Monday, December 5, 2016

Ideals word cloud

Just for fun. Feel free to use it, or make your own at (works best with IE).

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Sunday, November 13, 2016

This showed up in my Facebook feed today.
St. Mother Theresa of Calcutta

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

District Newsletters

I was recently asked to help out in my local District. For the past few months, I have been editing the District newsletter, which had been on hiatus since the previous editor moved. So, just to spread the word, here is a link to the Great Salt Lake Council, District Three newsletters.

And, here's a sneak peek at the upcoming issue:
Cub Scouting is special. You can reinforce this by making your Cubs’ achievements, advancements and accomplishments a
Big Deal™.

Ceremonies drive this home. Many adults may think them corny and silly, but most of the boys love this kind of attention, and a good ceremony reinforces the Ideals — the Scout Oath and Law. Rattling off a list of badges, belt loops and pins, then handing over a plastic bag full of stuff, doesn’t show the Cub Scouts, their parents or friends and families, that the badges are really the Ideals in action.

So toss your pride, and have some childish fun!

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Back-to-school lament

My wife went to a back-to-school moms breakfast in the ward last week, and one of the women lamented that there is no Church program to teach her sons things like budgeting, and other, uh, "personal management."  Aside from the fact that that's a mom's and dad's job description, I infer that the comment was made, in part, because she, like so many others, never saw Scouting as anything more than a patch-collecting chore.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Keeping public lands public

I've never done this on the blog before, and probably won't again, but I'm going to go a little political today.  I don't know how many people are still reading here, but this is a very important issue.  The following is only my opinion, and is not to be construed as the position of either the BSA or LDS Church.

There is a movement in the western US for the States to take control of and to manage federal public lands.  I live in Utah, where more than 50% of the land area is federally owned.  It should stay that way.  We have a special birthright in the West, in that We the People are owners of so many natural resources, from mountain streams to vast deserts, and everything in between.  My fear is that under the States' management, public access to these lands (not to mention conservation efforts) will cease to exist in favor of maximizing profitability.

Scouts depend on access to public lands for thousands, if not millions of meaningful experiences each year.

We owe it to our children, and our great-great-great grandchildren to leave these lands better than we found them, to "leave only footprints, take only photographs."  I feel that this is best achieved under federal management.  Please watch the short video below, visit Sportsmen's Access, and read up on this pressing issue. Several states, mine included, are on what I feel is a Quixotic quest to take over these lands, not for our benefit, but for their donors'.  Please visit the link above, and sign the petition to let your elected officials know that you value the multiple use model of federal land management, and that you want public lands to remain public.

After the video, I've added some images I made in #publiclands, as examples of what we stand to lose if short-sighted politicians have their way.

To be clear, this is more about mountains, range-lands, deserts, forests and other wide open spaces, than it is about national parks, monuments, historical sites or other specially designated, protected areas.  (And full disclosure, I make my living in the Evil Energy Industry™.)

Notch Peak and boulders
Notch Peak, Millard County, UT - BLM

Notch Peak from the northwest
Notch Peak, Millard County, UT - BLM

Blind Valley, Ibex climbing area
Ibex climbing area, Millard County, UT - BLM

Mirror Lake in Utah's Uinta Mountains
Mirror Lake and Bald Mtountain, Uinta Mtns, Wasatch Nat'l Forest, UT - USFS

Cactus ball
Cactus Ball, Pike Nat'l Forest, CO - USFS

Wild Rose
Wild Rose, Wasatch Nat'l Forest, UT - USFS

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