I am often asked about the “Promise of Scouting”. In the title of the Blog and Podcast I declare that I have just trying to help deliver the promise of Scouting. To help you understand what I am talking about when I say this let me show you where I got it. The 11th Edition of the Boy Scout Handbook from 1998. On page 1 is tells the Scout:
Welcome to the Boy Scouts of America,
SCOUTING promises you the great outdoors. As a Scout, you can learn how to camp and hike without leaving a trace and how to take care of the land. You’ll study wildlife up close and learn about nature all around you. There are plenty of skills for you to master, and you can teach others what you have learned. Everyone helping everyone else-that’s part of Scouting, too.
SCOUTING promises you friendship. Members of the troop you join might be boys you already know, and you will meet many other Scouts along the way. Some could become lifelong friends.
SCOUTING promises you opportunities to work toward the Eagle Scout rank. You will set positive goals for yourself and then follow clear routes to achieve them.
SCOUTING promises you tools to help you make the most of your family, your community, and your nation. The good deeds you perform every day will improve the lives of those around you. You will be prepared to help others in time of need.
SCOUTING promises you experiences and duties that will help you mature into a strong, wise adult. The Scout Oath and the Scout Law can guide you while you are a Scout and throughout your life.
Adventure, learning, challenge, responsibility – the promise of Scouting is all this and more.
So this is the Promise of Scouting that I refer to when you hear me talk or write about it.
Now, why is this important today? Well I have been talking about the Journey to Excellence lately and how it will be a great tool in our programs. When I look at the Promise of Scouting and hold it up against the JTE criteria. Well folks.. there it is. It’s not about percentages or working numbers. It’s about measuring the delivery of the Promise.
And as Forrest Gump would say.. “That’s all I got to say about that”.
Have a Great Scouting Day!