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Looking Forward

It has been some time since we have said anything on our Altitude blog, but as the holiday season is in full swing, we felt it appropriate to share our thoughts and feelings of looking forward to 2021.

2020 has brought tremendous challenge, obstacle, grief, confusion, pain, frustration and fear. We can’t sugar coat it. We as a staff have felt all those emotions just like many of you throughout this year. Frustration that we can’t plan in-person events for the youth, confusion on how to address the ever changing restrictions across the 19 counties we serve, financial hardship, membership woes, grief of losing loved ones and the pain of not interacting with our wonderful volunteers face-to-face.

However, through all the frustration, challenges and confusion, you and I, we have endured. We have overcome. Through simple acts of service in our communities, virtual unit meetings, virtual boards of review, Scouting At Home activities, the Altitude Club subscription, opening summer camp and much more. The way we run Scouting has changed, but Scouting and what it stands for hasn’t.

We don’t know what 2021 has in store for us all and yes, Scouting is going through a plethora of changes and we won’t know what it will look like until the dust settles, but I am hopeful. I look at my 2 young kids and see hope, I see energy, I see a rising generation who needs values like the Scout Oath and Law. Hope comes from action. So my challenge to each of you is to decide to decide. Yes, you read that right, DECIDE TO DECIDE. Whatever that means to you, I implore you to decide how you look forward to 2021.

I am grateful to be here in the Rocky Mountain Council. I am even grateful for the trials and challenges we’ve all faced this year because without challenges, we never learn and grow. Have a happy holiday season and God bless.

– Travis Emery