The Scouting Spirit

While I’m not much into milestones or keeping statistics I would like to point out that this is the 100th post for the Leader Daze blog. When I started the blog I didn’t really have a grand idea or plan. I just wanted to share with those who might come across the site some Scouting Spirit. So in honour of all this, I thought that I would share this poem with you all for Scouter 5 this week.

The Spirit Lives

The Spirit lives, there is no doubt,
Within the heart of every Scout,
The hope lives on, the dreams survive,
The Scouting spirit is alive!

In England, many years ago,
There lived a man who sought to sow
The seeds of brotherhood of man,
And there the spirit first began.

The Scouting spirit spread about
To nations east, west, north and south,
And soon, on every land and shore,
Young men were taught the Scouting Law.

We camped and learned of nature’s ways,
We gloried in our youthful days,
We ventured where all others feared,
Because we knew we were prepared.

The world has changed as years went by,
Society’s values went awry,
And many ask, “What is the worth
of Scouting on this wretched earth?”

But each new Scout who learns our law
Brings with him hope, and much, much more;
Each generation of Scouts gives
The proof that Scouting’s spirit lives.

The treasured values of the past
Still guide Scouts of today; they last
In spite of changes that we see
Around us in society.

And still, adventures filled with fun
Await today’s Scouts, every one;
In them that spirit, born of old
May yet transform this sorry world.

And so we say without a doubt,
That in the heart of every Scout
The hope lives on, the dreams survive,
The Scouting spirit is alive!

— By G.K. Sammy, former Scout of 31st Trinidad, dedicated to the Naparima District Scouts, who attended the XV World Jamboree, 1983 

Until next time…

Be safe, be prepared, and keep Scouting!

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