It must be emphasized that as a Varsity Scout Coach you are always teaching. For good or ill your Team learns your ways, your beliefs, your heart, your ideas, and your concerns. Your Varsity Scouts may not choose to follow you, but the example you give is the greatest light you hold before your team.
A careful man I want to be,
A little fellow follows me;
I do not dare to go astray,
For fear he’ll go the self-same way,
I cannot once escape his eyes,
What’er he sees me do, he tries;
Like me he says he’s going to be,
The little chap who follows me.
He thinks that I am good and fine,
Believes in every word of mine;
The base in me he must not see,
The little chap who follows me,
I must remember as I go,
Through summer’s sum and winter’s snow;
I am building for the years to be,
That little chap who follows me.
On this poem, Neal Pollard wrote: :I have appreciated that poem ever since the day my dad gave it to me as a gift, the day my oldest son was born. The plaque had hung in his office, and I have looked at it for most of the days since it has belonged to me. As the years of fatherhood have added up for me, I pondered where the sequel to Mr. Fisher’s poem was. Not having found it, I attempted to write one of my own. Here it is:
That little chap grew big and tall,
No longer is he quite so small,
He’s got facial hair,
He drives a car,
He plays point guard
And steel guitar.
I look into his eyes and see
A deep imprint put there by me.
His tone of voice, his emphases,
All things he listened and learned from me.
He’ll soon leave home
Make his own way,
And more than once I’ll hear him say,
“I am today in all I do,
What all these years I’ve seen in you.”
Pollard concluded: “For good or for ill, I am leaving a legacy by my parenting. If the realization of that does not help me, I will likely live to have it haunt me. How well can I lead my family to be where they need to be if I am not where I need to be. If I am, they are more likely to get there, too!”