Scoutmaster Minute – Competition

Tonight we had a little competition.  Some people like competition, and others try to avoid it.  A little competition is good for everyone.  It shows us where we have strengths and weakness and makes us strive to do better.  It teaches us how to have good sportsmanship.  Competition as part of a team builds teamwork.  Companies are just big teams of people working together and competing to make money and make a difference.  So, the next time you’re faced with competition, just go for it.  Maybe you’ll come out the winner, and maybe you’ll just win a little by learning how you can do better next time.  But, either way, you should find it worthwhile.

Scoutmaster Minute – Physically Strong

Who is keeping up with “Are You Tougher than a Boy Scout?”  Has anyone noticed a trend with the adults?  Almost every single one of them is out of shape!  Let this be a warning to you, that if you want to be tough enough to be a Boy Scout, then step one is to get and stay in good physical shape!

We try to prepare you for this in the Boy Scout program.  We promise to do our best to keep ourselves physically strong.  For Tenderfoot, 2nd Class and 1st Class, we learn basic nutrition; do fitness exercises, a 5 mile hike, and increasingly difficult swimming requirements.  For the Eagle required Personal Fitness MB, we learn more about nutrition and complete a 12 week exercise program.

We don’t do this to make your life difficult.  We do this because we want you to be happy, and the best way to be happy is to be healthy.  So, please remember this.  Keep nutrition in mind when you eat.  Get out there and get some exercise.  It will help you feel better, and, when you are older, it just might help you prove that you are tougher than a Boy Scout.

 

Scoutmaster Minute – Are You Tough Enough to Be a Boy Scout?

Who watched “Are You Tougher than a Boy Scout?” last night?  I just like the title, as it brings out the fun side of what we do.

When many people look at Boy Scouts, they see our oath and law, service projects, and other nice stuff.  And, that’s great because it’s important.  But, for those of you in public school, it might also be why people tease you, as they don’t really see the whole picture.

So, my real question for you is, “Are you tough enough to be a real Boy Scout?”  And, I think this comes in two steps.

First, are you tough enough to at least try most or all of what Boy Scouts offers?  Have you tried archery, rifle shooting, shotgun shooting, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, rock climbing, rappelling, snorkeling with manatees, white water rafting, swimming a mile, backpacking 50 miles, making a survival shelter, or what I did this last weekend, camping in near freezing weather?  Find that adventurous spirit and be tough enough to give some of these things a try.

Second, are you tough enough to tell your friends about it?  Undoubtedly, one day someone will ask you, “So, are you a Boy Scout?”  Some of you will proudly say, “Yes, I am!”  However, others might shy away from the question in fear of what else that person might ask or say.  So, now I propose that instead you can answer, “Of course!  Where else could I try archery, rifle shooting, shotgun shooting, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, rock climbing, rappelling, snorkeling with manatees, white water rafting, swimming a mile, backpacking 50 miles, making a survival shelter, or my personal favorite, camping in near freezing weather?”  Then, sit back and see what they say.  Of course, if that doesn’t work, then you could ask them, “By the way, have you seen that new show ‘Are You Tougher than a Boy Scout?’”