We are Family…

Lets all sing it together now…

Ok.. lets not. But I want to talk a bit about our Scouting family.
Last night I was honored by being the Master of Ceremonies at our Annual District Recognition Dinner. As I introduced speakers, presenters and moved the program along, I could not help but think about the great group of people I had the privilege of being with.
Looking over the crowd I saw my friends and family. I can honestly say that there was not one person in the room that I could not call a friend.

As is with most districts, there are a core group of folks that seem to have their fingers in the proverbial “District pie”. Since I can be counted in that number, it was fun to see my friends recognized for their dedication to Scouts and Scouting. It was an honor to present the District Award of Merit to a great friend and dedicated Scouter. A Scouter that just last year was honored along with his family as our family of the Year.
And that got me to thinking about this family thing.

We all come from different backgrounds, heritages, and careers. But we what have in common bonds us tighter than any other group, save the Veterans community.
We are bound by ideals, values, and the willingness to serve.
We are bound by the idea that family is at the heart of our community. That Duty is not a buzz word, that our relationship with our God is paramount in our daily lives.
We believe that through Scouting we make a difference, starting in our Troops, spreading to our Communities, and into our Nation. We make a difference by raising, training, and mentoring young men to be good men, husbands, fathers, citizens.

These people that I hang out with in Scouting are family. At our core is service. To one another and to always help other people. These are people that make my life better, just by being a part of it. These are people that genuinely care about the future of our young men. These are people that I can trust, that I can share with, that I can count on, not only when the tan shirts are on, but all the time.

These are my friends. They say that birds of a feather flock together, and so it is with families.
The Scouting family is just that. Across the world and in our community, Scouters flock together to provide a wonderful service to our Scouts.
I am so blessed and honored to be apart of the Scouting family.

As I say.. and I have one every day…

Have a Great Scouting Day!


  1. Jerry, when you say ‘We believe that through Scouting we make a difference, starting in our Troops, spreading to our Communities, and into our Nation.’, you could also add ‘and across the world’.If more people followed the ideas and ideals of Scouting, there would be a lot less problems in the world!Nick


  2. I think the fact that we are one big family applies even more so today with the really sad news of the deaths of 4 Scouts at the Des Moines Scout Camp. This is really sad news and our thoughts and prayers are with the injured and the families of those who have passed away.Nick


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