Monday, May 19, 2014

Leaders of the Next Generation

How does the Scout Oath and Law help to create the leaders of tomorrow? 

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, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent. 

As a boy, before each Scout meeting could start, our troop always repeated together the Scout Oath and Scout Law with our arms held to the Scout Sign. I remember doing this every time!  Looking back over the last 30 years, I can see that I continue striving to live by them every day. But this is not a conscious decision anymore, it is a reaction to a permanent mark made long ago that reminds me to live by these sacred words.

The promise that I would be a good Scout throughout my life was blazoned on my mind with indelible ink.

In my home I have a picture of the "Lawton Law." As a family we have adopted the Scout Law as our own. This law hangs in our living room and represents what I expect my children to be and become, not only now as they are young, but as they grow to maturity. My hope is that they will become men and women of leadership and responsibility in society. 

Think back for a moment about who are your greatest hero leaders of the past and present...

  • Did they personify the qualities of the Scout Oath and Law? 
  • Did they knowingly or unknowingly live by these fundamental truths? 

Chances are they absolutely lived by these Scouting principles! This is why you see them as leaders and heroes who will stand the test of time!

What do we need to do to make sure these values are firmly affixed in both the hearts and minds of our children and the youth we work with? It is they who will be the leaders of the next generation. I believe that our youth must not only hear and repeat the words, but they must also see the example of these Scouting values put into action in the lives of today's leaders; their parents, Scout leaders, political and religious leaders, neighbors, and even sporting coaches. It is up to us to set that example! Let us all commit to live by the principles of the Scout Oath and Law in our every day lives.

Thank you for all you do for the leaders of the next generation… We are involved in a great work!

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