Scouting Inspires Heroes

Anyone who’s been involved in Scouting understands that Scouting teaches values. The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. When these values are taught, lives are touched, examples are set, and impacts are made. One such impact was made upon Marvel’s Captain America, actor Chris Evans, by his boyhood friend.

Chris Evans

It’s hard to find any movie superhero more popular right now than Captain America, member of The Avengers. What sets Cap especially apart from other heroes is his desire to do good, defend freedom and liberty, and help others with no thought for himself. What better inspiration for this epic movie role than an Eagle Scout? This “code” we live by, the Scout Oath and Law, sets us apart as well. The world good citizens, selfless servants, young people with moral courage and values. The world needs Scouting.

We don’t always see or hear about the influence we have on others, but who knows, your Scouting values and example might just influence the next great superhero…

Camp Bartlett: 50 Years of Scouting

Since 1964, Camp Bartlett has welcomed tens of thousands of youth, adults, and families to experience Scouting adventure. 2014 marked the 50th anniversary of Bartlett and the lives that have been changed because of their time there. Hear the story of how the Abel family fell in love with the camp and what they’ve done to give back.

Click here. You too can give back to the Bartlett and help build the next 50 years of Scouting adventure at Bartlett Scout Reservation!

A Scout is Reverent: Scout Sunday Observance

Yesterday, February 8, marked Scouting Anniversary Day, the 105th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America. What made it extra special was the opportunity to celebrate it on Scout Sunday. What is Scout Sunday? The Boy Scouts of America designates the Sunday that falls on or before February 8 as Scout Sunday, which is the primary date to recognize the contributions of young people and adults to Scouting. This wonderful tradition helps remind us all that a Scout is Reverent and about doing our Duty to God.

The Boy Scouts of America has long worked with religious institutions as Chartered Organization partners. Scout Sunday is a great way to celebrate the partnership between the Scouting Unit and its Chartered Organization. An organization can adopt a specific Sunday to celebrate if it so chooses. In the instance of the United Methodist Church, Scout Sunday is celebrated on the second Sunday in February. It also is permissible for a local church to celebrate on the day most acceptable to the pastor and congregation. The Saturday following February 8th, another popular observation day, is commonly referred to as “Scout Sabbath.”

Yesterday, I attended Scout Sunday at the Clearfield Community Church. Troop 78 was celebrating their 70th anniversary and it was truly a pleasure to celebrate Scouting and worship with them. There was a wonderful Charter Presentation by the District Commissioner, a slideshow of Troop 78 history, Scouting displays of patches, Scouts Skills, and camping gear, and an inspired sermon by the Pastor. One of the Scouts even offered the Scripture Reading. It was a wonderful event!

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Being Visible in the Community

WashingtonWhat do you think of when you think about a Boy Scout? Many will think of camping, patches, Being Prepared, and so on. One thing that always came to my mind was helping and serving others. I will never forget a particular episode of the old Batman sitcom with Adam West and Burt Ward that taught me about being a Boy Scout. No, it didn’t involve a POW! or BAM! as a villain fell to the floor. It was of a young man in a Scout uniform helping an old lady across the street. I can’t tell you which episode or what cliche Batman used to teach Robin a lesson on patience that day, but I’ll never forget that image of a Boy Scout. That’s what Scouts did. It was recognizable in America. Is it still?

What happened to those boys? Are they still out there? When was the last time you saw Scouts out in the community giving service, helping others, and doing a good turn? If you can’t remember, it’s time we change that…

The next time your Scout Pack, Troop, Team, or Crew is planning a service project, do something VISIBLE! Find something to do where people will see you. Do it on a Saturday when the community is out and about. And perhaps most importantly, wear your uniforms! It’s recognizable and it shows what we stand for. One of the greatest things about a Boy Scout uniform is that it’s okay to get them dirty. It’s time that we remind the community what we are here for and that we are proud to do it as Scouts.

Another great idea is to take part in community events and holiday parades. Carry the flag at public meetings, give the prayers at a town meeting, show the world why Scouts take seriously their Oath to do their Duty to God and Country. When done properly, these visuals will stir feelings of reverence and patriotism, citizenship and service.

Let’s go out and remind people what Scouts do. I refuse to believe that it isn’t as recognizable and synonymous with Scouts today as it was years ago. The next time you see a lost traveler trying to find their way through the fog, help them and do your good turn. After all, isn’t that what the Boy Scouts of America was founded upon?