Scoutmaster Minute – Scouting Statistics – Recreation

As you may recall from last week, researchers surveyed about 2,500 adult males and discovered 46 differences between those never in Scouts, those in Scouts for a while, and Eagle Scouts.  Since tonight is our fun night, I’ll cover those differences related to recreation.

Just by being in Scouts, you are 60% more likely to go sailing, canoeing, or kayaking as an adult.  You are 40% more likely to go fishing.  This is probably because you have an opportunity to learn these things in Scouts.

Just by being in Scouts, you are 10 % more likely to go to a park and 40% more likely to go camping.  If you make Eagle Scout, then you are 40% more likely to go to a park and 95% more likely, or almost twice as likely, to go camping.  As you progress in Scouting, nature and camping just become part of who you are.

Just by being in Scouts, you are 40% more likely to go to concerts or plays.  If you make Eagle Scout, then you are 70% more like to attend such events.  If you make Eagle Scout, then you are also 40% likely to actually play a musical instrument as an adult.  Maybe you grow to like music and acting from all of the songs and skits that you see and perform around the campfire.

Fun is an important part of life.  Staying healthy adds years to your life, and having fun adds life to your years.  Besides teaching you leadership and advancement, Scouting teaches you how to have fun!

 

Source: http://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2012/04/10/new-study-shows-46-ways-eagle-scouts-are-different/

 

Scoutmaster Minute – Scouting Statistics – Goals

As you may recall from last week, researchers surveyed about 2,500 adult males and discovered 46 differences between those never in Scouts, those in Scouts for a while, and Eagle Scouts.  Since we worked on advancement tonight, I’ll concentrate on those differences related to setting and reaching goals.

Just by being in Scouts, you will be 40% more likely to continue taking at least one educational course every year.  If you make Eagle, then you will be 80% more likely to continue taking education throughout your life.  As you find with requirements and merit badges, learning is important to reach your goals.

And, when it comes to results, if you make Eagle, you will be 30% more likely to reach your job-related goals, 50% more likely to reach personal goals, 50% more likely to reach financial goals, every year, and 80% more likely to reach your spiritual goals.

I hope this little bit of information encourages you to set and reach your goals.  Just by being in Scouts, you get a taste of what it means to have and reach some goals, and, not surprising, going for Eagle really teaches you what it means to set and achieve goals, not just in Scouts, but for the rest of your life.

 

Source: http://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2012/04/10/new-study-shows-46-ways-eagle-scouts-are-different/

 

Fun with Duct Tape

ductroseEveryone likes duct tape, especially to use for just about anything except its original purpose.  Students, in particular, like to make things out of duct tape.  You might surpised by just how many things you can make out of duct tape and a few other supplies.

 

 

Some of the smaller, simpler things I found are:

  • Book cover (just need a book to cover)
  • Bookmark
  • Bracelet – regular, braid or chain
  • Drink koozie (see instructions, need a drink can)
  • Flower (see instructions, good to have a pencil or pen as a base)
  • Hair bow (see instructions, need a hair band or clip)
  • Lanyard
  • Megaphone
  • Necktie
  • Picture frame
  • Placemat
  • Sandals or Slippers (need cardboard)
  • Wallet (see instructions)

You can find instructions for these and many more things at Duck Tape Club Ducktivities (Duck Tape is a brand of duct tape).

Be sure to get your duct tape in a few different bright colors to make things more fun and interesting!

 

Scoutmaster Minute – Scouting Statistics – Leadership

We all know that being a Scout prepares you for your future, and making Eagle Scout prepares you better still.  That’s partly why we’re all here.  But, today, I read a new statistical study that actually proves this.

Researchers surveyed about 2,500 adult males and discovered 46 differences between those never in Scouts, those in Scouts for a while, and Eagle Scouts.  Since we elected new leaders tonight, I’ll concentrate on those related to leadership.

Just by being in Scouts, you are 73% more likely to vote in presidential elections.  Through elections like those tonight, you learn that voting is important.

Just by being in Scouts, you will be 12% more likely to be a leader at work and 15% more likely to be a leader in things outside of work.  If you make Eagle, then you will be 55% more like to be a leader at work and 76% more likely to be a leader in your local community organizations.  Through the education and experience you get in Scouting, you learn what it means to be a good leader.

I hope this little bit of information encourages you to do your best in Scouting.  Statistics now show that being in Scouting takes you far, and going for Eagle takes you even farther.

 

Source: http://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2012/04/10/new-study-shows-46-ways-eagle-scouts-are-different/

 

Fun with Magnets

magnetMy youth group students said they wanted to experiment with magnets, so I wondered what to do and came up with this plan:

 

 

 

 

Materials

  • Magnets (1-2 per student)
  • Paper mazes (1 per student)
  • Paper clips (3 per student)
  • Miscellaneous coins
  • Cereal high in iron
  • Needles (1 per student)
  • Corks or fishing bobbers (1 per student)
  • Plastic cups (1 per student)

Steps – have each student:

  • Navigate the maze with a paperclip using a magnet on the other side of the paper
  • Use the magnet to pick up a paperclip, and have that paperclip pick up another, and so on, to make a chain of paperclips
  • Try to use the magnet to pick up the coins – this should not work
    • This may surprise them, as most people think all magnets pick up all metal objects
  • Try to use the magnet to pick up crushed piles of the cereal high in iron – this should work
    • This may surprise them, as most people don’t think a magnet would pick up cereal
  • Make a compass
    • Stroke a needle with a magnet about 100 times
    • Stick the needle in the cork or fishing bobber
    • You may need to stick a paperclip into the bottom of the cork or fishing bobber to weight it down
    • Put the needle contraption into a cup of water and watch it point north!

 

Choices for Dinner

tacosWell, it’s Tuesday, so we experienced Taco Tuesday for dinner this evening.  We do something a little different, in that we offer choices for dinner.  For example, for Taco Tuesday, we have BOTH hard taco shells AND soft tortillas, and we have BOTH ground beef AND chicken strips.  And, then we have all of the fixins laid out, including lettuce, tomato, cheese, sour cream and taco sauce.  It’s basically a self-serve taco bar.  Some family members only like certain things, and others have a couple different things because they like variety.

We do something similar when we have pasta for dinner.  We only have one type of pasta.  However, we have BOTH marinara AND Alfredo sauces, and we have BOTH powdered Parmesan AND shredded cheddar cheeses.  Sometimes we have meatballs, onions, or mushrooms on the side for anyone that wants them.  So, it’s like a self-serve pasta bar.  Again, some family members pick very specific things, and others have half a plate of one variation and half a plate of another.

I sometimes wonder, is this normal or unusual, good or bad?  It’s definitely good for getting the children to eat, as each one chooses what he or she wants.  But, is it bad to allow them to be picky by having choices for dinner?