- Paperback: 154 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 4, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1505790603
- ISBN-13: 978-1505790603
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So Far So Good: A New Scoutmaster’s Story Paperback – January 4, 2015
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From the Author
So Far, So Good! is my answer to the questions:
What would I do if I had the chance to start all over again?
What if I knew then what I know now?
Now that I've retired my Scoutmaster badge I'm able to write what I would have appreciated reading when I first took on the job thirty years ago.
Like any new Scouter I was, at first, concerned with the obvious, what we did at meetings, where we were going camping, how we would get there, and what we would do once we arrived.
I was anxious to look the part. I bought a campaign hat and a red jacket, and admired the patches and decorations other Scouters wore.
None of those things made me a better Scouter, and some of the attitudes I adopted made me insufferably self-important.
Eventually I became much more interested in doing actual good rather than just looking the part. I wanted to be useful rather than simply chasing the appearance of success. I began to ask myself how, exactly, this game played in the outdoors benefitted young people. What could I do to make the most of my opportunity as a Scouter?
After some years, I stopped trying to imitate an idealized picture and started helping Scouts discover authentic Scouting for themselves. We all stand on the shoulders of just over a century of Scouting's combined experience. There are no new problems; we all encounter the same challenges, and all of us muddle through as best we can.
If you are expecting a book full of systematic instructions or closely defined policy statements, you are going to be disappointed. You'll find that getting the policies and procedures right isn't all that difficult. Scouting is not quite like anything else young people do; catching the spirit of our work is a bigger challenge. Once you have a handle on why we do what we do as Scouters, the policies and procedures begin to make sense; they become nearly intuitive.
I lay no claim that what you'll read is the only authentic way of doing things, or even that I am close to having everything right.
This narrative loosely follows my own experiences, but the new Scoutmaster in the story begins knowing things that took me many years to understand. All the names are altered, but there are enough clues here and there that some of my old Scouts and fellow Scouters may recognize themselves.I wrote it with the hope you'll find it useful, and inspire you to discover something more about the spirit of your work as a Scouter.
About the Author
Clarke Green has worked with thousands of Scouts and Scouters as a director at his local Scout Camp (Camp Horseshoe), and as a Scoutmaster for 30 years. He is the recipient of a number of awards recognizing his service to Scouting, including the B.S.A.'s Silver Beaver, District Award of Merit, and is a Vigil Honor member of Octoraro Lodge 22.
He is the author of the blog and podcast at Scoutmastercg.com The Scouting Journey and Thoughts on Scouting.
An avid outdoorsman and amateur actor, he lives in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania with his wife Teddi.
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