And after you have been around Scouting a while, it is easy to get into it's rhythm. Each month brings planning for the next few; completing registration for this month; doing/learning or helping out with Scout advancement; and looking ahead to what Service projects we can assist with. All of these activities are focused on the what, and so as I look to 2018, I also challenge each of us to think about the 'why of Scouting?' Later this month, we will be welcoming our newly cross-overed Webelos II's to Troop 283 from Cub Scouts. They each will have had great adventures, and they are looking to do more, bigger things in Boy Scouts! But why are they looking to stretch and grow themselves?
I think they are looking for Scouting to offer something that they and we cannot get anywhere else. Living within a Patrol and within our Troop gives each of us something - ability and obligation to chose and grow into new adventures through our own self-government. Just this last month, the Patrols and Troop selected their top leaders, and these leaders are working to fill-in the remaining spots. Then they review the next few adventures, offer feedback and guidance and then participate on these same adventures. So the 'simple why' is that Scouts get to set their own direction and goals, and we their mentors get to advise and assist them on reaching them safely.
So where are you going and how will you get there? Have you thought about what help you will need and whether these goals are challenging enough for you? Each of us works and lives within the Scouting framework, and we are blessed with many areas of assistance. Now, we just have to figure out where we each are going and how we will reach these destinations. I am going to challenge and encourage each Scout, Scouter & Parent to fill out a Scouting Goals sheet and review it with your peers and Scout mentor (often your Patrol ASM.) Then I would like to see where we can set our new course to help us all understand where we're going collectively and how we can partner to get there through the adventures of Scouting. Looking for some fantastic times in 2018!
Yours in Scouting,
PS - you can reserve your time to meet with me for a Scoutmaster conference to discuss your goals, leadership (past & present) and learn more about where you are going and how I can help: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0f4ba4aa28ab9-boradult