Monthly Archives: July 2017
It’s as American as apple pie. A rite of passage for thousands of boys and girls and a source of pride for every parent. It’s scouting.
You probably know the Boy Scout’s motto. You may even know that scouting began in the U.S. in 1910. But do you know why scouting was developed?
It’s a fascinating part of the scouting story. In the early 1900s, with the Industrial Revolution, thousands migrated from rural areas to our nation’s cities. This change brought concerns that young people, men in particular, were no longer learning patriotism, individualism and self-reliance—important values of American life.
In 1909, Chicago publisher W.D. Boyce while visiting London, England learned about scouting, which began in Britain around 1907. Impressed with the idea, upon his return, Boyce started the Boy Scouts of America.
The aims of scouting remain to this day: character development, citizenship training and personal fitness. Out of these values come the familiar Boy Scout’s motto—Be Prepared.
Scouting grew at a stunning pace. Today there are 2,938,698 youth who are scouts, 1,146,130 leaders and 122,582 scouting units, which are Scouting organizations sponsored by a community, across the country.
Scouts earn merit badges in virtually every endeavor imaginable, from archery to fishing, wilderness survival to motor boating. They want to learn as much as they can so that, regardless of the situation, they will always be prepared.
Being prepared is good for us too. If there were ever a fire, an explosion, a flood or even a terrorist attack, it would be invaluable—and possibly even lifesaving –for each and every one of us to be prepared.
And the best way to do that is to know our emergency plan inside and out. Know where fire extinguishers are, for example. Know the evacuation routes. Know the proper emergency response authorities to contact, if necessary. It’s important. Because you never know when an emergency might strike.
If you have kids in Scouting, or if you were a Scout yourself, you know that Scouts pledge to “do a good turn daily.” Why not take a page from the Scouting manual and pledge to learn more about safety and emergency preparedness each day. It’s a good policy. And should an emergency occur, you stay safe because you are prepared and know the right actions to take.
KNOW THE PLAN, KNOW YOUR PART
*Copyright 2008 Harkins Safety B-227
The Family Business
Imagine a family business that was founded by an idealistic artisan, twice refused huge grants from the federal government and may never complete its one and only project. Here’s their fascinating story.
In 1948, sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski received a letter from Chief Henry Standing Bear. The letter asked Ziolkowski, who worked on Mount Rushmore, to create a statue of Chief Crazy Horse, a famed Lakota warrior.
Ziolkowski, a self-taught sculptor, accepted the challenge. He moved his wife and ten children from Connecticut to the Black Hills of South Dakota. Together they built a log cabin at the foot of Thunderhead Mountain, the structure out of which the stature would be carved. The family then built a 741-step wooden staircase to the top of the mountain and Ziolkowski inserted four sticks of dynamite. Those 10 tons of granite would be the first of millions to come.
As work continued, he twice refused $10 million grants from the federal government because he feared that taking the money would interfere with his goal of creating a cultural memorial that honors all North American Indians.
The monument has been in progress for over 60 years and is still far from completion. An amazing 8.5 million tons of granite having been removed so far.
When completed, the statue will show Crazy Horse atop his steed with his outstretched arm pointing to the horizon. It will be fully three-dimensional, sculpted entirely out of the mountain. It will be so large that Mount Rushmore will fit on Crazy Horse’s arm. A five-room house will fit inside the nostril of the warrior’s horse. It will be taller than the Washington Monument and nearly twice as big as the Statue of Liberty.
It is truly a monumental project. While we probably wouldn’t go to these lengths even for a family business, it’s still good to reflect on how important our families are to our jobs and our happiness. That’s why it’s vital to work safely every day. We have to remember that we’re not just working for ourselves, but for our families who love and depend on us. In fact, our families are the reason why we work so hard every day.
Today, Ziolkowski’s family continues the work. They now own Thunderhead Mountain and the 328 acres on which it sits. They still live at its base. With drills, dynamite and determination, they are committed to making Ziolkowski’s vision a reality, no matter how difficult it is and no matter how long it takes.
Do it for you
Do it for your family
*Copyright 2008 Harkins Safety B-228