Yep. we are in a pickle aren’t we?
We have very little idea of what our lives will look like this time next year. Coronavirus has shaken us all up and we are all doing our best to hold on.
Scouting will continue to be around, though, if we look for it in the right place.
This is a good time to remind ourselves what Scouting is and what it is not because much of what it is not may be going away for good or at least slipping below the horizon for a while.
Besides it’s so much easier to remember what Scouting is–
Scouting is the development of character in the individual Scout through the application of the Scout oath and law.
Everything else is not Scouting, it’s merely window dressing.
I like window dressing as much as anyone, but I don’t absolutely need it.
All levels of organization above the patrol; the various and sundry programs, meetings, and events; the trappings, gee-jaws and gimcracks – all of these window dressings will be out of hand for most of us for the uncertain future – and we’ll have the opportunity to hone in on what really matters: the development of character in the individual Scout.
How, exactly, will we do this?
I am not exactly sure, but we will.
If I were still a Scoutmaster I’d be asking my youth leaders for their ideas. I’ll bet they have some answers I never thought of. There must be many ways we can serve our communities and focus on what Scouting is even in these challenging times.
We’ll all be surprised at how resilient and flexible Scouting can be when you concentrate on the real power of what it is. Many inspirational examples can be found in the stories from Scouts who were in occupied countries during WWII:
- Check out this post about one of my favorite Scouting books “The Left Handshake“
- Read about Kazimierz Piechowski.
Keep in touch, stay connected, bridge the gaps, we’ll all be fine – let me know what your Scouts come up with and I’ll share it with everyone.