As a Scout it’s easy to just let things happen. Go to this event, attend that campout, put on your uniform and go. And sometimes, it can seem like your “in a rut”. Meetings every Thursday, Campouts one weekend a month, study this, do that.
But take a real good look as you continue your path in Scouting. Sometimes you need to just sit back and see what you’ve accomplished so far, and, how many different things you get to experience and do.
From August (when School Started) to New Years 2013… Less than 1/2 of a year. You will have been camping 10 days and nights. Attended a NASCAR Sprint Cup Race. Met members of the Kansas City Chiefs. Took down a sick tree, cut it up, cleaned it up, and prepared it for another useful purpose. You will have sold PopCorn, filled over 4000 water balloons, and made at least your first advancement in Scouting.
You’ve learned basic knots, basic First Aid, Cooked your first meals as a Patrol, played FourSquare, Basketball, and a whole lot more.
Impressed with yourselves? You should be. You’ve done alot of stuff other young men havn’t gotten to do. And it’s only beginning. And it will seem familiar at times. Even boring. But, the only constant thing is that things change.
You will earn Merit Badges, but all different ones. You will achieve advancements, but each one is more difficult and different than the previous. You will go camping, but rarely at the same place, or with the same program, twice. You will help each other out. Sleep in a tent with new Scouts. And attend your first Summer Camp. All of it the same, but changing as you grow and change.
Distinguished Eagle Scout Mike Rowe says it best about his days as a Scout. “I learned to be comfortable, being uncomfortable”.
And as you get to do bigger things. Experience more of Scouting. Attempt more difficult adventures and give of yourself to others you will occasionally think it’s all just the same old stuff. Until you stop and think about what you’ve accomplished. Then you’ll be able to stand a little taller, a little straighter, and look at yourself in the mirror with a little more pride in yourself as you realize that you arn’t doing the same old things as other young men. Your learning how to change for the better.
Tags: First Aid, Kansas City Chiefs, Merit Badges, Summer Camp
Scouts…. Have you ever thought about the first three words of the Scout Oath and Law? Beyond the answer in your Scout Handbook?
Think about the meaning of the phrases… On My Honor….. and A Scout Is….. And how these two phrases go together. Just like the Scout Oath goes with the Scout Law.
The Oath is a Promise! “On My Honor…” You are making a promise to yourselves. “A Scout Is…” A reaffirmation that the following Scout Laws are what you will remain to be for your entire lives.
This is deep stuff. Big stuff. Important stuff. More important that tying lashings, know how to fold your tents, and you don’t realize it now. But later, when your all grown up into a fully formed and educated young man you will look back at the Scout Oath, and the Scout Law. And when you do you will realize that at every meeting, every Court of Honor, every camp, every event, we stand up with our peers and recite the Scout Oath and the Scout Law. And that you were making a promise to yourself, and detailing just what you are and will become for your life.
Your are promising “On My Honor., I will do my best, to do my duty, to God and my country, and to obey the Scout Law. To help other people at all times, to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight”. And you are reaffirming this promise with a practical listing of just what it means to be a Scout. “A Scout Is Trustworthy, :Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent”.
Sometime think about how each of the Scout Laws relates to the Scout Oath. For example, to be Reverent directly ties to doing your duty to God and your country. The Scout Oath and Scout Laws are recited together for a reason. And your promise to doing your duty to God means that you will also be Reverent.
Every meeting, every campout, every Court of Honor, every Scout Sunday… You are making a promise to yourself, your family, your community, and your fellow Scouts.
Tags: Scout Law, Scout Laws, Scout Oath, Scout Sunday
Between Now and Bartle, Troop 286 will be introducing one new element to every campout. And, with the Troop camping monthly, that’s a lot of learning between now and our first 10-day camp at H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation next summer.
It’s also alot of responsibility. But as they say, “Many Hands Make Big Jobs Small”, every Scout doing just one thing means that a Patrol can do Big Great Things easily.
A few of the things that will be introduced over the next few campouts will be Tent Inspections daily with the cleanest, safest, and best pitched tent and patrol receiving an award for their good work every day. And the right to conduct the flag ceremonies at the next campout. A “No Premade Food” event, where Patrols are challenged to cook every meal, every day, with no premade food (including baking your own breads, creating your own snacks, etc.). And yes, it’s going to be a competition between Patrols.. “Iron Chef – Scout Edition”.. With the Adult Patrol being judges and declaring which Patrol’s Cuisine Reigns Supreme! These are just two of the things we will be doing in addition to the fun activities planned for each Campout.
So don’t be surprised. Your Senior Patrol Leader, Patrol Leaders, etc. arn’t out to make your life miserable. They’re out to make camping more fun, and alot easier for you. The skills and contests will help you become the “Best You That You Can Be”.
Tags: Adult Patrol, Patrol Leaders, Tent Inspections