Re: WANTED SCOUTMASTER MINUTES
Robert Craig (rcraig@LIBRARY.CARLETON.CA)
Fri, 5 Aug 1994 11:18:33 EDT
Here is my submission, I figured with the noise that seems to be going on
in rec.scouting, maybe someone might post the request there to at least
get off of the BSA for a while!
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I reached back into my mind and I remember a few that stand out that were most
memorable for me. This first one, I remember being told by my Scout Leader.
I never really grasped the idea behind it, I found the story a bit far fetched
and I guess the idea of people hating others for what they were a bit out of
my mental grasping. Anyways.....
It sat in my head for a while until I happened to be working at a summer
camp in Milton, Ontario. We had a boy who just moved from Quebec to
Ontario. Marcel was an interesting person. He was a true Quebequois, spoke
French and believed strongly in the French culture and separatism. He
Fortunately for us, he also spoke English. For some chance of fate, he was
placed in the group with my best friend Craig. Craig came to Canada at the
age of 11 from Great Britain. He spoke absolutely no French and was the
exact opposite to this young boy.
(Craig adored the English and English Canadian Culture, he believed that Canada
was a great country and was very tolerant to others). Marcel, upon
discovering Craig spoke no French was extremely upset. Going into constant
fits of anger, Craig would have to sit down with Marcel to settle him down
and discuss his behaviour and attitude to the others at camp. Marcel, never
really got along with Craig. Actually he wasn't getting along with anyone,
he had the opinion that he was forcibly moved to Ontario, and that these
Ontarians were inferior to him as a Francophone.
Craig asked for some suggestions as to how to deal with the situation. I asked
if I could speak at the campfire they were having and give the Scouter's 5 (
ScoutMaster's Minutes). It was then, the story from my Scout Master made sense:
An arctic cargo flight crashed up in the far Northern areas of Ontario.
The crew consisted of a person from Ontario, a person from Quebec and a
person from Manitoba. Each of these people, while from different
provinces where also from different cultures by way of ethnicity.
One was an Native Canadian, one was a French Canadian, and the third
was a English Canadian. These three people, never brought together
before as all three were travelling on the plain to return to their
respective homes on this flight. With the pilot being killed in the
crash and the plane sinking into the icy water of Hudson's Bay, the
three were left to fend for themselves. Although the three had never
met before, they all hated each other as a result of their ethnicity.
With little effort, they were able to get a fire going
and had fed it for a while. With their extensive injuries from the
crash, they all were extremely tired and their last search for wood,
resulted in the three men each finding a log. Sitting around the fire,
each man stared at the others, holding hatred for the person because
of who he was and where he was from. As the fire slowly died, one
man suggested that someone should feed the fire soon. Each man in
turn refused to place their log on the fire as it would be a sacrifice
to the other men in the sense he would be helping them. So slowly
they sat there and watched the fire slowly die. The cold
weather took them quickly. The next morning, a search crew arrived
on to the site, finding the three men, each clutching their log.
The heat of all three logs, probably would have kept them through
the night, but to share their log, was to help another person
they didn't like.
Well, I told that story, and I think that most of the kids around the
fire just sat there hearing the story but not really understanding it. Sort
of like how I had been when my Scout Master told it to us. It did however
reach to that young boy. While I never knew the truth behind the story, the
boy couldn't believe why these three men held so much hatred towards each
other that they wouldn't even try to save themselves. Craig and the boy
talked for a while about differences. Later that night, Craig came to me
and said that the story worked great, the response from the boy was that if
he and Craig were ever in a crash, he would share his log.
Anyways, there is my first story!
My second one I heard during the 5th World Youth Forum in Kandersteg Switzerland
It was told to us by the Chairperson of the Forum, after spending 4 days
with people from around the world creating a position paper on youth
empowerment within Scouting (the idea that youth should be involved in the
decision making and policy making areas of the various levels of
National Scouting Associations)
The story went along the lines:
A man was walking through a small village, which actually seemed quite
large. It was very diversed with historic old houses and large
modern buildings side by side to each other. At the end of the road,
the man came across a house that looked fabulous. It was beautifully
kept, had a historic appearence, yet looked remarkably modern. From
inside the man could hear the singing of angels. On the front lawn
was a sign: "Here anything in the world can be obtained"
Eagerly excited, the man ran into the building to behold endless
shelves of items and angels running around making sure everything was
in order. At the front of the house was a small desk with the
same sign as on the front lawn. And at the desk, sat an angel.
The man exclaimed "Is it true that anything in the world can be
obtained here. If so I would like to end world conflict, promote
peace amongst the peoples of the world, end famine, clean up
The angel interjected and said "My good person, you have misunderstood
the sign, for here we only sell the seeds..."
Good Scouting everyone!
BTW, Scouts Canada currently sells a great book (IMHO) called "Thoughts for
Sharing" in it, the book has stories that are suitable for a variety of
situations and topics. I seem to remember it being under $5.00 Canadian.
However that was three years ago when I bought it!
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