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Aug 04, 2013, 01:31 PM
In appreciation of tradesmen
Not sure which board, if any this fits into, but I thought you might enjoy it. The link will take you to Scouting Magazine's "Bryan on Scouting" Blog and a video by Dirty Job's host Mike Rowe an Eagle Scout and supporter of the BSA.

In the video Mike talks about working smart AND hard and has a real appreciation for people that work with their hands for a living.

My own father was an electrician, but could do just about anything building trades wise. He built the house I grew up in and worked for the telephone company, US Steel, American Can and a few other companies as an industrial electrician. I studied to be an electrician but decided for a variety of reasons to go into the USAF and became a telecom tech. I learned a lot from dad and can do many things in the trades. I've tried to instill this into my 18 year old son with limited success. "How do you know all this stuff dad?"

Anyway, if you have a half hour to spare Mike's talk to the 2013 National Jamboree audience is informative and entertaining. Enjoy

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Aug 04, 2013, 07:24 PM
This is somewhat of a sore topic with me so I'll chime in with my $.02 worth. I think the talent and ability for someone to create, repair, and or otherwise work with his (or her!) hands is one which is highly undervalued. Tradespeople are as necessary as medical professionals, and often aren’t given enough credit for the role they play in society.

The tradition of creating, repairing and working with one's hands (and tools) is one which helped our ancestors cope with and find a way to survive brutal conditions. It also contributed to basically primitive as well as exquisitely beautiful works of art throughout the history of humankind.

This type of creation applies to both tradespeople and artists. Many of the traditional needlecrafts have declined in use and respect with the increasing mass production of generic and poorly made alternatives.

If there's not a national tradesperson day, there should be!

(Stepping down off the soapbox to continue...)

As to instilling that work ethic and multiple hand work skills in your son, sometimes it helps if you let others do it. (I'm sure you've discovered that children sometimes listen more to others even when the advice is the same as from a parent.) Big Grin

I appreciated my father's talents even more after two of the neighborhood men told me about their fireside chats. They would sit around a bonfire in the evening and Dad would tell stories about his USAAC and CCC work history, and they would tell me how much he knew and how much they enjoyed listening to him.

If you can arrange some Scouting fireside chats with tradespeople, especially older ones who've been through some hard times, your son might have an opportunity to appreciate these skills more. But I do think that it's hard to get youngsters to focus on working with their hands beyond fingering when there's so much obsession with electronic gadgets.

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Aug 05, 2013, 12:33 PM
I like what GardenSprite suggested about letting others help instill knowledge and values. My 21 year old has never been interested in my DIY activities. Thinking back, I could have learned a whole lot more from my dad, but I was more interested in being different from him.
Aug 05, 2013, 12:47 PM
SN, I think this might be inherent in parental relationships, sadly. I too find myself in that position, even at my age.

What some of us women do is tell our friends or relatives what we would recommend in certain situations, then they discreetly raise the issue with the intended recipient and it's accepted more than it would be if it came from us directly.

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