Sunday, December 9, 2012


Could you imagine being a Scout leader for 60 years?  Could you even begin to imagine how much influence you could have after 60 years?  60 years!!!  I read this story and though about all the young men Coach Gagliardi had.  He was innovative by not using a whistle, putting players before practice in bad weather and not tackling during practices   And is the mosquitoes were too bad, he cancelled practice.  And because of this he was the most winning coach in NCAA history.

Does it matter that he coached at a Division III school?  No.
Does it matter that he only had 4 national titles in 60+ years at a Division III school?  No.
Does it matter that he has had roughly 500 wins?  No.

His biggest concerns was his players.  And our Scouts should be for us.  A wise Bishopric Counselor told me one "Worry more about ministering than administering your boys."

Wouldn't it be great if we were Scout leaders for 60 years and had such a huge influence on Scouts like Coach Gagliardi did?  It would be great!!!


Evenspor said...

I don't know how many years my granddad was involved in scouts for - I know he had six sons and continued to serve after they were all grown - but I know he had a huge impact on his scouts. My cousin told me that when she was in Chicago a few years ago (granddad had lived in California), she met one of his scouts. He spoke very highly of granddad as a Scoutmaster and how much influence he had had on him as a young man.

Fishgutts said...

It is pride that makes me want my boys to say the same thing about me.

Evenspor said...

Partly. I know I am proud when I see the boys we taught in primary for three years pass the sacrament. But it is also partly the same joy, I think, of bringing someone to the gospel. It would be nice if we could all be like Ammon, who boasted in the Lord, not himself. It's something to work on on the way to perfection. ;-)