Welcome to the Scoutmaster Minute Blog. The blog started back in 2007, an experiment to document my Scouting life as well as practice (or at least stay sharp) with my writing.
The blog’s tag line “Helping to Deliver the Promise of Scouting” is important to me. I believe that every Scout deserves the very best in adult leadership that will provide opportunities and adventures. The promise of Scouting keeps them coming back for more.
I love to teach and coach our young men as they move through Scouting. Seeing them develop leadership and sharpen skills keeps me coming back for more.
The Scout leaders of today have a challenging task. I want to help them be successful, in turn, our Scouts will see success and grow to great men.
A little about me.
I have been in Scouting all my life. I started as a Cub Scout in the National Capitol Area Council in Virginia. From there we moved to Holland where I moved up to Boy Scouts. Scouting in the Transatlantic Council was a blessing and full of great adventures. We moved to Louisiana and I continued my Scouting Adventures in the Calcasieu Area Council. It was there that I learned backpacking and really developed leadership.
Flash forward… many years. My oldest son brought home a flyer, like most “Scout join night” flyers, but this one invited MY son to join Scouting. And we did. A few years later, his younger brother joined Scouting.. and the rest, as they say is history.
Since becoming a Scouter I have had many fantastic Scouting experiences. Being the Scoutmaster of Troop 664 in the Thunderbird District, Cascade Pacific Council since 2004 has become a passion of mine.
I had the amazing opportunity to serve as a Jamboree Scoutmaster in 2010 for the Boy Scouts of America’s 100th Anniversary. Taking Troop 720 to Ft. A.P. Hill in Virginia was a spectacular highlight of my Scouting career.
In 2012 I was selected to represent our Council at the National Meetings of the Boy Scouts of America in San Diego. An event that I will never forget.
In 2015 I was selected to be an advisor within our Order of the Arrow Lodge to attend the National Order of the Arrow Conference at Michigan State University. Again, an experience that proved to be phenomenal. Being a part the Order of the Arrows 100th Anniversary celebration added to my many Scouting experiences shared with some of the best Scouts I have had the pleasure of serving.
Wood Badge has been another element of my Scouting life that has shaped me and brought me to a better understanding of Scouting’s mission and goals. It is also a big part of who I have become as a man.
I attended Wood Badge in 2005. I had my first staffing experience in Wood Badge in 2011 when I served as a Troop Guide. It was a great experience. I was asked again to staff in 2013 where I served our Scouters as the Troops Assistant Scoutmaster of Logistics. It put me in a new role and I learned more about the in’s and out’s of the Wood Badge program.
In 2015 I was once again asked to serve on the Wood Badge staff, this time as the Assistant Scribe. Again, I was challenged to do something out of my comfort zone and as we developed the staff and served on course, I again learned to appreciate Wood Badge even more. The following year (2016) I was asked to serve as the Assistant Scoutmaster for Program on our staff. This opportunity put me deep into the syllabus and again a better understanding of what Wood Badge is designed to accomplish in the legacy building of Scout leaders within their units.
I was selected to be a Course Director/ Scoutmaster for a course in 2017. I am deep into the planning of that course right now and much of my Scouting world is consumed with it. That’s a good thing.
On the shirt resume`
I have been awarded the Silver Beaver(2010), the District Award of Merit (2007), the Scoutmaster Key (2007), the Scoutmaster training award, the NESA Scoutmaster Award of Merit (2006), the Cubmaster Award, Cub Scouter Award, Webelos Den Leader award, Community Organization Award, William D. Boyce Award, Jame E. West Fellowship, and I still wear (in the form of a knot) my Arrow of Light.
I am a Vigil Honor member in the Order of the Arrow and am in my 13th year as a Scoutmaster.
I am a collector of Scouting memorabilia.
I am married with three great kids.
Have a Great Scouting Day!