Not everybody believes in gloom and doom

I am always in a quandary about what topic to approach when it’s my turn to write a My Turn.

If you listen to most of the big news media out there you would probably feel that America is about to collapse and the Little Chicken’s prophecy that the “sky is falling” is surely true.

However I don’t live in that world of doom and gloom because almost every day I watch people in our communities that step up to the plate and make the world a better place.

This last week I was overwhelmed by the dedication and enthusiasm of two different, but similar groups of folks that understand the necessity of teaching our younger generation about the country’s history, traditions and values.

The two groups are the people that take six to seven weeks of their summer off each year to staff the various Boy Scout camps around the nation and the many parents, moms and dads that care enough to take a week to accompany the kids to camp.

This “epiphany,” so to speak, has been right in front of me for a very long time, but it became vividly evident to me this last week as I wrote a story on the 65th Anniversary of Camp Fleischmann near Chester.

Many of the people that make up the “senior” staff at the camp have been in scouting for many years and in some cases decades.

Some still have children active in scouting, but many do not and it doesn’t really seem to make any difference because they are all dedicated to the vision of creating more opportunities and a brighter future for young people.

I do believe that each and every one of them could easily find an alternate activity for the summer that would be personally beneficial, but they have chosen instead to help someone else.

The other half of this group is made up of what are termed as youth staff and in some cases “counselors in training” or CIT staff (volunteers).

These are mostly young men and women that already have some background in scouting and take on specific teaching roles under the direction of senior staff.

They too appear to believe the ideals that make up the Scouting experience and want to pass those ideas along.

The other group is the parents, moms and dads that probably have taken a week of vacation to be with their kids and in most cases, children of others, to provide encouragement and support.

As I chatted with people from different areas of California and Nevada from both groups, some had come from over 400 miles away to have their kids experience a presentation of lifestyle they believe will give young people a better chance for a positive future.

I am certainly not trying to say that the Boy Scouts is the only group of people out there that has a good message for our younger generation.

Over the years, I have worked with kids in 4-H, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boy and Girls Clubs, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards and more.

They are all dedicated to the betterment of America’s youth.

It just happened that I was so impressed by the quality of the people and the program as I watched them for a week.

One parent said, “If everyone actually believes the world is lost and gives up, it will be lost and I’m not willing to let that happen to my kids.”

There are many people in America and right here in our local communities that know if all people were to live by the Scout Law this tumultuous world would be a totally different place.

Think about it: A Scout is Trustworthy,Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean and Reverent.

If you don’t want our youth, and ourselves, to live by those ideas then you are probably part of the problem and our future will be dim.

The alternative of course is to get off our duffs and support all the great souls that work so hard to make a better future for America, or better yet become one of those people.

7 thoughts on “Not everybody believes in gloom and doom

  • July 20, 2018 at 8:00 pm
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    Wow, maybe the reason the media is hysteric at times is because we have leadership in the White House that reflects not one iota of what is desribed as, Trustworthy,Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean and Reverent. This piece reaks of the unmistakable whiny subdued diatribe of another disgruntled trump supporter, sad.

  • July 21, 2018 at 10:03 am
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    Good article Greg, with a real message. It’s the young people, with good morals taught to them, who will overcome the twisted idiots like “me”, who are becoming rampant. And I ain’t no Trump suppurter per se.
    And per ususl, the deranged multiculturalist, sexual liberation, Cultural Marxist crowd has even gotten to the Boy Scouts. They’ve removed “boy” from the title. Now it’s Scouts BSA. I bet “me” can tell us what BSA now stands for, can’t he? And “me” would be glad to know that at international jambourees, there will be plenty of condoms distributed, so there won’t be more little accidental Scouts produced. And maybe the “boys” scout each other.

    • July 21, 2018 at 10:56 am
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      Cultural Marxism “The conspiracist usage originated in Nazi Germany, where Kulturbolschewismus (“Cultural Bolshevism”) was used to abuse political opponents. In particular, Jews purportedly were secretly orchestrating the spread of Communism (Jewish BolshevismWikipedia’s W.svg) as well as promoting sexual & gender permissiveness (“sexual Bolshevism”).[5]”

      Meanwhile, why are you repeating anti-Semitic conspiracy theories? And more importantly why is plumaz news letting you post your hate speech here, sad?

  • July 21, 2018 at 6:21 pm
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    Thanks for a positive piece, Gregg. I fail to see how your article has anything to do with who’s in the White House currently. I also apparently missed the “whiney, subdued diatribe” part. As a Trump supporter, I am anything but disgruntled lately – I am pleased as he**, and most other Trump supporters I know are too. Seems like “me” is reading a totally different article than I am, and has never heard the expression “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all”…”Me”, have you ever written a supportive comment of anything that appears in Plumas News? Seems like you’re the disgruntled one.

    • July 21, 2018 at 8:43 pm
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      A trump supporter that wants people to talk nice, too funny this.

      Who do you think Mueller will indict next?

  • August 2, 2018 at 12:49 pm
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    @Me

    I think it is cute that you have found an outlet to spout your opinion while degrading the opinion of others. Your claim of moral high ground and intellectual superiority over others is laughable. Your google inspired knowledge of all things Plumas County and Cannabis related are impressive. Although you have a list of great attributes, I think it is your ability to criticize others while remaining anonymous from behind a keyboard that really sets you apart from all other.

    Bravo, here’s to you, keyboard warrior first class.

    • August 2, 2018 at 6:37 pm
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      “Your claim of moral high ground and intellectual superiority over others is laughable.”

      Jason, I admire your bravery/stupidity, but the fact remains that even my dog is more moral and has a greater intellectual capacity than Trump and his supporters put together, sad huh?

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