By Steven Norris
This Sunday, many faith communities around the nation will observe Scout Sunday. Our congregation has sponsored Troop 2 since 1927 and will honor that legacy as members of the troop lead in worship. On Sunday, Troop 2 will also dedicate a plaque honoring all 141 young men who have earned the rank of Eagle Scout throughout its long history in Griffin.
During the Eagle ceremony, scouts will typically light a candle and remind one another of the tenets of the Scout Law, a statement of values that guide their conduct and way-of-being in the world. These values are as follows:
A Scout is Trustworthy. A Scout tells the truth. He is honest, and he keeps his promises. People can depend on him.
A Scout is Loyal. A Scout is true to his family, friends, Scout leaders, school, and nation.
A Scout is Helpful. A Scout cares about other people. He willingly volunteers to help others without expecting payment or reward.
A Scout is Friendly. A Scout is a friend to all. He is a brother to other Scouts. He offers his friendship to people of all races and nations, and respects them even if their beliefs and customs are different from his own.
A Scout is Courteous. A Scout is polite to everyone regardless of age or position. He knows that using good manners makes it easier for people to get along.
A Scout is Kind. A Scout knows there is strength in being gentle. He treats others as he wants to be treated. Without good reason, he does not harm or kill any living thing.
A Scout is 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 disobeying them.
A Scout is Cheerful. A Scout looks for the bright side of life. He cheerfully does tasks that come his way. He tries to make others happy.
A Scout is Thrifty. A Scout works to pay his own way and to help others. He saves for the future. He protects and conserves natural resources. He carefully uses time and property.
A Scout is Brave. A Scout can face danger although he is afraid. He has the courage to stand for what he thinks is right even if others laugh at him or threaten him.
A Scout is Clean. A Scout keeps his body and mind fit and clean. He chooses the company of those who live by high standards. He helps keep his home and community clean.
A Scout is Reverent. A Scout is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his religious duties. He respects the beliefs of others.
I am thankful for the young men who have modeled these values through Troop 2 and the leaders who have instilled them. I cannot help but think that they are a model for all leaders and how much better our community would be if these values were shared and followed even more widely across our citizenry.