To me, being a Boy Scout means a lot, it means I have to do my best to live by the Scout Law and the Scout Oath. The Scout Law is, “A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.” Then the Scout Oath is “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.” Now that I am an Eagle Scout I really have to do my best to live by these codes of the Boy Scouts. Everyday I try to live by the Motto and Slogan. The Scout Motto is Be Prepared and the Slogan is Do a Good Turn Daily. These two, in my mind, are very important to scouting because every Scout can do these two things everyday.
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The Scout Law is a series of words that every scout tries to live by everyday.
A Scout is:
Trustworthy: To me this means no matter what a Scout can trust me with anything and everything.
Loyal: This means that a Scout will be loyal to his friends and his family.
Helpful: A Scout is helpful when ever and however he can.
Friendly: A Scout is friendly to everyone without judging them first.
Courteous: A Scout is polite to everyone no matter what.
Kind: A Scout is nice to everyone he meets
Obedient: A Scout obeys the law of anywhere he goes.
Cheerful: A Scout is always in a good mood.
Thrifty: A Scout is Smart with his money.
Brave: A Scout always stands up for what he think is right even though it may not what everyone is doing.
Clean: A Scout always has a clean mind and body.
and Reverent: A scout is excepting of all races and religions.
A Scout may not be able to follow these laws all the time, but can do his best to do them everyday.
The Scout Oath is like the Scout Law but has its own standards. It is like the Scout Law because it is also what Scouts strive to do everyday or to the best of their abilities. I am just going to break down the Scout Oath so it is easier to understand.
“On my honor”: A Scout is promising
“I will do my best”: To do everything they can
“To do my duty to God and my country”: To do what he thinks is right for God and his country
“and to obey the Scout Law;”: To try to follow all the points of the Scout Law
“To help other people at all times;”: To help other people when ever he can
“To keep myself physically strong,” : To stay physically healthy
“mentally awake, and morally straight.”: To stay mentally healthy and stay on the path that he knows is right
I have always wondered if country’s over seas like China and London have fast food restaurants like we do. After Clay Patton told us about his trip to Afghanistan and telling us that the fast food there was not the same as here it made me very curious as to what were the top restaurant chains. At number one is McDonald’s with 18,710 international restaurants. Next on the list is KFC with 11,798 international restaurants. Then there is Subway with 10,109 international restaurants. Then there is Pizza Hut with 5,890 international restaurants. Next is Starbucks with 5,727 international restaurants. Next is Burger King with 4,998 international restaurants. Then there is Domino’s Pizza with 4,422 international restaurants. Then there is Dunkin’ Donuts with 3,005 international restaurants. Next is Dairy Queen with 802 international restaurants. Last is Papa John’s with 755 international restaurants. I think that we all saw this coming. There are very rare places that I go that does not have a Micky D’s, as a lot of us call it. If you would like more info then go to http://www.forbes.com/pictures/eglg45fkdjj/top-10-global-fast-food-brands/
On the day of April 17th, 2014 Genoa-Hugo, Limon, and Karval students were given a presentation about driving under the influence, such as drinking and driving and driving while under the influence of drugs. The car above is a common scene of driving under the influence. The presentation was given by the Limon and Hugo PD, Limon and Hugo Firefighters, Lincoln County Corner, Colorado State Patrol, Winterberg Towing Company, and Flight For Life. After they demonstrated what they would do if it were a real accident, they took the driver who was “under the influence” through a series of tests. After, the mother of a child who had been a passenger of an accident and died, read the obituary of her daughter to the students and the entire crowd body became silent. After the mother, there was a Police Officer, two Firefighters, and a District Attorney urged the students not to get distracted on the road and to not drive under the influence. I was wondering about the facts, and this is what I came up with:
- A total of 3,023 teenagers ages 13-19 died in motor vehicle crashes in 2011. This is 65 percent fewer than in 1975 and 3 percent fewer than in 2010.
- About 2 out of every 3 teenagers killed in crashes in 2011 were males.
- Teen drivers had crash rates 3 times those of drivers 20 and older in 2011.
- In 2011, teenagers accounted for 10 percent of motor vehicle crash deaths. They comprised 11 percent of passenger vehicle (cars, pickups, SUVs, and vans) occupant deaths among all ages, 7 percent of pedestrian deaths, 3 percent of motorcyclist deaths, 10 percent of bicyclist deaths and 15 percent of all-terrain vehicle rider deaths.
- Eighty percent of teenage motor vehicle crash deaths in 2011 were passenger vehicle occupants. The others were pedestrians (10 percent), motorcyclist (5 percent), bicyclists (2 percent), riders of all-terrain vehicles (2 percent) and people in other kinds of vehicles (2 percent).
- Fifty-three percent of motor vehicle crash deaths among teenagers in 2011 occurred on Friday, Saturday or Sunday.
- Teenage motor vehicle crash deaths in 2011 occurred most frequently from 9 p.m. to midnight (16 percent) and midnight to 3 a.m. (16 percent).
All of these facts were from 2011 but are still real. If you would like more information go to http://www.rmiia.org/auto/teens/Teen_Driving_Statistics.asp
Shot put is a little like discus in the sense of exploding up and out and using your hips. There are three ways in throwing a shot put, first is the shuffle, then there is the glide, then the spin. The spin in discus and the spin are two different types of spin, but in both you want to explode up and out. The spin in shot is fast to faster, in discus it’s slow to fast. The placement of the shot put varies too, if you spin then you put the shot right behind your ear; if you glide or shuffle then the shot goes right under your jaw bone. The farthest throw is held by an American Randy Barnes with a throw of 23.12 m (75’10”). My current record in track is 35′ 4″ and my shot is 4 lbs. less than his! Imagine throwing a 16 lb. cannon ball, as one of my track coaches calls it.
Before I tell you the best discus throw, I’m going to tell you about the history and how discus started. Discus started in Greece and was added to the Olympics in the 18 Olympiad. The original discusses were made of lead, bronze, iron, or stone and were different in weight depending if you were a man or boy, but the typical discus weighed from 4 1/2 to 13 lbs and were 8 1/4 to 18 1/4 inches in diameter. The farthest discus throw ever was 74.08 meters or 243.04 feet. The man was from Neubrandenburg, Germany and he threw it on June 6, 1986. Now being a discus thrower myself, there is a lot more than going and making a few spins and throwing the metal “plate” (as some people call it). Discus requires a lot of technique, knowing your body position, and knowing how to release the discus. There have been kids who are 150 lbs. that can out throw a kid who is 250 lbs.; it is all about knowing how to throw.