Character is something that I talk about a lot with the Scouts of my Troop. It is a subject worth discussion often with these young men that are influenced by popular culture, peers, and sports figures. Now, if you have read this blog for any period of time, you know that I am a huge fan of Football, especially College Football… so it is no surprise that when I heard the news yesterday about USC loosing their 2004 National Title it was going to have to be worked into the Scoutmaster Minute.
The stripping of USC ’04 Title is a great example of what a lack of character will get you.
Again, when you have Character… there is no one on the planet that can take it from you… you can certainly give it away, and once you do, you will never get it back. And a lack of Character will get you in trouble in the long run.
USC gave away their Character. They knew what was going on and made a choice to do nothing about it. They cheated. Now I say they because we are talking about an institutional problem. One player and a coach that seemed to look the other way and break the rules. They are a part of the problem and the University chose to remain a power house in the NCAA rather than do the right thing. The price. 7 years later they are stripped of the title. They lost Scholarships for incoming students, and they are now left out of 3 years worth the chances to win another title. All because of a lack of character, character by the way they will never get back.
You see, they may win another National title years from now.. and Football player will still want to go to that University, but in my eyes.. and the eyes of many, they lack Character and always will.
As Scouts we have a guide that will never let us give it all away. A guide that will never allow us to cheat. You can’t cheat as long as you are Trustworthy,Loyal and obedient. You can’t hurt when you are Friendly, Courteous, Helpful, and Kind. You will do the right thing as long as you remain Brave and Reverent.
The Scout Law is a great foundation of Character. It will keep you from Giving it all away!
Have a Great Scouting Day!