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As Scout leaders we teach our scouts to learn and develop skills that will last their life times.  Even in the mission statement of the Boy Scouts of America it states that The Mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.  The Scout Oath and Law are tools that support the mission of the BSA.
We teach our Scouts skills that become tools that they will have for their lives.
When a Scout joins a troop he is given an empty tool box.  Look at the Scout Badge. As he learns more, develops leadership, and sharpens his skills he starts to fill up the tool box.  He adds an Eagle on the Tenderfoot badge.  This tells us that he is on his way to learning to camp, do first aid, and see where he is physically.  All the while the Oath and Law are the standards he is starting to live.
The next items he puts in his tool box is how to navigate using a map and compass, while he is learning those skills that keep him on the right trail, he also is learning about his moral compass and staying on the right path in life.  This tool is one of the most important tools he can place in his tool box.  Citizenship plays a big part in this next step and as the boy grows so does his responsibilty and understanding about who he is and what his part in his community is.  Service becomes an additional part of the young mans life.  His tool box is getting full, but there is always room for more.  The patch he wears now has a Scroll that reminds him to BE PREPARED, prepared for what?  Anything!.. but namely LIFE. 
By the time your Scout earns his First Class badge, he is a skilled camper, he understands First Aid, he is starting to lead, he is getting physically fit, and he is taking an active role in his Troop and his community.  His tool box is packed and he knows how to use the tools in it.  Now it is time to explore his world.  Star and Life give him the opportunities to learn and grow.  Learn about occupations, hobbies, skills, and the world he lives in.  He grows in leadership, service, and citizenship. 
The day he goes to his Eagle Board he need only show up with his tool box that he has put together along the way.  All the answers are there, his compass is set, his skills sharpened, and the Oath and Law are his guides to a life that will be measured by his character.
His tool box will never leave him and will always contain the tools he needs for life.  They will always be the right tool at the right time.
Fill up your Tool Box!
Have a Great Scouting Day!

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