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November 23, 2013

Imagination and creativity - it's a brain thing

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I’ve witnessed my Scouts who have grown up in a system that constantly asks, “How are your test scores?” and “Did you get the trophy?” I’ve watched them be reluctant to try the simplest of tasks because of fear of grading or failure. In Scouting, every attempt is made to create a performance-free zone of opportunity where we can ask, “What did you learn from your mistakes?” With the tools provided, the pace is the Scouts. We need to mentor and teach that mistakes are not something to be ashamed of as the system teaches. Mistakes are opportunity for growth, creative problem solving and imaginative thinking, which will take you a long way in life.

I believe “scouting truly does matter” because each individual Scout can operate within the boundaries of a performance-free zone with creativity and imagination, feeding their brain, and excel in ways they never dreamed possible. After all, even today’s elite performers in our society – whether it’s the arts, sports or academics, you name it – have a positive orientation toward mistake making and failure. We hear and read that every day.

If you would like to learn more about the Scouting opportunities in your local area, give me call 295-8417 and I will help you make contact with a local Scouting Unit.

Yours in Scouting,

Scoutmaster Mike

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