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.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Picking a Philmont Trek

Philmont is all life consuming especially for Scout leaders that are doing this for the first time and with no help.  I am tired.  Philmont may try to kill me before I get there.

Last night we let the boys pick treks.  It was interesting to see them be over confident even though a few of them have been there before.  I am glad the leader that went with some of them was there to remind them how hard it was and it will be.  I saw true boy leadership though last night.  Boy lead it was.  It was awesome.  It took time and was not done like adults might do it but a few boys took the lead and was able to finally help the group pick treks.  Some boys (including me initially) wanted to split into a shorter less stressful trek and a more stressful, longer trek but after some discussion I agree with others that we should split the boys in half by ability and allow them to experience the true nature of Philmont - learning to be a team, evaluating weaknesses and strengths and finally encouraging and be positive with each other.

I heard more than a few boys truly express the perfect attitude about Philmont.  They told me they didn't care how far they hiked but they just wanted to make sure they got to soak in the Philmont experience.  This made me proud as a leader especially hearing it from boys who are struggling in life a bit.

We picked 5 treks and was awarded an 83 mile trek.  This is going to be challenging for our boys.  It is going to be especially challenging for me physically.  83 miles is a lot especially when you think about Mt. Baldy and Tooth of Times.  I am still trying to work on my weight, my work situation and making sure I am positive through out this whole experience.  Physically right now I am more tired than I have been in a while.  My chiropractor doesn't think I should go to Philmont due to my back issues.  My work is going through some significant changes and adaptions due to location change, logistics of what employees due and changes in medicine.  As a Scout leader I am tired.  I want to go through.  I want to go bad!!!

Philmont Scout Ranch Baldy Mountain from Copper Park.jpg

Friday, March 14, 2014

Wood Badge Staff...AGAIN!!!

I have been asked to staff Wood Badge again!  Third time!!  Couldn't be more excited!!  My position as an assistant Quarter Master will definitely ensure it is 4 days of not sleeping but I am excited none the less.  I will be serving with new friends and old friends.  I am sure, like the courses in the past, this is going to be a ton of fun!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Watching out for each other

This past month I attended my son's District JV Wrestling match.  Wrestling tournaments are 6 minutes of action followed by hours of waiting around for your son's next tournament.  There were about 6 other schools there.

It was an interesting school night meet that didn't end until almost 11 PM.  I left about 8 PM after my son lost his last match.  I am very proud of him.  He again tried a new sport and you can see a real huge difference in skill from the beginning of the season to the end of the season.

I brought a magazine to read but at some point I was bored.  I started looking around.  I noticed a wrestler who obviously had some kind of disability.  He was sitting off in a corner.  His teammates each took turns sitting by him and talking with him.  It was great to see this team surround one of their members and make sure they feel like they are part of the team.  When this boy wrestled one of his own teammates, his teammates scored just enough points to win while allowing the boy to score points himself.  He didn't just let him win; he made him work for it.

Sometimes winning isn't anything.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Quote - Robert Tew

"It doesn't matter what happens to you. What matters is, what are you going to do about it? Are you going to complain and shrink or are you going to step into your greatness?"  -- Robert Tew

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Philmont Hike #1

I have to say night hiking throws me for a mental loop.  I am not a good judge of time or distance when I do it in the dark.  And not eating or drinking didn't help me.  Not sure why.  It was so cold that I could barely see through my own fumes as I exhaled.  

Nothing like a double fence with a 8 foot section in front of this sign.  

We came across this sign.  Funny...........sort of.  Apparently there were issues with Scouts before.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Powerful - Derrick Coleman

I think this says a lot about being able to speak to our Scouts in the way they needs to hear instead of the way we want to tell them.