The Old White Wolf (Poppi!) shared this with me and I thought it summed up some of my thoughts on learning to be a Leader.
Being a leader is something we grow into slowly. We don’t start knowing everything – we learn was we go along. Often we are lucky to have an “Old White Wolf” to guide us (and others too). As these mentors stay closer to the fires each night, it is up to us to take their place and share the wisdom they shared with us. So listen well and share their experience.
And to my Old White Wolf – thank you! Please keep sharing your wisdom so that one day I’ll live up to being an Old Wolf too.
The Old White Wolf
(with Cubs and Beavers)
The ol’white wolf loved the warmth
Of a campfire, and it’s dancing flames;
Growing old makes many claims !
His body now hurt, because of his age.
He thought of it, as just another stage,
The cozy embers now soothed all his aches,
And comforted many of his pains;
Yes, …that’s what it takes!
As a pup, in his early roaming years,
He had scared many youths into tears;
He’d howled at those who built the ground fires.
Their fear of him never tired.
But, as he aged and began to grey;
He felt the warmth of the campfire heat-
In closer, he began to stay.
Not scaring a soul, learning to protect,
The source of the embers,
That he had come to respect.
Then, as grey turned to white,
To Cubs and Beavers delight;
They lost all of their fright;
And the ol’white wolf, had begun to snooze,
Nearer the warmth of the campfire ,
Without any eyre,
The Cubs and Beavers began to choose
The ol’white wolf;
Who protected his crews !
(cues the Munchkins) Follow the yellow fish road, follow the yellow fish road, follow, follow, follow, follow the yellow fish road! (OK I’ve had my fun)
Being serious now, the “Yellow Fish Road” is a very worthy project that any Scouting Group can help with. Founded in 1991 by Trout Unlimited Canada, Yellow Fish Road has help build awareness on how pollution can easy enter our watersheds through urban storm drainage systems. It serves as a visual reminder that at the end of the storm drain there is fish who are dependent on clean water to survive.
Painting the fish with lots of helping hands!
The program has two parts to it. First there is a fish-shaped door hangar that raises awareness to homeowners in the target neighborhood. The second part (and fun part) is painting yellow fish using a provided stencil beside storm drains. This past week my Scout Troop and Venturer Company joined the 1000’s of other Canadians that have helped paint the Yellow Fish Road.
In a little under an hour, our six Venturers painted approximately 30 storm drains and delivered the door hangers to the houses on the two streets assigned to us. We even had the chance to explain the program to people out walking in the neighborhood. It always pleases me to see the smiles of strangers when they meet a group of working Scout youth.
The 2nd Bramalea Venturer “Road” crew!
The program is available across Canada. In our Group’s area, the Toronto Regional Conservation Authority is the sponsor, but you can visit the Yellow Fish Road website to find out who to contact in your city. This program makes for a great environmental service project and it’s fun too!
So until next time…
Be safe, be prepared, and keep Scouting!