting this…
The excitement that he had was over the top and its not just him, but I notice that every new Scout trying to earn their Scout badge is always excited and ready.
He rattled off the Scout Oath and Law and was able to explain pretty much what it all meant to him.  He knows the handshake, salute, and handshake, and was proud to show me a crisp salute.
He was able to explain the parts of the Scout badge and even started with the stars of Truth and Knowledge.
And he even knew the outdoor code.
As I sat there listening and sharing some things about our Troop and the way he is playing an important role in it, I could not help but to think about how to harness that excitement.  How can we bottle that up and open it again when he is 16?
Well, I was not going to solve that one last night, but it did get me thinking.
Just as we concluded two Scouts (brothers) came up to me and informed me that they wanted to be added to the Philmont list.  Well that was all I needed.. I have been trying to unleash some excitement in them.  And I think they may have got it.  I think they get it from watching some of the young guys.  They feed on some of that energy and excitement.  What ever it is, it works.  I still want to be able to bottle it up and open when needed, but until I figure that out.. I will take what I get.
#100daysofscouting is going great.
I noticed that I have posted a bunch more here to the blog, that in and of itself is a tremendous thing to me as one of my goals for this year was to do so.  #100daysofscouting has given me more purpose with that goal.
Had a fun troop meeting last night.  And that is pretty much it.
Harness that excitement as best you can.
Have a Great Scouting Day!

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