And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. -Luke 2:7
Did you recruit a new Scout today?
No? Are you sure?
Like the original Unknown Scout in the London fog, every day each of us who are Scouts and Scouters represent Scouting and the BSA (or WOSM organization of your choice), in uniform or not. At school or at work, on service projects or just puttering around the neighborhood. When people know you’re a Scout, they judge all of Scouting by your actions. When people don’t know you’re a Scout, each person you meet is a potential Scout/Scouter or supporter.
As I related in my last post, my family recently moved to a new city/state/Council, so my boys and I have been looking for a new troop(s). In a time of transition like this, we faced (and are still working through) many decision points regarding participation in Scouting. The boys, being at different ages and ranks, have their own interests and concerns–even whether or not to continue in Scouting at all. So we poked around on the Council website looking for local Troop and Crew info. I visited Roundtable to see which units were active. I asked around when we got to town to see if anybody knew any Scouters… and we visited several meetings to see where the boys felt they could fit in. In each case, someone had the opportunity to extend a welcoming hand… or not.
Not only does everybody win in the game of Scouting, but there’s also always more room for more players. While Mary & Joseph were turned away from the Inn so long ago, there’s always room in Scouting for families who want to live by the Scout Oath & Law. And every day, each and every one of us invite new Scouts in, whether we know it or not, by how we live the Scout Oath and Law. Do you live On Your Honor? Are you Courteous and Kind? Have you Done A Good Daily?
There are no strangers to Scouting, only friends we haven’t met yet.