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In the Army we have certain points to aim for in training our men; but in the long course of years the steps in training have become so absorbing and important that in many cases the aim has come to … Continue reading

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Your job is not to eliminate risk. Your job is to understand the risks that exists and engage in behaviours that will allow you take advantage of the opportunity that exists on the other side of that risk, while mitigating … Continue reading

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My 2011 year in review

Well, it’s been a long time coming since my last full article. Without much further ado, here’s my

2011 Scouting Year in Review

ie. I Didn’t Realize You Can Fit All Of This Into One Year

January

Ozmoot, Surf Moot and Australia

Simply amazing. Adventure, and to do so with old and new friends alike is the definition of Scouting. To see two well run events by Rovers, for Rovers, was empowering and exciting. The stories and lessons learned will continue to serve me for years to come.

Trainer 2

The weekend after getting back from Australia was the first of three weekends to learn how to be a level 2 trainer. Lots to learn, and really helps to focus the teaching. Still have to go as a trainer to more courses in order to get my third bead. Should get that done in 2012.

February

Focus course

I had the pleasure of training a third Focus course in 6 months. The fellow trainers who came out to assist me really stepped it up, given that I was out of town for the month prior. Couldn’t have done it without them. Oh, and the participants were awesome too.

Rovent

Wow! What a totally amazing, excellent discovery!

Applied to be DCC-Communications

I wanted to make the next step, and applied for a Council position. While I ultimately did not get the position, the opportunity taught me a great deal that can be applied to so much in my future life. Funny how that happens with Scouting.
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Every survey of young knowledge workers – physicians in the Army Medical Corps, chemists in the research lab, accountants or engineers in the plant, nurses in the hospitals – produces the same results. The ones who are enthusiastic and who, … Continue reading

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You don't control Rovers. You unleash them. #scoutsdostuff #roversdostuff — Kitmonster (@kit_monster) October 9, 2011

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Return to Númenor – A PJ Journey Log

Númenor is the legendary island located in the Sundering Seas to the west of Middle-Earth. Traveling by giant ten person voyageur canoes and then by hiking, the 1st Kimberly Scout Troop rose to the challenge before them to reach Númenor, 564 meters above sea level.


Monday morning they left PJ, their first test was on the bus ride; one of patience and willpower. The 99 verse song of the sirens would have gotten to lesser Scouts, but not these ones. They pushed through and championed on. A spot game of Frisbee during lunch (some of which was foraged) while waiting on the beach of Port Mellon between units brought the collective group together. The previous night’s travelers were heading our way with our future canoes, and the youth eagerly watched them make their way across the inlet.


Once loaded, Eric, our fearless OOS guide, taught us the draw and pry strokes, how to brace our paddles, how to stop (always important) and the importance of matching our strokes together. With final instructions from the safety boat, we were off!

Will our intrepid Scouts make it? Click to find out!