SM Minute—The Outdoor Code

September 12, 2010
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The Outdoor Code

Scoutmaster’s Minute: Conservation is a hot topic these days, but it’s nothing new to Boy Scouts. Way back in 1911, when the first Scout handbook was published, the Scouts were advised: “It should be the invariable practice of anglers to return to the water all uninjured fish that are not needed for food or study. . . .
No thoughtful boy who has the interests of the country at heart, and no lover of nature, will go fishing merely for the purpose of catching the longest possible string of fish. . . .”
Please join me in repledging ourselves to conservation by repeating the Outdoor Code.
As an American, I will do my best to—
Be clean in my outdoor manners.
Be careful with fire.
Be considerate in the outdoors.
Be conservation-minded.

Roundtable Planning Guide 2010

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Our PLC chose to use most of the BSA Monthly Program Themes for the next school year.  The last few years we’ve kept about half, dropping some and stretching others over two months.  So September is all about fishing.

I like to track the Program Themes for a couple reasons.  My District Roundtable doesn’t usually focus on them, but there are some great program ideas in the Troop Program Features. Program Themes come around just once every 3 years so there’s plenty of variety.  Program Themes also reinforce our relationship with Boys Life.

As my SPL usually has no more time than I do for program planning (and much less patience), them fish are certainly keepers.

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