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To Keep myself Morally Straight

The symbolism is great in the Boy Scouts of America, great tools for reminding us to do what is right.
When describing the Scout Badge a Scout needs to explain the major components of it.
The top of the Scout Badge for example symbolizes the Point of a compass.
The compass always pointing North is our True reference point. As long as know that North will always be there, we can navigate with a compass and map.
So it is with Scouting. Our Moral compass is the Scout Law. It is the map that leads us in life. As long as we know that our Compass is true and always pointing in the right direction, we can not go wrong.
We know what is right by living the Scout Oath and Law. Those simple words are always right.
Trustworth, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thifty, Brave, Clean, and of course Reverent. Which one of those can lead you in the wrong direction?
When we recite the Scout Oath we make three promises, or remind ourselves of the three duties we have; Duty to God and Country, Duty to others [to help other people at all times], and Duty to ourselves [to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight].
The arrow of the compass always is steadfast and true, so is the Scout oath and law.
Keep yourself pointed in the right direction and you will never go wrong.
Your Day 4 & 5 Health Tips #100daysStrong
Start your day with breakfast.
Breakfast fills your “empty tank” to get you going after a long night without food. And it can help you do better in school. Easy to prepare breakfasts include cold cereal with fruit and low-fat milk, whole-wheat toast with peanut butter, yogurt with fruit, whole-grain waffles or even last night’s pizza!
Get Moving!
It’s easy to fit physical activities into your daily routine. Walk, bike or jog to see friends. Take a 10-minute activity break every hour while you read, do homework or watch TV. Climb stairs instead of taking an escalator or elevator. Try to do these things for a total of 30 minutes every day.

Have a Great Scouting Day!

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The First Scoutmaster Conference

A young man sits across from you at a table, he is new to the Troop and seeking that first badge.. the Scout Badge.  He sheepishly asked for a Scoutmaster conference, and now he is stepping off on the Trail to Eagle.  The first Scoutmaster conference as a Boy Scout can be an intimidating one.  But it doesn’t have to be.  Here are three easy steps to making a great first Scoutmaster Conference.. for you and the Scout.
First.  Relax.. both of you.  This is a great opportunity Mr. Scoutmaster NOT to be the stoic figure looming in the back of the room, this is a great chance to make a first impression to the Scout that you really care about him and the Troop.  So relax, smile, and have fun with it.
Second.  Help.  It’s ok to coach a bit when the Scout stumbles on the Scout Oath or Law.. its ok to talk him through the Outdoor code.  He will get it.  If its not tonight.. well then there are 6 more opportunities for him to master it.  This is the Scout badge.. Not Eagle.  Set the tone of learning and perfection will come.
Third.  Encourage..  The Scout is new, he’s nervous, and he is looking to you for something that prior to this meeting his Den leader or Mom and Dad have given him.  He is looking for praise and accomplishment, and for maybe the first time he is doing it on his own.  Encourage him to think about his answers and assist him when needed, he will get it.  Encourage him at this first meeting to be an active part of his Patrol and Troop and to take advantage of everything Scouting has to offer.
Over simplify the process for a Scout to earn that Joining badge.  That’s what it is.  Don’t add to it, don’t take away from it.  Just keep it simple and have fun with it.  Its Scouts after all.. just Scouts.
Your Day 3 Health tip:
Get fit with friends or family.
Being active is much more fun with friends or family. Encourage others to join you and plan one special physical activity event, like a bike ride or hiking, with a group each week.  This is a great one to try with your Patrols or Troop.

Have a Great Scouting Day!

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To Help other People…

Yesterday was a great day.  The world did not come to end and I had a great time with a great group of kids.  Yesterday I was shown just how special the kids of today are.  My youngest son is on a Relay for Life team.  They fund raise for a great cause, a cure for Cancer.  There is no one out there reading this blog that has not been touched by cancer, and I am thankful that organizations like Relay for Life are out there working to fund that opportunity to turn cancer into a curable affliction. 
So yesterday started out at a Pancake breakfast at Applebee’s.  A great fund raiser that the kids really enjoyed.  Then it was off to the High School, where they joined 200 of their fellow students in a Relay for Life.  The student government of the High School planned, prepared, and executed yesterdays event and I am impressed with their dedication and caring nature to take on such a task.  They could have easily just had a dance, a car wash, or bake sale.  But these young people put together a first class event.  They had games, food, and music (live music).  They invited cancer survivors to speak and share their thanks, which was moving.  But I think the one single thing that impressed me the most was that all of the teams at the event were made up of students from the High School.  The band had a team, student government had a team, various clubs and groups of friends all showed up to support this great cause.  They arrived with team t-shirts and set up their “camps”.   The administrative staff of the High School pitched in and cooked burgers, hot dogs, and breakfast this morning.. all out of their own pockets.
It moved me that these kids cared enough to spend their entire weekend dedicated to this cause.  Early this morning, about 2 AM or so, they stopped the relay and everyone walked into a dark gym.  Around the gym floor were bags with candles in them, on the bags were messages written by the students to loved ones that have been effected by cancer.  We sat silently on the floor surrounded by these luminaries as a few students stood and shared their connection with cancer.  A set of sisters that lost their father to cancer, one that lost a grandpa and the stories touched each and everyone in the gym.  They asked for people to stand if they had been touched by a Mother or Father with cancer… people stood, a Grandfather or Grandmother.. more stood, a spouse, friend, brother, sister.. even more took to their feet, still in silence.  Nephews?  Nieces?.. still more stood.  By the time they had asked these questions all but a small hand full of the participants were standing.  I could hear the muffled tears and heart felt rubbing of backs as the students looked around and truly saw the impact on just their group that cancer has brought.  And when the emotional roller coaster was about to let me off.. we were invited to quietly walk around the Luminaries, reading the bags and seeing the painful messages.. “Hang in there Mom”, ” I miss you Dad”, “In loving memory of my Grandma”.. touched.
We went back into the commons to continue the relay, as I sat with a few other parents we looked around the room and these great kids.  We shared how special they are, not just to us, but that how these kids act today will make our world such a better place tomorrow.  The current generation often gets a bad rap.. they are slackers that need to pull their pants up and take out the ear buds… but you know what.. I think those are too broad of paint strokes… these kids are socially aware and care.  They have hearts of gold and want to help.  They are growing up in a time of super media and up to the second information.  They are smarter than we often give them credit for and they are moving in a world where things are changing faster than they can learn it.  The jobs that they will have after graduation have not even been invented yet.  The language they speak evolves and the technology that they use is out dated the minute they walk out of the store.
I look at these kids and their friendships, the way they treat each other, their caring nature and  I see a great future.
We have great kids.  I am proud of them.
Part of the Relay for Life obviously is the relay itself.  Team Kellogg (the team my son is on) walked in one hour shifts.  I took a few of those hours with them.  As I walked I listened to music, podcasts, and chatted with some of the kids.  After the last shift I walked I could not help but feel great about the walking and what we were doing there.. which of course brought it all back to Scouting.  “To help other People at all times”  Team Kellogg raised close to $900 dollars for Relay for Life.  I do not think they understand the impact that money will make.  They were awarded the “Gold Team” distinction for raising the most in this Relay for Life event.  While it is great to be the winners, it is better to know that what they won is going to help.
#100daysStrong is doing that in each of us too.. committment to a goal and achieving it will show that we are serious about fitness and healthy choices.  How we live will be reflected back in the Scouts, and in this case, the friends of my son, our sons and daughters and how they live.  If we truly care about it.. we need to share it.
I read about American kids being obese and unhealthy.  Well, we can help change that, just like Team Kellogg is helping to find a cure for cancer.
Day 2 Health tip:
Make healthy eating and physical activities fun!
Take advantage of physical activities you and your friends enjoy doing together and eat the foods you like. Be adventurous – try new sports, games and other activities as well as new foods. You’ll grow stronger, play longer, and look and feel better! Set realistic goals – don’t try changing too much at once.

Have a Great Scouting Day!

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Its the end of the world as we know it…

And I feel fine…
I can’t seem to get that REM song out of my head today… I wonder why?
In the wake of all the hubbub surrounding today being the end of the world I thought it interesting when my youngest son asked the question about whats going to happen.  I told him that we really don’t have anything to worry about.  If its the end, its the end and you just have to justify your life to yourself and your God.  Now not to get into the whole “End times” thing… but really.. I’m certainly not going to worry about something that I have little or no control over.
OK.. here comes the point…
Live your life to the fullest and never let a day go by that you regret.
In 1987 I lost my little brother to a tragic accident.  I had the opportunity go through the entire process of dealing with that loss.  And knowing what I know now and looking back on the decisions that I made then.. no regrets to live my life every day like it was my last.  Now I can honestly say that I have not been able to daily.. but the older I get.. the more important this simple philosophy becomes.
Today I am helping with my sons Relay for Life team.   We are heading off to a fundraiser breakfast and then an all night relay at the High School.  There has been way too much cancer in my family.. and if this event does something to help, well, I’m in!  A lot of people would only read it passing in the paper.  But this is important.. to me and my son… and so we participate.
Just like Scouting, its important to all those young men and women that come and go through the program.  We teach them life skills and attitudes that will last them a life time.  The things that we teach will eventually result in citizens that make ethical choices throughout their life times.  This will leave a lasting impact on what they do in life and how they live it.  I hope that they will live ev every day like it is their last too.  With no regrets.
So if it all ends today… I will see all you great Scouters on Gilwell.. the Happy Land.  You will find me there!
I take all this “end of the world” stuff with a grain of salt… so I am not giving up my quest for better health…
Here is todays healthy tip:  #100daysStrong
Balance your food choices – don’t eat too much of any one thing.
You don’t have to give up foods like hamburgers, french fries and ice cream to eat healthy. You just have to be smart about how often and how much of them you eat. Your body needs nutrients like protein, carbohydrates, fat and many different vitamins and minerals such as vitamins C and A, iron and calcium from a variety of foods. Balancing food choices from the Food Guide Pyramid and checking out the Nutrition Facts Panel on food labels will help you get all these nutrients.

Have a Great Scouting Day!

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To Keep myself Physically Strong..

That point in the Scout Oath that is often over looked.. said real fast to get to “Mentally Awake.. Morally Straight”.  Yep, I’m calling you out!  But just as the old adage says.. when you point a finger, three are pointing back at you.
I consider myself in good shape, and I am with in the Height and Weight limits to go to Philmont, but you know I could always do better.
It is a peeve of mine when Scout leaders preach fitness and then are not fit.  I understand, and have compassion for those volunteers that have medical conditions and physical aliments that they have to live with, really I feel bad for those people.  But on the other hand, what example of physical fitness are they modeling for the young men and women in Scouting?  Now, I do not expect all Scout leaders to the poster child on the wall of a local gym, but I would expect them to be able to at least keep up and practice what they preach.
Many well intentioned Scouters give lots and lots to Scouting.  I had a friend that recently passed away.  He was way to young to go, but health issues plagued him.  Diabetes, circulation problems, heart issues, and yes he was extremely overweight.  He was a dear friend and tried to do everything he could in Scouting.  He would attend Summer camp, he was as active as he could be in the Order of the Arrow, he was a great merit badge counselor, but when he tried to go to Arrow Corps 5 he was turned down because of his weight.  And as much as is pains me to say it… rightly so… he was a liability that the BSA could not afford.  What if something would go wrong out in the middle of Shasta?  I felt bad for him, but then on the other hand, his weight was his problem and no one put it on but him.  He could control it.  He used to be a strong, fit man.  A fire fighter, a backpacker, and very active.  Then came the weight and down went the activity and everything else.  I never want to be “that guy”. 
I think it is very important that we try as hard as we can to be the model of fitness, especially when around our Scouts.  They should see us eating healthy, not smoking and discouraging tobacco use, we should be active and take a look in the mirror once in a while to see what you look like in uniform.
Remember.. three fingers pointing back here.  We could all do better.
Which brings me to the point.  Scoutsigns has done it again!  #100daysStong is the next 100 days of blogging, this time its all about YOU and getting yourself Physically Fit.. oh and along the way encouraging fitness in your units!  I am on board with this effort.. I could always better myself, I have Philmont coming up next summer and I need to be in top shape to keep up with the crews we are taking.  As we get older, we should not slow down, nature will set its course, but we do have ways to stay on top of it and fight back a bit.
So, here we go #100daysStrong, lets see how we can be Physically Strong and live that part of the Promise!
DAY 1.
Eat healthy and stay away from Pop.

Have a Great Scouting Day!

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