Eight Words


noun – a. A call to engage in a contest, fight, or competition, b. A test of one’s abilities or resources in a demanding but stimulating undertaking

Scouting – the motto for the Canadian Venturer Scout program

If there was a word that I would use to describe Scouting, challenge would be that word. To me it is the sum of everything we do as Scouts or Scouters. We challenge our youth to meet and exceed expectations. We challenge ourselves to create new and engaging program ideas. We challenge the program to be relevant to today’s societies.

Right now we are enjoying the summer break. One look at the twitter feeds shows all the great adventures the Scouting world is enjoying. I myself have been patiently (OK maybe not patiently) as the days count-down to my own Scouting trip/adventure. But what about when the camp is over? What then?

Looking at the calendar we are only a few short weeks away from the next Scouting year (term). Each Scouting year is a blank canvas for us to use. The question is what are you going to with this gift? As with every organization things can always be improved. We have seen considerable changes in Scouting over the last few years and I have no doubt that there are more on the way. Some Scouting members like to express their frustrations on Social Media about these changes, and I might agree that there is room for improvement. But when do you stop complaining about the problem and start doing something about it?

So here is a little challenge for you. Ask yourself  “What can I do to make Scouting better”? Eight words. Doesn’t seem like a lot does it? but it has the power to change. It could only be in your Troop, or maybe your Scouting Group but its a start.  If you ever doubt that one person can make a difference, just remember what one man 106 years ago started!

So what will your eight words be this year?

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