As a Scoutmaster, I think it is important to show how to live by showing the Scouts how I live.
My actions speak louder than my many words. It only takes a snap shot or a small glimpse into my daily activity to know that I try to live the Scout oath and law daily. I share that with the Scouts when ever we get together.
Back to respect.
We talk about treating others as you wish to be treated. Pretty much a rule that is worthy of living don’t you think? When a Scout is disrespectful, I call them on it right way. A simple question of what did I do to deserve this treatment? typically gets a conversation about respect on the table.
If there is one thing that I can not and will not tolerate, that is a lack of respect.
Lack of respect for others space, time, belongings, and the way someone treats others.
This last weekend, we had a situation in which a Scout disrespected his Troop mates. I won’t go into details, but it is fair enough to say that it was something that got my attention. The Scout then turned his back on me when I was trying to talk to him. That was the straw that broke the Scoutmasters back.
Young Scout got a nice little chat on respect.. starting with..”What have I done to show you disrespect?”
“Then why would you disrespect me by turning your back on me while I am talking to you?”
He did not have an answer.
We have to meet our Scouts where they are. Some are not taught respect at home, our Schools are not really in the mode of teaching it. The culture of what are you doing for me does not require it. It is in Scouting that we are obligated to teach and pass it on.
Respect comes when it is given.
When you show respect to others you get it back in return.
Living the Scout oath and law require that you have and show respect.
To be trustworthy and loyal, helpful and friendly, Courteous and kind, you must show respect.
Respect goes along way in life. When we are camping we practice Leave no Trace. LNT revolves around respect. Respect for the wilderness and our fellow campers.
Give and Get.
Have a Great Scouting Day!