Posts Tagged ‘Scout Slogan’

You Can Never Be Prepared For Some Things

April 30, 2013

English: A stop sign in , Canada.

I witnessed an auto accident last week.  Guy pulled out from a stop sign and t-boned a car right in front of me. Scarred the heck out of me.

My Scout sense did kick right in.  I stopped safely, checked the scene, then called 911.  Fortunately nobody was hurt seriously, just banged up.  Both cars were totaled.

I was thankful then that years of Scout training didn’t fail me then.  But there are some things we can’t always be prepared for.  My friend was in the car in front of me that was wrecked–I wasn’t a cool, collected first responder; I was mad as hell and fighting not to make a bad situation worse.  Then when I calmed down, I really wondered how well prepared I would have been to provide first aid if someone had been bleeding. When was the last time I checked my first aid kit in the truck?

As Scouts we strive to do our best, but there’s just some things you’re never sure how well prepared you will be.



Always Room at the Scouting Inn

December 22, 2012

en: Ideal Scout Statue by Robert Tait McKenzie...

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.

Merry Christmas.


SM Minute—A Good Turn

September 25, 2011

Image via Wikipedia

Scoutmaster Minute—A Good Turn

As you know, the Boy Scouts of America was started in 1910.  Now for a tougher question: Who started the BSA?  Not Baden-Powell.  He started Scouting in England.  It was an American businessman, William D. Boyce.

In 1909, William Boyce was wandering around London and got lost in the dense fog.  He met a young boy who led him to his destination.  The boy refused to accept a tip from Boyce, saying that he was a Boy Scout.  That intrigued Boyce, and he asked the Unknown Scout to take him to meet Lord Baden Powell later.

Because of that meeting, Boy Scouts of America was officially organized in 1910, and there have been more than 93 million Americans involved in the BSA since then.

The Scout slogan is “Do a Good Turn Daily.”  That is what that Boy Scout in 1909 did for William Boyce, and that is what you should always try to do, every day–a Good Turn. You never know what it may give return.

You can read more about the Unknown Scout on page 27 of your Centennial Boy Scout Handbook.


(adapted from Troop Program Resources, p.18)


Centennial of Scouting: SM Minutes on the Scout Oath and Scout Law

December 30, 2010

My Scoutmaster Minutes for Troop 25 on the Scout Oath and Scout Law for the Centennial Year of Scouting in the USA.  Some original, some re-posted from Troop Program Resources and other sources.

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

Scoutmaster Minute—The Scout Salute and Handshake

Scoutmaster Minute—A Scout is Trustworthy

Scoutmaster Minute—A Scout is Loyal

Scoutmaster Minute—A Scout is Helpful

Scoutmaster Minute—A Scout is Friendly

Scoutmaster Minute—A Scout is Courteous

Scoutmaster Minute—A Scout is Kind

Scoutmaster Minute—A Scout is Obedient

Scoutmaster Minute—A Scout is Cheerful

Scoutmaster Minute—A Scout is Thrifty

Scoutmaster Minute—A Scout is Brave

Scoutmaster Minute—A Scout is Clean

(A rebuttal from Mike RoweA Scout is Clean… Except When He Gets Dirty)

Scoutmaster Minute—A Scout is Reverent

Scoutmaster Minute—The Outdoor Code

Scoutmaster Minute—Why Are You in Scouting?


(edit: updated links)

Scoutmaster Minute—A Scout is Helpful

March 7, 2010

A Scout is helpful. A Scout cares about other people. He helps others without expecting payment or reward. He fulfills his duties to his family by helping at home.

Before Chicago publisher William D. Boyce made his fortune in the Windy City, he knew what it was like to live in our part of the country. In Winnepeg, Canada, he co-founded a newspaper.. He worked as a reporter in Fargo, and in December 1882, in Lisbon, North Dakota, he started the Dakota Clipper, a weekly newspaper specializing in political and business intrigues.

In 1909, Boyce was on his way home from an African safari, and lost his way in a dense London fog. A boy came to his aid and, after guiding the man, refused a tip, explaining that as a Scout he would not take a tip for doing a Good Turn. This gesture by an unknown Scout inspired a meeting with Robert Baden-Powell, the British founder of the Boy Scouts. As a result, William Boyce incorporated the Boy Scouts of America on February 8, 1910. He also created the Lone Scouts, which merged with the Boy Scouts of America in 1924.

No one knows what happened to the boy who guided Mr. Boyce through the London fog, but he was one Helpful Scout who will never be forgotten.

You can read more about the Unknown Scout on page 27 of your Centennial Boy Scout Handbook.

(Adapted from BSA Speakers Bureau and the Points of Light Institute)


Bridge to Adventure

May 18, 2009

Boy Scout Bridging Ceremony


Scout Bridging Ceremony

A Webelos Scout must show his knowledge of the requirements to become a Boy Scout to earn the Arrow of Light.  Among other things, he must repeat from memory and explain in his own words the Scout Oath, 12 points of the Scout Law, the Motto, and Slogan.

Scout Oath

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.

Scout Law

A Scout is Trustworthy.

A Scout tells the truth. He is honest, and he keeps his promises. People can depend on him.


A Scout is true to his family, friends, Scout leaders, school and nation.


A Scout cares about other people. He willingly volunteers to help others without expecting payment or reward.


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


A Scout is polite to everyone regardless of age or position. He knows that using good manners makes it easier for people to get along.


A Scout knows there is strength in being gentle. He treats others as he wants to be treated. Without good reason, he does not harm or kill any living thing.


A Scout follows the rules of his family, school, and troop. He obeys the laws of his community and country. If he things these rules and laws are unfair, he tries to have them changed in an orderly manner rather than disobeying them.


A Scout looks for the bright side of life. He cheerfully does tasks that come his way. He tries to make others happy.


A Scout works to pay his way and to help others. He saves for the future. He protects and conserves natural resources. He carefully uses time and property.


A Scout can face danger although he is afraid. He has the courage to stand for what he thinks is right even if others laugh at him or threaten him.


A Scout keeps his body and mind fit. He chooses the company of those who live by high standards. He helps keep his home and community clean.


A Scout is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his religious duties. He respects the beliefs of others.

Scout Motto

Be Prepared.

Scout Slogan

Do a Good Turn Daily.

Welcome To Troop 25!