Explorers ... Helping Others - Why bother?


Hi, my name is John, and I am the Patrol Chief of Fox Patrol in our Explorer Troop.  Last month I participated in our regular Patrol Chief Council meeting where our Troop leader issued to all of us a challenge… as youth leaders in our troop, how will you reach out to help each other succeed to do a good job or for that matter how can your brother Explorers help each other?

To tell you the truth my first reaction was one of… why does this matter, I have my patrol to look after and you have yours.  I already have my hands full, I don’t need more work to do!

Almost as soon as this thought crossed my mind our Troop Leader caught us by surprise by informing us that he would be away for the next six meetings due to time needed to recover from surgery.  This meant that the two remaining but lesser experienced leaders would run the troop, but like “Polar Bear” said… that they really need our help to make it work!



Well I must admit that I was really surprised as to how well all of (well almost all of) the members of our troop rose to the challenge.  Let me share with you a few examples…

Camp… last weekend one of our younger explorers was struggling with the ability to carry his own gear and the food for the patrol, the older explorers took half the food to be split up amongst the others…

Calls to my patrol…when I phoned around before this week’s meeting to make sure that all the members of the patrol would be there, Tom told me that he could not make it as he had no ride that night… so I asked my parents if they could drive both Tom and myself to the meeting… and they said yes!  Problem solved, Tom was so happy that he could be there with the members of our “Fox” patrol.

Bob Cat one of our new leaders did his best to toe a very difficult knot… to show the younger boys how to do it…he had a very difficult time… so the Patrol Chief of Mountain Lion patrol stepped in and offered to show the new Explorers how to do it without making any fun of the leader who was struggling to complete the knot.

A game… one of our favorite type of games involves hand eye coordination activities… one of our members of our patrol Jason has a slight coordination problem whereas he can’t catch very well… we needed a score keeper so we asked Jason to not only keep score but to act as a referee.  Jason did a great job, we all had fun and we all enjoyed the game by each one of us doing our part to make the event a success.

My best friend is the Patrol Chief of Grizzly Patrol.  He was really having a very tough time with Robert who appeared to be unwilling to cooperate and help other members of his patrol with a patrol quiz that supported work to earn part of our 2nd class award.  As the guys in my patrol did not need my help at the moment, I went over and offered to help Robert.  While doing so I found out that Robert’s grandmother died a few days ago and that her funeral was yesterday, as Robert broke out into tears we quickly gathered around Robert to offer our regrets and offered our condolences while also spontaneously breaking into a decade of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy in song for the repose of her soul.  By the end of the meeting Robert felt much better and appreciated the concern and support from his brother Explorers.  Hey you never know when someone is acting out… there might be a reason if we take the time to try and find out.


At our closing prayer at last week’s meeting I was asked by Grey Wolf (our troop leader) to lead the prayer 

and this is what I said:

Dear Lord, please help us find the strength inside us to see when others need help, and then to rise up to the occasion to do something about it, to help, to make a difference, to love one another… to keep our Explorer Promise and Law - thank you Lord.  I Love you Jesus!  Amen.

You know what, when I am able to help others without being asked first to help, it makes me feel good inside.  Why don’t you do the same as a good FNE Explorer?







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