If you listen to the show or read the blog, you will know that I am not a deep thinker, I am more of an observationist. I see what is going on around me, but never have a whole lot of prophetic things to say. I shoot from the hip, off the cuff…not a lot of structure or scripting to my blog or my show.
It’s a no-boundary thinking…I let my mind roam so that I may get to understand and maybe find what I am truly looking for. One thing that I have been thinking about lately is where my troop is going.
I talked about it on True North, Show 43. Using the methods, as outlined by the BSA, has really done wonders for my troop. Now, don’t get me wrong…I have been using them from the first day of the inception of the troop. I just didn’t realize that using them would pay off the way they are.
Stay the course…I know that I have said it in many blogs, many shows and many conversations…if you do things the way that it’s laid out, you will have success. No, everything is not a steadfast and hard rule…you can make the tweaks to what is going to work for your unit.
Let’s take for example, Scouting Ideals. One definition that I found from just Googling “8 methods of Scouting” came up with this little tidbit:
The ideals are those outlined in the Scout Oath and Law, the Scout Motto and Slogan, and the concept of “Scout Spirit”. The ideals define what a Scout should strive to be: trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, reverent, mentally awake, morally straight, physically fit, always prepared. The Boy Scout measures himself against these ideals and continually tries to improve. The goals are high, and, as he reaches for them, he has some control over what and who he becomes.
This method permeates everything Scouts do, defining acceptable behavior, challenging the Scout to do his best, and even to do better than his best. Scout spirit describes the level of commitment a Scout has toward these ideals, and challenges him to do what needs to be done.
So, talking about Ideals…
We instilled the Oath and Law into the scouts as Cub Scouts…in the pack that they came from, it was evident that the leaders were using the tools and their knowledge to instill that in the boys in blue…once they became Boy Scouts, they saw that all the things that they were taught as Cubs, is still being used as a Boy Scout. The new Boy Scouts realized, now, that the Oath and Law were not just words, but words to live by. Now they live it, and it’s evident in their actions, words and mannerisms.
I could go on and on about “how the scouts act”, but that would be moot…I know how they act. I have had many a parent-teacher conference where I have told the teacher that Ethan is a scout, and then the lightbulb comes on…”he’s well-mannered” or “he’s always willing to help”. I will then go further and tell them about the other boys that are in the troop. The teachers are surprised, but pleased at the same time, and they know that the Scouts are still a good thing.