scouts-l Mail Archive for April of 2000: Re: JLT Accident
Mick Cole (MicCCole@AOL.COM
Wed Apr 12 2000 - 20:36:10 CDT
In a message dated 4/12/2000 1:22:02 AM SA Western Standard Time,
> Commitment, values, trust,
> challenge and team work are all parts of the initiative game concept.
> not throw out initiative games because someone screwed up. Let's
> the value that challenge activities can play in the life of our youth.
> By the way, I talked to several of the scouts that attended the last World
> Jamboree. The US scouts had to sit on the sidelines and watch the scouts
> from the rest of the world participate in activities that were not
> for US scouts because they were deemed too risky. Sad state of affairs.
> Cooper Wright
> Advisor, Crew 1519
> Alexandria, VA
Here's a posting from an email list of former Air Force fliers that may tell
all of us something about the need for challenges, and the danger of being
SM, Troop 62
Butch Moore wrote:
A man found a cocoon of a butterfly. One day a small opening
appeared, he sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it
struggled to force its body through that little hole. Then it
seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared as if it had
gotten as far as it could and it could go no farther. Then the
man decided to help the butterfly, so he took a pair of scissors
and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon. The butterfly
then emerged easily. But it had a swollen body and small,
The man continued to watch the butterfly because he expected that
at any moment, the wings would enlarge and expand to be able to
support the body, which would contract in time. Neither happened!
In fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around
with a swollen body and shriveled wings. It never was able to fly.
What the man in kindness and haste did not understand was that the
restricting cocoon and the struggle required for the butterfly to get
through the tiny opening were God's way of forcing fluid from the body
of the butterfly into its wings so that it would be ready for flight
once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon.
Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our life. If God
allowed us to go through our life without any obstacles, it would
cripple us. We would not be as strong as what we could have been.
And we could never fly.
>From the Heart of Dixie