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Ask you shall receive…

sm_conf-2Guided Discovery is the process of asking questions to achieve a learning objective.  The Senior Patrol Leader comes to you and says that Tommy Tenderfoot has a leaking tent.  You being a good Scoutmaster immediately takes action and checks out the tent.  Finding the leak you move the gear and find an extra tarp and place it over the tent. problem solved.  Nothing learned.
The learning objective has been left for another rainy day.
On the other hand when the Senior Patrol leader informs you of Tommy Tenderfoots dilemma the first thing to think is ask questions.  This is not to prolong the agony or make the Scout feel bad, it is all about teaching and coaching and Guided Discovery.
Why do you think the tent is leaking?  Where is it leaking?  How do you think it can be fixed?  Is Tommy going to be ok?  What can you do to make the situation better?
Again, not to remove responsibility of the adult leadership, but teaching leadership and responsibility to the youth leaders.  Leading questions allow the Scouts to find solutions and realize that they do have the answers.. they just need to find them.
Of course if there is an emergency, you can do the question session as a reflection after the situation is resolved.  But 9 times out of 10, a rain soaked tent is not an emergency and is, like most of the situations our Scouts find themselves in, a great opportunity to discover and achieve some learning objectives.
Learning objectives are important in the Guided Discovery process.  Like vision, if you have no objectives then you are wandering through the activity.  In this game with a purpose, every activity or event should have some opportunity to learn or develop.  Express the learning objective within the Patrol Leaders Council so that they are aware of what it is that they are trying to accomplish.  This will help the youth leader when the Leading questions start coming at them.  It should get them in the mode of finding solutions and not looking for blame or excuses.
This can be a long and frustrating process.  Play it all the way through.  The reward will come in the end when you ask and then receive a look of satisfaction that the Scout has learned.

Have a Great Scouting Day!

Money money Money…. Money

mbpersmanI received a question regarding raising money for a unit.. in light of a recent, or recent rash of unit trailers, canoes, and equipment being stolen.  It seems that we are always hearing of a Scout Troop here and there having to deal with theft.  The particular question was regarding Crowd Funding campaigns and if they are allowed in Scouting.
In doing a bit of looking there are issues that I have with Crowd funding in Scouting.. you can try it.. as long as they follow the rules.  It is a bit of a sticky situation in that raising money as a Scout unit has specific guidelines that need to be followed.
The Unit Money Earning Application should be the units guide.
I would suggest that as long as the unit follows the rules and is very specific about the need for the money they need, they should submit the application and follow up with their local Council.
Here are some of the specifics I am talking about.
1.  The unit money earning application asks questions.  First of which “Do you really need a fund-raising project?”  Is there a specific need that the Scouts can not pay their own way for?  In the case of a unit trailer or stolen canoes the unit should examine how they can replace them before they start asking for money.  Donation of a trailer or canoes perhaps?
Did the unit purchase the trailer the first time?  Was the trailer insured and will be replaced. Replacement due to theft should not be an opportunity for upgrade.
There should be a real need for raising money based on your unit’s program. Units should not engage in money-earning projects merely because someone has offered an attractive plan. Remember that individual youth members are expected to earn their own way. The need should be beyond normal budget items covered by dues.
2.  The second question is about contracts, “If any contracts are to be signed, will they be signed by an individual, without reference to the Boy Scouts of America and without binding the local council, the Boy Scouts of America, or the chartered organization?”
Earning money for big ticket items such as a trailer or canoes really needs to be looked at closely and discussed with the Charter Partner. Contrary to popular belief you can not represent the Boy Scouts of America when it comes to doing business.  You should represent the organization well by your actions guided by the Oath and Law.  A Scout is Thrifty and the Scout should pay his own way.  A Scout earning his way to go to summer camp represents himself as he rakes leaves or mows lawns.  It is not for the benefit of Scouting, rather the learning and development of the Scout.  When dealing with contracts the local council should be involved.  As the application states, the individual is personally responsible for business contracts.  Therefore, I believe that the “Go Fund Me” contract would be for the individual and not the unit as the individual contract may not represent Scouting or the unit.
3.  The last question that I will discuss is where I really have pause when talking about Crowd funding type campaigns.  Directly from the Unit Money Earning Application:” Will the fund-raising project avoid soliciting  money or gifts?
The BSA Rules and Regulations state, “Youth members shall not be permitted to serve as
solicitors of money for their chartered organizations, for the local council, or in support of other organizations. Adult and youth members shall not be permitted to serve as solicitors of money in support of personal or unit participation in local, national, or international events.” For example: Boy Scouts/Cub Scouts and leaders should not identify themselves as Boy Scouts/Cub Scouts or as a troop/pack participate in The Salvation Army’s Christmas Bell Ringing program. This would be raising money for another organization. At no time  are units permitted to solicit contributions for unit programs.
That last line is an important part of the application to consider.  Is the trailer or canoes part of the unit program?  If so the unit should replace in kind using other methods of fund raising.  A method that actually gives the members of the unit buy in to the process.  Scouts should pay their way and support their unit through dues.  A crowd funding program does not require the Scout to earn the funds that support his growth in Scouting.  There are no real free Crowd funding resources.  “Go Fund Me” keeps 7.9% of the funds earned.. that is something to look at when answering this question about soliciting.  Like Bell ringing for the Salvation Army, Scouts would be raising money for Go Fund Me and not just Scouting (ie: FOS or Popcorn sales).
Now before I get hate mail from those of you that support Crowd Funding campaigns, please know that I do not have a problem with them.  In fact I have supported campaigns in the past.  We are talking about Scouting and how the rules govern how we can raise money for our units.
1.  Use the application.
2.  Follow the rules.
3.  Make sure that it supports the Scout and his ability to learn, grow, and achieve the aims of Scouting.
It is terrible that we have to have the discussion when it comes to theft.  That is another story and one that I do not have solutions for.  Crowd funding however is a method of getting money with nothing in return.  I do not see where the Scout truly benefits as a person when he, through the unit, is just given money.
As much as a child earns an allowance, the Scout needs to earn his share of unit program.
Let me know what you think about this subject.  I know that it can be a touchy one.
Leave a comment and discuss where you are in Crowd funding.
Also grab a copy of the Unit Money Earning Application here.

Have a Great Scouting Day!

Thankful

ThanksgivingIt’s that time again to gather with friends and family and enjoy the fruits of our labor.  The one day a year that we take time and count our blessings.  We have much to be thankful for.  As I shared with the Scouts of our Troop on Monday night, no matter how bad we have it we still live in the greatest country of all.  It is still a land of opportunity and dreams.  It is the reason we are passionate about finding our vision.
This year I count my blessings and they are many.  I am thankful for my health, my family, and the Scouts that keep me learning, excited about our future, and keeping me young.
I am blessed to have the very best woman to share my life with.
I am blessed to have three amazing kids.. young adults, starting to make their way and find and follow their dreams.
I am blessed to have parents that are still here and are good models for lasting love and dedication to marriage.
I am thankful that I have things in my life that make life fun.  Friendships that are lasting.  The ability to love and be loved.
So this Thanksgiving.. Be blessed.  Count the blessings in your life.  For just one day, start a habit of being Thankful.
I wish for you on Thanksgiving many blessings and happiness.

For food, for raiment
For life, for opportunity
For friendship and fellowship
We thank thee, O Lord

Have a Great Thanksgiving! 

Boy Led or Lord of the Flies?

lord-flies-william-golding-paperback-cover-artI often have discussions with Scoutmasters about what constitutes a “Boy Led Troop”.   There seems to be a misunderstanding as to what that means and it is executed in different ways depending on the unit.  But there is a right way to have youth lead and a wrong way.  Finding balance and understanding of the roles of the Adults and Youth in the Troop becomes the difference between Boy Led and Lord of the Flies.
Youth leadership is the method that we use to teach and provide opportunities for the Scouts to learn, develop, and practice leadership.  It is an opportunity to learn styles of leadership and challenge personal growth, communication skills, and working as a member of a high performance team.  Leadership in a Scout troop is shared.  Shared between other Scouts and with adults.  They share experiences, learning, and responsibility.
A Boy Scout Troop is Boy (or Scout) led but it is Adult run.  We do not expect our Scouts to administer the Troop, maintain the checking account, resource seat belts, or make camp reservations.  All items that certainly would fall under most leadership descriptions.  We also do not allow the Scouts to discipline one another, that to would be a leadership role in most organizations.
We use a technique called Guided Discovery when teaching leadership and expectations with our Scouts.  This keeps them from becoming tribal.  It removes the conflict between Ralph and Jack (the principle characters in Lord of the Flies).  It is done by asking leading questions and offering the Scouts the chance to find solutions in their leadership challenges.
Guided Discovery is all about coaching the youth to find success.  Not doing it for them, but keeping them within the limits.  It allows for the Scouts to set boundaries and learn from mistakes in a safe environment.
A few weeks ago I stood in the back of the meeting hall with some parents.  Mom and Dad were concerned that our Troop did not allow the boys to do “Everything”.  Their idea of Boy leadership was that adults monitored but did not get to involved with the operation of the Troop.  They wondered why the Assistant Scoutmasters were working with the Scouts on advancement.  One of the Assistant Scoutmasters was signing off a Scouts handbook.  Dad asked why the Scouts were not doing the signing.  I suggested that when the ASM signs the book he can take that opportunity to get to know the Scout, understand the Scouts knowledge of the skills, and keep his (the ASM) finger on the pulse of the unit.  This allows the Adult leadership the opportunity to know what is going on and understand how the Scouts are doing in the their Scouting experience.
We teach the Scouts through Guided Discover what leadership is and how to lead.  We allow them to ask questions and test their leadership skills.  If they feel that they are totally left to their own devices, they will feel overwhelmed and not learn.  Scouting is a safe place to practice these valuable life skills.  It is an environment where the leader gets mutual support from both the adults and his Troop mates.  If you recall in the book “Lord of the Flies” the conflict between Jack, Simon, and Ralph and the division between the biguns and littluns came when they lost the ability to resolve simple issues.  When and were to hunt, building shelter, and protection the tribe from the beast.  Simon rises as a leader bound to protect the littluns from the biguns.  Piggy becomes an outcast and the butt of pranks and laughter from all of the boys.  They did not understand the concept of leading to serve and without adults on the island to assist in decision making and conflict resolution they quickly turn on one another.  Without learning from mistakes and being led in reflection the boys turn on each other develop a lack of trust and paranoia.  Their experiment in civility is crushed.
This can easily become analogous in the life of a Troop without guided discovery and the ability for Adults to step in and drive the learning.  It does not mean that the adults do everything for the Scouts, but it does mean that the development of young leaders is conducted in a meaningful and focused way.
100% youth led does not allow for learning.  They just don’t know what they don’t know.
The argument of “Well, have the older boys be the guide” is valid.  But like the Lord of the Flies, the older boys will also have their agenda and reasons for wanting to lead.  I am not suggesting that we allow agenda driven leadership, that is where guided discovery comes in.  When we can direct the learning and keep it all focused on achieving the goals of Scouting we can eliminate the Lord of the Flies.
So where is your unit?  Boy Led or somewhere on the island?  Guided discovery can fix that.  Learning, developing, and growing as individuals and a unit is dependent on the shared leadership of youth and adults.
If you have not read Lord of the Flies recently, it is a good study on human nature and leadership among youth.  It is a great study on what we can become.  Worth the read.
Check out Lord of the Flies by William Golding.

Have a Great Scouting Day!

Hypowrap

I have discussed the Hypowrap in a previous post, but I wanted to share with you a presentation that I recently did for a group of Scouters.
As we are now preparing for Winter Camping it is always good to start with First Aid for Cold Weather injuries, prevention, and treatment.
The Hypowrap is a good way to prevent hypothermia and certainly the start of hypothermia treatment.

Have a Great Scouting Day!

MCFBB- Combination to Lead

leaderhipsketchWe learn as we go.  Learning from mistakes, failures, and success.  Leadership is a great experiment allowing for learning by doing.  Lessons learned from success and failure. My leadership journey started when I was a Scout.  Your basic leadership as a Patrol leader and so on.  Leadership in Scouting gave me a foundation that I could build on.  Our Scoutmaster would expect the youth to lead, I think he is the guy that coined the term “Ask your Patrol Leader”.. at least we heard it a lot.  Making sure that the Scouts took care of the Troop was a key to teaching us to take care of each other.
Slow hikers were up front so we never left them behind.  Patrol Leaders ate after the patrol was fed, and the meetings all started on time because the Senior Patrol Leader made it happen.
After High School I joined the Army and immediately determined that I wanted to be a leader.  The primary reason was I have a need to know what is going on.  Leaders always get to know whats going on.  In the Infantry I got tired of endless walking to somewhere and not knowing why I was walking, how far I was going, and how I was going to get back.  Yes our leaders gave us the information, but only the nuts and bolts.. just enough to keep us walking.  I volunteered to get on a leadership track and went to Ranger School to be a leader.  In Ranger School, they taught us the fundamentals of good leadership.  Keeping every one in the Patrol informed so that everyone in the Patrol can take charge and lead to accomplish the mission.
I spent a great deal of time studying leadership and applying it during my career in the Army.  Another lesson.. leadership is applied.  You can have all the theory and study you want, but leadership is an applied science.
The science of leadership is simple… take care of those you have been given to lead.  Leadership is not management.  You manage resources and material.. you must lead people.
Over the past 30 years or so I have come to a pretty solid understanding of what it takes to be an effective leader.  It can be distilled down to 5 principles.  This combination of leadership principles will make you a better leader- MCFBB.
1.  Model Expected Behavior.  Everything we do as leaders is being observed.  Everything comes down to behaviors.  Skills, communication, attitudes, they all come down to those that we lead and the leaders behavior.  So we must model what we want to see from those that we lead.  If we expect the uniform to be worn properly, we must wear the uniform properly.  We can apply this principle to everything we do as leaders.
2.  Communicate effectively.  Communication is a key element is getting what we want from those we lead.  We need to be effective when we communicate to reduce the confusion and create better understanding.  I believe that when people have a clear task and purpose they are more motivated to accomplish what you want as a leader.  Leaders owe it to those they lead to be open and clear with expectations and in the way that they communicate.
3.  Focus on the little things.  When we take care of the little things the big things get taken care of.  I had an old Sergeant Major once that would always look at our canteen cups.  He would rip us up if we had dirty canteen cups.  Something that to us was insignificant, but to him represented attention to detail.  He would tell us that if we did not care for our canteen cup then we probably would not take care of other equipment.  That and a dirty canteen cup would get us sick.  That sickness would take us out of action and create problems for our leadership.  So it came down to the little things.
I came to see the wisdom in the canteen cup when I became a leader and started focusing on the details or little things.  I learned that when we did all of the minor things well we were successful in the big tasks.
When we as leaders realize that we can only effectively lead and manage little things we are better at it.  As part of leadership development I had all of my subordinate leaders read a good little book called “The Three Meter Zone” by Command Sergeant Major J.D. Pendry.  The essence of the book is that if you can not touch it you can not effect it.  Leaders power down.  We need to focus on the smaller unit and detail to be effective leaders.  Senior Patrol leaders need only lead the Patrol Leaders.  Patrol Leaders lead their patrols.  As a Scoutmaster I do not try to have my hand in everything.  I focus on the Senior Patrol Leader and training the youth leadership.  Assistant Scoutmasters focus on details and specific areas that they influence.  Camping, skills training, First year Scouts, High Adventure programs etc.  When we break down the responsibilities and focus areas we can be more effective.  When we train our Scouts to look at the little things they will do better at the big things.  Making sure the guy lines of a tent are tight.. that is a little detail, but one that will cause the tent to function properly or not if overlooked.
4. Become a Life Long Learner.  Never stop learning.  Take time everyday to learn something.  In the day and age that we live in there is no excuse to not learn something everyday.  It does not have to be focused on leadership or skills.  Learning is a habit and as you start to make it a habit to learn you will discover that there is so much out there that you do not know.  You will find better ways to do things.  You will open your horizons and see new perspectives.  I started watching TED talks this year.  At first just watching and listening to talks that were subjects I was interested in, then I started just watching random talks.  I really enjoy making them a part of my daily learning.
5.  Be a Servant Leader.  This one could be or should be first.. but when I talk about my 5 principles I like to finish with Servant Leadership as it is that take home message that makes leadership work and leaders effective.  I have talked a lot about Servant Leadership in this blog so I won’t go into a lot of detail this time.  Servant leadership boils down to this.  You, as a leader are responsible for those you lead.  You have been given a great deal of responsibility and so you own it to those that follow you to be the best for them.  You need to make sure that their needs come before your own and serve them.
So that is what leadership boils down to.  Five principles that will make you a better leader.  Leadership has been defined as a process, some call it a science, leadership is about getting things done.  Leadership is about people.  It is about providing purpose, direction, and motivation.  Leadership is about serving.

Have a Great Scouting Day!

Social Justice?

MOPI am going to do my very best to keep this post “Political Neutral”.  I am not soliciting debate or political opinion..
I have kept very quiet about the election and aftermath of election day in this blog.  This blog is about positive solutions and doing what we can to make a difference.  But I am at a point where I can no longer maintain blog silence as it pertains to the events of the last week.
First let me say this.  I do not care who you voted for.  If you have read the blog since 2007 you know that I pretty much maintain a conservative point of view.  I am not a politics enthusiast.  I am of the mind set that smaller government is much better and allows people to find success and opportunity.  Further, it causes people to be their best and discover their path.
So in that vain, please bare with me as I try to express my thoughts.
A few years ago, Scouting (WOSM) rolled out the “Messengers of Peace” initiative.  The purpose was to encourage Scouts and Scouters to find ways to live the vision of Baden Powell and make a positive difference in our world.  The Boy Scouts of America introduced it’s Messenger of Peace program, and in typical fashion came out with a list of requirements and provided incentives to do the right thing.
My Troop participated and earned the Messenger of Peace award.  And that was that.  Like most units.. I would venture to say all units that participated, it fulfilled the requirements, handed out patches and not another word was said about it.
In 2015 I was inspired at the National Order of the Arrow Conference at Michigan State University when the National Chief asked all of us to make a difference with the Pledge of
It starts with Us!  Thousands of Arrowmen pledged that we would go back to our units, chapters, Lodges, and Councils and Make a change in the way that we lived, creating real change in our world.  For 365 days Scouts and Scouters made an effort to Do their Good Turn daily as they Tweeted #daretodo!  It was a massive and visible campaign that had real potential to make a difference and leave a lasting legacy as the Order of the Arrow entered it’s second century.  An organization grounded in service to others and love of one another managed to go 365 days and then what?
Every Monday night and on meeting nights through out the week in Troop meetings across the country we pledge to “Help other People at all times” and we express the values of the Scout Law.  But at the end of the meeting for most Scouts and Scouters they are just words that we put on hold till the next meeting.  An Oath and set of values that if actually lived will make a huge difference in our Country.
1.1 million volunteers and 114,994 national community organizations serving 2.7 million young people.  You would think with that large number of people those of us in the Boy Scouts of America could make a difference?  If only we believed in what we preach.
If only it wasn’t about a Tweet or a patch, but real change.
CITIZENSHIP, CHARACTER, FITNESS!
Remember.. those are the Aims of Scouting.  Those are what we want of our young people,the very young people that we want to be able to make those ethical decisions over their life times (see the Mission statement of the BSA).  These same young people that will vote in the next election and we will ask to move our country forward in the future.
The Scout Oath and Law are the keys to social justice.
Government is NOT the answer when it comes to social justice.. in fact it is contrary to providing the means of living in a country that measures itself on character and being our brothers keeper.  Government can not do that.  The nature of Government is divisive.  We have parties that instead of finding common ground, sling mud and skirt the issues in order to make the other look bad.  These actions do not unite or solve problems, they create mistrust and remove rational thinking and discussion from the table.
Government should not be emotional.  Government is about governing.  Our constitution guarantees it’s citizens rights and the pursuit of  happiness.. it does not guarantee success nor prosperity.  It gives us a chance.  Social justice to many has become a hand out or the ability to criticize someone else for having more.  But it does not address what makes for us to have a common bond and create an environment where social justice can happen.
Social justice is defined as “… promoting a just society by challenging injustice and valuing diversity.” It exists when “all people share a common humanity and therefore have a right to equitable treatment, support for their human rights, and a fair allocation of community resources.” In conditions of social justice, people are “not to be discriminated against, nor their welfare and well-being constrained or prejudiced on the basis of gender, sexuality, religion, political affiliations, age, race, belief, disability, location, social class, socioeconomic circumstances, or other characteristic of background or group membership” (Toowoomba Catholic Education, 2006).
This does not take away from ones ability to have more or do more, it does however require that those that do realize that as a member of society they have an obligation to be more.
As with those of us that enjoy membership in Scouting.  By and large, we have more and can do more.  We are educated in the ideals that make for a better society.  We pledge to be more by helping others at all times and living a life guided by the Scout Law.  Governments can not do this.  When we swing to far to the left or to far to the right we find ourselves creating a bigger gap in society.  We unintentional (I hope) polarize our communities between those that feel that they deserve what they work hard for and those that feel because you have more you should share.
We remove the incentive for those that do have more to give because they want to and those that are used to receiving to get by.  There is not a reason to give and there is a defeated attitude to get out of the situation you are in.
That is way over simplified, but it is clear that for centuries in America there have been the haves and the have- not’s.  The idea of social justice is to find a place in the middle.  Not to take away from those that have, but to encourage them to find a way to serve.  It is a way to educate people out of poverty and reach out and provide at least a level playing field.
The problem with Social Justice comes down to people.  Governments can enact laws and policy, but it can never legislate what is in someones heart.
It seems that the church has not been able to affect social change.  They too find themselves in a mode of self preservation.  To solve the problem effectively puts them out of business.. and so goes government policy.  When we are out of problems, we have no need to have national debate.
SO WHAT?
What do we do about this?  We can identify all of the problems all day long, but ultimately it is going to take action to reach the vision of Social Justice.
Martin Luther King Jr. had a vision of Social Justice.  It was during a time in America where it was clearly black and white.  Less about economics and prosperity.  It was about Equity not Equality.  We will never be equal.  I will never be 6’7 and have the opportunity to score the winning touchdown in the Super Bowl.  I will never say that it is not fair that I can’t be that guy.  What I do want though is the fair chance to try.  And that is what the march on Washington DC was about.  What is fair, the idea that we judge one another not for what we look like, but for what we can do and who we are.  Our Character is the great common factor that should govern our ideals, thoughts, and the way we treat others.
PROTEST.
This past week we have seen the culmination of the worst of people.  Protest has turned violent and in my opinion hurt their cause.  We have a process in America of free elections.  No one seems to be arguing that the election was not fair.  Many are not happy with the outcome.  So be it.
We live in a Nation that was built on protest, but protest that was part of a vision to make our country and make it great.  Throughout American history we have seen over and over again opportunity for parties to debate and come to agreement that moved the country forward.  We have let those days go by and seem to have not learned from our past.  Perhaps this is a generational thing.  In a country that has allowed one side or the other to “rule” in 8 year stints.  We have grown accustomed to getting our way.  One side not necessarily caring what the other thinks.
This is not unique to Republicans or Democrats.  It has become a common trait in American politics.  This has driven wedges in our people and as we have seen this week led to pain and anxiety.
In his famous “I have a Dream” speech, King said ” In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.”  In an effort to maintain his theme of character over discrimination Dr. Martin Luther King pleaded to the masses to seek social justice rather than mob rule.
In the discussion of social justice what we need is action not division.  We must think beyond our neighborhoods and look to the future and a vision of what we want to be.  I believe that we can make a difference.  I give up on governments and principalities.  I know that the answer is in everyone of us.  Individuals and Groups that want to make a difference, not for a patch or reward.  Not for recognition or fame.  For the sake of our country and social justice.
Over the past week I have talked a lot about vision.  Being what we want to be and using measurable tools to achieve success.  Success defined by taking care of our fellow man.
No matter who is in charge or what political party they belong to.  What are WE going to so about it?  That is what will matter in the end.
Martin Luther Kings words speak to us today when he said; “Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you today, my friends.
And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
I am not suggesting we circle up and sing Kumbia.  We do not need to light candles and hug it out.  We need to take action.  Good always triumphs over bad.
It does start with us!  It is up to us to be Messengers of Peace, it is in every one us.  It is our move.  Social Justice depends on it.

Thanks for letting me get this off my chest.

Have a Great Scouting Day!