Thursday, 24 January 2008


I recently I just posted about being active member but the truth is that in order for the adults and youth to be active in the Scouting Movement they have to willing to volunteer their time. Yeah most people are going to say that the youth are not volunteering their time but the truth is as soon as that youth moves into a leadership position he should realize fairly quickly that putting together the scouting program requires effort outside the meeting. This effort comes only when that person recognizes that they are a needed part of the organization and once they realize or are given this opportunity then they willing be willing to give their personal time to the program. I volunteer to sign up for a merit badge and I volunteer to go on a campout, yeah it may not be giving my time for others but I is certainly giving away time.

The spirit of volunteerism in the United States is fading at a drastic pace and I am very concerned that we are not keeping enough resources or recruting enough resources to ensure that this program can reach every community possible within this country. Yes it is going to require someone to step up to the plate someday, maybe it will be me or maybe it will be you. It comes down to the fact that if their is a need in your community that you can work on to address and have a issue with that event or idea, then you shouldn't just sit their and complain. Do something productive, step out on a limb and take chare of the situation.

Volunteering personally makes me feel very good inside. I allows me to see so many differnet people and experience so many things that can become very valuable in a later part of my life. Yes volunteering is going to require work and effort but when done with others you can have fun while you are doing it.

Yours in Scouting
Mark W
Junior Assistant Scoutmaster
Troop 1616

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