Giving back

I often talk, or write, about developing the value of selfless service or giving back in our Scouts.
In our Troop we have a couple Scouts that are in the process of earning their Eagle Award.
If you look at the requirements for earning the Eagle Award you will find that it requires the Scout to lead. And lead in a way in which he serves.

Requirement number 5:
While a Life Scout, plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project helpful to any religious institution, school, or community. (The project should benefit an organization other than Boy Scouting.) The project idea must be approved by the organization benefiting from the effort, your Scoutmaster and troop committee and the council or district before you start. You must use the Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project Workbook, BSA publication No. 18-927, in meeting this requirement.

I love the idea that we impress the idea of servant leadership on our Scouts. This value will go far in their lives as they learn to be of service to others. I also think that if we do a good job now we will see our Scouts that have earned the Eagle Award come back and serve Scouting in the future.

One of my biggest pet peeves is the term “Eagleing Out”. There is no such thing as a Scout earning his Eagle and out he goes. The purpose of earning the Eagle Award is learn, grow, develop and give back. If a Scout does not understand what the Eagle award represents than he just earned another patch.

Giving back is the essence of Scouting. The be helpful, to be kind, to be become a leader in our community it is all about giving back.

Have a Great Scouting Day!

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