How often can you title a post based on a Bill and Ted quote? At the risk of showing my age I remember when that quote was first made, and despite it being from a movie that wouldn’t ever be considered for an Oscar there is a ring of truth to it. Be excellent to each other.
It can easily be applied to Scouting as well. Even though we come from many places, look different, and sound different we are all bound by the same promise to help take care of each other, Scout or not. Be excellent to each other.
Have you ever wondered about the World Scouting emblem on our uniforms? I like to ask my youth what is the most important insignia on their uniform. Some will point to the Group crest, some their neck scarfs, others a badge they worked hard to earn. I will tell them that while those are all important, have another look for what makes us all the same. This time someone will point to the World Scouting emblem. It is the one constant emblem on uniforms that shows while we come from all over the world we are the same.
With this in mind consider the following quote.
“We are like pieces in a jigsaw puzzle. We are all unique, and have our own special place in the puzzle of the universe. Without each of us, the puzzle is incomplete. ”Rod Williams
The Goose Story – Teamwork Lesson
When you see geese flying along in “V” formation, you might consider what science has discovered as to why they fly that way. As each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird immediately following. By flying in “V” formation, the whole flock adds at least 71 percent greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own. People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going more quickly and easily because they are traveling on the thrust of one another.
When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to go it alone — and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird in front. If we have as much sense as a goose, we will stay in formation with those people who are headed the same way we are.
When the head goose gets tired, it rotates back in the wing and another goose flies point. It is sensible to take turns doing demanding jobs, whether with people or with geese flying south. Geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.
What messages do we give when we honk from behind? Finally — and this is important — when a goose gets sick or is wounded by gunshot, and falls out of formation, two other geese fall out with that goose and follow it down to lend help and protection. They stay with the fallen goose until it is able to fly or until it dies, and only then do they launch out on their own, or with another formation to catch up with their group.
If we have the sense of a goose, we will stand by each other like that.
I’m going to close this weeks Scouter5 with a little “Pep Talk” (thanks to @westybsa for finding this!)
So until next time…
Be safe, be prepared, and be excellent to each other!