- Fri, Mar 26Austin
"What Scouting Means to Me"
From an Eagle Scout when he was a Tenderfoot
In 2016, our Troop attended Camp Cherry Valley on Catalina Island. One of the activities required our patrol leader to give a short talk on what scouting meant to him. Ours, a rising seventh grader, offered the following:
"Benjamin Franklin once said: 'tell me and I will forget; teach me and I might remember; but involve me and I will understand'. That is what Scouting means to me- being involved means you understand things. If you take the Oath where is says to be 'physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight', you really don't understand what it means until you are involved. You don't know how important it is to be physically strong until you carry a 30 pound backpack up a 1,000 foot mountainside. You don't know what it means to be mentally awake until you have to put up your tent in freezing cold rain on that mountain, in the dark. You don't know what it means to be morally straight until you have to stop a friend from doing something dangerous. That is what Scouting means to me- involve me and I will understand".
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