Tuesday, July 9, 2013

What I've learned about Scouting

The product of a wandering mind on the bus ride in to work this morning.  Kind of like "Andy's Rules," it's a list that is by no means complete, and I'll be adding to it as things occur to me. But my brain isn't big enough to keep it all together, so it needs a good home. I'll probably share this with parents at the start of each year.

Being a Scouter has taught me:
  1. It’s not about the patch, it’s about the process.
  2. The journey is much, much more than simply the destination.
  3. Working with people is as important, if not more so, as fulfilling (not “passing off”) the requirements.
  4. The Scout Oath and Law are the only rules that the boys need.
  5. My job is to provide opportunity. It's up to the boys to take advantage of it. 
  6. Real growth comes with discomfort – fatigue, heat, cold, sore muscles, blisters, wind, rain, snow, hunger, getting lost – and reflecting on how you got there and how you solved the problem.
  7. Cooking (and burning) dinner is really a vehicle to learn planning and execution.
  8. Your mom isn’t here; take responsibility for yourself and your buddy. I'm not here to take care of you.
  9. Hygiene is more important at 9,000 feet.
  10. Sitting in a class where _(fill-in-the)_ was discussed doesn't actually fulfill any requirements. The reqs state: Demonstrate, Explain, Show - DO! That would imply learning the material first
  11. The corollary to that is, learn by doing, then figure out what went wrong and do it again.
  12. You have to teach the parents, too.
  13. Yes, it's difficult. Oftentimes it's like installing a car seat - if it seems like it was easy, you did it wrong. If it were easy, it wouldn't be worthwhile. 
  14. No one else feels as strongly about it as you do, except for those you meet online and at Wood Badge.
  15. "On my honor, I will DO my duty to God," not just my "Duty to God" book.
  16. It's hard to be both a Scoutmaster and a dad to the same boy.
  17. The trail doesn’t care that you’re tired: the food - or the car - is at the end.
  18. It’s easier to do a two-arm pushup than a pushup with one strong arm and one atrophied “activity arm” behind your back; both arms need continual strengthening.
  19. You get out of it what you put into it. Your Troop is like your football team that way.
  20. Put as much effort into your family as your Troop.
  21. Scouting is an inspired, maybe even a revealed, developmental system which dovetails perfectly into an Aaronic Priesthood quorum (or Primary class, and I daresay, a Young Women class); it can even stand alone, thankyouverymuch.
  22. Eagle doesn't mean "finish line."
  23. It’s not about the badge, it’s about the boy.

Prepared. | For Life.™

1 comment:

Scoutmaster J said...

Awesome list!!