Scout Master Minute 4/2


Today we worked on Cyber Chip. I think you all know that this was a scout requirement that I signed off on before many of you did it. I’ll be honest with you, I didn’t read the requirement thoroughly enough to realize there was a troop component to the requirement. But once it was brought to my attention, we collectively made a plan to do the requirement. Given it was my mistake, I didn’t take your scout badges back. But I did ensure that it would be done at an upcoming meeting.

This situation is an example of how a scout is Trustworthy. A scout should strive to do and behave in a way that is honest and truthful. And when a scout makes an honest mistake, she tells the truth and makes it better, even if it might be uncomfortable or inconvenient. Our troop is made stronger when each scout is trustworthy. The scout manual says: “A Scout tells the truth.  A Scout is honest and keeps promises. People can depend on a Scout.

People can depend on a Scout. In the Scouting program, we depend on each other to make the program work. Whether or not we are leaders, we each have a duty. Throughout your time as a scout you will probably be a patrol leader, an instructor, a grubmaster, the senior patrol leader, the webmaster, or one of many other positions that require you to do certain tasks, which, if you don’t do, will impact the way the meeting or campout in big and small ways. 

Sometimes you’ll hit the mark and do everything just right. But other times, you’ll fall short of expectations. It is important to remember that trustworthiness doesn’t require perfection, it requires honesty and effort. If you make a mistake, own it and make a plan to make it better and not repeat the mistake. Like we did with the cyber chip requirement. 

As you get more experience as a scout and as a leader and you’ll develop your dependability and trustworthiness, which will benefit you throughout your life.

Scout Master Minute 4/9

Girls BSA enjoy lunch at the top of their first mountain hiked together, overlooking the farmland below at a place called Signal Knob.

Girls BSA enjoy lunch at the top of their first mountain hiked together, overlooking the farmland below at a place called Signal Knob.

A Scout is loyal. A Scout is true to her family, friends, Scout leaders, school, and nation. Loyalty means to be faithful. When we say a Scout is Loyal, it means she remains steadfast to what is right. Loyalty is often tested and sometimes misdirected.

Scenario 1: A scout hears her good friend making fun of another friend’s outfit. What should she do?

One test of true loyalty is staying true even when no one else is looking.

Scenario 2: A friend steals then asks this same scout to keep it a secret to prove her loyalty. What should the Scout do? Is she being disloyal if she lets authorities know who stole? 

A scout can be both trustworthy and loyal. A friend who steals and asks you to lie is not worthy of your loyalty; you should be loyal to your community and your country, rather than a person who asks you to keep a secret about stealing.

Scenario 3: A scout lobbies to go water skiing, but instead the troop decides to go fishing. How can that scout show her loyalty to the leaders and to the troop? What should she do if others degrade the leader for making the decision? How does this kind of loyalty equate to citizenship? 

Debating the merits and effectiveness of activities is a healthy, useful way to bring about change, but degrading the current leader demonstrates a lack of respect to the troop. A better response would be to support the leader and make plans to do things differently when the scout has her turn a the lead.