Founders Day

February is a special month for Scouts and Girl Guides all across the world. Each of these Movements celebrate Feb. 22, the birthday of Scouts founder, Lord Robert Baden-Powell and his wife,  Lady Olave Baden-Powell, the World Chief Guide. Whether it is known as Founder’s Day, Thinking Day, or plain old BP’s birthday it is a good time to take pause and reflect a little on Scouting.

In honour of this day I thought would share some wisdom of BP on Scouting. The message might be a hundred years old but it is still as relevant today as it was then!

Until next time…

Be safe, be prepared, and keep Scouting!

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The Scouting Spirit

While I’m not much into milestones or keeping statistics I would like to point out that this is the 100th post for the Leader Daze blog. When I started the blog I didn’t really have a grand idea or plan. I just wanted to share with those who might come across the site some Scouting Spirit. So in honour of all this, I thought that I would share this poem with you all for Scouter 5 this week.

The Spirit Lives

The Spirit lives, there is no doubt,
Within the heart of every Scout,
The hope lives on, the dreams survive,
The Scouting spirit is alive!

In England, many years ago,
There lived a man who sought to sow
The seeds of brotherhood of man,
And there the spirit first began.

The Scouting spirit spread about
To nations east, west, north and south,
And soon, on every land and shore,
Young men were taught the Scouting Law.

We camped and learned of nature’s ways,
We gloried in our youthful days,
We ventured where all others feared,
Because we knew we were prepared.

The world has changed as years went by,
Society’s values went awry,
And many ask, “What is the worth
of Scouting on this wretched earth?”

But each new Scout who learns our law
Brings with him hope, and much, much more;
Each generation of Scouts gives
The proof that Scouting’s spirit lives.

The treasured values of the past
Still guide Scouts of today; they last
In spite of changes that we see
Around us in society.

And still, adventures filled with fun
Await today’s Scouts, every one;
In them that spirit, born of old
May yet transform this sorry world.

And so we say without a doubt,
That in the heart of every Scout
The hope lives on, the dreams survive,
The Scouting spirit is alive!

— By G.K. Sammy, former Scout of 31st Trinidad, dedicated to the Naparima District Scouts, who attended the XV World Jamboree, 1983 

Until next time…

Be safe, be prepared, and keep Scouting!

Some Stories About “The Good Turn”

For Scouter 5  this week I’m sharing some thoughts about the good turn. Most times a good deed remains unseen and passes in a heartbeat between the doer and the recipient. Sadly even for myself life’s hectic all to often causes us to forget this simple little promise we make each week. To help remind us (and me) here are a few stories to ponder in the coming week.

Stars Are Good Deeds

I often think, when the sun goes down, the world is hidden by a big blanket from the light of heaven, but the stars are little holes pierced in that dark blanket by good deeds done by men in this world.

The stars are not all the same size; some are big, some are little, just as some men have done large deeds and others small deeds. But they have made their hole in the blanket by doing good before they go to heaven.

Look up there and find a spot to make your hole in the blanket by good work while you are on earth. It is something to BE good, but it is far better to DO good.

Lord Baden-Powell

One Good Deed Deserves Another

This is a true story…

In 1999, a 10 year old boy was a bat boy for a Little League game. He was in the wrong spot just as a player swung for a ball and the bat struck him right in the chest. The impact stopped his heart. Lucky for him, a woman watching the game jumped out of the stands, gave him CPR, and he began breathing again.

In 2006, a woman was eating lunch in a restaurant. When she began choking, a young man washing dishes rushed over and performed the Heimlich manuever, causing her to cough out the food that was choking her.

The woman in the first story was named Peggy Brown. The boy’s name was Kevin Stephan. The woman in the second story was named Peggy Brown and the young man was Kevin Stephan, now a 17 year old Life Scout.

Peggy had saved Kevin and over 6 years later, he repaid the favor by saving her life. He had learned his life saving skills through Boy Scouts and added to them through firefighter training.

Why do we teach first aid, life saving, and all these skills in Boy Scouts? Why is our motto “Be Prepared”? Well, this is a great example of ‘WHY’.

For those of you doing the 24 in 24 challenge – keep up the great work! For those of you that haven’t yet,please consider it. There is no need to complete all 24 days, just do your best. Even one good turn is one more than yesterday. I hope you have a great week and I’m going to leave you with this video to reflect on.

Until next time…

Be safe, be prepared, and keep Scouting!

We Are the Change

Today is December 1st and the starting day for my 24 good turns in 24 days challenge. For those that have taken up the challenge I wish you the best of luck!

For Scouter 5 today I don’t have a lot of words, sometimes actions speak louder. Remember each good turn is like a ripple in the water, it starts off small but can end touching many things. Together we can be the change!

For some encouragement have a look at the following video. It shows that a good deed can effect far beyond what you would expect. Something worth considering!

Until next time…

Be safe, be prepared, and keep Scouting