Monthly Archives: July 2008

An oldie but goodie…

I found this digging through some old Scoutmaster minutes, thought it was worth a share.
Wish I knew the original author, so given to who ever wrote this.

Aim so high you’ll never be bored.

The greatest waste of our natural resources is the number
of people who never achieve their potential. Get out
of that slow lane. Shift into the fast lane. If you think
you can’t, you won’t. If you think you can, there’s a
good chance you will. Just making the effort will make
you feel like a new person. Reputations are made by
searching for things that can’t be done and doing them.
Aim low: boring. Aim high: soaring.

Have a great Scouting day!

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We will have to see…

Our PLC has been having an on going discussion about the way that the Patrols interact. Not just interaction between the Patrols, but with the Scouts in the Patrols.
What started out as a good idea at Summer Camp quickly turned into some Scouts that were left out or Scouts that were unhappy with the groups that they were “Stuck into” and with the Scout leadership that emerged from the results of the last election.
That we will let lie for now…

To address the concern of the Scouts that felt they would get a better Scouting experience in a different configuration, we did just that.
The Troop committee looked at a few options and finally I decided on a course of action that I felt addressed their need to form “Like” Patrols and the need to maintain a Troop of Boy led Patrols.
The method that was chosen was to put the whole Troop in the middle of the Room. We called each corner a Patrol. The Scouts had 15 minutes to go to the corner of their choosing. They could have no less than 4 Scouts in a Patrol and no more than 8.
The results were what was to be expected. The older Scouts gravitated to each other and the younger Scouts separated along skill levels or “likeness’s”.
Honestly it is what I expected, but not what I was looking for. But like I told the boys… you make the choice.. you live with it.
After the Patrols were chosen, we went outside for a team building exercise. The younger boys excelled, while the older boys struggled due to lack of focus or commitment to the task.
Point made.

We will see how this works out. I think it is too soon to judge the outcome, and certainly too soon to throw in the towel.
One of the Assistant Scoutmasters worried about the Boy leadership…. I assured him that one of the Boys would lead… it always happens that way. And with proper training, Teaching and Coaching from the Assistants and me, the Scouts will be successful.

Have a Great Scouting Day!

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In Case you have not heard…

In this year of political debate, economic ups and downs, and politicians stump jumping to get your vote…
Wouldn’t be nice if we could see a politician that shared our values, our beliefs, our commitment.
Wouldn’t be nice if just one of the politicians demonstrated that he was Trustworthy, Loyal, helpful.
Wouldn’t be nice if we could count on the process to be Courteous and Kind.
Wouldn’t it be nice if those that have been chosen to lead were obedient.
Wouldn’t it be nice if we could see a genuine cheerful spirit and not just the obligatory perma -grin.
Wouldn’t be nice if they were thrifty just like the rest of us. Brave enough to make the right choice. Clean in thought and deed and of course Reverent to our creator.

Just think of the picture our politicians would paint if they just lived by 12 simple values. Just think of how much greater our Country would be if we could count on them to act like we would like them too.. in short.. like Scouts.

Have a Great Scouting Day!

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I post this only as a benchmark and to say thank you to all of you that keep returning to the Scoutmaster Minute.
1005 visitors as of this posting! Wow.. I would have never thought back in July of last year that I would see 10000 let alone keep the blog going.

So thank you to all of you that read, comment, subscribe, and listen to my Podcast too…
A big Thanks to all!

Have a Great Scouting Day!

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