Thursday, November 12, 2015

What would you tell a new Scouter?

My brother was recently called as the 11YO Scout Leader in his ward (and I am extremely jealous; he's going to have a blast!).  Not wanting to overwhelm him with information, I suggested that he concentrate on Youth Leadership/Patrol Method and a strong outdoor program, and let the rest take care of itself.  Besides getting trained, what would you tell a newly-appointed Scouter with no experience?

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Sunday, November 8, 2015

Scouts and Politics

There is a kerfuffle in my city. A land developer wants to trade some acreage he owns for some USFS acreage adjacent to the city limits. Take a look at this news story for the details. There is a strong effort opposing this land swap deal, of which I am a part. However, Scouting came up in the context of their participation in a "Save the Mountain Day." Below is the post on Facebook, and my response. Tell me, was I too harsh or curt?  It just bothers me to see Scouts used as someone's prop, whether Mitt Romney or SLC PRIDE.

Here are the links from the screen capture:
UPDATE: Of course, one of the most important things I learned as a Scouter is that there's nothing you can do about parents with an agenda.  You can quote chapter and verse all day long, and they still make Scouting in their own image.  Which is of course, what happened here.  Someone rationalized that this doesn't really apply, because 'I really don't want it to.'  And the rest jumped on that.  It's sad, really, that we say we want to raise boys of integrity, until the rules are just too danged inconvenient.

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Monday, October 26, 2015

Mt. Hood--Beautiful and Deadly

Be prepared means a lot of things.

"When people check a forecast, they should think, 'this could save my life.'"

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Thoughts on working with non-profits

The following link takes you to a photography blog, but I think some of what the author says about developing relationships, and finding common cause with respect to with whom and where you volunteer your time is definitely pertinent to our volun-told system. And, there are some great portraits of dogs. Who doesn't like happy dogs?

Photographer Luke Copping on working with non-profits

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Merit Badge Counselors

Something to keep in mind with merit badge counselors - the good ones don't just rubber-stamp stuff, they put the Counsel in Counselor.  They help a boy understand and do what the requirements state, and work out answers to the more difficult stuff. They also have conversations, and become mentors and even friends.  In one sense, working with the Counselor is actually more important than the requirements themselves.  It also gives each boy experience working with different people and personalities.  This is why the recommended procedure is to first find, then visit with a counselor before beginning work (in most cases; some things just happen as a matter of course, like doing chores for Family Life).

When calling the counselor to set an appointment, take a buddy. This can be a friend, another Scout, a brother, parent - anyone so long as you don't go alone.

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