One of the B.S.A.’s founders, Ernest Thompson-Seton, was visiting a camp he founded near his New Jersey home. Seton had invited several important local businessmen to join him on this particular visit to interest them in supporting the camp.
During their stay they watched with great interest as some of the boys tried to light a fire by friction using the ancient bow and drill. Their efforts were great and the resulting fire was a victory won over may attempts.
As they turned from the scene one of the guests turned to Seton and said; “Mr. Seton, why, in a world of matches, do you ask the boys to struggle with these primitive methods?”
Seton thought for a moment and pointed at the ground; “You are thinking of the fire that is lit here…” he placed his hand over his heart and continued; “…while I am after the fire that is kindled here in the heart.”
The challenges that life present often turn us from an easy path to one that requires more effort, more skill. As scouts we deliberately challenge ourselves to develop our skill as outdoorsmen and extend our own personal limits. There are easier ways to do many things but the way that offers growth is often the most difficult.