I was at Cub Scouts with J-Dog the other day and they were learning the Scout Law:
A Scout is:
- Clean, and
They were using a song to learn it, sung to the tune of Yankee Doodle:
Trustworthy Tommy was a Scout,
Loyal to his Mother,
Helpful to the folks about and
Friendly to his brother.
Courteous to the girls he knew,
Kind unto his rabbits
Obedient to his father, too and
Cheerful in his habits.
Thrifty saving for a need
Brave and not a faker
Clean in word and thought and deed and
Reverent to his Maker.
As they were singing this song over and over again I was impressed by these character traits that Scouts tries to instill in these boys. If every boy had each of these attributes, what an amazing place the world would be.
My favorite part of the song is “Reverent to his Maker”. Being reverent means feeling or showing profound respect or veneration. I think all the other qualities stem from this. If a boy is reverent to his Maker, then he is going to be trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, and clean. I think our Maker, however you define him, wants us to be all of these things and if we revere him, we can come closer to being these things.
Scouts is a great place for boys to grow into men, and feel good about what they can achieve. I am so grateful for Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts and the ideals they instill in my boys, while teaching them life skills and letting them have fun at the same time. Wether or not you are religious, if you have boys, put them in Cub/Boy Scouts! And if you join a Mormon Pack/Troop (shameless plug, I know), you don’t have to pay dues (for reals)! They don’t teach them religion, just a non-denominational belief in and reverence for God, and all the qualities that go along with that.