Monday, February 22, 2010

Simplicity on the other side of complexity

I would not give a fig for the simplicity this side of complexity, but I would give my life for the simplicity on the other side of complexity.
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes 1809-1894
Scouting is simplicity itself.  Take boys*, add in some camping, a little life experience, a pinch of maturity and stir.  Great things bubble forth.

That is the simplicity on the near side of complexity.  It is the simplicity on the other side we need to find.

The complexity in the middle is often confusing and overwhelming to parents, leaders and youth alike.  There are scads of programs and awards, rules and regulations, hopes and dreams, failures and successes.

A Newbie's Guide to Scouting will cover what a parent, a leader and a Scout need to know to find the simplicity on the other side of complexity.

This website is being developed, but I do hope you'll subscribe and check back often until it launches in a few weeks.

There are a couple of Scouting blogs here and here to keep you busy until then.

Always feel free to comment or email or tweet.

*The Boy Scouts of America's Venturing, Sea Scout and Explorer programs have female members.

1 comment:

  1. Excellent idea. It was just yesterday that a couple of other leaders and I were talking about how it would have been nice to have such a resource when we came in to the system. I wish you luck in this endeavor.