scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Being a good male role model for scouts
John M. Ballenger (ballengerj@COMPUSERVE.COM
Sat Jun 17 2000 - 17:10:33 CDT
>> Anybody got any ideas? <<
Observing Scout Oath and Scout Law is the best place to start.
A couple others that I would add are to be safe and to be patient.
By being "safe," I mean to follow the Scout Safety guidelines and
observe common sense. I think it means a lot to the Scouts when
we take the time and care to follow the safety guidelines; it shows
that we really care for them and for their well being, even though
they sometimes chafe at the restrictions.
Two other examples are to be strong and resolute when appropriate,
and to be tender and a good listener when appropriate. Most of us
know strong and courageous men who can also be tender and loving when
it comes to their family, their loved ones, their God and their
country. That kind of flexibility of personality seems to me to
set a good example. I am tired of seeing men in full road rage,
beating their wives, abusing or not supporting their children,
committing acts of violence because somebody is another race or
religion or acting in a churlish or abusive manner. Those are things
I see mostly in the news rather than in my own personal life, but
the hostility and intemperance in our society and in the world does
seem to be growing. I haven't seen any Boy Scout leaders doing
or saying things that would encourage that kind of conduct, so I
think and hope we are doing our part to be good examples and to
push society in the opposite direction.