By Darryl Alder
Dec 30, 2014

A Bicycle—Device with Purpose

This Scoutmaster’s Minute, “A Bicycle,” helps us understand the meaning of purpose, the fifth day of Kwanzaa (Nia):

To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.

Entrada High Adventure

Older teens enjoying red-rock country at Entrada High Adventure Base

Have you ever thought about how a bicycle works?

Most of us just hop on and let it take us where we want to go without giving it a second thought. A closer look shows it takes a lot of different pieces doing their part and working together to make transportation happen.

When you push the pedal with your foot, a lot happens to make the wheels turn. The pedal turns a crank that turns a gear, which pulls a chain that turns another gear, which turns a hub, which pulls the spokes, which turns the wheel, which pulls the tire that pushes against the road to make the bike go.

When you want to stop, you pull a lever that pulls a cable against a housing, which causes another lever to move, which pushes a pad against the wheel. Changing gears levers, cables, housing, springs, and pulleys working together. If any one part fails to work when it is supposed to, the whole system fails to work.  When one system fails, the bike can still be ridden, but not in top form.

You are the parts, just like on the bicycle. Our patrols are like the pedaling, braking, and gear-changing systems. The senior patrol leader is like the rider. He directs a pedal or a lever—your patrol leaders—to do their part and they in turn ask you to do yours. If you choose not to do your part, your patrol suffers and the troop doesn’t work well. The troop is our vehicle to adventure, fellowship, and good times. And each of you is a very important part.

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Author: Boy Scouts of America | Scoutmaster’s Minute in Woods Wisdom

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