What the Outdoors Can Teach Us

What the Outdoors Can Teach Us

I recently read a great blog about the “Power of the Outdoors” and wanted to share it with you.

It documents the progress of a Scout who is “the one who’s always there.”  Sometimes his pack is too heavy, or he gets wet, cold, tired and miserable because he didn’t pack the right gear. He’s always a quiet fellow who at some point looks like he just wants to cash it in, quit and go home.

What the outdoors can teach us

Photo courtesy of the Reading Rainbow Blog

At that moment, there’s always a buddy, or an adult leader, who spots this young fellow having a tough time, and stops to have a word with him.

Through the power of Scouting, and the magic of the outdoors, the young fellow picks himself up after hearing those helpful words, moves on down the trail, and has a great time.

I love the way this story is told, because I think everyone of us who has served as a Scout leader has seen a troubled young fellow like this, and watched how Scouting and the outdoors turned him around and put a smile on his face.

Please take a minute and read this fine story, and think about how you can help brighten the outdoor experience of a young fellow in your Scout troop or other volunteer organization. Your smile just might be as big as the youngster you cheer up.


Nathan Johnson

As a member of the Communications team at Boy Scouts of America, Nathan Johnson enjoys finding and sharing the stories that inform, inspire, and delight the Scouting family.


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What the Outdoors Can Teach Us
What the Outdoors Can Teach Us
What the Outdoors Can Teach Us