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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

What did scouts not prepare me for?


When I took my scout oath to keep myself "physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight", I really tried my hardest (perhaps a little too much) to abide by the 7 rules of scouting. Yet, I'm kind of surprised that I still remember them.. In the right order even:

A scout is to be trusted
A scout is loyal
A scout is friendly and considerate
A scout is brother to all scouts
A scout has courage in all difficulties
A scout makes good use of his time and is careful of his possessions and property
A scout has respect for himself and for others

The three virtues were honesty, devotion and purity.
The motto was to "Be Prepared".

I haven't consciously thought about these in years, but I suppose they have contributed to my personality, my moral values.

Unfortunately, the rules never addressed breaches in a tangible way. Losing badges and scarves don't apply beyond scouting years even though the rules still do. I think scouting prepared me to face physical challenges but not social/personal ones. As I tend to say lately, the problem is always people. And I don't mean "problem" in a pejorative sense, but I really think that proper handling of interactions is the key to success in many situations. The problem is always people. Solve people and you solve it all.

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