Saturday, March 19, 2016

Be Prepared

So now that I am a Scoutmaster, I am suppose to do a Scoutmaster's Minute at our meetings.  Since the boys run the troop meetings, I don't know when I am going to actually get my minute.  I had one Senior Patrol Leader who wouldn't give me the opportunity.  He made Eagle recently and I told him I have stored up all those minutes for his Court of Honor.

Be Prepared...

It sounds like a simple Motto.  This was the topic I used at the last scout meeting.  I have a lot of Scouts coming from baseball practice, martial arts, and piano practice to name a few activities.  I have been telling my scouts, that they know our meetings are every Monday night.  They should leave the house prepared for the day and that includes being ready for Scouts.  They wouldn't show up to their other events without the items they need, right?   Can't practice football without pads and a helmet.   Can't practice piano without music sheets.  So why not Scouts.  I expect my Scouts to come in uniform, something to write on, a pen, neckerchief, slide, and their scout book.

You just need to think a little ahead...  For work, if we have a presentation, we don't just show up.  We think about it and bring PowerPoints, our computers and handouts.  For Dinner, we wash our hands.  For Church, we dress nice and mentally get ready.  There are many, many things we need to Be Prepared for.

Somewhere in my Scoutmaster's minute I will work in something to support the parents at home.  I'll mention homework and chores.

Until next time...