scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Scout Law
Rick Seymour (Rick@KUDU.NET
Sun Nov 07 1999 - 23:31:22 CST
Edward DiLorenzo writes:
> Is there a memory trick or mnemonic to help memorize the scout law?
The best trick is just spending a little bit of time with each new Scout as
the initial Scoutmaster's Conference upon joining. I reserve the "Scout"
and Tenderfoot Law requirements (and Scout Spirit requirements in all of
the following ranks) as needing Scoutmaster's initials.
I use this dialogue with my new Scouts:
Scoutmaster: "OK, so Scout Law. ' Scout is....' "
Scout: "Um, Helpful?"
Scoutmaster: " ' Scout is Trustworthy....' Trustworthy? (puzzled look)
What does Trustworthy mean?"
Scout: (Guesses something).
Scoutmaster: "Well, it also means that people can rely on you. The
Quartermaster was Trustworthy when he said he would bring the pots and the
pancake flipper this weekend. Why else is 'Trustworthy' important on a
campout? Who did you depend on this weekend?"
Scout Master: "Yeah, it *was* a good thing that the cooks remembered to
bring the food! Now, can you think of a time when *you* were Trustworthy
Scout: (Answers, or if the Scout is *really* stuck, I will yell to other
Scouts to tell me when this new Scout was Trustworthy).
Scout Master: "Yes, you *were* Trustworthy, so 'a Scout is....' "
Scout: "Trustworthy....Um, Helpful?"
Scout Master: " 'A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal....' Loyal? (puzzled
look) What does Loyal mean?"
[on so on]
I *always* present Scout Law as merely a set of practical behaviors for
I find that if I concentrate on the *meaning* of Scout Law through real
examples, then ANY Scout will memorize the Scout Law, Motto, Slogan, and
Oath as a by-product of this single sitting.
Starting with Second Class I use the "Scout Spirit Worksheet"
(www.kudu.net/ideals/spirit.htm) to build on what I learned about each
individual Scout during that first Scout Law session. The Scout gives me
the Worksheet when he makes his appointment for his Scoutmaster Conference.
A Scout or his parents can say all he wants to about how he lives the Scout
Law in "everyday life," but I never stray very far from what I see for
myself in the outdoors.
Scouting is a game, and the game is played while camping.
Hope that helps!
Yours in Scouting,
Scoutmaster, Troop 252
Buffalo, a Beaver, and the Kudu Net too.
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