Thursday, October 9, 2014

Owl Post: The Secret of Success

A young man asked Socrates the secret to success. Socrates told the young man to meet him near the river the next morning. They met. Socrates asked the young man to walk with him towards the river. When the water got up to their neck, Socrates took the young man by surprise and dunked him into the water. The boy struggled to get out but Socrates was strong and kept him there until the boy started turning blue. Socrates then lifted his head out of the water and the first thing the young man did was to gasp and take a deep breath of air.

Socrates asked, ‘What did you want the most when you were under there?”

The boy replied, “Air.”

Socrates said, “That is the secret to success. When you want success as badly as you wanted the air, then you will get it. There is no other secret.”

Moral:

A burning desire is the starting point of all accomplishment. Just like a small fire cannot give much heat, a weak desire cannot produce great results.

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Friday, October 3, 2014

Catch and Keep

Good news for Scouts who are working toward the fishing and fly fishing merit badges (and everyone else who likes to wet a hook): The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is changing its home possession limit policy for next year: Starting January 1, 2015, anglers will be able to catch a limit a day, regardless of what's already in the freezer, and regardless of species. In other words, you can have an actual kettle of fish.  The idea is that harvesting more fish will lead to bigger fish to catch in the future.

Image courtesy of Juan Gnecco,
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Here's the DWR press release and a related article from the SL Tribune.

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Owl Post: Don’t judge people before you truly know them.

A 24 year old boy seeing out from the train’s window shouted…

“Dad, look the trees are going behind!”

Dad smiled, and a young couple sitting nearby looked at the 24 year old’s childish behavior with pity Suddenly he again exclaimed. “Dad, look the clouds are running with us!”

The couple could not resist and said to the old man, “Why don’t you take your son to a good doctor?”

The old man smiled and said… “I did and we are just coming from the hospital. My son was blind from birth. He just got his eyes today.”

Moral of the short story:

Every single person on the planet has a story. Don’t judge people before you truly know them.

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Knotty side of YouTube

Here are a couple of knotty videos for teaching knotty skills to your knot-so-knotty Scouts -




There's a bit of overlap between these two, but taken together they're both good for teaching the basic, most useful knots.
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