troop 1978

Scout Master Minute 4/2

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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.