In our neck of the woods, today is our official back to school day. This morning you could feel all the emotions emitting from my three children. I could tell who was nervous, excited, and not ready for summer break to end. I remember having those same feelings when I was their age, especially when school started involving multiple periods throughout the day... and how on earth was I going to remember my locker combination! I clearly remember one of my high school teachers, Mr Roberts, addressing us on the first day of class. "Each and everyone of you, right at this very moment, all have an "A" in my class... It's what you do with that "A" from now till the end of the semester that will determine your final grade." He was also the same teacher that had a sign next to the clock in his classroom that read "Time is passing... are you!?"
Many times we allow simple, little things to stop us from being the best that we can be. In the following video from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Saints, Elder Allan F. Packer gives a wonderful illustration of reaching our full potential as he relates one of his first experiences as a new scout.
What are some of your "hatchet covers"? I hope that we can acknowledge what those "hatchet covers" may be and work on becoming the best that we can. To all you scouts and scouters starting your first days of the new school year, we wish you the best of luck and remember to always implement the points of the scout law no matter the circumstances.