Scoutmaster Minute—What Does It Mean To Be “A Scout”

January 10, 2010

Everyone joins Scouts for different reasons. The thrill of adventure in the Great Outdoors. Earning ranks and badges. Having fun with our friends.

But what does it mean when you say “I am a Scout”?

We know what the Scout Oath or Promise says:

On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight.

And we know what the Scout Law says:

A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.

We know the Scout Motto:

Be Prepared

We know the Scout Slogan:

Do a Good Turn daily.

And we know the Outdoor Code:

As an American, I will do my best to
Be clean in my outdoor manners,
Be careful with fire,
Be considerate in the outdoors, and
Be conservation-minded.

But what does that mean?

As we start 2010, the 100th year of the Boy Scouts of America, think about what it means to you to be a Scout. Think about how you “Demonstrate Scout spirit by living the Scout Oath and Scout Law in your everyday life”. Let’s talk this year about how your Patrol and Troop can help you be the best Scout you can be.

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