I have listened to the answers of many Scouts as they explain to me during Scoutmaster Conferences the parts and meanings of the points of the Scout Law.
I always asks the Scout to tell me which part of the Scout law is most important and what they struggle with daily. I get pretty much the standard answer that all of the parts of the law are important and no one part is greater than any other. But this Saturday I sat as both the Scoutmaster and the Scouts advocate during and Eagle Scout Board of review. When the board asked the young man to discuss which part of the law he thought was most important, without hesitation, the Scout answered Brave!
He explained that as a teen ager it to courage and bravery to live the Scout law every day. Among his peers, he felt that many points of the law are not “Cool” or popular in today’s culture. Without the ability to stand up for what you believe and know is right, the rest of the law is immaterial. Without being brave, you won’t live the rest.
I thought it was an interesting answer and tend to agree. I wish it did not have to be that way, but the truth is, the world that our Scouts find themselves in does not value the way of life that the Scout law represents. It’s really to bad.
Last night during my Scoutmaster minute, I shared that if we live the Scout oath and law daily we will be men of character and I made our Scouts a promise. If any of the values found in the Oath and law ever cause them to do the wrong thing, or if any of the points of the Scout law are wrong, I will stop talking. They know that I love to talk, so they know that I am serious.
Challenge: If you can explain to me that there is something wrong with the Oath and Law I will send you a grand prize. You better come strong though. Be prepared to discuss.
Have a Great Scouting Day!
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