For the last several months, I’ve had a bit of a side gig going on. As you may or may not know, I’m one of the Adult Leaders in my son’s large Scout Troop – I’m not THE Leader (thank heavens!), but I’m definitely part of the crowd of adult leaders who keep our Troop up and running – I do the campouts and the Eagle ceremonies, several merit badges, and I dabble a bit in the fundraising end of things. So, yes you could say I am involved.
At the Build Your Blog Conference in February, I happened to meet the editor of the Utah Scouts blog. He invited me to come and do a guest post for them. That one turned into two posts and then three or four, and now I’ve been asked to be a regular contributor on their platform. And not only on their platform, but also an even newer blog that will cover the 11 state Western Region. I am beyond THRILLED with this opportunity to share some of my experiences with Scouting. It’s been a real blessing to my son and really to my whole family.
This post I’m sharing here is my clear favorite, which is funny because I didn’t write hardly a word of it. Our boys wrote it almost entirely by themselves, which to me makes it so much more touching and meaningful. I did have to get after them and nag them a bit to turn in their writing, and I wrote the opening and closing paragraphs, but the rest of it is all them.
A little background for non-Scouters. Philmont Scout Ranch is down in New Mexico and it is pretty much famous world-wide. Scouts have been going there for decades. It’s a couple hundred square miles and they send the boys and their leaders off on “Treks” – hiking for 50 to 75 miles or even more over a period of 10 to 12 days. It’s quite an experience – grueling, to be sure, but pretty amazing. Sadly, my son has zero interest in something this strenuous, but last summer, a group of my Scouts went, and here is their story. I hope you’ll take a minute to read it, I think it’s pretty special. (I may even be bold enough to state that is it currently sitting at the #5 most popular post on the site. That will change over time, but I think that’s an amazing tribute to our boys.)