No one really likes the taste of salt… Take your finger and dip it in salt then stick it in your mouth… you really don’t like the taste do you.. honestly… But take the salt out of your pie dough and you take away flavor that is pulled out by the salt. You need the salt to accentuate the other flavors.
There are many things in Scouting that are like the salt. You don’t like it by itself, but put it together with the rest of the stuff and it makes the program better.
Backpackers don’t really enjoy traversing switch back after switch back, but the reward is getting to the top and seeing a beautiful view. Salt.
I personally don’t enjoy the administrative things we have to do in Scouting. Monitoring dues, fundraising, tracking camping nights and service hours. Hey, I just want to go camping! But it is all of those functions that make the program go. Getting enough seat belts, making reservations, and tracking advancement. Making Mom and Dad feel great about the program and rechartering each year. Salt.
Training is more salt in the context of Scouting. While I am a firm believer in training and encourage every Scouter to get trained. I am also a believer in not wasting people’s time. Training should be a great tasting cookie.. not a salt lick. Training is important and should be encouraged as an important part of the Scouting program.. not a “you need to do this or else” adventure. Round tables are often viewed as to salty. They often don’t leave the participant with a yummy taste and therefore become less and less attended. Let the salt bring out the other flavors and the cake will taste much better.
Awhile back I talked about the Journey to Excellence. I received a lot of feedback telling me that it was a waste of time, especially for small units. The more I thought about it the more I saw that the process had a lot of salt in it. The finished product was always good as long as the recipe was followed, but when the salt was left out, the flavor of the meal was lacking. Sometimes, we just need to accept that there is a need for salt, we can watch how much we add, but we need to always make sure that we add enough to make the meal tasty.
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