Just this past weekend a Troop I have about 10 years for Caving and Climbing adventures with had their latest caving adventure. Only two Scouts were repeat cavers, at the pre-meeting they told the other Scouts that their last caving adventure was one of their favorites of their Scouting adventures. When we went to get ready for the walk to the cave, two scouts had talked themselves out of going. The Scoutmaster had to give them a little pep talk. Once in the cave, they were suddenly ready for any challenge I put in front of them. Nothing but smiles afterwards.
Their words exactly "I really liked this camping trip because its something new that I've never experienced. Also it was nice to do something different for once. I can't believe I didnt want to come and miss this!" and the other Scout wrote, "On this camping trip I learned that we always need a buddy, ALWAYS. The scariest thing I saw was the drop 45 feet from the top to the floor. I was scared to do the LEAP OF FAITH." the both did the leap of faith. I tell them if I don't scare them, I haven't done my job. What is amazing, is how tears of fear can turn instantly into smiles of victory.
I try to have everyone including the leaders write three sentences I have started calling, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. What they write is always a real treat to read. The Smiles, and challenges accepted and met along with what they write makes it all worth while.