postheadericon Scoutmaster's Minute

postheadericon Scouting Apprentice

While reviewing requirements with a scout, we came upon a quote from Lord Baden Powell: “I don’t consider a boy is a real scout until he has passed his First Class Scout”. 

Does this mean that you are not all Boy Scouts?  NO!

This means that until you have reached First Class, you are an apprentice of scouting.  It is the duty of the leadership corps to mentor the young apprentices through their early stages of learning to be a True Scout.  Both the mentor and the apprentice grow, together, as they teach and learn the values and skills of a True Scout.  The requirements of each of the ranks you achieve through First Class are the skills you must learn in order to graduate from apprentice to mentor, just as you learned the skills necessary to bridge over from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts.

You never stop learning and growing as a scout.  The adult leaders here tonight selflessly give their time and knowledge to help you grow, but we all learn from each other and from you boys.  We grow and better ourselves just as the lot of you do.

As you travel through your journey to Eagle, you will be asked to shoulder greater responsibility for the younger apprentices in the troop.  You have graduated from Scout Apprentice to Life Apprentice and are learning the skills necessary to become a citizen, a father, a leader, a man.

Robert Horne, 4 May 2011


postheadericon Failing

Although you may not remember, you've failed many times in your life.
Guess what happened the first time you tried to stand?
Do you think you caught the first ball thrown to you?
How about your first time on a bicycle?

This "failing" is called "learning". We aren't experts the first time we try something. We have to fail a bit and get better as we develop skills.

After elections we have new leaders taking over.  Our new leaders will make mistakes.  Part of the point of scouts is to have the opportunity to make a few mistakes in a relatively safe environment.  Keep trying new things, don’t be afraid to fail once in a while, and continue to learn. 

Don't worry about failing when you try new things. Worry more about the opportunities you miss if you are afraid of failing.

Brad Goebel, 11 May 2011


postheadericon Trees

A tree by itself in a field does not grow especially tall. It has all the light it needs. It will often grow wide, lazily spreading its branches out to soak in the sunlight that pours in all around it.

A tree in a forest, surrounded by other trees, must reach for the light. It constantly grows to become the tallest tree, to get the most light.

When it does become the tallest, it pauses and rests; soaking in the sun.

But while it rests, the trees around it take their turns, forcing themselves to grow towards the source of nourishment and warmth.

In this way, great forests grow and many of the trees reach far into the sky.
Scouts are much the same way.

Scouts who are alone, who stay by themselves and don't participate, tend not to grow to great heights.

It is interesting to observe that when you see a Scout becoming an Eagle, you will often see others right behind him. Right now in 470 we have 5 Life Scouts in on the path to completing Eagle in the near future.

Brad Goebel, 18 May 2011


postheadericon Never Panic

What do you do in an emergency?  Do you stand around and discuss what to do, when seconds might make the difference between life and death?  One would hope not. Being mentally awake means that we are ready to take appropriate action at all times.

Being ready to react quickly to an emergency, however, does not mean to panic.  You always have time to think.  No matter how urgent the situation, if you don't use your head, you are likely to make things worse, not better.

The most important rule to follow in dealing with any emergency is Never Panic.  If you don't panic, you can react very quickly, but with the action that makes the most sense.  You can very quickly respond with the right action, which may well save someone's life -- perhaps even your own.  If you panic, you may well take an action that loses a life -- perhaps even your own.

Never panic.

Brian Groover, 31 March 2011


postheadericon Pride and Respect

Let’s take a moment to talk about pride and respect.

Look at yourself.  Take pride in your appearance.  Are your shoes dirty; hair messy; shirt untucked or buttoned wrong?  You need to look in the mirror every time you leave the house.  The first impression you give to people is your appearance.  Before you shake hands or exchange hellos, you have already been judged.  As you venture out into the world on employment, your appearance will not only speak for you but also the company for which you work.  Be it McDonalds or corporate America, your appearance will dictate how far you will go and how far you will climb.

Take pride in your troop.  Wear your Class A uniform with pride.  Respect your fellow scouts and especially your youth and adult leaders.  The leaders of this troop take pride in making this group a place of learning, fun and fellowship.  We respect each of you and show that respect by working hard to help you grow and develop into fine men.  You will be taking care of us when we are old and feeble, and we want you to be as prepared for the task as possible.

Take pride in your country.  When the colors are presented, snap to attention.  Respect the memories of all those who fought for our freedom.  Even if you do not share the same ideals and beliefs that accompany the flag, respect those who gave their lives to ensure you have the right to believe what you wish.  Every time the colors are presented, regardless of where you are, stand quietly, respectfully, with pride.

As scouts, you are expected to be live by the oath and law every day, in uniform and out.  Remember that and you will go far.

Robert Horne, 8 March 2011


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