Be the Change

Each week we stand with our youth and say the Scout Promise (which ever section that may be). It holds a lot of things within it  – promises to do our duty to others at all time, spiritual and civic too. It also calls for us to live the Scouting Law always. A pretty big promise wouldn’t you agree? So how many do you think actually do this?

I can’t really give you an actual figure, some like myself see Scouting as a life style 24/7 365 days a year, while to others I’m sure that promise is just one part of a ceremony done once a week. I guess my real question is directed to those that fall somewhere between these two extremes. Are you prepared to look to the welfare of others at all times?

Recent events in the Philippines has caused a massive outpouring of much needed aid to this region in the form of monies, food, and materials. I applaud these efforts and heartily encourage continued support. However I can’t help but wonder why does it seem that only a calamity can bring forth this kind of caring for others. Do we not see the homeless on the streets each day? Don’t cancer victims/survivors need our support the other 11 months of the year?

It’s a lot to ask, always being ready to help others . Some might even say that it is impossible. I however believe that it is not impossible and all that it takes is for someone to stand up and say “I can do something about this”. Still have doubts? A little over 100 years ago a man believed the youth could do great things. Today over 38 million Scouts and Guides worldwide proves that he was right.

One person can start change, it may take some time but it is possible if that person believes. I’ll leave you with Mahatma Gandhi’s quote  “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” and a question. Tomorrow morning in the bathroom mirror what change will you see?

Until next time…

Be safe, be prepared, and keep Scouting

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