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Parents That Hunt With their Son’s, Never Have to Hunt For Their Sons

Scouts, there’s an old saying that if a Father Hunt’s with His Son, He Never Has To Hunt For His Son……

Think about that……..

Your a Scout.  You work together in your Patrols.  You teach each other.  You work together.  And where are your Parent’s?  Right here with you.  Taking to and from Scout Meetings, Camping Trips, Activities.  Never far away, but not hovering over you.  Why is that?

It’s simple really.  They’re giving you the opportunity to shine.  To be yourself.  To learn important skills.  To learn how to be independent of them as a fully formed person with a solid Moral Compass, and the ability to both Lead, and Follow.

So while us “adults” are worrying about how to enable you to have the best Scout program that we can.  We’re here with you.  It’s up to you to become the best Scout you can be.  And in the process, as my own Father told me…  “Just be the Best You, You Can Be”.

So that when the time comes that we can’t help you anymore, you’ll be able to be better than we ever were.

 

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Scouting is HARD! But Fun!

President Theodore Roosevelt gave a speech titled “A Strenuous Life”.  In this speech he commented that you don’t live life to it’s fullest just sitting around.  That you have to do the Hard Things.  Strenuous Things.  Adventurous Things.  In order to be a complete human being living to their full potential.

President John F. Kennedy made a side note of this in his speech that launched the Space Program…  “We do these things not because they are easy, but because they are hard”.  In referencing both the concept Theodore Roosevelt expressed, and in announcing the seemingly insane goal of sending men to the moon.

Which leads me to how this applies to Scouting.  Fun isn’t always easy.  Fun isn’t sitting around being told what to do, playing a game with a million rules, or exploring the pixels on a TV.  Scouting is HARD!  But Fun!  Just ask Mike Rowe, he gets Dirty Jobs to do all the time.  None are easy.  All are Hard.  And he has Fun!  And he’s an Eagle Scout.  Where do you think he learned to have so much Fun while working Hard and getting Dirty?

Going on campouts, taking hikes, doing service projects, chopping logs with your hatchet, earning that next Merit Badge, Achieving that next Rank Advancement..  These are Hard Things!  And yet it’s Fun!  You get to decide on your own what you want to do, what you want to accomplish, work as a team with your Patrol to prepare your meals, do your chores, and work together to get things done that you want to get done.

It’s a Hard Thing…  And it’s Fun!

Don’t be afraid to do the Hard Things.  The Scary Things.  The Unpleasant Things.  As long as you have Fun, you’ll never notice just how hard it is.

 

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Be In Uniform

Scouts, what would you think of a football player who was wearing jeans and a t-shirt on the field instead of his uniform? How about a baseball player who wore his hat and shirt but a pair of swimming trunks instead of his baseball pants? Or what would you think of a policeman wearing soccer shoes, a member of the military wearing a big feather in their hat, or your Scoutmaster in a set of jockey silks?

They’d all be “out of uniform,” wouldn’t they? With some of the outfits mentioned, you would not be sure what they really were.  You couldn’t tell who was a fan and who was a player, or, tell the difference between a policeman and a soccer coach!

Scouts, we have a uniform, too. We have a full uniform – not just a neckerchief or just a shirt, but like the people I just mentioned, we have a full uniform. When we don’t wear the full uniform, we are just as “out of uniform” as the baseball player in swimming trunks.

The Flag Code says that when we are “in uniform” we salute the flag with the Scout salute, but when “out of uniform” we salute by holding our right hand over our heart. How do you think a Scout should salute the flag if he’s wearing blue jeans or chinos or some other non-official dress along with part of the uniform? He’s not “in uniform,” is he?

One of the things Troop 286 is known for is that we care enough about Scouting to respect ourselves by wearing the Uniform proudly.  That way, others will respect you as a Scout just as you respect them as people.

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Respected – To Do The Big Things You Need To Do The Small Things

A long time ago I was told I was “respected” as a Scout.  L.V. Steinhoff (a committee member and avid supporter of Scouting) walked in on my Eagle Board of Review, interrupted the proceedings, and spent a solid two minutes telling the Scoutmasters and Scouters of the Eagle Board of Review how he respected me..  a 14yr old Scout.  Not for anything in particular.  No individual examples.  But he said that I had his respect as a Scout.

Which makes me think of what single attribute a Scout can have that all others follow from.  It’s not Doing the Big Things.  Scouts do lots of Big Things.  Camping in the wilderness, jumping off a C.O.P.E. Tower, Bike Camping, earning their own way and earning advancements.  Those are all Big Things.  And lots of Scouts do the Big Things.

But Eagles do a little more…  They pay attention to the little things.  They’re the ones who have thought carefully when they pack for camp.  They’re the ones who trade off a little weight for an extra pair of shoes.  They’re the ones who don’t rely on lunch meat and a loaf of bread when they can lead their Patrol and cook for themselves. 

They pay attention to little things that other, lazier, people don’t.  And so when they do the Big Things, they’re better Prepared.  And they do the Big Things Better.

And they are Respected. 

So Do the Big Things while paying attention to the Little Things.  You’ll become a Better Scout, and a Better Person for it.

 

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It’s PopCorn Time!

Sept 13 at the Odessa Farmer’s Market – We Have Trails-End Popcorn!

It’s the annual Boy Scout Popcorn sale and Odessa Troop 286 is going to be at the Odessa Farmer’s Market with Take Home packages, and plenty of order forms too!

Come by and taste a sample of delicious Trails-End Popcorn and pick some up to take home with you while supporting our Scouts!

If you were a Scout, have a Scout or know a Scout, then you know the importance of this fundraiser!  70% of the money earned from the sale of popcorn goes towards funding summer camps, merit badges, and many other learning opportunities for our Odessa Scouts.

 

 

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