Welcome to August 2017, and another exciting month of Scouting adventures! Some of our Scouts are busy at Many Point having a blast together with another 500+ other Scouts, and others will be coming up in a few days to repeat that experience – just a different campground and a different 500+ Scouts!
Before I get too far into this coming month, I wanted to reflect on last month, July. I got to see a lot of you and your Scouts out at Half Moon Lake for a slightly warm couple of days. Our youngest Scouts (now sporting cool looking Wolverine Patrol Patches at Many Point) got a chance to learn, practice and hone some great Scout skills. Knives and knots were very popular, but I think the biggest blast was putting together catapults with ‘sticks & string’ to launch water balloons at each other! They had so much fun, they saved them for the next day to show off to their parents their skills and pride while enjoying a meal all of the Scouts cooked themselves. Way to go Wolverines!
Then just a few days later, 8 Scouts and 2 Scouters headed to Washington D.C. to enjoy some touring of our Nation’s Capital as well as 10 days at the Summit Bechtel Scout Reservation in West Virginia at our National Jamboree. They got to do nearly everything at the Summit from the largest zip-line in North America to Scuba Diving and trying to break the Guiness World Record largest dreidel game. Also, as many of you have heard, they got a chance to see President Trump. What you may not know is that regardless of your politics, the President is part of our program. Each year, the top Scouts go to Washington D.C. to deliver the Report to the Nation. Then every National Jamboree, the President is invited to come and speak. Sometimes the President comes in person, sometimes virtually and sometimes through a representative, but the effort is nearly always there and has been since the first Jamboree when FDR visited for nearly a day.
Why does this matter and why does the President put forth this effort? My supposition is that it is because the President is always looking for and ultimately responsible for the next generation of leaders. And because the Boy Scouts of America have leadership development at its core, the National Jamboree is the largest single gathering of our future leaders.
Now exactly what kind of leaders our Scouts become and how they lead the future of both Boy Scouts and our country is up to us. We can invest our time, skills and experiences with these young men who are part of our lives. This is why we encourage parents to get involved, come camping with us and just be part of our program. Each one of us brings something to the table, and by coming together, we have a richer program.
I’ll close my minute this month by asking everyone to invest a little time, about 6 minutes, to watch part of this interview with Mr. Stephenson, AT&T CEO & Chairman. He is also the current BSA National President (volunteer role), where he talks about the BSA, what it means and why he spends his time as the National President: https://www.facebook.com/boyslife/videos/10154491287061650/ - see about minute 18 in where he starts to share what BSA offers and why it's important for Scouts, Scouters and parents to support the Scouting movement.
Thank you for all you do for our Scouting family, and I look forward to seeing more of you at Many Point as well as hearing about how we were able to step-up & help at the Wayzata Community Church’s Rummage Sale.
Yours in Scouting,