Be Prepared

Nov 21, 09 • Scouting AdventuresNo Comments


That is a good motto for anyone.  But it takes on special significance when you are the mother of Boy Scouts and wife to a Scoutmaster.  Not only do I love when they go camping and the girls have the house all to themselves, but look at all the colors in those merit badges!  You know how I feel about color!  Seriously, I love the opportunities the Scouting program gives to young men that might otherwise totally focus on nothing other than themselves, and there is far too much of that in the world. 

Scouting has been around for 100 years.  The Boy Scout Law states: 

A Scout is:

  • Trustworthy,
  • Loyal,
  • Helpful,
  • Friendly,
  • Courteous,
  • Kind,
  • Obedient,
  • Cheerful,
  • Thrifty,
  • Brave,
  • Clean,
  • and Reverent.

Their motto is: Be Prepared!  Their slogan: Do a Good Turn Daily!  Sounds like lofty goals to me! 

I was watching a TV show with a panel of "experts" and they were discussing how a Boy Scout had gotten in trouble with a union, stepping on a union member's toes…probably doing a "good turn" without charging the person or persons for it.  I didn't catch the whole segment.  I honestly don't remember the show or any of the experts, but they spoke quite disparagingly about the scout program in general…"who does that anymore?"  I would have to argue whole-heartedly about THAT dumb statement!  What parent wouldn't want their son to grow up emulating those characteristics?

I am particularly motivated to speak about the Scouting program because Mike and Tom both went in for their Eagle Board of Review on Thursday and stood before committees to talk about their projects…and they passed their interviews and are now technically, if not formally, done with their Eagle projects – I now have three Eagle Scouts at my house!  That includes Scott, of course!  And we didn't put it off until the midnight hour before Mike turned 18!!!  I am a very happy Mom!  Good work, boys!


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