Scoutmaster Minute—A Scout is Friendly

April 12, 2010

A Scout is a friend to all.  He is a brother to other Scouts.  He offers his friendship to people of all races, religions, and nations, and respects them even if their beliefs and customs are different from his own.

We all know who the “cool kids” are.  Every school has them.  And you, my friend, are not them.

The “cool kids” can only be cool by putting everybody else down.  They make fun of anything that is different, and never, ever invite new people into their clique.

Who wants to hang around people like that?  Who would want to join a Troop full of people like that?

Scoutmaster Clarke Green paraphrases a related passage from the Bible on his blog:

Friends are patient and kind;  not jealous or conceited or proud; friends are not ill-mannered or selfish or irritable; friends do not keep a record of wrongs; friends are unhappy with evil, but  happy with the truth.  Friends never give up; their faith, hope, and patience never fail.

I don’t always agree with all Scouts’ opinions, but I respect people who Do Their Best.  We don’t all have to agree all of the time.  But we do have to be a Friend.  It’s just part of being a Scout.

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