Scoutmaster Minute-Which Path?

April 6, 2009

Winter Paths

It was a cold spring morning and snow had fallen during the night. A young Scout was visiting his grandfather’s farm.

It was still very early when the scout and his Grandpa started across a field to check a fence. Being the curious type, our young Scout first ran down to check the creek to see if it had frozen during the night. Then, as he started back across the field, he noticed a spot where a deer had bedded down for the night, and he just had to check that out, too. Curiosity satisfied, he headed back toward Grandpa. Our scout saw that his grandfather hadn’t reached the fence yet, so he still had time to look for more arrowheads to add to his collection before sprinting to the fence just before his grandfather got there.

Grandpa stood there for a few minutes. Then told the scout to look back across the field at their two paths, which were very visible in the new snow. There were Grandpa’s footsteps, straight as an arrow from the barn to the fence. Our young Scout, his path was scattered here and there-going first to the stream, then to the deer. then all across the field looking for those arrowheads.

The grandfather asked the scout, “Which path was the correct one?” When Scout said, “I don’t know,” he replied, “Both are. Mine is surely faster and easier, but I didn’t get to see all the things that you saw. Remember, you always have a goal, just as we did in getting to the fence today, but sometimes, if you can, take the time to explore the wonders of life.”

(Adapted from BSA Troop Program Resources, p.11.)

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