- Paperback: 156 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (June 20, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1490352481
- ISBN-13: 978-1490352480
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.4 x 6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,687,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Thoughts On Scouting: Ideas, Insights and Inspirations for Scouters Paperback – June 20, 2013
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About the Author
Clarke Green started as a volunteer Scouter in 1981. He has served and in many volunteer and professional roles and, most importantly, as a Scoutmaster for thirty years. For the past eight years he has maintained a blog and podcast for Scouting volunteers at Scoutmastercg.com.
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It was a quick read but I will read it over and over because the short blurbs on each page (tweets and nuggets from his blog) are the best kind of teaching and humor... succinct but substantive. The bits of wisdom (I'm tempted to call them Scouting Proverbs) are short and weighty; the humor is short with the flavor of real experience coming through.
A very good book that I will read again and give as a gift to others in Scouting.
The reader will find 150 thoughts on Scouting. On first impression, I think you will find the book to be an easy and enjoyable read. With reflection, you may discover that many of the entries are not simply entertaining, but thought provoking and guiding as well.
Personally, I has a Boy Scout and later a volunteer in Cub Scouting. Given my Scouting experiences, I feel the book would be an excellent suggestion for someone making the transition from Cub Scout leadership roles to becoming an adult leader in a Troop. The book does a really nice job of suggesting to the reader how the adult leader role in a Troop must be different in order for Boy Scouts to grow and thrive.
For example: "A youth-led activity is often inefficient, inconsistent, chaotic, and full of setbacks. It is a wonderful thing."
Another example: "The central importance of the patrol prioritizes everything else about Scouting."
If you are a Scouter or a Scout parent transitioning from Packs to Troops - insights like this will smooth out the learning curve...
I would like to share 2 more entries to demonstrate Clarke's talent for sharing sage insights with an easy delivery:
"Change doesn't mean we are abandoning the ideas and principles at the core of Scouting, just that we have learned more about what they mean."
"No regrets for time spent with our children in Scouts, other than wishing it lasted longer."
If you care about someone involved in Scouting, a copy of this book would make a very meaningful gift.
If you are a volunteer searching for brief, high impact statements to enhance training sessions or set the tone for meetings - you will find rich content here.
If you are personally looking for some material to refresh or re-energize your commitment to serving youth through Scouting, you are going to love this book.