I NEED YOUR HELP!!
I do not want a penny from you for personal use. I have never used this blog as a fundraising tool.. but the time is NOW to help Scouts and help me do something real cool.
Yes.. I will benefit from this in that I get to have an extremely cool adventure.
Let me break this down for you. I am in the Cascade Pacific Council. The CPC sits in the heart of a city (government) that has no values, no support of conservative efforts and, while the CPC is a large council with many youth and adult participants… the city in which it resides is not a big supporter of Scouting. And that is one of the reasons this is so cool!
We are going over the edge of the US Bancorp Tower in downtown Portland.. there is NO WAY that the city will be able to not see this great event that supports Scouting!
I pledged to raise $2,500 ! Your support will help us impact young lives with values like… On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my Country. These words have been the foundation of our organization since 1910 and reflect the values that are critical to the healthy development of our youth. Your contribution is greatly appreciated.
You can help me rappel 500 feet down the US Bancorp tower and help Scouting!
Go to my site and see if you can help. I really believe in Scouting and need your help. And yep.. the mic will go with me down the tower.. the first ever Scouting podcast from 500 ft and dropping!
Here is a link to my site where you can make your tax deductible donation.. every penny helps: http://cpcbsa.kintera.org/overtheedge/schleining
I know that most of you are Scouters and support your local council. And I thank you. $2,500 is not that much when we spread it out among the great readers and listeners of the Scoutmaster Minute. Please Help!!!
This is the US Bancorp Tower in Downtown Portland. Its the second tallest building in the city at 536 feet!
I really want to rappel down that 500 ft tower!
Thanks for anything you can do! Have a Great Scouting Day!
Join me on a hike with a new Eagle Scout Mom, and my best Friend (my Wife). We talk about advice for new Scout parents, Parents of Scouts closing on their Eagle Award and Fitness. It was a great hike and I am glad that I got a chance to get Teresa on the podcast, finally after 101 shows.
Hope you enjoy the show. Leave us some feedback or drop an email. Have a Great Scouting day!
There is a big push in the BSA, and our Country right now to get fit. Why? Because it makes sense. Fitness leads to longer, happier lives. This has been at the fore front of our Troop now for a few months as we are preparing for our first trip to Philmont.
In 2010, I was active with the National Jamboree contingent for our council. There was a big push for fitness in getting all of our youth and adults in shape. It was important to us as Oregonians heading from a very temperate climate to the hostile humidity and heat of Virginia. We started a walking challenge. Every adult leader was required to wear a pedometer and record mileage walked. The goal was to walk (in miles) to Virginia and back. The 4 adults leaders of my Troop walked the equivalent of 3 trips to and from Oregon and Virginia. We were all concerned about the health and well-being of our Scouts and what a better way to help them than to set a good example.
Well, now Philmont is right around the corner and as we prepare, I can’t help but notice that I have let myself go a little. Today I took the Physical Wellness online training at the e Learning site on Scouting.org. I had to renew my Youth Protection anyway, so while I was there, I thought I would see what the BSA had to say about Physical Wellness. I have to tell you that the training information was good. I enjoyed the training until I got to the part where they ask you to check your BMI. Yep.. reality check.
So I took a look at myself on paper.. then went to the mirror and decided that enough was enough. Heading back to the Scouting.org website I revisited the BSA Fit site. There I checked out the blogs of many of the leaders of the BSA and how they are doing in the Walk the Walk challenge. This lead me to the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award. I found that in the ScoutStrong program, most if not all councils are encouraging members to join the challenge.
I created an account with the Presidents challenge and set up my challenge to earn the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award.. along with my friends from the council. The ScoutStrong PALA+ is a neat way to track your progress and get fit.
I need to lose 10 pounds before I get to Philmont. Today I am within the guidelines and my BMI is just over where it needs to be, so its time to lose the fat and get fit.
Now I am not going to update every piece of bread I eat and each ounce of sweat I drop. It drives me nuts to read about everyone loosing or gaining an ounce here and gram there. But I do want to share my journey to getting fit and more importantly a life of being well. I consider myself in ok shape and certainly not fat. But I can stand to get in better shape and get to a weight that my body will like better. We are not getting younger and I see myself very active in the years to come.
I would encourage you all to take a look in the mirror and see whether or not you are fat or fit. It was a wake up for me to see that if I did not start now.. I would be heading in the wrong direction.
You can download the ScoutStrong PALA log from the website. Join up and track your progress. Personal Awareness and accountability are keys in successfully accomplishing your goals.
Join me and let’s get fit! Have a Great Scouting Day!
Picked this up along the way.. it still rings true today. The Scout Oath and Law are a system of principles, and the program of Scouting is the method of making these principles work in the lives of boys. Let your boys know that the Oath and Law are the rules of the Troop. Scouting is a great game. Boys want to know the rules. When the ideals of the Scout Oath and Law become practical guides for the games, they then become a code to live by. Keep in mind as you go along that the purpose of Scouting is”‘…to promote,…the ability of boys to do things for themselves and others, to train them in Scoutcraft, and to teach them patriotism, courage, self-reliance, and kindred virtues,…’ by placing emphasis upon the Scout Oath or Promise and Law for Character development, citizenship training, and physical fitness.” Knowing the purpose of Scouting and the means of achieving it, you will have made a giant stride in the direction of building good men. Finally, remember that as the first Scoutmaster Handbook put it- “Our purpose in this Boy Scout Movement is not to exploit methods, not to glorify organizations, not to honor Scoutmasters, but to lead boys into useful lives.” - The New Scoutmaster, Boy Scouts of America, 1958
As much as we all have tried to say this in other words.. that pretty much sums it up. Have a Great Scouting Day!
Citizenship and Character are real easy to identify, teach, and train our Scouts, but what about this fitness thing? We are not just talking about physical fitness. We need to make sure and look at the emotional and mental fitness of our Scouts. It is a total package. We are mentoring young men. These young men are living a time in their lives that is full of emotion, change, and in many cases confusion about who they are and what they are going to be.Emotional and mental fitness is something that we as Scout leaders need to be aware of. How we talk to these young men, how we understand where they come from, and how we work with them on a weekly or more basis is important to how they come to understand what emotional fitness and mental fitness is. It is tricky ground to step on, and no we are not psychologists or therapist, but by our example and our care, we can go a long way to helping these young men through the tough days of teen age boyhood.
There was an article I picked up along the way.. I thought it had some great ideas and was worth sharing. The article basically talked about attitude en route to mental and emotional fitness. There are a few simple things to look at. Improving your emotional health by positive thought, Choosing positive actions, Disputing pessimistic thought, Doing the right thing, and taking a look at your emotional health. When we take a look at these things, we can see in our Scouts where they may be in their journey. When we look at these things in ourselves, we can get a better understanding as to how we are helping, through our example, the Scouts in our care.
So lets take a look at these topics. See where you are and how you can help. Improve your emotional health by thinking positively You’re okay. But can you be even better? That’s one of the questions being asked by a movement in the mental health field known as “positive psychology.” Unlike most traditional psychology, which seeks to understand and heal problems of the mind and emotions, positive psychology delves into what makes us emotionally healthy—or happy—and tries to build on those sources of strength to increase our happiness. According to several studies by psychologists in this movement, happiness can be achieved just by making these adjustments to your attitude. Choose positive actions. In other words, you may not be able to change everything about yourself, including much of your environment, but there’s a lot that you can control. You can choose to think and act in ways that make your life more pleasant and, ultimately, more meaningful. Dispute pessimistic thoughts. It may help to treat your own negative thinking as if it were coming from another person. Sometimes simply checking the evidence is enough to show that a negative belief is untrue. For example, you may think you “blew” your diet, when an actual calorie count says you haven’t. Also, you should get in the habit of taking the optimistic tack in explaining events; by remembering bad things will pass, but good things will last. Do the right thing. As the old saying goes, “Virtue is its own reward.” Be inspired just by doing what’s right in your home, your workplace and your community. Consider your emotional health.Is happiness this easy to attain? The answer depends in part on how happy or unhappy you already are. For people with serious emotional problems, positive psychology is not a replacement for getting help from a coach, therapist or physician. Take baby steps. High expectations for change in your life have to be realistic. Happiness springs from actions, but the actions often have to be small steps. For example, shyness is something that keeps people from really engaging in life, but you can’t be expected to just toss aside your shyness and go out and enter a life of politics, or corporate leadership.
You may not want to play the part of psychologists or therapist in your unit, but as a Scoutmaster you are an influence in their lives. Whether you accept that or not.. you are, and you play a major role in the development of their emotional and mental health.