06/16/2010 - Time

posted Jun 16, 2010, 7:48 AM by Paul Diming
Time. I’m frequently asked about it. “Where do you get the time to do all the scouting”? If you’re interested, here’re my thoughts on the matter and why I do what I do.

I’m sure we share something in common. We want the best for our children. You want them to grow up strong, smart, compassionate, good citizens and have loving families of their own. There’s a problem with that. There’s no instruction manual providing how to help our children embrace and reach that goal.

You know where I’m going with this already, but here’s the deal. I figure my best shot is to follow a successful playbook. BSA has a 100 year record of helping boys reach manhood with values, morals, skills, leadership and much more. I enjoy scouting, my son likes it, it’s good for my family, I don’t see a down side.

So what drives me to this level of commitment? Fear. Plain and simple. I see it every day. Young men in trouble. In trouble with the law, drugs, money, bad associates they mistake for friends, having children way too early, futures dimmed by clouds of problems. Scouting can’t clear all that away. I have no delusions of that. But it scares me that my son and yours could follow this path.

Scouting gives me something to work with. It’s a proven program. As long as I can keep my son’s interest in it, I’ll keep pushing to bring him all that BSA has to offer. And I’m keenly aware that my son’s interest in scouting is very much linked to my passion for it.

When everyone you know has written you off as certifiably nuts for pouring all your resources into your son’s scouting program, they’re missing the end game goal. Your son reminds you of that goal every day.

Where do I find the time? I find it every time I look at my son. I see it as a carefully choreographed unfolding of life. His and mine swirling together before he breaks out on his own. He’ll eventually back down on scouting involvement as will I. He’ll be a man, I’ll be old. I’ll have done all I can to help him set his path, his future clear. I’ll buy a Harley and a bunch of leather stuff. People will still think I’m crazy.

Be crazy like me. He’s worth your best shot. Scouting has a program for your son. They both need you.


Mark Wheeler