Month: June 2009

I will never apologize for…

There is a great little book available called The Scoutmaster Minute, Your handbook for inspiring moments by Ron Wendel.

I like this little book, fits well in the pack and it has saved my bacon a time or two when I needed something quick at a camp fire or at the end of a meeting.  I am not here to sell the book, but it is worth the six bucks.
At times I like to scan the pages and see the inspirational quotes or comments from the authors on area of Scouting that seem to hit home with our Troop.  That I have a peeve for “Rediscovering” that which someone else has done a fantastic job communicating.
Tonight, in particular I stumbled upon one that I use and added to.
I goes like this;
We all make mistakes. We all say or do things that sooner or later we come to regret.  Here are some things that we will never be sorry for.
Thinking before acting,
Hearing before judging,
Forging your enemies,
Being candid and frank, 
Helping a fallen brother,
Being honest in business,
Thinking before speaking,
Being loyal to your church,
Standing by your principles,
Stopping your ears to gossip,
Bridling a slanderous tongue,
Harboring only pure thoughts,
Sympathizing with the afflicted,
Being courteous and kind to all.
Author Unknown.
Who ever the author is or was certainly knew a thing or two about Scouting.  Rereading this I see the Scout law woven in its words.  And I will never be sorry or apologize for living the Scout law.
I don’t have to.  If I live the Law daily, it will guide me to do the right thing, and when you do the right thing, you never have to apologize.
This weekend, we watched as one of the “News shows” did an expose on why politicians cheat on their wives.  They spent the better part of an hour discussing the who’s, what’s and why’s of this “problem”.  The answer is simple.  These politicians have no Character.  Bottom line.. period.  They have to apologize because they lack Character, they lack the moral compass found in the Scout law.  They lack the ability to judge their actions based on a simple set of values.
Scouting reenforces the values of the Scout law and sets our young men up to never have to apologize for a lack of Character.
I will never apologize for living the Scout law.  It does not make me a nerd or a geek, it does not make me un cool or a pansy… it makes me a man of Character.
Have a Great Scouting Day!

To Keep myself Physically Fit

Now I don’t know what has happened to boys.. and you before you think I am going to rant about video games and MTV.. stop.   But I wonder when we stopped being physically fit.

I remember as a kid there were not to many “Heavy kids”.  We ran, jumped, climbed, and rode our bikes all over the place.  
In Scouts, we hiked, biked, canoed and seemed to always be doing something active.  I can remember every troop meeting doing something physical, weather that was playing a game or riding our bikes to and from our Scout house.
Last Monday we helped a group of Scouts complete the physical fitness requirement for Tenderfoot.  I was, and am always amazed at how out of shape our kids are.  Do they not take PE in School anymore?  It seems to me that just by being a kid with all the running and playing you do.. how can you be out of shape?
We are a backpacking troop and the good news there is that anyone can do it, but it sure helps to be in shape.  Most of that is mental.  But watching some of the Scouts doing sit ups this Monday… well it made me wonder what the kids today are doing.
I own a Wii and an X Box, but they are not the center of my house.  I guess those two items have become babysitters in some cases, where as my mom would tell us to get outside and play.
I enjoy a house that my kids like to bring there friends to.  They play games on the X Box, but are limited to the amount of time they spend on it.. then it is “grab the football and get outside”!
We make a promise in the Scout Oath to keep ourselves Physically Fit.  Your own personal limitations will apply, the Boy Scouts want you to do your personal best.  What the Scouts also realize is that when you keep yourself physically fit you are healthy and when you are healthy you have a better life.
Scouting impacts us all in many ways.. if it is a promise to be fit that motivates a young man to be healthy then we win in Scouting.
Your troops activities should push the Scouts to try new things, be adventurous, and test the limits of their physical fitness.  The Scouts will have a lot more fun then sitting in a class room cranking out merit badges, and they will benefit by being more physically fit.
I don’t know what happened, and I am not one to buy a bunch of excuses.. just get them outside and let them play.  Playing keeps them fit.  Bumps and bruises from a good hard game of ball are not a bad thing and you will see a healthier son in the end.
Get out and play….
And Have a Great Scouting Day!

Recipe of the Week

Not that this is a regular segment …but I had to make the title catchy…

But here is my recipe of the week,  can’t remember where I got it, more than likely from our friends at Trail Cooking.com
Try this one. You will love it.
Teriyaki Chicken
1 cup dry instant rice
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp ginger powder
1 pgk honey
2 pgk soy sauce
1 1/2 cups water
1 can or pouch of chicken
Before camp, mix all dry ingredients at home.  Store in a zip lock bag.
At Camp, boil water, add rice mixture.  After the rice is cooked, stir in Chicken, honey, and sauce.  This makes 1 serving, so do the math and multiply for your size of group.
See a video of me making this recipe on my YouTube channel.
Have a Great Scouting Day!

Numbers

In business numbers are everything.. in Scouting… well not so much, but when it comes to impact… I guess a number can demonstrate that you are in fact making a small impact and spreading the word, helping others to deliver the promise of Scouting.

I started podcasting sometime last year, I was asked and joined the PTC media network.  PTC media is made up of three Scouters that just really love Scouting.  Chris has a Cub Scout background, he is in Texas.  Steve is a Scoutmaster in Minnesota, he has many years of experience and brings a twist to the network with a cool puppet named Buttons the Radical Boy Scout.  And then there is me.  I have had my share of Cub Scouting and am well versed in the Boy Scout program.  Together we have 4 podcasts that we produce independently.  The result is a fan base of Scouts and Scouters and those that maintain relationships in the Scouting movement.  The result is that there are people out there that love to listen to our Shows.. and for that we are truly thankful.  We do not make money doing this.. we do it because we love it.
I rarely keep up with the numbers of the show.  I know that I have done 35 shows to date and have received mountains of emails about them.  But tonight I was chatting with a fellow Scouting podcaster and blogger Shawn from Wisconsin, we were talking about the numbers and so I looked it up and got shocked to learn that the Scoutmaster minute is actually making an impact.. or at least people are listening.
Over the 35 shows I have received 68,689 downloads of the shows.  To me that is exciting and amazing!  
I just want to thank everyone that downloads and listens to the show.  I appreciate it and it makes me want to do more to help deliver the promise of Scouting!
Thanks again everyone!!
Have a Great Scouting Day!