I posted a response to a post that my good friend Adam wrote on his blog. Check out his blog here. In his post, and many other posts of his and not surprisingly other Scouting bloggers out there is a recurring theme of separation between the “Scouting life” and the “Normal or Family Life”. That amazes me.
I can not figure out for the life of me why anyone would want to separate the two. And if in fact you are a Scouter that actually believes in the program that is offered.. well.. you simply can not create a chasm between the two.
Scouting provides a set of rules for life, values that are timeless and all of which makes families stronger. Scouting introduces skills and interests that move people to explore their lives and the world around them. Why on earth would I tuck that away and not make that a part of raising children?
Doing our best to live the Scout Oath and Law in our Daily lives provide for the best example of parenting. That simply is a no brainer.
Does this mean you have to be a stick in the mud? My goodness I hope not… After all, we do Scouting because we love it, believe in it, and find value in the program. I am no stick in the mud by any stretch.. but I can have my Scouting cake and eat it too.
So why would we want to go out of our way to separate these two parts of our lives? Why?
I went on a hike today with my wife and another couple. It was a non Troop event.. just the four of us out on the Eagle Creek trail. I did not wear my uniform or anything else that would identify me as a Scouter.
I yielded the right of way on the trail to climbers and those with animals.. this is something we teach in Scouting.
I carried my ten essentials because it is a smart thing to do.. and had to use the first aid kit on a blister and a minor cut.
I carried my water purification pump.. I wanted to be prepared.
We left no trace and was courteous to other hikers.
All of these things are part of Scouting…. and my life. There can be no separation.
When my family camps, we have fun, the adults have a few drinks, and relax.. that’s why we camp right? But we don’t turn off our Scouting values, skills, and practices just because we are not wearing tan shirts. It is a part of our family and that is how we are raising our kids.. not to run around with a Fleur De Leis tattooed to their forehead.. but to be good people. Is that not a part of Scouting.
Citizenship, Character, and Fitness. Goals in Scouting and goals in our family.
“Getting away from Scouting” ??? Why?
Have a Great Scouting Day!