Friday, May 30, 2014

Anxiety in children

This might help in understanding some Scouts and their parents, and how to help them both: Anxious parents often have anxious children, study shows
"Anxiety can manifest in children for a variety of reasons, including post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and specific fear stimulants. However, 'children of parents with anxiety disorders are two to seven times more likely to have an anxiety disorder compared with children from families in which neither parent has an anxiety disorder,' [Golda] Ginsberg [a researcher for John Hopkins University School of Medicine] states in the report.

"'It's important that you have the same expectations of your anxious child that you would of another child,' psychologist Lynne Siqueland told the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.

"Parents who also suffer from an anxiety disorder may struggle to know how to help their child. Their own anxiety is compounded by worry for their child, and they may wish to protect and overly reassure their child rather than help them be strong.

"According to Anxiety BC, the most important thing a parent can do is help their child understand that they are not alone with their anxiety, and that they can overcome it."
(Deseret News, emphasis added.)

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Throwback Thursday

Sometime in probably 1987 or '88. My Scoutmaster, Maj Jim Jones, US Army (ret.), presenting me with my Star badge. Thirteen years later, he administered my oath of office and made me a Second Lieutenant, US Air Force.

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Monday, May 26, 2014

Owl Post: Taps

Here is something every American should know.

We in the United States have all heard the haunting song, "Taps." If any of you have ever been to a military funeral in which taps were played, you probably would have felt it touch your heart.  Perhaps the following will bring new meaning and understanding of it.*

Do you know the story behind the song?  I think you will be interested to find out about its humble beginnings. Reportedly, it all began in 1862 during the Civil War, when Union Army Captain Robert Elli was with his men near Harrison's Landing in Virginia.  The Confederate Army was on the other side of the narrow strip of land. During the night, Captain Elli heard the moans of a soldier who lay severely wounded on the field.  Not knowing if it was a Union or Confederate soldier, the Captain decided to risk his life and bring the stricken man back for medical attention. Crawling on his stomach through the gunfire, the Captain reached the stricken soldier and began pulling him toward his encampment.  When the Captain finally reached his own lines, he discovered it was actually a Confederate soldier, but the soldier was now dead.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Recognize, Resist, Report

Two Cub Scouts from Ogden, UT used their Scouting training to stay safe. While waiting for a ride home, they were approached by someone who claimed to be sent to pick them up. They Recognized several warning signs, Resisted the invitation, and Reported what had happened to the proper authorities. They utilized their Scouting training (buddy system, 3Rs), and the lessons they'd learned at home (password, etc.) to keep themselves safe. Rather than needing an adult to protect them from everything, they demonstrated that they can protect themselves. Since we can't child-proof the world, we world-proof our kids. These two show that it can be done. Way to go, boys!

(As far as "WHERE WAS THEIR LEADER?" goes, probably inside cleaning up after the event. Someone has to put up the chairs.)

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Scout Troop Helps Like They're Supposed To

Ann Curry, out on a family hike last month, broke her leg. Scouts from Troop 368 from Berkeley Heights, N.J. found her, and administered first aid, carrying her off the trail on a stretcher they cobbled together out of materials on hand. They didn't know Who they were helping (I'm sure not many teenage boys watched Today), they only knew that they were helping someone in need in the best way they could.

Strong work, guys, good job.

(btw, in the second link, I think those Young Men are wearing their [complete] uniforms a little more proudly than they had before.)

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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Better Eagle Projects

For all parents of Scouts (and YW, too!)

Make it meaningful, personal, and maybe just a bit more difficult than a Saturday afternoon's work.

(poached from Latter-day

Like this example:

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