Author Archives: Nick Pearson

How Badly Do You Want It?

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“If you aren’t yet at the point of clarity, then make that your first goal. It’s a big waste of time to go through life being unclear about what you want. Most people will wallow way too long in the … Continue reading

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In the Army we have certain points to aim for in training our men; but in the long course of years the steps in training have become so absorbing and important that in many cases the aim has come to … Continue reading

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Your job is not to eliminate risk. Your job is to understand the risks that exists and engage in behaviours that will allow you take advantage of the opportunity that exists on the other side of that risk, while mitigating … Continue reading

My 2011 year in review

Well, it’s been a long time coming since my last full article. Without much further ado, here’s my

2011 Scouting Year in Review

ie. I Didn’t Realize You Can Fit All Of This Into One Year

January

Ozmoot, Surf Moot and Australia

Simply amazing. Adventure, and to do so with old and new friends alike is the definition of Scouting. To see two well run events by Rovers, for Rovers, was empowering and exciting. The stories and lessons learned will continue to serve me for years to come.

Trainer 2

The weekend after getting back from Australia was the first of three weekends to learn how to be a level 2 trainer. Lots to learn, and really helps to focus the teaching. Still have to go as a trainer to more courses in order to get my third bead. Should get that done in 2012.

February

Focus course

I had the pleasure of training a third Focus course in 6 months. The fellow trainers who came out to assist me really stepped it up, given that I was out of town for the month prior. Couldn’t have done it without them. Oh, and the participants were awesome too.

Rovent

Wow! What a totally amazing, excellent discovery!

Applied to be DCC-Communications

I wanted to make the next step, and applied for a Council position. While I ultimately did not get the position, the opportunity taught me a great deal that can be applied to so much in my future life. Funny how that happens with Scouting.
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Every survey of young knowledge workers – physicians in the Army Medical Corps, chemists in the research lab, accountants or engineers in the plant, nurses in the hospitals – produces the same results. The ones who are enthusiastic and who, … Continue reading

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You don’t control Rovers. You unleash them. #scoutsdostuff #roversdostuff — Kitmonster (@kit_monster) October 9, 2011

Return to Númenor – A PJ Journey Log

Númenor is the legendary island located in the Sundering Seas to the west of Middle-Earth. Traveling by giant ten person voyageur canoes and then by hiking, the 1st Kimberly Scout Troop rose to the challenge before them to reach Númenor, 564 meters above sea level.
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Monday morning they left PJ, their first test was on the bus ride; one of patience and willpower. The 99 verse song of the sirens would have gotten to lesser Scouts, but not these ones. They pushed through and championed on. A spot game of Frisbee during lunch (some of which was foraged) while waiting on the beach of Port Mellon between units brought the collective group together. The previous night’s travelers were heading our way with our future canoes, and the youth eagerly watched them make their way across the inlet.


Once loaded, Eric, our fearless OOS guide, taught us the draw and pry strokes, how to brace our paddles, how to stop (always important) and the importance of matching our strokes together. With final instructions from the safety boat, we were off!

Will our intrepid Scouts make it? Click to find out!

Roverlution – The Teaser

Getting the Right Shit done. Right.

“By Rovering, I don’t mean aimless wandering, I mean finding your way by pleasant paths with a definite object in view”
-Baden Powell

“A Scout is active in Doing good, Not passive in being good.”
-Baden Powell

“The largest Beaver Colony in the world isn’t going to inspire anyone to stay in Scouting.”
-John Simpson, TalkScouts.ca

“Development, Development, Development, Development”
-Me, channeling Steve Ballmer


We all have dreams. We all have ideas. We all have things we want to do.

We all profess to want them, to see them become reality; yet rarely do they all.

As a Youth Development Movement, we should be at the forefront of creating highly motivated, creative, empowered, healthy, fulfilled, professional, and effective young adults; by giving them the experience and know-how to shape the world around them to manifest their dreams.

The ability to get things done underpins all successful endeavors. Unfortunately, this ability is not born natively. The most effective way is by being taught the right way how, getting hands on real life practice, and receiving proper feedback from trusted mentors/coaches. This is something Scouts Canada can excel at, and what the Rover program should be centred around.

The Roverlution is to take our current beloved organization to the point where it is recognized and revered internally & externally as THE organization to get ahead in life; teaching people the fundamental skill of getting things done by using their passions as the vehicle to practice with.

A Rover Doesn’t Just…

Note: A Rover doesn’t just paint fish onto drains to remind people that those drain run straight into fish habitat.

No, a Rover would find a source of paint, get the entire Area involved, sign up troops, companies and crews, map out routes to be covered, distribute the paint, stencils and routes, organize the press to get involved, and have hot chocolate, a hot dog and a badge delivered to each participant.


A Rover doesn’t just go to camp.

Photo by Flikr user Markeburge with permission

No, Rovers are the type to organize, plan and staff a senior sections camp for both Scouting and Guiding with over 500 in attendance, and wear the most awesome costume for the theme because it is shamelessly ridiculous and singing “The Last Saskatchewan Pirate” word for word at the top of their lungs, while directing traffic and welcoming campers with a smile on their face and in their hearts even though they’ve been up for 30 hours and won’t get much sleep for the rest of the weekend.


A Rover doesn’t just sign a petition for a new park.

Photo by Flikr user Taekwonweirdo under CC

No, A Rover would be the one organizing the effort, rounding up people to get signatures, pushing the media for more attention, getting university students to figure out the economic impact of the addition of the park, pushing politicians and calling bureaucrats, presenting the final stack of signatures before the city council, and then holding the feet of the decision makers to the fire once they decide to go forward.
Oh you better believe there’s more ?