So what is Bravery and how are we as Scouts and Scouters Brave?
Well the Scout handbook tells us that; “A Scout can face danger even if he is afraid. He has the courage to stand for what he thinks is right even if others laugh at or threaten him.” The handbook goes on to say; “saving lives is not the only test of bravery. You are brave every time you do what is right in spite of what other might say. You are brave when you speak the truth and when you admit a mistake and apologize for it. And you show courage when you defend the rights of others.”
You don’t need a medal to be brave, you don’t need ribbons and articles in the paper. Bravery comes from deep inside. It is the voice within you that calls you to do the right thing.
Last night at our Troop meeting I held a few Scoutmaster Conferences. In the course of one of those conferences a question came up about “dealing” with certain member of the patrol this Scout was in. I won’t go into details, and I am certainly not saying one Scout is better than the other, but apparently there has been some conflict within the Patrol. Nothing to bad that will cause a melt down, but to your average 12 year old the crisis was seeming to become insurmountable.
He asked how to deal with this. He was unsure how the other Scout would react and he was worried about tearing up the Patrol. I can completely empathize with the Scout and I asked him what he thought about being Brave? He thought it was like going into battle or saving a life. While those are demonstrations of bravery, I told him that he was brave for bringing the issue up to me. I also gave him this advice.
If you are right, then stand up for your position. Right always wins in the end. When people are in the wrong, they always seem to get caught.
Those that do things contrary to the Scout Oath and Law are like lightning rods. Lightening Rods are designed to attract lightning. Sooner or later, they get struck.
Being Brave and standing up for what is right keeps you from being a lightening rod. You are not a target for the lightening strikes of life. And as the lightening showers around you, your bravery will see you through the storm.
A Scout is Brave. Always do what is right.
Have a Great Scouting Day!