Ya Gotta Paddle Together In Order To Move

You Gotta Paddle Together
You Gotta Paddle Together

Have you ever wanted things YOUR way more than God’s way?  Do you find it difficult to work with others, or want what was best for them, instead of what was easiest?

Boy you are NOT alone my friend, I am RIGHT there with YOU!  Come on over to the next page and I’ll tell you my story about scouts and a canoe.  

Ya Gotta Paddle Together In Order to Move

6/2014 – I went to Cub Scout Day Camp with my Webelos Den and had a wonderful time.  Stan (who had business meetings that day and was unable to attend camp) and I currently have 12 Webelos (10 year old boys). and they are all great kids.  I have been in and out of Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts quite a few times in the 32 years I’ve been married.  My largest den was 17 boys and they happened to be Webelos also. 

In my church it is a calling, or an assignment if you will; which is why in many leadership capacities, rotating in and out.

Scouting was not my idea of fun in the beginning, and admittedly I resisted it quite a bit.  After prayer, I softened my heart and became involved with my oldest son, Derek’s den when he was 8 years old.  

I turned into a memorable experience, one that I would not trade.  Derek went on to get his Eagle at 13 years old (his brothers were also 13 when they received theirs), all 3 did the Varsity program; receiving many awards.  Dallin and Delsi earned many of the Venturing Awards and Derek actually became the first in the nation to earn all the Venturing Awards with the exception of Sea Scout (no boat, nor access to requirements).  I mention this because if I had not listened to what God wanted me to do, instead of what I wanted to do, my son’s would have missed out on so many opportunities and valuable skills, that it would have been a truly missed chance in countless ways.

(FYI I was a Girl Scout Leader to my girls so they had that experience too.)

NOW Back to my day with this Webelos den.  This is a picture of the beautiful setting; I didn’t think to take one until the light was almost gone. Camp KieselDelsi came as one of the adult leaders as she is currently the Cub Master.  The boys were able to pass off many requirements, and loved the archery and BB Gun.  We had a little fun with it also.Camp Kiesel 1

That evening the camp staff retired a flag.  It was one of the most reverent, spiritual experiences some of my cubs had experienced in their young years.  I think being out in nature and away from technology opens us up for inspiration.  Camp Kiesel 2From the picture on the top, you can see Delsi’s boat was being swamped by the camp staff.  She worked at this camp for 3 summers as a young teen which is why they were teasing her.

Dallin, my youngest son, also worked there for a summer.

We had the opportunity to go out in the boats a second time, in the afternoon.  I had half the boys in my boat and Delsi had the rest in hers.  We kept trying to get the boys to paddle together to move in the direction we needed to go. 

Instead, some boys paddled faster and others became distracted with anything and everything around them. 

In order to turn the boat, some boys needed to drag their paddle, or take it in the opposite direction in the water, while others were to paddle forward.  It was hilarious, though a bit of a predicament. Camp Kiesel 3Delsi and I were laughing about it later, when she brought up the point that to go forward in life we have to paddle together in a manner that helps the other, which in actuality it moves us forward in the process. 

I couldn’t agree more and thought what a fitting analogy for all of us. 

As we build, lift, comfort, nurture and serve one an other, whether convenient or not; our own life is enhanced and improved beyond anything we could ever do for our self.  By extending oneself to buoy up another, we are improved in our talents, skills, abilities and influence. 

Possibly we could make a concerted effort, to say a little prayer to avoid unnecessary distractions in our life, express gratitude as we Recognize a blessing(s) received, and to whom He would have us be a blessing. 

This is how we add value and pure joy to the life we have been so graciously given.

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2014, 2016

Recognize a blessing and be a blessing today


  1. I must admit I was a girl scout when I was younger and am hoping at least one of my girls wants to become one, because it was stuff like this that I definitely enjoyed and had fun with. And would love to possibly experience it all over again through them, too :)

  2. Carrie,

    I love how you take everyday events and turn them into life lessons. Comparing Paddling together with building each other up is Brilliant!
    Thanks for sharing!

  3. I was in children’s ministry for 14 years so I know the joy of working with kids. Looks like they had the time of their lives at your camp. What fun :) Now I am a parttime preschool teacher and can hardly wait to get back into it. Working with children IS a calling, not a job. :)

  4. My Webelos days are over, my son is all grown up! Nice way to reflect back! Thank you so much for linking up to Merry Monday this week! I am sharing your post today on my twitter. We hope to see you next week for another great party! Have a great week!

  5. I’ve been thinking about putting my son into cub scouts but unfortunately I don’t think we’d have the time to dedicate to it. Micah is really outdoorsy and loves building things so I’m sure he’s learn so much. You and Stan really put in a lot of work over the years, haven’t you? And still going strong!

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