Friday, April 29, 2016

8 Skills by Age 18

I really liked this article, "Former Stanford dean shares the 8 skills everyone should have by age 18":
  1. An 18-year-old must be able to talk to strangers
  2. An 18-year-old must be able to find his way around
  3. An 18-year-old must be able to manage his assignments, workload, and deadlines
  4. An 18-year-old must be able to contribute to the running of a household
  5. An 18-year-old must be able to handle interpersonal problems
  6. An 18-year-old must be able to cope with ups and downs
  7. An 18-year-old must be able to earn and manage money
  8. An 18-year-old must be able to take risks
I'm pretty sure that Scouting, when properly carried out, helps accomplish the entire list.

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Stewardship for the Earth

With Earth Day just past, I wanted to share this video from two years ago on the Mormon Channel, along with this link of statements from prophets and apostles, both ancient and modern, that discuss what our relationship and attitudes toward the Earth ought to be. I'm hardly a 'greenie-weenie,' nor am I a 'raw-steak-eatin', crude-oil-drinkin' dude (though I do work in the energy industry), but I think mankind's historically cavalier attitude toward the environment reflects a certain degree of pride, and of devaluing the Creator, and it's something I'm trying to repent of.


I recently gave a talk in my ward's Sacrament meeting about the Creation. I may have drifted too far into the concept of environmental stewardship for some congregants' comfort, but judging from the statements in the above link, I feel I was in good company. When we take our Scouts outside, even if it's "just an AP activity, not Scouts" (actually, all the Youth, Young Women included), teach them that reverence and appreciation for the creation reflects reverence for the Creator.

For more information, here are a few more resources from Mormon Newsroom.

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Monday, April 4, 2016

You've Been Splitting Firewood with an Axe Wrong


I always hated the wibbly-wobbly stumpy-wumpy stuff.

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Perceptions

One day, a traveler came along. “What are people like in this city?” he asked the old man at the gate. “What are they like in the city you’re from?” responded the old man. “Oh, they’re terrible people,” replied the traveler. “Unpleasant, unreliable, stupid, and boring. I’m glad to be rid of them.” “Well,” the old man said, “I’m afraid that you’ll find the people here to be exactly the same.”

The following day, a second traveler came along. “What are people like in this city?” he asked the old man. “What are they like in the city you’re from?” responded the old man. “Oh, they’re wonderful people,” replied the traveler. “Always pleasant, trustworthy, highly intelligent, and unfailingly interesting. I was deeply sorry to have to leave them.” “Excellent!” the old man exclaimed. “You’ll find the people here to be exactly the same!”
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More to the point, "Life is like a sewer...what you get out of it depends on what you put into it." -- Tom Lehrer.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

If I were to do it all over again

One thing I would do differently as an 11YO Scout Leader in the Church would be to provide far less instruction. In other words, I think Patrol meetings would look more like "today's goal is to be able to do X skill. You all have handbooks, and I brought the necessary materials, so have at it." I'd still provide guidance as necessary, and a safety valve, but I'd leave it to the boys to read and do, instead of mimic me. That they perfectly perform a given skill or pass off any requirement would be secondary to their actually digging in and learning about and doing something.

The least-read book among boys today.


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