Scouts-L Mail Archive for August of 1999: Instilling Awe for Nature
Instilling Awe for Nature
Fri, 13 Aug 1999 10:58:45 -0600
I've been reading the thread posted here with the subject line of
"Dilemma....Backpacking" and it kinda struck a chord in me that has been
vibrating for some time now.....like a few years. May I toss this out and
get the feelings of this wonderful group of scouters on the subject of how
or IF you feel like your troop is instilling an appreciation of
nature.....let me elaborate....
Maybe it's just me (and if it is, I'll just go crawl in a hole and come
out later) but I get a very emotional response from just standing in the
middle of the woods....or looking at a tree-lined prairie acreage....or
looking down a mountain valley. I mean an almost overwhelming feeling
of...well, I guess it's "awe". Now certainly, one can relate it to
religion....you know, "God's creation" or some thought process like that,
but whatever it is in the brain that triggers this "awe of nature" has me
puzzled. Did I come by this naturally? Did my early scouting experiences
instill this? If so, how?
We all know there are scouts who seem horribly "out of place" while
camping...while in a natural setting. And then there are some scouts who
take to the woods like....er, rabbits! There are some scouts who seem to
have a deep and abiding respect and a personal relationship with
nature......and some that go blithely down the trail hacking at weeds,
kicking rocks and breaking off branches of trees.
If a deep appreciation of nature is a learned behavior, do any of you have
"tricks" or certain programs that you present that you think help instill
this appreciation? Is the program ongoing and organized or does it just
"happen" via scouting activities? Any thoughts?
BLUE SKIES!, Any day above ground is a good day!
BS RT Comm, Pelathe Dist
Heart of America Council Eagle Class of 1963
ASM, T-55, Lawrence, Kansas Brotherhood, Tamegonit Lodge
email: email@example.com Mic-O-Say: HW "Shieldmaker"