Merits of Scouting by a Troop 10 Eagle Scout, Steven Madigan

I wanted to share the following article with you.

I can certainly attest that Steven has grown so much though the program.  We are very proud of the young man that he has become.

The Flop Contest

Every year at Bartle, the Scoutmasters are expected to participate in the belly flop contest.  The kids love it!!  The Scoutmaster graciously submits to torture.  All in the name of fun!!

Great Job Rob!!  You make the troop proud!!

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Prepping for Camping merit Badge

This week I am helping Sean get prepared for completing a couple requirements on his camping merit badge.

Step 1 – collect needed back packing equipment

Step 2 – see what you actually don’t need from the pack list. Determine what items can be multipurpose to eliminate more weight.

Step 3 – Test and use light weight stove before you need to demonstrate to instructor

Step 4 – determine best way to put out fire.

Step 5 – finish freeze dried dessert cooking on stove.


Step 6 – return to Back Woods, for more instruction on light weight fuel canister connection

Step 7 – try again

Tip of the Day – ALWAYS home test your equipment before you head out on your trip. It is more fun to royally fail without a full audience.

Order of the Arrow – Tap out Ceremony

If you don’t know by now, we’re a scouting family.  One of the big campouts every year is the Tap Out.  This ceremony is to “tap out” the scouts and adult scouters that have been elected by their peers to join Order of the Arrow.  OA is an honor camping society that was developed by Lord Baden Powell to help boys continue on the trail to eagle.  Boys must be a 1st class scout, have done a long term “camp” and had enough camping nights.  It is pretty neat.  Adults must have the same camping and are also looked to as leaders in the troop.

This year we were at camp Timberlake just south of Overland Park.  It was an old girl scout camp.  There is a small lake, a stream, plenty of trees and grass.  We couldn’t have asked for a better weekend.

taking care of the flag

Well our Troop does a pretty awesome ceremony.  And I am proud to death that both my sons both participate and were lead characters.

Here is Jeremy.  He rode in on horseback this year as Mateu, the wise medicine man.  Mateu Entrance on Horse

Sean was Kitchkenet.  One of the Warrior’s that stares down the little scouts and taps them out


The Stare Down

Mark of Mateu

big fire

Missing a picture of my hubby Rob.  When i find one of us, I’ll insert it into the post.  here is Sean and I.

Sean & Julia

So proud of their hard work.  All the boys were wonderful in the ceremony.  A special thanks to Rob Baker who helps mentor my young men.



Sean’s “I have a dream” speech

There are days that my heart beams with pride. Yesterday was one of those days. We received the following email from Sean’s teacher.


I just wanted to let you know that your son, Sean gave an amazing speech today. He definitely gave us all something to think about and he presented it so well. I’m very proud of him.

Thank you,
Mrs. Nance

Here is his speech.

Sean Day
Mrs. Nance
Communication Arts 8, Hour 1
28 January 2013

I Have a Dream

​In this school alone, there are thousands of different talents and interests, and in the blue valley district; thousands more are there as well. So, why is it that people are judged by being that really smart kid who is always at the top of the class? What about the people who play any sport they can during school? Don’t forget the people who decide not to do anything with their time and just sit around at home and play video games or text on their phone. I feel like I have been in the center of this huge problem for the longest time.

​“Why didn’t you sign up for track and field?” “Why didn’t you get an A+ on the last test?” And “Why didn’t you sign on to X-Box Live last night?” We are in a world of expectance and stereotyping. You can go out and do whatever you want to do, be what you want to be. I have been asked many times “Why don’t you play basketball? You are tall enough to be good.” All this question is saying is you look fine from the outside, wanna come play? No. No, I don’t want to play basketball. I don’t like basketball. I don’t like to play most sports. I mean you could take me out to the ball game any time, and I would whole-heartedly root for the home team. I just don’t like to play it.

Now comes the question, “Well, you don’t play any sports, and you would probably prefer to play video games all day huh?” Don’t get me wrong here, I would love to be able to play video games 24/7, but I actually get plenty of exercise. Between camping in Boy Scouts, and running around in theater is quite the work-out, and let’s take one of them as a big example. Boy Scouts. Knots, Camping, and First-Aid. Yes, all of these things go into Boy Scouts, but it does not and never will show the whole picture.

Boy Scouts is about trying to be the best that you can be, and to become a better person in your community, in your state, in your country, and even in your world. A Boy Scout should be that guy who can say “I can help” whenever there is a problem. It does not matter if that situation is anything from helping to clean up a room after class to saving someone’s life when they have dropped dead due to a stroke.

Nearly every day we live by these words:
On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.
You only have to be physically strong to your fullest potential, you have to be mentally awake and aware of your surroundings, and being morally straight only requires you to not to do stupid stuff!
A Scout is: Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent.
Now some of those words you may not know what exactly they mean, like to be courteous, to be thrifty. To be courteous is to be polite, respectful, and considerate in your manners. To be thrifty is to use resources carefully, and not wastefully.

We are, in all things that we do, more than meets the eye, but just know this. You, you, you, you, and every single one of you can be whoever and whatever you want to be. Don’t let anyone put you down because of it. If you feel like what you are doing is right, then keep doing it. You will still be you, no matter what you do. If a friend ever puts you down because of it, then you should probably tell off that “friend” and go find new ones that would appreciate you for everything that you are, you do, and you say. Thank you.


Yup. I am a proud mamma.