Monthly Archives: December 2009

Three Keys for Success in life…

I heard an inspirational message from Lou Holtz, former great Football Coach.
He took great pride in teaching young men to be outstanding athletes, citizens, and gentlemen.
He shares three keys to success in life.. this is time tested and true.

1.  Always do the right thing.  Know what right looks like and always do the right thing.  In Scouting, we have the Scout Oath and Law to guide us down the right path of life.

2.  Always do your best.. Good is not Good enough.. DO YOUR BEST always.  You should always give your BEST effort.  Anything in life that is worth doing is worth 100% of your effort.  Never be afraid of hard work.  It pays in the end… but you must always DO YOUR BEST.

3.  Treat others as you would like to be treated.  The golden rule.  Just think of how the peaceful the world would be if people just acted according to this simple rule.  Being unselfish, kind, respectful, Helpful, and courteous.  I can imagine a world community that would be without wars, hunger, pain and suffering.. but it all starts with people treating people right.

With those three keys you are guaranteed to be a success in life.  Your relationships, business dealings, Adventures, and Personal life will be full of enjoyment, success and happiness.

Try it.. it works.

Have a Great Scouting Day!

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Backpacking Muffins

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Link to the Audio Cast!

I should have put the link in for the audio cast of the Boy Scouts of America’s Celebration Kick Off.
If you missed it on the 10th.. you can hear the entire program at AUDIO CAST!
Bravo to Bob Mazzuca, Chief Scout Executive
Tico Perez, National Commissioner
John Gottschalk, BSA National President
Jack Furst, National Executive Board
and Randall Stephenson, AT&T CEO

It was a great show, I wish the BSA would do more of this kind of stuff!!

Have a Great Scouting Day!

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Centennial Kick Off

Well last night was, I guess, the “Official Kick off” of the Centennial celebration of the Boy Scouts of America!!
Extremely exciting I kept thinking to myself as I listened in on to the online rally last night.  Listening to the vision and excitement of the presenters.  It occurred to me that we have so much to do to prepare for our troops celebration in February and throughout the year, to include Jamboree 2010!
Then I got a call last night from a great Scouting friend, he had something for me!  More books for my collection.
I collect Scout books, all kinds of Scouting literature.  I will write more about that later.  But as I looked through the box of books he gave me, I could not help but take a little mental trip down memory lane.  A Wolf Handbook, the same that I had when I was a Cub Scout.  The pictures in the 10th Edition of the Boy Scout Handbook brought back many, many memories.
Looking to the future and all of the exciting things that are going to happen in Scouting moving into the next 100 years I am thrilled and ready for the challenges that are ahead.
So what are some of your memories?  What are some of the things that you all are doing to celebrate the BSA’s 100th Anniversary?  Share your thoughts and Ideas with me.. I would love to hear it.
Have a Great Scouting Day!

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Becoming a Man

Every culture has its right of passage to manhood, but there is an ancient Cherokee right of passage in which the father of a young man takes his son out into the forest, blindfolds him and sits him on a stump.
The young man can not make a sound, he can not move, he must remain on the stump blindfolded until the sun rays of the morning light shines through it.  He can not shout out or call for help from anyone.
Once he survives the night.. he is a man.
He then can not tell any of the other young men of the village of his ordeal, because each must come into manhood on his own.
The boy is naturally terrified.  He can hear all kinds of noises.  Wild beasts must surely be all around him, maybe there is even some human that may do him harm.  The wind blows the grass and shook his stump, but he sits stoically, never moving from the stump, never removing the blindfold.  This is the only way he can become a man!
Finally, after a horrific night the sun appeared and he removes his blindfold.
It was then that he discovers his father sitting on the stump next to him.  He had been at the watch the entire night, protecting his son from harm.
As we become men, it is important to know that we have mentors, protectors, teachers that will guide us and show us the way.  As men, it is important for us to realize that there are those young men that look to us for those virtues.
As a father of sons and Scoutmaster it is my duty to remain on the stump with them.  To guide and protect, teach and mentor and allow for their dreams to come true.
Have a Great Scouting Day!

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Building the High Performance Team

Let me share with you a story about a High Performance team.
I recently had the opportunity to help coach a football team.  This team was made up from 14 year olds from all over the Portland/Metro area.  35 young men that came together on a football field with one thing in common… they loved to play football.
They came from different Social environments, different economic backgrounds, different races, different education opportunities, different family lives… but they all loved to play football.
There were African Americans, Caucasians, Asians, and many other ethic backgrounds.. but they all loved to play football.
The head coach was a man that has spent a good share of his adulthood working with inner city youth.  He had a dynamic style of motivation and from what I observed in our short time together a great teacher of fundamental football skills.
This group of 35 young men were challenged to go up to Washington and win a championship game in an All Star tournament.
In 8 days this group of young men became a team.. not just any team.. but a high performance team.  They never played together, they knew different offenses, different defensive schemes, and were used to different coaching styles.. but they all had the want to win.
In 8 days they came together with a common vision.. to win.
In 8 days they came together with common goals, a common purpose and clear direction.
In 8 days they traveled to Auburn, Washington and won the championship 42-6 against a team that clearly had them outmatched.
The high performance team came to life because of leadership that knew about Purpose, Direction, and Motivation.  It came together with a common goal with team members that knew what they wanted the end result to be.  They understood that working together they could accomplish what they wanted.. to win.
Now lets equate that to our Patrols.
They have a lot more in common than just love of a game.
They have a bond that typically has lasted for years.
They have a common purpose.
They have common values.
They are members of a team.
They …. well.. you get the point…
So why are they not all High performance teams?
Purpose, Direction, and Motivation.. that is the key to leadership and building the high performance team.  A simple formula that works every time when applied properly and bought into by they whole team.
Have a Great Scouting Day!

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