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Skeele on scouting

Cub Scouts is very much alive and strong in Madison County. Recently, a new pack was formed with kids from DeRuyter, New Woodstock and Cazenovia called Pack 54. Pictured is our first campout in Highland Forest this fall, posing the cub scout sign, where some biking was one of many activities to help active boys get to bed early and have a good night's sleep... yeah, right. The sugar boost of smores before bed certainly didn't help.

The pack leader on the far left is Brian Young, then Charlie Sovik (Den leader), Frank Rogers (Master Cook and excellent recruit who just happens to be the chef for the Brewster Inn), Owen Simiele (Den leader) and myself. Just call me a servant leader and marketing liaison I guess. The handsome looking youngsters are our sons training to be future men of integrity and leaders of themselves, family, community, business and maybe civil government some day.

One of the first things taught that weekend was the Cub Scout Promise. I think it's worth reciting:

"I, _______, promise to do my best, to do my duty, to God and my country, to help other people and to obey the law of the pack."

To some this my come across as old fashion, but to others, it's music to our ears. They are nice words but there are certain attitudes that must accompany this pledge to make it real and come to life.

The first of five is submission. These youngsters have and are continuing to be trained that one does not have authority unless they are under authority. They are learning that life is bigger than them and there is an order in the physical and Spirit. It always starts with God and filters down from there submitting to an order of authority be it their parents, elders, teachers, government authority or each other. The antithesis attitude is the independent, go it alone attitude where you are the arbiter of truth, and the world revolves around you. It's no wonder many youth have feelings of little purpose and destiny in their lives.

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