Scouts-L Mail Archive for June of 1999: SM minute
Mark W Arend
Sun, 27 Jun 1999 20:38:30 -0500
Have any of you ever been to a circus? To me the scarist thing to watch
is the aerialist--you know, the men & women who swing on the trapeze and
jump back and forth. Just one slip and they fall about 50 feet to the
ground. Yet they work with no safety net.
Do you know how they get to be so confident and so good? Well, when they
start they work a little closer to the ground. But they also practice
with a safety net. As they get comfortable with they move higher and
eventually remove the safety net.
And this make sense. When they are just learning their skill, or when
they are trying out a new stunt, they're understandibly nervous. And
they make mistakes and they do fall. As they practice and become better
they fall less and less until they feel that they can work without a net.
Have you noticed that you have a safety net too? Your safety net is your
parents, and your teachers, and your Scout leaders, and lots of others
that you probably never even notice. While you're learning to become men
we provide a net so that when you make mistakes, as you will, we catch
you before you fall too far, and help you bounce back.
You older Scouts are also safety nets--you help out the younger ones.
And you younger guys can help each other, or perhaps younger brothers &
Mark W. Arend
Scoutmaster, Troop 736
Beaver Dam, Wisc.