scouts-l Mail Archive for July of 2000: Re: Training
Bob Lazell (rlazell@QED.NET
Mon Jul 31 2000 - 06:10:48 CDT
hey Phil and company lighten up!
What so many (myself included at times) fail to remember when posting on
Scouts-L is just what a diverse bunch we humans be and how much variation
can be found within the program/movement/organization/gift-from-God, we all
call "Scouting." Individual programs, methods, personal approaches, can, on
the surface, be as different as night and day, yet be just as valuable.
I liken Scouting to a hike up a mountain; a big mountain. There are many
trails up that mountain, but they all try to reach the peak. I'm on my
trail, you are on yours, we both want to reach the top. We sometimes we meet
up with each other, exchange some tales, give each other tips and
suggestions. Yes, sometimes we look at the other guy and see him
bushwhacking alongside a perfectly good trail, or even heading in the wrong
direction. The best we can do is suggest that our trail is better. But, at
all times try to keep in mind that that other guy might just opening a new
and better trail that we all might be clamoring to follow someday. And the
guy heading in the wrong direction? Well, let's try to turn him around with
offers of help and calls of friendly persuasion. Rolling huge boulders at
someone just does not help when the goal is upward motion.
There are many on this list who are on that well worn tried and true path,
it is smooth with use. In fact it looks more like a woods road than a
trail. This is a perfectly fine trail and when I meet up with you, you will
always get a hearty hello from me. Whatever trail I'm on, it wont be far
from yours, in fact we'll hike together much of the time. But there will be
times when our paths will diverge. Why? because I just might know a trail
that's not on your map; you're welcome to follow, or not. Don't worry
though, I'll see you again I'm sure, and at the very least we'll all have a
damn good time along the way.
If there is love in our hearts for the boys, we'll all be climbing the same
mountain. Not all on the same trail; not all in the same boots; not all
using the same hiking staff; not all wearing the exact same thing; not all
sounding the same; not all looking the same, but, with luck, and god's help,
we'll see each other at the top.
Bob Lazell, SM
Valley Cottage, NY