Re: Why we do it
Darrell Clakley (Clakley@AOL.COM)
Wed, 11 Feb 1998 22:22:58 EST
The referenced quote comes from a gentleman named Forest Witcraft who stated
it in an article called, "Within My Power". Following is the entire article
as reprinted in the Scouter's Journal, Summer 1996.
"I am not a Very Important Man, as importance is commonly rated. I do not
have great wealth, control a big business, or occupy a position of great honor
Yet I may someday mound destiny. For it is within my power to become the most
important man in the world in the life of a boy. And every boy is a potential
atom bomb in human history.
A humble citizen like myself might have been the Scoutmaster of a Troop in
which an undersized unhappy Austrian lad by the name of Adolph might have
found a joyous boyhood, full of the ideals of brotherhood, goodwill, and
kindness. And the world would have been different.
A humble citizen like myself might have been the organizer of a Scout Troop in
which a Russian boy call Joe might have learned the lessons of democratic
These men would never have known that they had averted world tragedy, yet
actually they would have been among the most important men who ever lived.
All about me are boys. They are the makers of history, the builders of
tomorrow. If I can have some part in guiding them up the trail of Scouting,
on to the high road of noble character and constructive citizenship, I may
prove to be the most important man in the community.
A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort
of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove. But the world may be
different, because I was Important in the life of a boy."
I think nothing more need be added save to also put Christ in the formula.
Okee Tuklo District
East Texas Area Council
Boy Scouts of America
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City