My wife and I frequently camp with a long time friend who was in boy scouts. Every trip he teaches everyone at least one new thing from his scouting days. Sometimes it is a trick for making hiking a bit easier. Other times he points out ways to help me get a campfire going (I’m still not very good).
Out of all the things he has shared, my favorite is his #1 rule for camping: Always leave the woods better than you found them. It is my favorite because it is so simple but it makes such a big impact, even if only some of the campers follow it. Something as little as picking up a piece of trash that doesn’t belong to you helps.
One camping trip shortly after TriConf this year while we all were relaxing around the fire, I realized that this rule applies to people as well: Leave people better than you found them. It is not enough to follow Wheaton’s Law; we need to help each other out. You rarely realize how empowering your hi-five or fist bump can be to another person.
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