Change of plans as Letts Lake is currently inaccessible due to storm damage! This Thomes Gorge trip was recommended by the Forest Service and appears to be an even better fit for our goals. This is an opportunity for all scouts to participate on a moderate level backpack trip (4 miles in, 4 miles out) in the Mendocino National Forest.
The focus of this trip will be on providing cooking opportunities for scouts including (1) those working on the Cooking Merit Badge and related backpacking cooking requirements, and (2) those needing other cooking and camping requirements. For those interested in fishing (and willing to carry the gear), there are fishing opportunities in Thomes Creek, our destination. Scouts will get an opportunity to experience back country camping (water filtration, backpacking stoves, etc.).
For those scouts new to backpacking, we would be glad to assist in ensuring that they have the minimum equipment needed to enjoy the trip. If a scout does not have a backpack, now is a good time to acquire one. The troop has some that can be borrowed, and high quality backpacks can be found on Craigslist. REI is the best place to find new backpacks. A good quality backpack is a prudent investment as an active scout will be using it nearly a dozen times a year for many years. Backpacking tents and stoves are provided by the troop. We recommend that participants have a lightweight and warm sleeping bag and pad for the trip.
Troop 111’s March outing is a camping trip to Salt Point State Park, March 17-19.
The park has some great hiking and stunning terrain and vistas amongst exotic sandstone features and bluffs. It’s right next to the Kruse Rhododendron State Reserve which might have beautiful rhododendron blooms by that point.
Down the road is Fort Ross State Historic Park which will give scouts a chance to take care of a Citizenship in the Nation requirement if we visit there.
Further south as we return home on Sunday is Jenner and the prospect of renting kayaks and spending some time paddling the Russian River. Also in the vicinity is Armstrong Redwoods State Park in Guernville, which is also beautiful.
[A “Scoutmaster’s Minute” is a short talk given at the end of a troop meeting. In a boy-led troop, it is the only time the scoutmaster addresses the troop as a whole.]
Tonight, I’d like to talk about inspiration. The word “inspiration” literally means “breathing in,” and it comes from the idea that a divine spirit enters you and motivates you to do something, especially something creative. People sometimes talk about being “inspired” to create things like books, songs, paintings, or inventions.
Sometimes, too, people make the mistake of thinking that inspiration is all it takes to achieve success; that all it takes to be successful is to have a good idea. But, as Thomas Edison once said, “Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety nine percent perspiration.” What he meant was that even the best idea in the world won’t amount to much without work. It takes effort to make an idea reality.
But I would go even one step further than Edison, and say that the work itself—the perspiration—is where the inspiration comes from in the first place. The artist Pablo Picasso once said that “inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.” He didn’t get ideas for painting by sitting around in cafes; instead, he rolled up his sleeves and painted. Sometimes what he painted wasn’t great, but sometimes it was. And when it was, he built on those ideas and used them as his inspiration.
This lesson applies to a lot of things. If you want to create something of lasting value, don’t sit around waiting to be inspired. As another artist, Chuck Close, put it, ”Inspiration is for amateurs—the rest of us just show up and get to work.“