July 8th, 2009

 I came across this written by B-P.  And I thought about the brotherhood I find throughout Scouting, and what wonderful friends I have made over the years. and yes, it is a brotherhood and sisterhood… we are brothers and sisters with a common cause, the desire to see leaders of virtue and character.

I can not begin to explain how happy I am with the adult leaders in our troop.  They are generally giving and caring adults with the same common goal that I have… thank you ladies and gentlemen of Troop 518.




When I was in Tunis a good many years ago, I made the acquaintance of a wonderful brotherhood, the White Brothers of the Sahara. The late Cardinal Lavigerie had organized them. They were a kind of revival of the Knights Crusaders. Recruited mainly from the best families in France these young men were a military force of Monks, missionaries prepared to fight in defense of the peaceful folk of their faith if need be. Their territory bordered on that of the Senussi, a race of armed fanatics. Thus, like was set to meet like. The fact that they were warriors as well as monks gave them a double bond of brotherhood where they gave themselves voluntarily, in an ascetic law and dangerous life, to the service of others and to the service of each other. They were a living example of what is possible on a small scale in the direction of goodwill and co-operation, which we want to bring about more generally in the world today.

The White Brothers, like the Scouts, were a movement rather than an organization. That is, they came into it of their own desire to do something for their kind without thought of reward. So long as that spirit is there the Brotherhood is all right. But, mind you, self slips in unexpectedly sometimes; maybe it takes the form of a feeling that one is blessed with a gift for making a specially fine troop, or one is keen to show one’s patriotism to be greater than one’s neighbor’s; or one rather fancies oneself in a backwoodsman’s kit, and so on. Harmless weaknesses, but giving expression to Self.

Search yourself and see that you are free from it. Otherwise there is bound to follow some little sense of rivalry, some little difference of ideals with your neighbors, from which springs, if not envy or dislike, at least aloofness. In other words, not quite the right spirit is engendered.

Brothers we are to our boys, brothers to each other we must be, if we are going to do any good. Only the other day I saw a letter from a Scouter who had been having a hard struggle to carry on his Troop single-handed in a poor slum, and his spirit had been depressed not by his difficulties but by his “utter isolation and the very little spirit” of fellowship “shown by those around him who might” have given a helping hand.

Whose fault it was I don’t know, but such aloofness or jealousy could not exist where there is the true ideal of brotherhood. What we need, and what, thank God, we’ve got in most places in our movement, is not merely the spirit of good-natured tolerance but of watchful sympathy and readiness to help one another. We not only need it but we’ve “got to have it” if we are going to teach our boys by the only sound way. That is through our own example, that greatest of principles: goodwill and co-operation.

BP – March 1926.



A Man of Words

July 28th, 2007


I received this in an email several years ago… it was titled, “keep him walking”. I thought it very clever that someone could take words and make a man walking. I was impressed!

I saved the image to file, and would see this image “walking” everytime I went into the directory for “captured images”. and each time I would think about this “man” made of words.

Then it struck me, Man is not made of words… he is made of deeds and character!

Have you ever met someone that talked a good story about themselves, just to find out they never really did anything, just talked about doing stuff? This is not what a Scout is all about… a Scout is about deeds, he is about character, he is about living the Scout Oath and the Scout Law, about doing a good turn daily, (a good deed), and always being prepared.
The Character of a man is measured not in words, but in what he has done and what you will trust him to do.

So, it is my job to instill this in these boys God has given me to teach and lead… My prayer is that I do not falter, not fail. amen!

Boys, become men of deeds, not hollow words! Let those who know you, think of you as someone who could be trusted, a true man of character!

Scouting To Me – For Others

June 7th, 2007

The following was taken from the program for the Eagle Recognition Breakfast for Jude A. R. Allegrucci of Troop 322 in Dunmore, PA. It was listed as Author Unknown.

“To help the scouts in our area feel the pride and love I have in our scouting movement and the men to carry on when everything is against you for the good of the scout.

Scouting to me is an idea which shall live on and on after I die. I live, eat, sleep and talk scouting. This I do because I was shown by many men, when I was a young scout myself, that the scout oath and law is the way to happiness. Scouting has helped me in school, church and in the military. So, scouts… never be ashamed of your uniform or your scouting.
Scouting is people who care. Some men cared enough to give it to me, planted the scouting seed in me and saw it grow healthy.
I in turn want to give some of it back to others, boys of scout age who will pass it on again. I feel I have a little bit of each man who helped me on my trail to Eagle and manhood. It is hard to express the love for scouting in words and thanks to these men.
There are many awards men and scouts can earn along the trail of life, but the award I seek and cherish is a Thank-You from a scout or Scouter I have helped or seen put into practice something someone learned from me that I have learned from someone else.

This is my thank you to the men who helped me and to their wives who let them.”

To Kill An American

September 5th, 2006

Written by an Australian Dentist…

To Kill an American You probably missed it in the rush of news last week, but there was actually a report that someone in Pakistan had published in a newspaper an offer of a reward to anyone who killed an American, any American.

So an Australian dentist wrote an editorial the following day to let everyone know what an American is . So they would know when they found one. (Good one, mate!!!!)

“An American is English, or French, or Italian, Irish, German, Spanish, Polish, Russian or Greek. An American may also be Canadian, Mexican, African, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Australian, Iranian, Asian, or Arab, or Pakistani or Afghan. An American may also be a Comanche, Cherokee, Osage, Blackfoot, Navaho, Apache, Seminole or one of the many other tribes known as native Americans.

An American is Christian, or he could be Jewish, or Buddhist, or Muslim. In fact, there are more Muslims in America than in Afghanistan. The only difference is that in America they are free to worship as each of them chooses. An American is also free to believe in no religion. For that he will answer only to God, not to the government, or to armed thugs claiming to speak for the government and for God.

An American lives in the most prosperous land in the history of the world. The root of that prosperity can be found in the Declaration of Independence, which recognizes the God given right of each person to the pursuit of happiness.

An American is generous. Americans have helped out just about every other nation in the world in their time of need, never asking a thing in return. When Afghanistan was over-run by the Soviet army 20 years ago, Americans came with arms and supplies to enable the people to win back their country! As of the morning of September 11, Americans had given more than any other nation to the poor in Afghanistan.

Americans welcome the best of everything…the best products, the best books, the best music, the best food, the best services. But they also welcome the least. The national symbol of America, The Statue of Liberty , welcomes your tired and your poor, the wretched refuse of your teeming shores, the homeless, tempest tossed.

These in fact are the people who built America. Some of them were working in the Twin Towers the morning of September 11, 2001 earning a better life for their families. It’s been told that the World Trade Center victims were from at least 30 different countries, cultures, and first languages, including those that aided and abetted the terrorists.

So you can try to kill an American if you must. Hitler did. So did General Tojo, and Stalin, and Mao Tse-Tung, and other blood-thirsty tyrants in the world. But, in doing so you would just be killing yourself. Because Americans are not a particular people from a particular place. They are the embodiment of the human spirit of freedom. Everyone who holds to that spirit, everywhere, is an American.

Make a difference

August 25th, 2006

Once there was a little boy walking along an ocean beach. The beach stretched for miles, literally as far as the eye could see.

Every day there were millions of starfish dying on the beach — creatures that had been washed up onto the beach by waves, but who had no way of returning back into the water.

The little boy began picking up these small urchins, one by one, and returning them to the sea, thus assuring that they would live.

An elderly man watched this performance, and as the little boy continued along the beach, the man spoke to him. “Little boy, why are you doing this? Can’t you see that there are millions of these starfish dying here in the sun?” What you are doing can’t possibly make a difference.”

The little boy looked at the man for a moment, and then reached down, picked up a starfish and returned it to the sea. “I made a difference to this one,” he said.

In small ways, every day, you can make a difference. Don’t think about what can’t be done; rather, focus on what you can do.

Do it anyway!

August 21st, 2006

I read something that made me think of the Scout Oath:

On my honor, I will do my best …. to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and moraly straight!

This is what I read, it is a quote from Mother Teresa.

“People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered; forgive them anyway.

If you are kind. people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies; Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you; Be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight; Build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous; Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow; Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough; Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.

You see, in the final analysis, it was never between you and them anyway.”

Think about that! It’s not about them! It’s all about you! DO GOOD ANYWAY!

A Scout is Loyal

August 18th, 2006

Thoughts on Loyalty.
This past weekend, our troop celebrated the Eagle Scout Court of Honor. We were all filled with pride over the accomplishments one of our own accomplished. But let’s go back a bit in time to the fall of 2000.
Our troop had about 15 active boys in the troop at that time. We also had a different Scoutmaster then too. Mrs. Lahl and I were working with the troop as we do now, but we let the leadership of the troop rest in the boys and in the Scoutmaster. The Scoutmaster left our troop and joined another as their Scoutmaster without telling any of our adults. (Alas, yes, he was one of our Eagles). Not only did he leave, he secretly asked all the boys to follow him into the other troop…. Wow!
Now, where does loyalty enter into this thought? Two boys stayed with Troop 518. It was tempting to leave; after all, there were only the two of them now. That is an awfully small troop!
But those two boys decided that part of the Scout Law is “A Scout is Loyal” and they stayed.
What became of those two boys? One came close to Eagle with only his project to finish, and the other made Eagle, just this year! Yep, Jake… Congratulations Jake… a man with the true Scout spirit. You want to understand loyalty, look to Jake.


August 7th, 2006

A Blog!… I wonder where in the world that word came from. Anyway, this blog is about a past Scoutmaster’s thoughts about Scout spirit, attitude, and maybe some other stuff that you may be wrestling with. I welcome your thoughts and comments, but please keep them tuned to those things I just sited.

Dads, Moms, grandmothers, grandfathers, your input is also welcome.  Share with others what you think on these subjects, the boys want to know what you think just as badly as you want to know what they think.

Hello Troop!

August 7th, 2006

Welcome to our new Troop blog. If it isn’t Scouting, don’t blog it.