Scoutmaster Minute – A Purposeful Game

Baden-Powell once explained that, “Scouting is a game for boys under the leadership of boys with the wise guidance and counsel of a grown-up who has still the enthusiasm of youth in him. A purposeful game, but a game just the same, a game that develops character by practice, that trains for citizenship, through experience in the out-of-doors.”

So, Scouting is a purposeful game.  What does that mean?  Well, it means we need to play by the rules, try hard to get better at what we do, and show up for as many meetings and events as we can.  However, it also means that we should be have fun while we do all of these things.  If we aren’t having fun then either we aren’t playing the game right game or we aren’t playing the right game.

If you’re already having fun, then that’s great!  If not, then think about what we could do to have more fun, while still getting things done, and mention it to your Patrol Leader and your Senior Patrol Leader.


Scoutmaster Minute – Is Scouting a Part of You?

With all of the great ceremonies we saw tonight, I can’t help but look back and ponder the difference between those Scouts that make it and those that don’t.  And, I think it comes down to this…

If you are meant to get all of this – from Scout Rank to Eagle Scout, from Buckskin to Order of the Arrow – then it’s not enough for you to be a part of Scouting.  Scouting has to be a part of you, a very part of your being, an important part of the person you are.

Scouting is not just about showing up, doing a few activities, getting a few patches, and going home.  Scouting is a way of life, founded in a pledge to live differently from everyone else.  It’s about learning skills that nobody else learns so that you can be prepared for the future.  It’s about being a leader instead of a follower.  It’s about being a servant leader for God and his people, and being confident in being that kind of person.

So, if you just think of Scouting as something you do once night a week and on the occasional weekend, then you are a part of Scouting, and we’ll just have to see how that goes for you.  But, if you realize that Scouting is something that you live every moment of every day, something you freely talk about and demonstrate with your family and friends, then everything you see tonight, and all of its benefits in life, are meant for you.


Scoutmaster Minute – Valentine’s Day 2012

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, your SM minute comes to you tonight courtesy of Blimey Cow…

The Top 10 ways to get a girl to like you:

  • 10 – Find out what she likes – find out something that interests her and make her feel like it matters
  • 9 – Encourage her – find something she likes to do and encourage her to keep doing it
  • 8 – Compliment her – say something nice about her, preferably about her personality, not her body
  • 7 – Get to know her family and friends – if you want to be around her, get to know those that already are
  • 6 – Support your local chivalry – open that door, carry those books, and have a servants heart
  • 5 – Don’t post stupid pictures on the Internet – that’s one sure way to keep the girls away
  • 4 – Don’t lay it on too thick – make sure she knows you’re interested, but give her room to breathe
  • 3 – Keep your hands to yourself – prove that you value her and respect her as a person
  • 2 – Make her feel safe – that especially means make her feel safe and comfortable in being herself
  • 1 – Be her best friend – why would either of you want to spend time with someone that is not your favorite person in the world?

Thank you much, and Happy Valentine’s Day!

Please note that this is based on a video by Blimey Cow here:


The World Ends (and begins!) With You

twewyWhile looking for info on the new kingdom hearts game, I stumbled across this jewel for the Nintendo DS—The World Ends With You. A different take on the RPG by Square Enix, this game takes place in modern Shibuya, Japan, in an alternate world. I took the last copy at a nearby game store and started playing as soon as I could.

The first thing I noticed was the battle system. The touch screen controls flow smoothly, with little flicks and taps for attacks (which are called ‘psychs’) and simple movement by dragging the character around. What really stands out about it, however, is the top screen. Another character there fights with you, controlled by the directional pad, and you control them at the same time as you control the character on the touch screen. This is confusing at first, but after awhile it acquires a rhythm – especially with the help of a light puck that bounces back and forth between the two screens, multiplying damage the more in sync the characters are.

This all sounds quite confusing to talk about, but in the game, it blends together perfectly, making for challenging, interesting fights. And that’s just the tip of it all. Underneath the battle mechanics there lies an interesting plot, a cast of amazingly deep characters, and great music and graphics that complement the style well. I won’t go into the exact storyline, for fear of ruining one of the game’s many twists, but suffice it to say that the game will keep you guessing about what really happened until you’ve beaten the game and found all the secret reports.

Overall, I give this game a nine out of ten. There are tiny problems and oddities here and there, like the food system, which is awkward and requires a lot of maintenance, and the clothing system, which at times seems to be encouraging the male characters to wear the female clothing since it has better abilities. However, compared to the great things this game has to offer, these are inconsequential. But don’t take my word for it. Try the game for yourself!

The World Ends With You


Scoutmaster Minute – Circles versus Cliques

Whether it’s at a Scout meeting or the lunch table at school, you like to hang out with your friends.  You know that it’s a good thing to have a circle of friends, but you’ve also heard of this bad thing called a clique.  How do you know when you’ve crossed that line and become a member of a clique instead of just a circle of friends?

Well, I have two things for you to think about.  First, if you feel like you can only hang out with one group of friends, and you can’t stand the idea of branching out and being with anyone else, then you might be part of a clique.  Second, and more importantly, if your group excludes other people from joining for any reason, especially because you or someone else in the group thinks other people are not worthy of being in your group, then you are definitely part of a clique.

Remember, spend some time with different people, and let other people join your group.  Keep your circles of friends, but stop the cliques!