Jonah

Over the past week, over 5 MILLION people took a trip to youtube to watch the now viral “What’s goin on” video by Jonah Mowry.

If you haven’t seen the video, check it out here:

In response to this video (and to the issue of bullying at large), I shot my own response and placed it on youtube as well. While this video is largely to Jonah and the bravery he showed, it is more importantly directed to someone else….

To you.

While my job as a youth motivational speaker might be to talk mainly from the stage, some things need to be done to address these issues. If nothing else, I hope this is a start.

What’s going on (Response by Scott Backovich) from Scott Backovich on Vimeo.

We all have friends like Jonah. At one time or another, we have felt just like Jonah.

My challenge to you in this short post? Simple—choose to love.

Adventure Time

So I have good news and bad news…

Bad news: I’ve been a horrible blogger and youth speaker lately. Yes, it’s true. I’ve neglected you worse than the old XBOX when 360 came out. For this, I owe you an apology (or some holiday cookies).

This brings us to the good news of the day: I have something to make it up to you.

As many of you know, I am a huge fan of spontaneous adventures. Let’s put it this way, if random exploring sessions were a Facebook status, I would press the “thumbs up” button.

Therefore, I am proud to announce that for the next few weeks, I will be posting a crazy-cool adventure that I want YOU to go on. Why? Because they’re more fun than discovering the ‘Charlie Bit Me’ video on YouTube.  Before I let you in on your first task though, I have a few guidelines/promises for you:

1. Find at least one other person to go on these adventures with you. I promise that you will get much more out of these if you take the time to share the experience with someone else.

2. Make time for these! While some of these adventures are very quick and easy, others can take up an entire day. Make sure you push aside enough time to really enjoy the day.

3. Let me know how they turn out! If you don’t already have a high-tech phone from space that can instantly link Facebook to your location, email me and tell me about your day! I would love to hear what you discover about yourself.

So here we go: announcing ADVENTURE NUMBER ONE (insert drum roll here)…….

I want you to check out GEOCACHING!

No, it’s not a typo (I passed the red scribble test on Word). Geocaching is a crazy cool treasure hunt activity that is played with the help of a GPS (arrrg!). How does it work? Simple: you go to the Geocaching website and find a city near you where others have been before. You then search a treasure that you want to find with your friends and write down the GPS coordinates. Finally, you and your buddies use the coordinates and the virtual ‘treasure map’ to find the treasure of the day!

Don’t have a GPS? We can work on that. Ask around to your family and friends who might have one. Also, anyone with an iPhone can download a GPS feature (yes, there’s an app for that too).

So with that said, happy treasure hunting! I encourage you to find time in the next 7 days to find some treasure with friends. I’ll be waiting here to not only hear about your first adventures, but to also let you know about ANOTHER winter-break idea next week!

Aye aye, matey!

GEOCACHING Site- www.geocaching.com