As Parents we try to raise our children with a set of values. We derive those values from our families, our church, and the way in which we were raised. Important things like respecting our elders, being trustworthy, not stealing, and how we manage our money and things.
We learn as a youth the important things that will help us live long and prosperous lives. We learn the lessons on how we should treat one another and how to act in our community. We develop our sense of loyalty to the Nation when we stand with our parents at a Parade and watch as our Dads stand and remove their hats placing their hands over their heart.
The values that we learn as a child, we pass on to our children, and so it goes. We perpetuate the values of our families and the Nation is stronger for it.
I can remember as a young boy listening as my Dad talked about character and how we should act. That I should never hit a women and that I should always tell the truth. That I should use clean language and that it was important for me to always be helpful. He taught me lessons that I now teach my sons and daughter. The lessons that I learned as a youth have made me the man I am today and I can look back and pin point where they came from.
Troop 100 in Brunssum Holland and Troop 124 at Ft. Polk Louisiana were training grounds for character, citizenship, and fitness for me. I took those values that I learned at home and saw them applied through the Scout Oath and Law. I was able to see my values put to the test as a Patrol leader and Senior Patrol Leader. I was given the opportunity to succeed and become a young man in those years of Scouting.
Scouting’s core values found in the Oath, the Law, and the mission statement are timeless. They have not changed or waviered for 100 years.. and why? Because they are the values that shape and build good young men (and women).
Being Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent are values that can make or break a man. They are the values that lead to being a good citizen, a father that cares, and a friend that is helpful to his community. They are a set of values that sit at the core of the man and make him do right.
Scouting’s core values are as timeless and relevant as ever and they have proven to stand every test. It is what “Right Looks like”. Values.
Have a Great Scouting Day!