Re: Scouting speech -- outline
Ed Darrell (EDarr1776@AOL.COM)
Tue, 4 Feb 1997 16:49:26 -0500
Here is a crude outline for a speech by a Scouter to a Rotary Club. It
should run about 15 minutes. It is in ANSI Windows generic word processor
format. If you can't open it, e-mail me -- I have WordPerfect 6.1 and AmiPro
3.1, and can translate to almost anything through version 6 (if you have WP
or Word 7.0, you can read anything I have).
It's done for someone who can extemporize, that is, someone who does not
require a firm, written speech.
If you must have a script, I calculate that triple-spaced 10-pitch text with
one-inch margins runs about 90 seconds/page. Time yourself.
If you have a copy of the Rotary Four-Way Test, pull it out. I didn't have
one when I wrote this outline.
This outline assumes you know the Story of a Good Turn -- William D. Boyce
and the founding of U.S. Scouting. Somebody close to you has a copy.
This outline is rough and you can improve it mightily.
Best of luck!
Ed Darrell, Duncanville, Texas
Quick outline for a speech on Scouting to a Rotary Club
15 minutes estimated time
Title: "A Good Turn for the Gears"
1. Introductory remarks
[ "As a Scouter, I feel right at home with people who use the Four-Way t=
est, and who have as a symbol a gear that does good work as it turns . . =
2. February is Scout Month [why am I addressing you]
Scouting in America was started by William D. Boyce in February 1910.
o Tell the story of the Good Turn by the Boy in the Fog
"I know most of you have heard this story before, but bear with me for =
just a moment in case some have not heard it." [Story should be in the Sc=
out Handbook -- I use the 1969 edition, p 213]
o Rotary International was just five years old at the time. (Founded in =
Chicago in 1905 by lawyer Paul P. Harris -- did Harris know Boyce, a fell=
3. Scouting is important to the community
a. Importance can be seen in the achievements of past Scouts, for what S=
[Give some examples:
Stephen Spielberg, director of the world's most popular movie, E.T.
Gerald Ford, congressman from Michigan, first selected vice president=
under the 25th Amendment, to pick up the standard when his predecessor f=
ailed; then called on to heal the nation from rancor and bitterness, when=
the president was forced to resign
Richard Lugar, great mayor of Indianapolis, senator from Indiana who =
brought democracy to the Philippines
Astronaut and senator John Glenn, first American to orbit the Earth]
b. Scouting is important as well for what supporting it does for the com=
In order to support Scouting properly we have to be good parents, good =
neighbors, good leaders in our civic organizations, good leaders in gover=
nment, and good friends.
o Good parents to our Scout kids
o Good neighbors to buy the popcorn, Girl Scout Cookies, be merit badge=
counselors, and more
o Good leaders in the civic organizations that sponsor Scouting -- Rota=
ry International is one of the large groups of enthusiastic sponsors in t=
o Good leaders in government -- from the honorary national president of=
BSA, the President, through the Congress who granted and monitor the nat=
ional charter, through the state and local officials who act quickly and =
graciously to expedite camps and camping and service projects of all stri=
o Good friends, for doing all of this in a spirit of love and kindness.=
c. These values are the values of Rotary, too!
Values of Rotary [from Britannica -- get more info from local club]
o Acquaintance as fellowship, as an opportunity for service
o High ethical standards in business and professions, value of all memb=
o Application of the ideal of service in personal, business and communi=
o Advancement of international understanding, good will and peace, thro=
ugh fellowship with others united in an ideal of service
[See attached "Rotary and Scouting: Parallel development"]
4. Scouting is good for Scouts, and good for Scouters and Friends of Scou=
We know the usual lines about how kids in Scouting turn out to be good =
citizens more often than they go awry; most of us understand that value, =
and we agree that Scouting is a good thing for kids to have, for that rea=
son. This is the philosophy that we are interested in the men and women =
the Scouts become.
But I want to tell you that Scouting is good for the rest of us, too. I=
t is important for the commitment it requires from us, the commitment to =
our own development and the commitment to our communities that it require=
s from Scouters.
And now I preach to the choir. You are Rotarians for the same reasons =
that we are Scouters. We share a commitment to doing good for the sake o=
f the community, and also for doing good for more selfish reasons -- it m=
akes us better people when we do good. We pay heed to those who say it i=
s good for our businesses and careers to do good works; but when we are a=
lone, in the privacy of our own thoughts, we also pay heed to our hearts =
which tell us that it is good for us to good for others.
Scouting and Rotary are united as international movements for good citi=
zenship and all the benefits that flow from having a citizenry who share =
good values and hope for the future. We are similarly inclined toward ci=
tizens who act to realize those values. We are united in trying to produ=
ce citizens who wake up every morning looking for someone to serve, looki=
ng for an opportunity to do a good turn today.
Let me close by remembering that Scout who guided William Boyce on that=
foggy London day in 1909. You'll recall that Boyce offered to tip the b=
oy, but the boy refused and quickly melted into the fog. Who was that bo=
y? He was never identified. There is a monument today resting in Gilwel=
l Park, England, at the International Boy Scout Training Center. It's a =
statue of an American Bison, and the inscription reads: "To the Unknown S=
cout Whose Faithfulness in the Performance of the Daily Good Turn Brought=
the Scout Movement to the United States of America."
That one Good Turn to one man turned into a movement of Good Turns to t=
o millions of American boys and girls. But one good turn is never the en=
tire story. The story is the millions of Good Turns done by citizens tha=
t keep this nation and this world running. And that is what we are all a=
bout. Thank you.=0CRotary and Scouting: Parallel development
Scouting was started in England by Robert, Lord Baden Powell with the fi=
rst boys outing in 1907.
Rotary was founded in Chicago, by Paul P. Harris, on Feb. 23, 1905.
Scouting was taken to American by Chicago businessman William Boyce, off=
icially on February 8, 1910.
Rotary National was formed in 1910, and then taken to London (1911), Dub=
lin (1911) and Winnipeg, becoming Rotary International in 1922.
Today, Scouting and Rotary both are international movements, with members=
from a hundred different countries and many ethnic and religious backgro=
Compare: Scout Oath, Rotary Four-Way Test=
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