Thanks for the call.
I had a little Lad and his Dad arrive at the house on Tuesday. The Lad is a super nice Lad, who is going to the Jambo. He needed approval for his Eagle Scout Service Project.
The project was a good one, but he really hadn't put down on paper very much in the way of a plan.
I gave him my very best "Plan your work and work your plan speech" I went over the leadership skills that he would need to use to complete his project.
As with so many Lads we see they just hate writing things down on paper. I could tell that my plan your work speech wasn't making it. I had also given him a few wise words on communication, so letting him go unsure not knowing what I was talking about wasn't an option.
As it happened on my desk I had all the plans from the shakedown weekend, the menus, the equipment lists, notes from all the Jamboree Committee meetings.
I showed him these and asked what might have happened if we hadn't done all this before the shakedown? I seen the light go on. He understood what I was talking about.
The Lad only lives half a mile down the road and he wasn't upset when I asked him to come back when he had come up with a real plan.
This got me thinking how very lucky we are that we have so many people who do so much, for no reward. I will get to attend the Jamboree and share in the fun and excitement that the Scouts experience, we have people that have worked their tails off in order to ensure that the Jamboree is a success, they do my life a lot easier. I know that without them and the work they do I would never get it all done.
We owe so much to these guys and the Jamboree Staffers who not only bring their knowledge and experience to the Jamboree for our Scouts to enjoy and benefit from, they lay out their hard earned cash to do so. I hate to even imagine how much the Jamboree would cost if all these guys and girls were to be paid.
I don't think that there will be a lot of time at the Jamboree to thank these guys and the Council people who do so much. But please know that I do appreciate what you do, our Scouts may not see it now but as they get older they do understand how much effort you all put in and in twenty years from now they will be telling their kids that they went to the 2005 Jamboree, they will say this with great pride and with a smile.
So in case I get busy and am having too much fun Thank You.
NE-Region Area 4 International Scouting Chairman.
Men of power are admired. Men of character are trusted.