Last January I was helping out at a Cub Scout Winter Camp that was being held at Camp Sheppard . The camp has an excellent inner tubing hill that Scouts love sliding down in the winter. Unfortunately, I happened to overhear a visiting adult leader talk a Cub Scout out of trying the hill. The adult said, "You don't really want to have to walk all the way up to the top, over and over again, do you?" Well, if I know anything about Cub Scouts, I know that their natural response would normally be, "YES," and they would be off like a flash. However, since a trusted adult phrased the experience so negatively, the Scout said no, he guessed that he didn't want to do it, so they went off to some other activity. As adults, in general, and Scout leaders, specifically, it is our role to enable kids to try stuff. Scouting is a great place to do this because we do our best to manage the risk, and let the Scouts explore new adventures without risking life and limb. I ofte
I am a middle-aged father of two. I work in Seattle and live in the suburbs. I do all of the normal Dad stuff. I am a Scout leader, I do outdoor stuff, I repair things, cook things, buy things, etc.