I may be “dating” myself here, but I have to start off by saying that, yes, I was a boy scout and proud of it. Loved those days as a cub scout, webelo and boy scout.
These days, is it hip? Is it the “cool” thing to do? I’m not so sure that it is anymore, but in my opinion it should be.
This isn’t meant to be a push for the scouts, but really a push for us as parents to take a step back with our kids; get them off their computers and smartphones to help them realize that there are other things that are more important.
I hate to sound like that old guy here, but what happened to holding the door for someone just to be courteous? Or, telling the truth even if it doesn’t help you and may put you in a negative light?
Hmm…maybe that old scout’s motto was onto something…
And, it’s also not a bad idea to get your kids outdoors, so they can learn how to build a fire. When you eventually do this, make sure there’s no cell service- you don’t want them to Google, “How to build a fire.”
Look, I’m not here to tell you I could write the book on parenting, but check out this scout’s guide below and share with your kids. They may learn a thing or two:
A Scout is
TRUSTWORTHY. A Scout tells the truth. He keeps his promises. Honesty is part of his code of conduct. People can depend on him.
LOYAL. A Scout is true to his family, Scout leaders, friends, school, and nation.
HELPFUL. A Scout is concerned about other people. He does things willingly for others without pay or reward.
FRIENDLY. A Scout is a friend to all. He is a brother to other Scouts. He seeks to understand others. He respects those with ideas and customs other than his own.
COURTEOUS. A Scout is polite to everyone regardless of age or position. He knows good manners make it easier for people to get along together.
KIND. A Scout understands there is strength in being gentle. He treats others as he wants to be treated. He does not hurt or kill harmless things without reason.
OBEDIENT. A Scout follows the rules of his family, school, and troop. He obeys the laws of his community and country. If he thinks these rules and laws are unfair, he tries to have them changed in an orderly manner rather than disobey them.
CHEERFUL. A Scout looks for the bright side of things. He cheerfully does tasks that come his way. He tries to make others happy.
THRIFTY. A Scout works to pay his way and to help others. He saves for unforeseen needs. He protects and conserves natural resources. He carefully uses time and property.
BRAVE. A Scout can face danger even if he is afraid. He has the courage to stand for what he thinks is right even if others laugh at or threaten him.
CLEAN. A Scout keeps his body and mind fit and clean. He goes around with those who believe in living by these same ideals. He helps keep his home and community clean.
REVERENT. A Scout is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his religion.