I have just returned from spending over nine hours with some of the best and most talented volunteer adult Boy Scout leaders in our area planning to put on a Wood Badge course in the fall. For those of you unfamiliar with the Wood Badge program, it is the premier adult leadership program in the Boys Scouts, and we train adult leaders in the most modern team building, listening, communication, planning, and mentoring skills used today over a challenging six-day course. This is an international program, so you blokes in Australia and the UK have got it as well. We train the leaders who train the leaders of the future. You need only look at a list of Eagle Scouts in positions of power and influence in the US to understand how important this role is. Each volunteer is taking a total of 13 + days out of their life this year, plus hundreds of dollars in expenses (not including lost wages), to put this on.
Why do I mention it? It is because the contents of my day were in stark contrast to some of the messages I read on this web site this evening.
We spent the day talking about personal Vision, Mission, and Values, and how we are going to guide our volunteers to develop and understand their own. I encourage you all to do the same.
I don't care about foul language or foul jokes, I use them myself more often than I should, but I do care about people publicly posting abusive messages on the website of a club that I have belonged to since 1996, and calling each other names and behaving in a manner that they would not dare to undertake if they were speaking in person on stage to a crowd of hundreds of people they do not know.
I'm not asking you to behave like Boy Scouts, I'm asking some of you to calm down and reflect on how your comments reflect poorly on your characters.