Monthly Archives: May 2009

A little Elbow grease

It’s amazing how a little elbow grease proves to come with many rewards.

I had a discussion recently with a parent of one of our Scouts.  The parent was concerned about their Scouts lack of… well lets say… enthusiasm when it came to chores around the house.
It seems that working hard seems to have escaped our young men these days.  It is always easier to take the light load, it is easier not to hike as far or put in less effort to accomplish something.
I have seen this in my boys.  One of my sons will take as much time devising a scheme or “new invention” to accomplish the task, when just a little elbow grease would have knocked out the project in half the time.  “Elbow grease?  What the heck is that?”  My son asked.  I told him it means working hard… putting in the effort to do a job and do it well.
We had the opportunity to see reward for hard work on our last backpacking adventure.  The farther you go, the deeper into the wilderness, the higher the pay off in views, camp sites, and a pristine side of nature not seen by those not willing to put in the effort.
I love this.  I love the idea that if I work hard, I am rewarded.   I love the idea that if I hike a little farther I will be rewarded with better vistas, quieter camp areas, and less people.  I love the idea that when I work hard I am rewarded by having a nicer yard, a cleaner house, something I can be proud of.  So the question then is;  How so we instill that in our young me?
Well, I am still looking for the answer, but I can tell you for certain that our example is perhaps the best thing we can do to show how it is done, why we do it, and then what the rewards are.
Just something to think about.
Have a Great Scouting Day!
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Selfless Promotion

After a month of domain issues… broken links… weird feed issues.. and of course yours truly being a total dunce when it comes to all things computer…

I think I have finally (cross your fingers) fixed the issues.  And I am back in the mix.
You may have noticed that I am back on Half  And that is a big deal.
Thanks Gregg for your help and support.
Thanks for everyones emails and support while we worked our way through this mess.
Have a Great Scouting Day!
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To Selflessly Serve

Do a Good Turn Daily… thats the Slogan that calls all Scouts and Scouters to look for opportunities to “Help other People at all times.”

Opportunities to help are all around you.  Holding a door open for someone, carrying a bag of groceries, or just simply offering a smile to someone that looks down.
When you do a good turn, it will come back to you.  But you should not look for praise or a pat on the back.  To selflessly serve is to serve without regard to personal gain.  When we help others we do it because it is the right thing to do, not because we are looking for a headline in the paper, payment, or accolades.  We do it for the feeling of doing something good for someone else.
Your reward or payment comes in the satisfaction of knowing that you have done well.  That you have been of assistant to someone in need.
Your help does not have to be of a grand scale, you would be surprised, that the simplest things mean the most to people.
What goes around comes around.
Have you seen those commercials of people witnessing an act of kindness… then doing an act.. and so on and so on…
That is what doing a good turn daily does.  Think about the act of helping that may cause someone else to do an act of help, which in turn will cause an act.  Now imagine that you cause this snowball of help and the effect if has on those around you and your community.
Pretty powerful stuff.
Do a Good Turn Daily… be a selfless servant.
Have a Great Scouting Day!

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BP Journey Blog

I updated my Backpacking blog today.  Some pictures and a somewhat review of the Backpack trip up Eagle Creek.

You can check it out at
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Hero’s Memorial Dedication

A special thank you to all of you Scouts that made the Troop very proud today at the Gresham Hero’s memorial.
John, George, Josh, Parker, Ethan, Lucas, Joshua, TJ, Terrance, James, and Doyle!  You all made us proud as you participated in one of the City of Gresham’s finest hours.
Your selfless service to the community is a true example of citizenship and commitment.
Here are some pictures of the event.
Again,  Great Job guys.  You really made the dedication special and will forever be a piece of our communities history.
Have a Great Scouting Day!

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