Thursday, November 13, 2014

Shooting Sports - What Your Must Know

Important things all scout leaders must know before planning a Shooting Sports related activity:

1: File a tour plan!  The only time a tour plan is not required for a shooting activity is if it is council or district event.  Otherwise a tour plan is required even if it is happening within council boundaries. If a council office staff member says you do not need to file a tour plan, they are wrong.  See and search for Tour and Activity Plan FAQ. 

2: Each youth must have a permission slip signed by a parent or guardian.

Cub Corner November 2014

For those who don’t know, there are changes coming to the Cub Scout program. Beginning in June 2015, all cubs will begin using a new program designed to bring out the adventures in scouting. I know, a lot of people hate changes. It isn’t fun to change. Why do we need to change this program? Membership in the Boy Scouts of America is down nationwide. Here in Salt Lake, things are a little brighter as we are growing, but we need to capture the attention of boys in a world where there are a lot of distractions.

Did you know that there have been changes to the Cub Scouts about every 10 years since the program was introduced? In 1930, the Cub Scout program started with 9 year-old Wolves, 10 year-old Bears, and 11 year-old Lions. Women were only allowed to serve as “Den Mothers” and the Cub Promise included the phrase “to be square.” In the 1940’s, we changed ages, allowing 8 year-olds to join. In the 1950’s, the Webelos rank was added (for Wolf, Bear, Lion, and Scout), as was the pinewood derby. In the 1960’s, the Lion rank disappeared and was replaced by a new Webelos program. The 1970’s added the Arrow of Light rank. The 1980’s added the Tiger Cubs, drastically changed the Bear rank, and introduced knots for the leaders. In the 1990’s the Academic and Sports Belt Loop Program was added. The 2000’s brought the latest batch of changes introducing the books that we use now in Cubs.

A Mother's Sacrifice

After the Earthquake had subsided, when the rescuers reached the ruins of a young woman's house, they saw her dead body through the cracks. But her pose was somehow strange that she knelt on her knees like a person was worshiping; her body was leaning forward, and her two hands were supporting by an object. The collapsed house had crushed her back and her head.

With so many difficulties, the leader of the rescuer team put his hand through a narrow gap on the wall to reach the woman's body. He was hoping that this woman could be still alive. However, the cold and stiff body told him that she had passed away for sure.

He and the rest of the team left this house and were going to search the next collapsed building. For some reasons, the team leader was driven by a compelling force to go back to the ruin house of the dead woman. Again, he knelt down and used his hand through the narrow cracks to search the little space under the dead body. Suddenly, he screamed with excitement, "A child! There is a child!"

Boy Scouts - Tracking

“I wish I could go West and join the Indians so that I should have no lessons to learn,” said an unhappy small boy who could discover no atom of sense or purpose in any one of the three R’s.

“You never made a greater mistake,” said the scribe, “for the young Indians have many hard lessons from their earliest days – hard lessons and hard punishments.  With them the dread penalty of failure is ‘go hungry till you win,’ and no harder task have they than their reading lesson.  Not twenty-six characters are to be learned in this exercise, but one thousand; not clear straight print are they, but dim, washed-out, crooked traces; not in-doors on comfortable chairs, with a patient teacher always near, but out in the forest, often alone and in every kind of weather, they slowly decipher their letters and read sentences of the oldest writing on earth – a style so old that the hieroglyphics of Egypt, the cylinders of Nippur, and the drawings of the cave men are as a thing of today in comparison – the one universal script – the tracks in the dust, mud, or snow.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The Mountains Are the Means, The Man Is The End

In August of 2006 four determined Scout leaders and seven anxious boys set out with big plans to backpack 55 miles across the spine of the High Uintas.  On day two it became painfully obvious that lack of adequate conditioning, experience and preparation would cut the distance far short of the intended goal.  With disappointment the leaders resorted to one of their bailout strategies and arranged for a pickup at a closer, more accessible trail head on the same planned exit day, but 25 miles shy of the original destination. The leaders' hopes for earning the "50 Miler" award were quietly dashed, however, they kept their discouragement from the boys.  The rest of the trip was focused on fishing, exploring, outdoor skills and camp firesides. The leaders initially felt they had failed the boys -- until they overheard those young men sharing stories and recalling with joy and satisfaction the events of that trip.

Walter Bonatti, the famed Italian mountain climber, explorer and journalist who was the first to climb the North Face of the Matterhorn in winter wisely said: "The mountains are the means, the man is the end. The idea is to improve the man, not to reach the top."  As we plan and execute our "Super Activities" for next year, keep Bonatti's words in mind.  Our activities might not always go as planned, but the plan really should be improving the young men.

Written by: J Ralls - District 18 Ventures

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Magnifying Your Calling as an Aaronic Priesthood Leader

There is no more significant work in this world than the preparation of boys to become men of capacity, of strength, of integrity, who are qualified to live productive and meaningful lives.” (President Gordon B. Hinckley, Ensign, April 1985, p. 76)
You have been called to an holy calling—to serve as an Aaronic Priesthood leader. Through your calling you are in a position to influence for good the future missionaries, husbands, fathers, and leaders of the Church. You can ignite the spark of testimony within a young man that will light his path for the rest of his life. Your righteous influence can be felt for generations. Many people will be blessed when you magnify your calling in the Aaronic Priesthood.
When properly cultivated, you have within you two immense powers that can soften every heart, uplift every soul, and enlighten every mind of the young men under your stewardship. When it comes to working with your boys these powers will help you see what otherwise you may not have seen, hear what you may not have heard, and know what you would not have known without these gifts.

Cub Corner October 2014

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Cub-O-Ree and Webelos Night last month. We had over 1,000 scouts and leaders combined at the two days. That is impressive! Thanks for making a fantastic event! We look forward to next year!

I want to share one of my favorite Cubmaster Minutes. This month’s Cub Scout Core Value is Citizenship and this Cubmaster Minute is about our flag. Our country’s flag is made up of thousands of individual threads and stitches. None of them separately is anything more than a thread or stitch, but put them together and they make a flag. Each tiny thread joins all the others to do its job. Our country is made up of millions of individual people, like you and me. Separately we may not accomplish much, but if we join together, work together, and stick together, we can move the world. Let’s work to be united and help our country.

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