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Video: Eagle Scout Mike Rowe tells Scouts to work smart AND hard

9330066163_b958b31ea7Eagle Scout Mike Rowe once got the worst advice he’s ever heard.

A teacher, Mr. Dunbar, told him to “work smart, not hard.” Ever heard that advice from a boss or teacher?

At Saturday afternoon’s stadium show, Rowe rewrote Mr. Dunbar’s bad advice, telling the crowd of tens of thousands of Scouts, Scouters and Venturers that the key is to “work smart and hard.” And he needs the help of all of us in the Boy Scouts of America.

If anyone can rouse a crowd through hilarious stories and inspiring words, it’s Mike Rowe. He did it at the 2010 National Scout Jamboree and at the BSA’s 2012 National Annual Meeting. The third time was his best yet.

The former Dirty Jobs host has embarked on a mission to increase the profile of skilled labor, where 3 million jobs are waiting “for people willing to get their hands dirty.”

The problem: Too many people consider skilled labor to be a “vocational consolation prize,” Rowe said. “I’m not talking about you guys,” he said. “The Boy Scouts get it. The Boy Scouts have always got it.”

Watch the full video of Rowe’s speech after the jump.


Photos from BSA Flickr

7 Comments on Video: Eagle Scout Mike Rowe tells Scouts to work smart AND hard

  1. Mike Rowe rocks! He should be the USA version of Bear Grylls. Make him a actual Commissioner, have him promote BSA on an official level.

    • ScoutingManiac // July 27, 2013 at 10:50 pm // Reply

      YES! I think we need a Commissioner at the National level that really really really connect with kids!

  2. Steve, I agree. Would love to see him officially promote Scouting.
    BUT, if he doesn’t, that’s fine, too. Advocates for Scouting who don’t wear the shirt are just as important as those who do. Instead of saying, “hey, come over here. look what we’re doing.” He can say, “Hey, look over there at what they’re doing.”

  3. If you follow Bryan’s link to Rowe’s website, you can buy that poster for $10 on eBay with proceeds going to his foundation.

  4. Beth Childs // July 22, 2013 at 10:03 am // Reply

    Very inspiring speech delivered by Mike Rowe, my son is attending the Jamboree and I watched online. His message will be the mantra my son and I will keep for the remaining years of his high school and post graduation education!

  5. Mike’s speech was the highlight of the Arena Show! A great message that appeared to be well-received by the Scouts, leaders, parents, and friends in attendance. I’m sure many will be talking about it in the days, weeks & years to come.

  6. New Chief Scout of the BSA.

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