Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Interesting Turn of Events

In June 2014, I was released as my Ward Varsity Coach.  It was a tough.  I went camping with my Scouts this past weekend and I realize how much I miss them.  I want back in!  Bishopric says no.  I still work in district advancement.  I am now my ward's Executive Secretary.

5 months ago I started with a trial that is the size of a whale.  No need to go into detail other than the support system that has surrounded my kids and I.  I have had friends come out of the woodwork including my own family surround and support most importantly my kids.  I have had some really good days and some really bad days where I just wanted to just go to sleep and not wake up for a few days.  Two friends especially (and their wonderful families) have been ridiculously inclusive including Christmas and New Years.

Due to this trial I have spent more time on my knees, in the scriptures, talking with family and friends and per my Bishop's instruction serving those around me so I can forget myself.

Today I feel like I have so many opportunities in life.  Today I feel like I can overcome anything.  Today I finally feel like I will finally be happy soon.  Today I am extremely happy I have such good friends.  

I will still have trials but it will be OK.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Best Foil Dinner a Scout Could Eat

Let me first start by saying my Scout Son will eat anything but this is one of his favorites when there is a fire.  It is my version of a foil dinner, hobo dinner, etc.  Instead of using raw chicken or beef I use pre-cooked meatballs and he loves it!  This meal costs a bit more than I would normally like to spend on a Scout meal but the meal goes a long ways and could depending on the size of your Scouts and their ability to share feed two.

Here are all of our ingredients.  Cost was about $15 but $11 of that was the meatballs and I can feed my family the rest of them while my son is away.

Cut the veggies up small enough to cook easily.  I used the whole pototo and whole white onion.  Used baby carrots because while expensive compared to regular carrots, they are quick and easy.

Cover it with the cream of mushroom, add a bit of water and/or butter (I didn't use any this time but it is a great way to make sure it doesn't stick to the tin foil) and then add the meatballs.  

Special Texas touch, add some BBQ sauce that you have on hand.  I used Rudy's Sissy Sauce.  

Wrap that thing like it is a new born baby.  Cook and enjoy!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Advice from a Navy Seal - Admiral William H. McRaven

Here is some advice from a Navy Seal:
  1. Make your bed each morning.  If you can't do the little things right, you might not be able to do the big things right.
  2. Find someone to help you paddle through life.
  3. Measure a person by the size of their heart, not their flippers.
  4. Get over being a sugar cookie and keep moving!
  5. You will likely fail; you will likely fail often.  Don't be afraid of the circus.
  6. Sometimes you have to go head first.
  7. Punch a shark in the snout.  Don't back down from a shark.
  8. You must be your very best at the darkest moments.
  9. Start singing when you are up to your neck in mud.
  10. Never, EVER EVER ring that bell!!

This is powerful message especially to our Scouts.


Friday, May 16, 2014


This guy lives in my neighborhood.  He has grown on me.  He is EVERYWHERE trying to share his message.

Monday, May 5, 2014


On Twitter, a member of the #twitterstake asked what the #BestAvice for someone in your calling would be.  Here are mine:

  • Scout leaders: Get trained quick as possible and don't think training is beneath you Lean not unto your understanding
  • Scout leaders: Have fun. This is ur chance to be a boy again only you have experience of making mistakes in the past.
  • Scout leaders: Relationships are better than merit badges towards Eagle. Minister instead of administer.
  • Scout leader: Boy run means boy run. It will never go the way they plan it. That is OK. They take ownership that way.
What would you add??

Friday, May 2, 2014

My Scouting Legacy...........

I started this post a bunch of times.  Like a million times!!  I know what I want to say.....I think........I think but I don't know how to put it into a post.

My biggest concern as a leader is someone coming to me later and saying "You should have done this to help me" or "You had no clue what you were doing and that hindered me".  I can see clearly that two leaders who served before I did who lost two boys records and they did not achieve Eagle because of it.  I hold myself to a much higher standard than I do anyone else.  I mean really high almost to a fault.  I wish I were perfect.

So, what has been my Scouting legacy?

I am fully trained.  I look for further opportunities to be trained.  It is only through training that I reach my full potential.

I am training my boys to lead.  It is hard at time when they don't show up but I am sure trying to turn the program over to them.

I am leaving a legacy.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

More serious or a joker

I thought I had a pretty fun, light, joking personality..............until a conversation with my wife and my Scouts.

I was on the way to my wife's work Christmas Party when I asked if I joked around with her too much.  She told me that I used to joke a lot more than I do but I have gotten more serious.  I didn't know how to take this.  I love to joke and tease (lighthearted and never to really embarrass or mock anyone).  And I can take joking and teasing back.  I take a good share from my friends especially from our Scoutmaster and our Bishop (our Charter Organization Rep). 

So today I shared my conversation that I had with my wife with my Scouts.  And they agreed.  I was shocked.  They said I used to joke and kid and be more like them when I was first called into Scouts.  I know I take my calling serious.  I really do.........but I wonder where I have lost my "love of life".  I wonder if I have lost the zest for life.

Maybe old age has make me more serious.  Maybe the worries of the world have sobered me up.  Maybe I no longer spit the first thing that comes to my mind out and get in trouble.  Maybe I am censoring myself more.  Maybe I just see what Scouting can do for the Scout and for me.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Winging it

Leaders who think they can wing it without reading the handbook (BSA or Church) or getting trained and then think the Spirit will "teach them all things" to do in the moment they need them, don't understand the scriptures.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Camping helps prepare for disasters.

This is a great article by Be Prepared (they sell food storage) on why camping helps you prepare for disasters.  I agree!!!

Overview of the article:
  • You'll get used to sleeping in less than ideal circumstances.
  • You'll learn to eat meals that are easy to cook--or don't require cooking at all.
  • You'll get used to using the "facilities" in less than ideal circumstances.
  • What you deem "necessities" will likely change.
  • You'll have a chance to practice important skills and become more resourceful.
  • You'll learn which kinds of clothing, shoes and outerwear are the best fit for the outdoors and your needs.
  • You'll be more at ease in nature.
  • Your kids (if you have any) won't be quite as freaked out that they aren't sleeping in their own beds.
  • You can get used to finding and treating water before you drink it.
  • You'll be really efficient at getting your camp set up.