Monday, February 8, was Scouting’s 111th birthday. Clearly, our organization has stood the test of time. I believe that despite the one-two punch of no less than a worldwide pandemic and a national bankruptcy, Scouting will be here for another 111 years.
I believe that Scouting will not only survive but will thrive. Scouting embodies what’s good and right about America and our world. Scouts and Scouters possess – and our organization teaches – one thing in abundant quantities and that is a thing called GRIT.
In her New York Times bestseller, titled “GRIT” noted psychologist Angela Duckworth shows anyone striving to succeed – parents, students, educators, athletes or scouts – that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a special blend of passion and persistence she calls “grit”. What drives success is not genius but a unique combination of passion and long-term perseverance.
No one individual builds or runs an organization. It takes GRIT and it takes a TEAM effort.
Indeed, the number one reason that the Montana Council is successful is that we operate as a TEAM and each of us contributes his or her own special temperaments, talents and convictions to our organization such that the whole is truly greater than the sum of the parts.
Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to serve on many boards and be involved with numerous organizations. None, however, have had members possessing such compassion and such grit as the people involved in Scouting.
Why do Scouters care so deeply about our program? Why does John Manz, our Vice President of Administration and champion behind all the positive things we have happening on Melita Island choose to stay active in Scouting? Why does Past Council President Chuck Eubank continue to work tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that our program succeeds? Why do all of our council staffers work tirelessly to deliver on the promise that is Scouting to Montana’s youth? Because Scouting matters and Scouting makes a difference.
God bless our Country; God bless our Scouting organization and thank you for your service to the Montana Council. We are second to none. Until we meet again, keep Calm and Scout On.
Yours in Scouting,
Greg D. Beach
Montana Council President