After some of my coworkers asked my opinion on the Fair Tax proposal I was planning to write about that today, but it was not meant to be. (Maybe tomorrow.) Instead I wanted to share an exciting experience from tonight. I conducted two boards of review for boys seeking their life scout rank. As board members we are seeking to steer clear of the conveyor-belt approach – ask a couple of easy questions and say congratulations. One of the scouts obviously preferred the conveyor-belt version and started out trying to mumble his way through the review.
One question we asked was “what is the purpose of scouting?” He eventually buckled down and answered that, among other things, it is to learn to work. I agreed that our goal was to stretch the boys in preparation for life (like the life stretching that has been causing me to barely look at my personal email for the last week while I try to keep up with work). I don’t think either of those boys left their reviews the same as they entered them.