Adventures, Wilderness, and New Friends

Hi all,

Sorry that I haven’t been posting as regular as I had been prior to my Scouting vacation. The mountain of work waiting for me upon my return to the office managed to occupy most of my time this past week, but I’m hoping to get back in the swing of it shortly. While I would prefer to spend far more time at camp (as I’m sure many of you would as well) it is these short stays away from normal routine that make for the best memories.

This weeks Scouter 5 isn’t about teaching a lesson. As the title suggests it is more about adventure and the great outdoors. It’s also about new friends! I’m very pleases to announce that another Scouter has joined Leader Daze as a contributor/writer. Please join me in welcoming Poppi to the blog. His posts on Scouts Canada Facebook group are both excellent and thoughtful. I look forward to reading more of his creativity here at Leader Daze.

Scouter 5 this week belongs to Poppi’s imagination –

A Mother’s Love

Mum always had me pegged;
She could feel me in the breeze,

For I had but one love
And that was climbing trees!

Seeing me at lofty heights;
On a tree, I felt at home.

Mum often worried thru’ the night,
About the branches on which I roamed.

Now and then she’d plead And sometimes even beg;
“Son, if you fall and break both your legs, Don’t come running to me!”

The Solo Trip

The campfire’s light left tree shadows,
Like the shadows formed by bright moonlight,
Some formed trees and
Some formed creatures of the night,
Believable and moving to the fires snap and pop
Contained within a circled campfire ,
The rocks seemingly glowed;
The clouds dimmed the moonlight ;
Changing the shadows to crisper shapes
A wolf calls, bringing a momentary shiver of fright
From moving shadows.

In the fire’s warmth
A mind can wander.

On Queens Scout Business

All day the paddle dripped Alberta lake water,
And then we ate and sat and talked until the night,
The fire glittered on the a green canoe,
Spitting hisses of fresh spruce.
Circling coyotes sang aloud
Seemingly in unison,
To the cracklings of a fire,
Which demanded another log.
Tall tales, bouts of laughter,
Talk of today’s adventure,
The flames began to dwindle .
One by one the nodding heads sauntered off,
To be embraced by the warmth
Of a down filled sleeping bag
And thoughts of the morning
paddle.
A couple of pokes to the campfire,
And with my pack, I slid under the my green canoe
Wedged by that now dried paddle,
Warmed by the glowing fire.

So until next time…

Be safe, be prepared, and keep Scouting!

Thought for the Week – August 25th

A Thank You to the “Camp Counselor”

Summer Scout camp has been a big part of my life this past summer. I spent three weeks shuttling my youngest son (a Venturer) to Camp Everton (Ontario) where he was employed as a kitchen helper.  Knowing a fair amount of the youth staffing this camp I managed to stay informed of all the happenings.

Also this summer Social media heralded the successes of some of the larger camps such as CJ13, the BSA National Jamboree, or Poacher 2013 (UK). I am also proud to say that several of my youth did Offer of Service for CJ13 this past summer. So while I only spent a week “in camp”, it was never far from my thoughts.

I’m sure that many of you can recall your own summer Scout camp days, and the great memories made during these times. Many of these adventures were made possible by a small group of youth know as the “camp counselors”. While they may be paid staff, their dedication to their job often outstrips any monetary rewards. They deal with any number of challenges daily as they teach outdoors skills and help create lasting memories in the youth they work with.

During the past week while attending the Area composite camp at the Haliburton Scout Reserve, I had the opportunity to meet some truly wonderful young men and women working there this summer.  They impressed me with both the skills that they had and how well they worked with the Scouts, especially with some of the younger ones. Equally impressive is how well they worked with the Scouters as well. They were both knowledgeable and polite.

So lets hear a big thank you for the camp counselor and all they do! Good job!

Until next time…

Be safe, be prepared, and keep Scouting!

Two Wolves

I’m slowly  getting back into the swing of things after my Scouting vacation. Hidden amongst all the tweets and FB notifications I found this story. It comes via a Scouter that I admire, and was told to him by his Akela (George Shadwell) when he was a Cub Scout in the 1950’s. Later when he became a Cub Leader (Baloo) himself he continued to share this story with his own Cubs at campfires.

For Scouter 5 this week I’m sharing it with you. Thanks Poppi!

One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.

He said, “My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all.

“One is Evil – It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.

“The other is Good – It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf wins?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed”.

Till next time…

Be safe, be prepared, and keep Scouting!