“To this I pledge my sacred honor.” Those words echo in my ears reminding me that I am an Eagle Scout. This title comes with a weighty responsibility of living an oath, and being exemplary of what Scouting is. And what is Scouting? Often associated with camping and outdoor skills. But to me it is much more than that. In fact neither the BSA oath or law even mention anything about the outdoors.
On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight.
A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly,
courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty,
brave, clean, and reverent.
What Scouting provides is much more than a set of skills. As of late, the Boy Scouts of America has come under attack for being outdated and irrelevant. I would argue that in today’s fast changing world, Scouting is more relevant than it ever has been. You see Scouting teaches boys how to be productive young men. It teaches service and requires hard work. If a Scout attains the rank of Eagle Scout (the highest in Boy Scouts), he has shown his ability to learn, set goals, plan events, help others, engage his community, and lead his peers in all areas of life; all of this in the greater context of having fun. Yes, becoming an Eagle Scout is a tremendous of achievement. But ultimately being an Eagle Scout is not about what we have accomplished, yet rather it has everything to do with who we are and how we live our lives. Being a Scout prepares us for that. This is why Scouting is still so important. There will always be a need for good men to do great things both large and small.
Peace, Love, and Happiness…