Back to school time is a good time to remember Scouting is NOT Scout School.
Scouting is boy-run, bottoms-up. School is adult-run, top-down.
Scouting is a game for learning. School is learning, so we can play games.
Scouting is a gang of eight (the patrol), all for one and one for all. School is all about individual achievement, as a cog in too-often a nameless bureaucracy.
Scouting is not competition for school or sports, but a compliment. We do well what they do not. Successful teams, like Lewis & Clark’s Corp of Discovery, follow universal truths with a strong dose of adaptation–to team members’ strengths and weaknesses, and to their changing environment. And each Troop does this not because we have to, but because we WANT to…go higher, last longer, be better citizens and men.
Yours in Scouting.