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Either myself or my ASM will take the opportunity for a Scoutmaster Moment at every meeting. Sometimes I struggle to find a topic. Other times, I have 5. I'm always looking for new sources.
I used this one last night. It seemed to go over well. Link
What frequency do you have SM Moments? What sources do you use?
Posted 16 October 2015 - 07:14 PM
As the RTCommish, I try to run my RT a bit like a Troop meeting. We open with a small flag ceremony, official announcements, then the "program" or breakout trainings. Time for closing, I give a short "SMMinute" ( might be humorous, might be more serious) which I generally read from a source (lots of inspirational, Scouty resources available) and then Scout Sign, recite the Scout Promise and "God speed home"....
I also send out a weekly email that serves as our District Newsletter. I include a "teaser" at the top, a thought provoker, which also seems to present itself to me from many sources. Religious gospels, native American writings, Ernest Thompson Seton, Khalil Gibran, William Penn, Gandhi, Daniel Webster, old Scoutmaster Manuals, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Robert Service, Baden Powell, Groucho Marx, some guy named anonymous, I find lots of inspirational stuff. My 1952 vintage Fieldbook has a lot of Greenbar Bill quotes. Even the most modern BSHandbook has some neat words to consider.
"One finger cannot raise a pebble" =Hopi Indian = >>> go and discuss teamwork, cooperation, the need of the hand to use all the fingers AND the thumb to be really effective.
Last time, I read a short story where the "moral" was not , as expected , that you could not lead a horse to water and make him drink, but maybe your job was to make him thirsty so he would seek his own water.
Posted 17 October 2015 - 08:18 AM
One of my favorite "less-than-a-minute minutes" that you are welcome to share:
What rank do you boys want to be by the time you age out of our troop?
I know we'd like all of you to be first class scouts.
Some of you aspire to Star, Life, Eagle, and maybe a few palms.
We'd love to support you in that.
But most importantly we'd like you to be the best scout that a fella ever knew.
I've been around, and met a quite a few scouts, but only one qualifies as best.
His name is Jeff, he aged out at Second Class.
He was a troop treasurer and patrol leader.
He had a knack for finding arrowheads ... and picking hidden monuments to hike to.
But, none of that made him best, it just made him interesting.
Before all that ... one day Jeff invited me to join his troop.
I could have wasted a lot of time not scouting if it weren't for him.
And for that I'm forever grateful.
That's what makes him the best scout I ever knew.
Maybe one day you too will qualify as the best scout a fella ever knew.
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