Scout Master Matters: Upholding the Boy Scout Ideals in Everyday Life


We all know a scout is reverent and with reverence comes faith.  I would like to talk a little about faith though and how it has different forms.  Most of us think of religion, we have faith inspired by religion, the world around us and the belief that the big scout master in the sky will watch out for us…. but is that all faith entails?

I don’t think so.

I think faith is that kernel of strength, hope and belief in humanity each of us carries.  Take a minute to think about all of things we put our faith in each day.

We have faith that even if it was a bad day, the next will be better.

We have faith in ourselves and our capabilities- that we will make the right choices to keep us on a good path in life.

Perhaps most importantly to me we put our faith in each other, you entrust your scouts to our leadership.  You have faith that we will steer the older boys into good men who will lead the younger generations in the right direction.   What a precious gift to give and receive, for it we thank you.


Quote of the Month:

 “To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don’t grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float.”

Alan Watts