Great Organizations

Troop 12 Late 1970's?

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:

All is Christ

“Not only do we only know God through Jesus Christ, but we only know ourselves through Jesus Christ; we only know life and death through Jesus Christ. Apart from Jesus Christ we cannot know the meaning of our life or our death, of God, or of ourselves.” (n0. 417)


When I was in college in Chicago for my undergraduate studies, I worked with international students  at an English Language School (ELS) and then later taught there before going to the Seminary.  I remember a Swiss guy who, while studying at this English language school, became a Christian and was baptized.  He mentioned to me that he began to read Paschal.  Being a typical American with limited knowledge of philosophy (at least, at that time), I wondered who this Paschal was.   I picked up a book by Peter Kreeft entitled, “Christianity for Modern Pagans” reflecting on Pascal’s Pensées. Now I know the fascination that this Swiss student had with this French philosopher.  Pascal no doubt is the opponent to Descartes’ scientific method and a credible response to our modern day “scientific” culture.