Re: Similar story
Peter Van Houten (peterva@QM.WV.TEK.COM)
Fri, 2 Sep 1994 08:24:31 -0800
In reference to your story, Robert, and that of Pauls, I'm sure we all =
have had one or more experiences which could lead us not to be a part of =
something, whether it be Scouting, Little League, School PTO, Church or =
whatever. I too have a couple of stories, which I won't take the time to =
share, but jump right to the point.
Not being involved is the easiest and least painful way to deal with a =
tough situation. I'm not saying its wrong (because I've taken this path =
also). However, if I may use Kathy's words of wisdom: "The best way to =
initiate a change is from within, not from the sidelines."
I joined Scouting for one purpose, and one purpose alone, to ensure that =
my son does not get a repeat of the Cub Scouting experience I had when I =
was a boy. As such, he is very much in love with scouting. If I may toot =
my own horn, we had our annual pack leader conference recently and I =
solicited via a questionaire what people like about our pack, and what =
could be changed/added to improve our scouting activities. I was =
wonderfully overwhelmed when many of the responses stated, that Peter Van =
Houten was the reason their son stuck with Scouting.
Every leader on this net is an important and vital key to the success of =
Scouting, and you're the one person who DOES make a difference in a boys =
life! You're rarely thanked or appreciated, but as a co-worker told me =
one day: 'Peter you're probably making sure we don't have another case =
for the Juvenile courts.' I hope so!
How many experiences have we read among ourselves where someone has come =
back years later and stated 'You were why I was involved.' What if you =
had not been there for that person? How would that person have turned =
out? If you remember the story I shared about the starfish. There were =
thousands upon thousands of starfish on the beach as the native kept =
throwing them back into the ocean to survive. Asked why he did this when =
he knew he couldn't make a difference to all of them. Throwing one back, =
he responded: 'Made a difference to that ONE!'
You do make a difference, One boy at a time, and I'll be the first to =
stand up anywhere and say 'You all are special and very important!'
In Scouting ...
Peter Van Houten
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