The Road less traveled

The Theme for this years Friends of Scouting Campaign is “Scouting Changes Lives”. And that is a fact.. unarguably a fact.

Scouting offers those life changing moments, moments that shape our young men, build character, and most of all provide for lasting memories.
Some of the older guys in the Troop are getting to that point were Scouting may not look to cool to their friends. This is were the life changing happens. Providing a relevant program for them is critical, keeping them engaged in Scouting paramount. As I gave this thought, I thought about the poem “The Road Less Traveled” and how it fit for our young men today. Talk about relevance..

Lets encourage our young men to take that road less traveled. While it may not be cool or popular the rewards of the Scouting trail are many and differences are beyond belief.


Two roads diverged in a yellow wood
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth

Then took the other as just as fair
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear
Though as for that, the passing there
Had worn them really about the same

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet, knowing how way leads onto way
I doubted if I should ever come back

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence
Two roads diverged in a wood
And I took the one less traveled by
And that has made all the difference

by Robert Frost

Happy Scouting!

One comment

  1. That is so true! Without Scouting I would not have made loads of new friends both locally and internationally, gone climbing, abseiling, canoeing, sailing, camping, gone hiking in some of the most beautiful areas in the UK, have the courage to fly for the first time and travel over 6000 miles to the West coast of Canada and spend 6 weeks going to the East coast by train (and then going on summer camp 3 days after I got home – urgh jetlag), to help out at our local convent painting and decorating, helping other young people do the same, oh, and meet my wife!!I think we must be doing something right!


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