Monthly Archives: September 2008

September 11th… No reminder needed.

Its been seven years now since our Nation was attacked. By whom and what for really does not matter any more. But the fact that on the morning of September 11th 2001 our Nation.. our World changed forever, and with that change came changes in all of us. For me it was the signal that I would be entering a phase of my life that took me 18 years to see. For me it meant that all the dollars, the time, the energy of preparing for war was about to become a reality.
Yes, September the 11th is a day that I saw our Nation for the first time in my life and hopefully the last get punched in the eye. We were hit and hit hard and then we hit back.
Sixteen months of my life spent in the desert, a result of the attacks of September 11th 2001.
I proudly served and have no regrets. I will never forget the way I felt that awful day in our Nation.
As we mark this day, say a prayer, pause a moment, reflect on something other than that latte grande or high power meeting you will bore yourself in. Remember what it felt like that day.

The patriotic side of me said to post this poem. Written by Johnny Cash, I am sure you have all heard it before, but it is such a telling example of the punches we have taken, the scars we bare, and the resolve we have as we look at our ragged old Flag.

That Ragged Old Flag
By Johnny Cash

I walked through a county courthouse square
On a park bench, an old man was sittin there.
I said, “Your court house is kinda run down,
He said, “No, it will do for our little town”.
I said “your old flag pole kinda leaned a little bit,
And that’s a ragged old flag you got hanging on it”.
He said “have a seat”, so I sat down,
He said, “is this your first visit to our little town”
I said, “I think it is”
He said “I don’t like to brag, but we’re kinda proud of
“That Ragged Old Flag”
“You see, we got a little hole in that flag there,
When Washington took it across the Delaware.
It got powder burned the night Francis Scott Key sat watching it, writing
“Oh Say Can You See”
It got a rip in New Orleans, with Packingham & Jackson
tugging at its seams.
It almost fell at the Alamo beside the Texas flag,
But she waved on tho.
It got cut with a sword in Chancellorsville,
Got cut again at Shiloh Hill.
There was Robert E. Lee and Beauregard and Bragg,
And the south wind blew hard on
“That Ragged Old Flag”
On Flanders Field in World War I,
She took a bad hit from a Bertha Gun,
She turned blood red in World War II
She hung limp and low by the time that one was through,
She was in Korea, Vietnam, She went where she was sent
by her Uncle Sam.
The Native Americans, The Black, Yellow and White
All shed red blood for the Stars and Stripes.
And here in her own good land,
She’s been abused, burned, dishonored, denied and refused,
And the very government for which she stands
Has been scandalized throughout out the land.
And she’s getting thread bare, and she’s wearing kinda thin,
But she’s in pretty good shape, for the shape she’s in.
Cause she’s been through the fire before
and she can take a whole lot more.
So we raise her up every morning
And we bring her down slow every night,
We don’t let her touch the ground,
And we fold her up right.
On second thoughtI do like to brag
Cause I’m mighty proud of
“That Ragged Old Flag”

Me too!
Have a Great Scouting Day!

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TOP 10!!

It has been a long while since I last posted a TOP 10 list…
So here you go…
The Top 10 things you hear from your wife (or husband) after a camp out…

10. Hi honey.. did you bring all the boys back this time?
9. No you can not set up the tent in the living room to dry!
8. Now explain to me again why you need a new tent?
7. No you are not coming in the house looking like that!
6. No you can not cook dinner tonight with your Jet Boil.
5. Are you really going to sleep in your sleeping bag tonight?
4. Just take a shower… we will talk after I fumigate the house.
3. 3 Scout weekends in a row.. can I borrow the kids next weekend.
2. Left over dehydrated chili mac… yum! I don’t think so!
and the number one thing you hear from your wife (or husband) after a camp out…
#1. I am glad you had a great time…. but could you please stop singing that Quartermaster Store song!!!

Have a Great Scouting Day!
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Those Knots

I had an interesting discussion recently about the “Knots” I wear on my uniform.
First of all, lets clarify that yes I wear the knots that I have been awarded, presented or otherwise received. Some do not agree on the wearing of knots, and that is what this post is all about…

You see, a Scouts mom came to me and asked why I wear them. I simply replied because of your son.
“My Son” she said.. yes YOUR son is the reason I wear the knots. I wear the Scoutmaster Key knot because I provided Junior Leader training for your son, which he attended and did well and now we get to see his leadership unfolding in the Troop. I wear it because I have been to training to make me a better Scoutmaster for your son, I wear it because I continue to attend round table meetings to get new ideas to pass on to your son and his buddies in the Troop.
I wear the Scoutmaster Award of Merit, because your son and his peers along with the Troop committee felt I was deserving.
I wear the District Award of Merit because your son and his brothers in the District enjoyed Camporee and Webelos Woods and other District activities that I gave my time for to ensure that he did have a great Scouting experience.
Remember when your son was a Cub Scout and I was his Cubmaster and Den leader? Yes, those knots were given to me for dedicating time and energy into that program so your son would find a path to Boy Scouts… Oh and the real neat colored one, the William D. Boyce Award. I proudly wear it for starting up the unit.
Oh and I wear my Arrow of Light proudly too. I never earned my Eagle Award, but you know, your son and I have something in common, we both wear the AOL.. and he knows that it means the world to me.
Yes, it’s all about your son. I wear the knots, show up for campouts, teach about leadership and character, sing silly songs, and sit quietly on a starry nights, all for your son.
Other Scouters don’t feel the need to wear the knots, I like them because every time I put my shirt on and look in the mirror I see the value of the program for your son. I wear my wood Badge beads as a reminder to never stop working my ticket, which by the way had to do with your son…
Moms and Dads… it’s for your son that we volunteer in the greatest organization on Earth. And wearing a small knot on my uniform reminds me… and you, of why we do it.

Have a Great Scouting Day!

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Back to the Basics… Leadership

Last night I attended our monthly District Committee meeting. Now there is nothing special about that in and of itself, except last night as I sat and listened to a discussion about why we can not get registered adult leaders to training, I thought to myself it is all about the basics of leadership.

A leader once told me that “You can lead a horse to water… but you have to motivate him to drink”.
That’s right… its the basics. To lead people to training, to camporee, to become registered leaders we need to remember the basics. People will be led if you provide them PURPOSE, DIRECTION, and MOTIVATION!
I got a bit fired up about it explaining that if we want people to be trained we need to give them a reason to be if the scouts were not enough reason. That is their purpose.
We need to motivate them to go to training… as if the boys that keep showing up each week were not enough motivation.
And we need to give them some direction. People are drawn to action. This action causes people to do something or start heading in a direction that leads them to what they want.
In the case of training untrained leaders need to be given a date and time, maybe have them preregister for training, this will set their wheels in motion to getting there. I know that if I register, even if it is free I am more than likely to attend. The simple action of writing it down causes me to remember and make it important.
And so it goes with most activities in Scouting. I am tired of hearing leaders say that they can not get enough help. I have to ask… what have you done to get it… and when I say done… did you provide Purpose, Direction, and Motivation? or did you simply ask hear the word “NO” and move on? If you did the latter… you are not leading and therefore you will not get the desired results.
We see it time and again, 12 year old Scouts that effectively lead by using this model. They begin to understand what motivates their Patrols, they get an understanding of what it is that the SPL is asking for and lead from the front to set their patrols in motion to executing a task. If you have ever been to a camporee.. you saw it.

Leadership is how it is done. We train our Scouts to be the future leaders of America, why then do not not practice what we preach?
It is just a matter of getting back to the Basics. Purpose, Direction, and Motivation.. that’s is how you lead.

Have a Great Scouting Day!

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