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I’m an adult leader for a patrol of 11 year old boy scouts.  This weekend we are going camping, and I was thinking about the dialog that might occur between the boys and their parents after the trip.  I thought up these questions which I might suggest to parents in order to facilitate such dialog.

Ask about the food.  What did they eat?  Who made it?  What was their favorite thing to eat?  How was the food compared to other camping trips?  How long did it take to cook?  What could they have done to eat sooner?

Ask not just about the weather, but how the scout prepared and reacted to the weather.  What did you do to stay warm?

Ask about the accomplishments.  What was the hardest thing on the campout?  What was the most rewarding?

Ask about their interactions with other scouts.  Who was in the tent with you?  Who was responsible for putting up and taking down the tent?  How did you help the other scouts have fun?  What “good turns” did you do for others?

As parents ask these questions, they shouldn’t be judgemental.  It isn’t a checkup to see if the scout behaved appropriately.  The purpose of the dialog should be to help the scouts make the connection between their actions and the results of their actions.  By talking vocally about the campout, the scouts can turn the things they have done into things they have learned.

Nephi’s Merit Badges

Posted in Funny, Religionon Dec 2, 2010

I recently looked through 1 Nephi and 2 Nephi in the Book of Mormon and found many references to many of the Boy Scout Merit Badges. Here is a quick list:

  • American Heritage, 2 Nephi 1:5 : Having arrived in ancient America, Nephi created American Heritage
  • American Labor, 2 Nephi 5:17 : The Nephites worked and labored upon arriving in America
  • Animal Science, 1 Nephi 18:25 : Discovery of many beasts in America
  • Archery, 1 Nephi 16:23 – Nephi makes a bow
  • Architecture, 2 Nephi 5:15 : Building of buildings
  • Backpacking, 1 Nephi 16:13 : Travel through wilderness
  • Camping, 1 Nephi 2:15 : Tent dwelling
  • Citizenship in the World, 1 Nephi 5:18 : Gathered brass plates that they may go forth to all nations
  • Coin collecting, 1 Nephi 3:15 : Nephi gathered his families precious items, presumably including a collection of coins, to trade for the brass plates
  • Communications, 1 Nephi 4:23 : Negotiations for the brass plates
  • Crime Prevention, 1 Nephi 7:16-17 : Nephi’s brothers were going to kill him, but he prevented their crime by praying
  • Family Life, 1 Nephi 16:7 : Nephi gets married
  • Fire Safety, 1 Nephi 17:13 : The Lord made their meat sweet, so they did not need to create fire while traveling across the wilderness.  Safest fire is no fire.
  • Gardening, 2 Nephi 5:11 : Nephites sowed seed
  • Genealogy, 1 Nephi 3:3 : The brass plates contained Nephi’s genealogy.
  • Geology, 1 Nephi 12:4 : Nephi heard earthquakes and saw mountains tumbling in a dream.
  • Journalism, 1 Nephi 1:2 : Nephi keeps a record
  • Metalwork, 1 Nephi 12:16 : Nephi made tools from metal to build a boat
  • Oceanography, 1 Nephi 17:5 : Nephi beholds and names a sea.
  • Orienteering, 1 Nephi 16:16 : Nephi follows the directions on the Liahona
  • Personal Fitness, 1 Nephi 4:31 : Nephi was large in stature.
  • Plant Science, 1 Nephi 8:1 : Nephi and his family gathered all manner of seeds.
  • Reading, 1 Nephi 19:23 : Read the words of Isaiah
  • Scholarship, 1 Nephi 1:1 : Nephi was taught the learnings of his father.
  • Weather, 1 Nephi 18:13 : Identified a great storm.
  • Whitewater, 1 Nephi 18:15 : Almost was swallowed up by the depths of the sea.
  • Wilderness Survival, 1 Nephi 17:1 : Took a journey in the wilderness
  • Woodwork, 1 Nephi 18:1 : Used timbers to make a boat.

Scout pack checks

Posted in Adventureson Sep 15, 2010

I’m a scout leader for a group of 11-year-old scouts.  Since we are going camping this weekend, tonight we were checking packs to make sure the scouts had all the proper gear.

We decided to make it into a game.  We (the leaders) would call out some important piece of gear such as flashlight.  The first scout to get us the gear would get a point.

It was a pretty fun way to do pack checks, but it required us to pay a little more attention to the scouts.  If particular scouts didn’t even flinch when we were calling something important, then we needed to be able to notice and talk to the scout.

To top it all off, at the end of the checks, we announce a flash flood, which meant bonus points to the scouts who could get everything all packed up the fastest.

11-year-old scout leader

Posted in Adventureson Jun 28, 2010

In an attempt to write a blog post in the month of June, 2010, I thought I would tell you briefly about my new assignment at church.  I am now an 11-year-old scout leader, with about 5 scouts in the 11-year-old scout patrol.

This is a really fun assignment, because 11-year-olds are pretty fun to deal with.  They like to be funny.  They get excited about simple things.  Mostly, they are pretty eager to learn without having the attitude of a teenager.