Archive for August, 2006

Make a difference

Friday, 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!

Monday, 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

Friday, 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.

About

Monday, 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!

Monday, August 7th, 2006

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