Thought for the Day
Phil Brown (philbr@SWBELL.NET)
Tue, 28 Oct 1997 22:15:53 -0600
I came across this in a Sunday Interfaith service. Thought I would pass
it on. I don't know where it originally came from but if anyone knows
I'd be interested in finding out.
Reading - Author Baden-Powell
The scout, in his promise, undertakes to do his duty to his king and
country only in the second place; his first duty is to God. It is with
this idea before us and reckoning that God is the one Father of us all,
that we scouts count ourselves a brotherhood despite the differences
among us of country, creed, or class. We realize that in addition to the
interest of our particular country, there is a higher mission before us
- namely, the promotion of the kingdom of God; that is, the rule of
peace and goodwill on earth. In the Scouts, each form of religion is
respected and its active practice encouraged, and through the spread of
brotherhood in all countries, we have the opportunity of developing the
spirit of mutual goodwill and understanding.
There is no religious side of the movement. The whole of it is based on
religion that is, on the realization and service to God.
Let us, therefore, in training our Scouts, keep the higher aims in the
forefront, not let themselves get too absorbed in the steps. Don't let
the technical outweigh the moral, Field efficiency, backwoodsmanship,
camping, hiking, good turns, jamboree, and comradeship are, by all means
not the end. The end is character with a purpose.
And that purpose, that the next generation may be sane in a insane
world, and develop the higher realization of service, active service of
love, and duty to God and neighbor.
Our objective in the scout movement is to give such help as we can in
bringing about God's kingdom on earth by inoculating among the youth the
spirit and the daily practice in their lives of selfish goodwill and
Scoutmaster, Troop 423
Rising Star District
Sam Houston Area Council
" I used to be a Fox..."
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