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From the Desk of the Scout Executive – Farewell & Good Wishes from the Hotchkiss’

I didn’t think I’d be writing this so soon, I had many plans and dreams for the new Heart of New England Council, but the joint Council Scout Executive selection committee chose to go with someone else as your first Scout Executive.

I feel a bit like Moses who lead folks to the promised land, but did not get to crossover, but things worked out and I’m sure the best is yet to come for Scouting in Central Massachusetts.

I’ll be wrapping up things at the Worcester Service Center by the end of September and then have some time to work on my future and ready our home for sale. Melody and I have enjoyed New England and appreciate all who have been so kind to us. We’re not sure what will come next but have faith that God has a plan for us, be it continued service with the BSA, or something else.

So, what do I leave you with? Well, as a reader of many Louie L’Amour & Zane Gray novels, and much to Melody’s chagrin a lover of classic western films, I found the following Code of the West full of principles that we all could use and that I try to live by.

  1. Live each day with courage.
  2. Take pride in your work.
  3. Always finish what you start.
  4. Do what has to be done.
  5. Be tough, but fair.
  6. When you make a promise, keep it.
  7. Ride for the brand.
  8. Talk less and say more.
  9. Remember that some things aren’t for sale.
  10. Know where to draw the line.

All the best. We’ll see you down the Scouting trail,
Jeff