Re: In The Beginning
Ian Ford (ianford@DIRCON.CO.UK)
Sun, 16 Oct 1994 15:07:19 +100
Mike Tester makes a good point. I think BSA has a lesson for us all in
the use of the " Scoutmaster's Minute " - a thought for the day at the
end of the meeting. I have started doing something similar at the end of
our Pack meetings.
There are a lot of short stories that can be used as subjects of a
Scoutmaster's minute that lead back to the history of Scouting.
In the past I have used :
Potted history of Wood Badge beads - the Zulu wars and siege of Mafeking,
including Sgt-Major Goodyear and the first Boy Scouts.
The origin of the left hand-shake. ( A Scout is trustworthy)
The story of Jack Cornwell VC ( A Scout has courage in all difficulties)
The early days of Wolf Cubs
I will probably use the Cornwell story at T401's meeting nearest to
Remembrance Day /Veterans Day. For those of you in the US this is the
story of Jack Cornwell, a Boy Scout who joined the British Royal Navy as
a boy sailor during the First World War. During the Battle of Jutland he was
detailed as a sight-setter on a gun which took a direct hit, killing most of
the crew and leaving him mortally wounded. He stayed at his post waiting relief
in case he was required. In recognition of his conspicuous gallantry he was
posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross, out highest bravery award.
British Scouting has a Cornwell Scout Badge which is awarded exclusively to
members under the age of 18 for " pre-eminently high character and devotion
to duty, together with great courage and endurance. " The usual recipients are
Scouts who triumph over disability. When I was at school I knew a lad who
had received the award for continuing to play an active part in his
troop despite two years of very painful treatment for tuberculosis
involving prolonged periods of hospitalization and chemotherapy.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City