There has been a lot of discussion lately about how much time and the toll Scouting takes on the life of a Scouter. And while this is true in some cases, I think it is all about priorities and taking the time to stop and smell the roses.
For most of us, we have a family that goes along with our Scouting life. Kids in the program, wife that is supportive or even a part of it. But then there are the cases that the spouse does not really understand, or the kids have all grown and gone. But Scouting remains.
We all do this for one reason or another, mostly because we see the value added to the youth of America. Simply put. Scouting does good things.
As you hang around Scouting long enough you develop friendships and parts of the program that you just fall in love with. Being part of the Training team in your district or council. Working at Pow Wow or Scouting University that kind of thing.
For others Scouting goes deeper, it is not only an activity but a passion. Collections, meetings, friendships, and keeping their finger in every piece of the pie. I used to be that guy, now the passion is still there, so is the collection, and certainly the friendships.. but I learned a few years back that every piece of the pie did not need my finger in it.. I needed to stop and smell the roses.. my family.
My family is the most important thing in my life. Yes the most important. I am blessed that they are all in Scouting and understand my passion for the program, but Scouting is made up of wonderful people and it was time to let other wonderful people get their fingers soaked in the flavors of Scouting. I pulled a few of my fingers out.
Balance is the key and every once in a while it is important to remember to smell those roses. It makes you a better Scouter. Am I ever leaving Scouting. No, I don’t think so. There is so much added value in this program and I am passionate about it. I love the people that have become life long friends and I enjoy teaching, coaching, and training Americas young men. So no.. I don’t have to leave Scouting.. I just need to maintain balance and smell the roses.
Yesterday was another Wood Badge study day. I went shopping for my food for this weekends Troop camp out and signed Blue cards. That was it for day 9 of #100daysofscouting.
Have a Great Scouting Day!