Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: SM minutes
Thu, 16 Dec 1999 21:53:59 -0600
Here's a couple more of my award-winning SM minutes. ;-)
One note on the first one. It refers to a something posted here a couple
of days ago, and I sound a little hard on the person who posted the
incident. I don't mean this to criticize him or put him down. I
purposfully wrote this way to make a point. Hope there's no offense.
Happy holidays to all of you out there.
Read that fine print
OK, guys. Here's a sports trivia question for you. You all know how hard it
is to excell at one sport, let alone two. Well, back in the 50's, one person
played for the the Brooklyn Dodgers, the New York Knicks, and the New York
Rangers. Who was that person?
The answer is Gladys Gooding, she was the organist for all three teams.
OK, it was a trick question. I said that one person played for these
didn't say the person was an athlete. I misled you. But I did it for a
Very often, as you move out in the world, you will find that people try to
mislead you. Sometimes it's a joke, as in my trivia question. Sometimes they
are trying to get money out of you. Sometimes they want something else from
I guess what I'm trying to say is that you should always carefully read and
consider before you sign or agree to anything. I recently heard from another
Scout leader who was very unhappy about a Troop fund-raiser they had done. It
had sounded like a good deal, but he didn't read the fine print in the
contract, so it ended up not being as good a deal as he had expected.
Unfortunately, he can't do anything about it and he has no one to blame but
himself because he didn't read the fine print carefully.
So before you sign anything, read that fine print.
There was a good cartoon in the paper a while ago. It was one of the family
strips, and the daughter of the family had been chosen to star in the school
Christmas pageant. She wasn't sure that she could remember all the lines.
mother told her not to worry, that her teacher wouldn't have given her the
if she didn't think she could handle it. And then the mother said "Sometimes
accepting another person's confidence in you is the best way to start getting
some on your own."
Let me repeat that: "Sometimes accepting another person's confidence in
the best way to start getting some on your own."
I've often been in situations where I've been asked to do things I'm not
can do. But someone gave me the job or proposed me for the position because
they had confidence in me. And usually I've been able to do the job. Perhaps
not as well as I'd like to, but pretty well. And knowing that someone else
confidence in my abilities helped me to do a better job.
Most of us have been in the same position. If you haven't yet, I predict
that sometime you will be. When that happens, remember that you wouldn't have
been proposed for the job if someone didn't think you could do it.
"Sometimes accepting another person's confidence in you is the best way to
start getting some on your own."
Mark W. Arend, Scoutmaster
Beaver Dam, Wisc.