Softly Falls the Light of Day

mV5nrN2CajJ_vxBo_5Ef5xAI received the sad news yesterday  that a Scouting friend had Gone Home this past weekend. He was an amazing man who touched the lives of many people (Scouters as well) and his spirit will live on in the youth he worked with over the past years.  God grant you a quiet rest Baloo.

As it sometimes happens when someone is taken before their time, I’ve been pondering my mortality and how my personal “accounting” would look if today was my last day. Would my life’s ledger have more black than red ink in it?  We take time for granted and put off things with the assumption there will be time later. Most of the time this line of thinking is OK, but sometimes life throws you a knuckle-ball and suddenly there is no “later”.

Not meaning to sound like an inspirational poster, but living like there is no tomorrow does have some merit, and in its own way it is just another way of being prepared. Our Scout vespers which is sung at the end of meetings and gatherings is a reminder of this. For some it is just something we sing before we leave the meeting, but if you really pay attention to what it is saying  you will see that it asks the singer to review their actions for the whole day and not just the past 2 hours. Perhaps it’s time I pay a little more attention to “now” and not depend on the future so much.

How would you answer these questions?

Softly falls the light of day,
While our campfire fades away.
Silently each scout should ask:
“Have I done my daily task?
Have I kept my honor bright?
Can I guiltless sleep tonight?
Have I done and have I dared
In everything to be prepared.?”

Listen Lord, oh listen Lord,
As I whisper soft and low,
Bless my Mom and bless my Dad,
There is something they should know.
I have kept my honor bright.
The Oath and Law has been my guide.
Mom and Dad, this you should know,
Deep in my heart I love you so.

Until next time…

Be safe, be prepared, and keep Scouting!

The Wherefore and the Why

1912438_10152329295924257_965649798_nIf anybody were to ask me why I spend the long hours doing what I do, I would show them this picture. This is my proof that Scouting produces capable young men (women too). I recently found (and stole it  acquired it) from Facebook where was being shared between my friends. Seeing these 3 together brought back a flood of memories, and along with a most satisfying sense of pride!

I’ve camped in snow, rain, the hot as well as the cold with these guys. I’ve dressed up as a War of 1812 Red Coat and marched with them at Fort George. Collected winter coats for people who have none. Delivered Santa boxes to the underprivileged.  I’ve paddled canoes with them (including two days of non-stop rain in Algonquin Park to see turtles or moose, neither of which appeared since they unlike us were smart enough to stay out of the rain!). There is a lot of “one hours” a week in there over the years. I consider it time well spent!

I’ve known these 3 for a long time (since before they were even in Scouting). This photo is during their second last year in Troop, working their way (not that you could judge that by the relaxed poses)  towards finishing their Chief Scout Awards. That was 2006. One of them is now in the process of becoming a fireman and the other two are attached to our Troop as Scouters (part-time). While they have walked their own paths to become the men they are now, I’m thankful I got to walk with them for part of the way!

This photo gives me faith in Scouting and what it does for youth!

So what is your reasons for being a Scouter? Please share in the comments section.

Until next time…

Be safe, be prepared, and keep Scouting!