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Fact 1:

As each goose flaps its wings it creates an” uplift” for the birds that follow.  By flying in a V formation, the whole flock adds 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew alone.

Lesson 1:

Scouters who all share a common direction and sense of community and family can get where they are going quicker and easier because they are traveling on the thrust of one another.

Fact 2:

When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of flying alone.  It quickly moves back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front of it.

Lesson 2:

Scouters have as much sense as a goose, we stay in formation with those headed where we want to go.  We are willing to accept their help and give our help to others.

Fact 3:

When the lead goose tires, it rotates back into the formation and another goose flies to the point position.

Lesson 3:

It pays to take turns doing the hard tasks and sharing leadership.  As with geese, Scouters  and Scouting are interdependent on each other’s skills and capabilities and unique arrangements of gifts, talents or resources.

Fact 4:

The geese flying in formation honk to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.

Lesson 4:

We need to make sure our honking is encouraging.  In Scouting programs where there is encouragement, the production is much greater.   The power of encouragement (to stand by one’s heart or core values and encourage the heart and core of others) is actually the honking we seek.

Fact 5:

When a goose gets sick, wounded or shot down, two geese drop out of formation and follow it down to help and protect it. They stay with it until it dies or is able to fly again.

Then, they launch out with another formation or catch up with the flock.

Lesson 5:

With the sense as shown by geese, Scouters stand by each other in difficult times as well as when we are strong.

Scouting and this council benefits from all the Scouters who have the sense to be a goose.

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