Month: February 2011

>#100DaysofScouting -Telling our story in Patches (3 of 100)

>Patches have been a long lasting tradition in Scouting.. not only are they fun to trade, sew on a patch blanket, or wear on a jacket or uniform.. they are the colorful story of Scouting.  Each patch designed to represent the area, the event, the flavor of a time.  For 101 years patches in Scouting have represented achievement, service, commitment, and lots of camping.  Patches have taken us down the path of Historic trails, 50 mile treks, food collections, hundreds of learning opportunities, and to the rank of Eagle.
Now not all Scouts and Scouters are collectors of patches, I am, but whether a collector or not, patches have played an important role in Scouting and I would venture to guess they always will.
I have always collected or at least held on to Scouting patches and never really gave them to much thought, until the 2010 National Jamboree.  I became an official Patch nut.
At the National Jamboree I really saw the value of Scout Patches.  Friendship.  Thousands of Scouts and Scouters that would spend countless hours in conversation over patches.  Trading, sharing, and making friends along the way.
Patches really do play a big part in telling our Scouting Story.
Here are some patches from Camporee’s in our District.. they are not worth a whole lot in the trading world.. but they tell of some great camping experiences.

Patches… yes we need Patches…
Have a Great Scouting Day!

>#100DaysofScouting -100 Days of Scouting

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There are a group of Scouters out there that have real nice Blogs (and Podcasts).. they have individually yet collectively decided to keep a running log of their activity that celebrate the next 100 days of Scouting… after all, just because it’s not the centennial anymore does not mean we should not kick off the next 100 with a special 100 days..
I guess most of bloggers have done this in one way or another.. I started with Scout Sunday and after seeing the list of great Scouters.. I am “Officially” joining their celebration with my blog.
I would invite every Scouter that blogs to do the same… and if you are not a blogger.. now is a great time to jump on board and start jotting down your thoughts, ideas, and open up the community of Scouting!
Now I am giving credit where credit is due.. the following list is the list of Scouters that blog from the Scoutsigns blog.. one that I follow and enjoy!

Here is his list.. join them…
Scoutsigns (@Scoutsigns)
The Scoutmaster (@bryanspellman)
A Scouter’s Journey (@dwmetz)
A Scoutmaster’s Blog (@stevejb68)
Scouteradam’s Blog (@ScouterAdam)
KevinDevin.com (@kevinhdevin)
Arlen Ward dot com (@arlenward)
Scouting in NKY (@jthoppe)
Scouter Scott’s Scouty Stuff (@smwalker_oh)
Scouting in the Great Outdoors (@scouter945)

These are some great blogs and I highly encourage you to check them out.  I have had the pleasure of meeting some of these folks personally, and I will tell you that I am proud to be counted in the same organization.
Give it a Shot…
Have a Great Scouting Day!

>Vespers

>Its Wednesday, to many in my neighborhood all that means is it is garbage day, hump day, or just another day…
But today is another opportunity for me to learn, grow, and live the Oath and Law.  Its going to be tough, I know, but by tonight hopefully I will be able to lay my head down and “Guiltless Sleep tonight”. 
The other night as our Troop wrapped up the meeting with the singing of vespers.. I listened as the guys sang, after the meeting I did a Scoutmaster conference with a young man approaching his Life Rank.  I asked him about the vespers song and if he listened to the words he was singing.  He said sure.. especially the part of the Oath and Law being his guide.  I concluded the conference with that phrase.. let the Oath and Law be your guide and you can’t go wrong.. you truly can sleep guilt free.
Last night I took some time to work on Wood Badge stuff.  I was working on the Listening to Learn presentation when it all hit me.. how well do I listen during the Scoutmaster conferences?  How well do you listen?
How well do you allow the Oath and Law to be your guide?
Well, once again.. it will be a learning year for me.. and as a result, I will be a better Scoutmaster.
Have a Great Scouting Day!

>#100DaysofScouting -Boy Scouts 101

>Nope.. not a class at Scouting University.. its the 101st Anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America.  Over the hump and into the future.
I had such a great time celebrating the 100th Anniversary last year.  Jamboree was terrific.. but now we are heading into the future with the BSA.
So what are you doing to be a part?
For me, its all about grooming the future, the future of Scouting, teaching and coaching future leaders, citizens, men.  And helping teach the Scout leaders to deliver the promise of Scouting!
Kind of like writing a Wood Badge ticket and seeing it through.. this year my goal is to teach.
Scouts, Scout leaders, and help the audience of the blog and podcast with their Scouting goals.  Not that I know everything, but a big part of teaching is learning.. and so I am going to learn more.. and more…
101 years old… Well Done BSA!!
Have a Great Scouting Day!

>The Present

>Here is something I picked up from my Wood Badge course back in 2005.  I stumbled on it again the other day as I was going through course material in preparation for the upcoming Wood Badge course… thought I’d share it.  Enjoy.
The Present

Imagine there is a bank that credits your account each morning with $86,400. It carries over no balance from day to day. Every evening deletes whatever part of the balance you failed to use during the day. What would you do? Draw out every cent, of course!!!!
Each of us has such a bank. Its name is TIME. Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it writes off, as lost, whatever of this you have failed to invest to good purpose. It carries over no balance. It allows no overdraft. Each day it opens a new account for you. Each night it burns the remains of the day. If you fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is yours. There is no going back. There is no drawing against the “tomorrow”.
You must live in the present on today’s deposits. Invest it so as to get from it the utmost in health, happiness, and success! The clock is running. Make the most of today.

To realize the value of ONE YEAR, ask a student who failed a grade.
To realize the value of ONE MONTH, ask a mother who gave birth to a premature baby.
To realize the value of ONE WEEK, ask the editor of a weekly newspaper.
To realize the value of ONE HOUR, ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.
To realize the value of ONE MINUTE, ask a person who missed the train.
To realize the value of ONE SECOND, ask a person who just avoided an accident.
To realize the value of ONE MILLISECOND, ask the person who won a silver medal in the Olympics.

Treasure every moment that you have! And treasure it more because you shared it with someone special, special enough to spend your time.
And remember that time waits for no one. Yesterday is history Tomorrow is mystery Today is a gift That’s why it’s called the present!!
And that my friends is why I finish each blog post and each podcast with…
HAVE A GREAT SCOUTING DAY!

>Scout Sunday 2011

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Today is Scout Sunday.. yes there is also a big Football Game on today.. but before kick off.. just remember that a Scout is Reverent.
“And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. This is the first commandment.”(Mark 12:30)

A Scout is reverent, he is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his religious duties and respects the convictions of others in matters of custom and religion.

Have a Great Scouting Day!

>To watch them grow…

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It’s been a busy week in my neck of the woods, but a great Scouting week that ended with a Scout in my Troop participating in his Board of Review for the Rank of Eagle Scout.
I had the pleasure of sitting in on his board and remaining relatively quiet.  There is a different perspective when you are a fly on the wall versus being the one conducting the interview, conference or discussion.   It is a perspective that I look forward to in the future.
So here are some observations that I took home from the Board of Review.
First of all, our unit must be doing something right, this young man demonstrated great poise and character during the discussion.  His attitude toward Scouting, leadership, service, and of course the out doors was clearly made known as he answered questions and gave insightful remarks about the Scouting program in general and his Troop.
Next, Scouting is so relevant.  This Scout is a Senior in High School and understands the peer pressure that comes with growing up today.  He is on the Student Council at his School and plays three sports.. and yeah folks still has time, energy, and pride in and for Scouting.  He is an honor student, has a girl friend, and is a popular young man on campus.. and yet Scouting is still cool to him.  He has worn his uniform to School.. I did not know that till Friday.. and said that it was one of the toughest things he has ever done.  But what he said about living the Scout Oath and Law was what brought warmth to my heart.  He said he tries to live it daily.. its hard.. but it is a solid set of rules and guidelines to make the world a better place.  And it rubs off on people.
And Finally, these young men are great.  I do not want this to be about me (and the ASMs of the Troop), but sitting in the room last Friday night I realized that we have such an impact on these young men.  The things that we teach them beyond Knots and First Aid, the life lessons, the character, the.. well you get the point… these young men do get it.

As my Scout sat there Friday night I looked at him and flashed back to when I first met him.  He was 10 years old.  He had a round little face and bounced off trees.  Then over the years I watched him spread his wings a bit.  He became active in School, he was in ceremonials with the OA and later a Chapter Chief.  He served on Lodge committees, he was an SPL, he backpacked in Shasta and worked with Arrow Corps 5, he went to Jamboree and had a ball.
Looking back, I watched him grow into a fine young man.
He is but one of the many that we watch grow in Scouting.  The right combination of Scouts and Adult mentoring makes a big difference.
To start the Board of Review some one on the panel asked him to look at the back cover of his Scout Handbook.  He said there are three words there. what are they?
Citizenship, Character and Fitness.. the man on the Board asked if Scouting was doing that?  The answer.. Yes.
Have a Great Scouting Day!