Lessons from Geese
Brian Suddeth (Brian@SUDDETH.COM)
Fri, 10 Jul 1998 22:27:32 -0400
Here's a nice closing thought that I read in our District newsletter,
and I hope people enjoy it here. It is appropriate reading for just
about any Scouting occasion.
LESSONS FROM GEESE :
When you see geese flying in a "V" formation, you might be
interested in knowing what facts scientists have discovered about
why they fly that way.
1. FACT: As each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird
immediately following. By flying in a "V" formation, the whole flock
adds at least 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew on its
LESSON: People who share a common direction and sense of
community can get where they are going quicker and easier because
they are traveling on the trust of one another.
2. FACT: Whenever a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels
the drag and resistance of trying to go it alone and quickly gets back
into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird
immediately in front.
LESSON: There is strength and power and safety in numbers when
traveling in the same direction with those with whom we share a
3. FACT: When the lead goose gets tired, it rotates back in the wing
and another goose flies point.
LESSON: Each of us needs to take our turn in giving direction for the
good of the group.
4. FACT: The geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to
keep up their speed.
LESSON: We all need to be remembered with active support and
5. FACT: When a goose gets sick, or is wounded and falls out, two
geese fall out of formation and follow it down to help and protect it.
They stay with it until the crisis resolves, and then they launch out
on their own or with another formation to catch up with their group.
LESSON: We must stand by each other in times of need.
We are fortunate that there are more geese in life than turkeys.
Let's remember to uphold each other in friendship and to give each
other a "honk" of encouragement more often.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City