Friendly, Courteous & Kind ?

I’ve often wondered about the twelve words Lord Baden Powell chose for the Scout Law – particularly words like Friendly, Courteous and Kind, which seem to be synonyms.

Are they redundant?  Are they interconnected?  Has our modern English lost some details originally found in the words 100 years ago?  So, I decided to look into it.

I couldn’t find an online dictionary with definitions from 100 years ago.  And when I looked in current online dictionaries, each word was often used used to describe the others.

So, I moved on to Scouting resources.  In looking at the descriptions from Scouts BSA, we see these explanations:

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.

I often use the website for my Cubmaster Minutes.  They add these additional insights: Continue reading “Friendly, Courteous & Kind ?”

Thank You

Thank you to everyone who donated at our recent fundraiser at Bass Pro.  We raised enough money to repair our Pinewood Derby track, which was damaged by Hurricane Harvey.

For anyone who has been associated with Cub Scouting, you know just how important the Pinewood Derby is to Scouts.  Your donations will allow the Pinewood Derby to return for our 2018-2019 season, after being absent this past year.

Thank you, again.

A Scout is Friendly

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.

If a Scout pre-judges someone on their skin color, language, clothes, looks, family name, or other superficial aspect, then he is not following the Scout Law.

Friendship is a mirror. When you have a smile on your face as you greet someone, you will probably receive a smile in return. If you are willing to be a good friend, you will find friendship reflected back to you.

Last week I was at Kroger getting gas.  A man who looked nothing like me pulled up on the opposite side of the pump I was using.  As he came around to pump his gas, I smiled at him and said, “Good morning”.  That simple gesture brought an instant smile to his face.

He greeted me back and began to pump his gas.  As soon as he had his pump set, he came back and struck up a conversation with me.  We chatted about the weather that day (it was hot), what weather we hoped for that summer (cool), and what we each had planned for Mother’s Day.

We said goodbye and each went our separate ways, both a little brighter and happier for the conversation.  A little friendliness can bring big happiness to both you and the people around you.

Update: May Fundraiser

At our annual planning meeting we confirmed the times of our summer events, including our upcoming fundraiser at Bass Pro Shop.

Our schedule for Saturday, May 19th:
10am: Wolf – Set Up & Start
12pm: Bears
1pm: Webelos + Tigers
2pm: Begin Tear Down & End

Please coordinate with your Den Leader and RSVP to attend. If you have a conflict, and need to attend a different time, please let the leaders know. We need six Scouts for each each hour.

Annual Planning Meeting

We had a GREAT planning meeting this past Sunday.  I can’t thank our team enough for taking an entire afternoon to help us plan an AMAZING year for our Scouts.  I am so excited for the program changes, and for the new things we’re adding.

I also want to extend a hearty THANK YOU to our Parents and Scouts who provided great feedback on Pack 404, and insight into what would make 2018-2019 a great year.

We’ll be compiling all of the information to share with families in the Pack.  Look for that later this summer, after we get the calendar and program updates published.  For more pictures of our working wall, visit the Facebook.