This is a picture of part of my troop when we were camping in northern Wisconsin, good old Troop 12. In the olden days, youth organizations didn’t only do fun stuff but prepared youth for their future, in other words, prepared them for adulthood. What did this mean but to prepare them to be responsible citizens, learning respect and responsibility, leadership, morality and survival by always being prepared. It may sound corny in our day, but there is no better organization for youth than I am aware of than the BSA. Today I wonder if sports is the only thing a kid can take pride in these days and then when they are adults, well, ….
I am a big supporter of sports but even bigger with academics and organizations that actually prepare youth to be responsible adults. You go into towns with a sign that says, “We were regional or state champs in basketball or whatever” but where is the sign that says, “we have achieve excellence in our academics or preparing our students for their future” something to that effect.
Troop 12 used to be a big troop but when I joined it we had about seven to ten Scouts. When I become the SPL of the Troop (youth leader) we went from about 7 to 30 Scouts. How, I read the manual! Actually I found an old Patrol Leader’s Handbook and then I took elected patrol leaders, trained them, and poof, we grew. We had monthly camping outings, training, and all sorts of things. The stories I could tell! Great, great stories!
I am reading a book called, “Rocks in My Backpack,” a great book about a veteran scouter. Tom Sholes, the author, has a nice and simple website: http://www.RocksInMyBackpack.com