Most of you will have read the series “A New Scoutmaster” I started publishing this fall (here’s the first chapter).
Because of the overwhelmingly positive response I expanded the story past the original twelve chapters, edited, expanded what I had already written and I am happy to offer the result in my new book So Far, So Good! A new Scoutmaster’s Story.
The story reflects some of my own experiences, stories shared by readers and listeners, questions they have asked, and the advice I commonly share in reply.
Now that I’ve retired my Scoutmaster badge I’m able to write what I would have appreciated reading when I first took on the job thirty years ago.
What would I do if I had the chance to start all over again?
What if I knew then what I know now?
If you are expecting a book full of systematic instructions or closely defined policy statements, you are going to be disappointed. You’ll find that getting the policies and procedures right isn’t all that difficult. Scouting is not quite like anything else young people do; catching the spirit of our work is a bigger challenge. Once you have a handle on why we do what we do as Scouters, the policies and procedures begin to make sense; they become nearly intuitive.
The new Scoutmaster in the story begins knowing things that took me many years to understand. All the names are altered, but there are enough clues here and there that some of my old Scouts and fellow Scouters may recognize themselves.I wrote it with the hope you’ll find it useful, and inspire you to discover something more about the spirit of your work as a Scouter.
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