Re: Patrol Patches & SM minute
Mark Arend (arend@CENTURYINTER.NET)
Sun, 19 Jul 1998 17:59:57 -0500
Well, this will learn me to type in a URL from memory without checking it
first. To see the patrol patches I mentioned go to:
I suppose it's approprate that I just came up with the following SM minute:
Guys, I have some bad news for you. Some day, in something, each one of you
is going to fail. It might be in school, in sports, in your personal life.
But it will be somewhere.
Our society does not like failure; it's geared towards success: achieving
in school, getting a good job, being respected by your peers, being happy.
And towards these goals we try do do our best in all things. That's part of
the Scout Oath: "On my honor, I will do my best..."
But doing your best sometimes isn't enough. In almost every sporting event
the players on the losing side were doing their best but they just didn't
have the skill or the luck of the winners. In every election one candidate
wins and the rest lose, even though the losers are often as good as the winner.
Even some great people fail. Ulysses Grant failed at business and was one
of our worst presidents, but he was remarkably good at being a general.
Presidents Lincoln & Truman both failed at business, but were good
presidents. Thomas Edison spent two years and tried over a thousand times
before inventing the electric lightbulb.
What you have to do is learn from your failures, and there's three lessons
to learn. The first is just because you've failed once, it doesn't mean
that failure is permanent. Learn from your failures and the next time you
attempt something, do it differently. As the old saying goes:
"If at first you don't succeed, try try again."
The second lesson is that perhaps you're trying to accomplish something
you're not cut out for. If you've honestly tried your best and just can't
succeed sit down and think things over. Perhaps your gifts & talents lie
And the last lesson is to remember that even though failure will come your
way, as it does to everyone, success will also.
Appologies to Jim Sundergill of National Capitol Area Council. I took a
couple of ideas & some wording from an article he had in the February issue
of Scouter Magazine and changed them around.
Is it plagerism if you credit your sources?
Anyway, if you like it his article was the inspiration. If you don't like
it blame my changes.
Mark W. Arend
Beaver Dam Community Library
311 N. Spring St. Outside of a dog, a book is
Beaver Dam, Wisc. 53916 man's best friend. Inside of
(920) 887-4631 (fax 887-4633) a dog it's too dark to read.
Scoutmaster, Troop 736
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City