girsl BSA troop 1978

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.