A Scout is never taken by surprise; he knows exactly what to do when anything unexpected happens.
What can we learn from the turtle? First we see his shell, his armor, his means of defense. We are like the turtle in that we have many ways to protect ourselves— our instinct to draw away from danger, to shelter ourselves from it, for example.
Secondly, we see the turtle’s persistence. He’s slow, he’s plodding, but he always gets where he’s going. His persistence is memorialized in the age-old story of the tortoise and the hare. The persistent tortoise outlasted the showy, flashy, and very fast hare. We can learn from the turtle that our greatest accomplishments do not come from skill alone, but require our persistence in striving for the goal, such as in our journey to the rank of Eagle.
Finally, we see that the turtle can go nowhere unless he first sticks out his neck. Again we are like the turtle in that we accomplish nothing until we dare to stick out our necks once in a while.
Apropos to our week at Summer Camp:
“A week of camp life is worth six months of theoretical teaching in the meeting room”
Blowing up the Internet
The internet is an interesting place. A very useful resource indeed, sometimes just a way to waste time, and often a way to reach out socially. Sometimes it just “blows up”. The blow up can be amusing (what color is that dress really?)
But sometimes it can be ugly. A strange phenomenon that’s quite possible nowadays is for someone to tweet something that they think is funny, or campy, but in truth is not something they mean in earnest, or would do or say, if they knew it would construed strictly as literal. Lives have been ruined by social slip-ups like this, in a way just not possible in times past.
If you have a Facebook page, Instagram account or if you are tweeting away, remember, your words may end being ascribed to you in ways you never thought possible. If you live by the scout law, oath and motto, you are not likely to ever get in this sort of trouble, but be aware, your tweets can travel around the world in the time it takes you to finish breakfast.
“See things from the boy’s point of view”.