A few days ago I revisited that classic favorite Disney movie, Follow Me, Boys! It lifted my spirits and reminded me why it is a favorite of many, not just of Scouts and Scouters. Lots has changed in Scouting since Lem Siddons started that first troop in Hickory, like two-deep leadership and Scouting’s inclusion of young women. But the values of Scouting and the vehicle of Scouting for teaching and solidifying those values in lives, remain unchanged. In this world, Scouting, as a way to preserve and teach those values, remains more relevant than ever.
It is important that whatever the activity is, whatever the fun is, we never forget to include teaching the values. Den, pack, troop, patrol, crew, etc. meetings and activities should never be without recitation and discussion or illustration of these values. As Scouts go throughout life and face situations and decisions, trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, reverent, Duty to God and country, helping others, moral rectitude, doing your best, etc. should be right at the surface of the conscience, because no meeting or activity was ever held without these being recited, talked about and illustrated.
Although I remember loads of fun and adventure from my Scouting experiences as a youth, I also remember and deeply appreciate the values taught by adult leaders and other Scouts, and the experiences in learning their application. Thanks to all of you for devoting your time and energies to perpetuating the values of Scouting!
David Knowles – Council President