scouts-l Mail Archive for August of 2000: Scout Spirit Scavenger Hunt
Rick Seymour (Rick@KUDU.NET
Fri Aug 04 2000 - 22:22:44 CDT
Paul S. Wolf writes:
> You mention above that you "... have a copy of the Scout
> Spirit worksheet ..." What worksheet is that, and what
> does it contain? Again, keeping in mind that the ONLY
> requirement that can be used for "Scout Spirit" is the
> official one, which reads (for ALL ranks after Tenderfoot),
> "Demonstrate scout spirit by living the Scout Oath
> (Promise) and Scout Law in your everyday life.", and that
> ADVANCEMENT COMMITTEE POLICIES AND
> PROCEDURES states in large bold print that "Scout
> spirit is defined as living the Scout Oath (Promise) and
> Scout Law in a Scout's everyday life.", what purpose can
> be found for a worksheet to evaluate that requirement?
I am the author of the "Spirit Scavenger Hunt," which at one time was known
as the "Scout Spirit Worksheet". The Spirit Scavenger Hunt is best used as
a working outline for discussing Scout Spirit in a Scoutmaster Conference.
The conversation can then result in the Scout reflecting on how his Scout
Spirit is lived in his everyday life.
In your Troop, do you allow each Scout to sign himself off for the Scout
Spirit Requirement? Probably not, but then HOW do you go about deciding
that another person lives the Scout Law in his everyday life? No amount of
large bold print or precise-sounding definitions will tell you that because
there is no official answer.
True Spirit is not like a square knot, which can be "demonstrated" at will.
Some Troops ask for a note from a Scout's parents, teachers, or religious
leaders.� Other Troops count attendance, or simply use the requirement to
block Advancement to "trouble-makers." �
However, no method in which an adult passes judgement on a Scout's Spirit
is as efficient a learning experience as making a game out of a Scout's
reflection on his own behavior. The best Scouting is always done through
indirect means, and in the form of a game, and in the great outdoors. This
is best done on a campout, ideally summer camp. As a matter of fact, I
plan to rewrite the "definitions" below so that they are LESS universal and
MORE specific to camping.
Most worksheets come back to me about 1/4 blank. I transcribe additions to
an additional 50% of the Scout's written worksheet during the SM
Conference. His most unique, humorous or "from the heart" reply then
becomes the one "definition" that this Scout recites when the twelve
candles or twelve kerosene torches representing the Laws are lit during the
next Court of Honor. This beats reading something from a piece of paper!
Anyway, here it is. If you plan to reproduce it for your Troop, please
include the copyright notice at the end.
Yours in Scouting,
Spirit Scavenger Hunt
Name________________________________ For Rank:___________________
Instructions: Complete the following sentences using examples of your
behavior from this campout. Try to give some special tiny detail for each
answer. If you can't think of anything to write, leave it blank and I will
write your answers down for you when we talk.
A Scout tells the truth. He is honest, and he keeps his promises. People
can depend on him.
I was TRUSTWORTHY when I
A Scout is true to the groups to which be belongs: his friends, his Patrol,
I was LOYAL when I
A Scout cares about other people. He willingly volunteers to help others
without expecting payment or reward.
I was HELPFUL when I
A Scout is a friend to all. He is a brother to other Scouts. He offers his
friendship to people of all races and nations, and respects them even if
their beliefs and customs are different from his own. He is the first to
speak to a newcomer.
I was FRIENDLY when I
A Scout is polite to everyone regardless of age or position. He knows that
using good manners makes it easier for people to get along. A Scout is
polite even when the other person is wrong or angry.
I was COURTEOUS when I
A Scout knows there is strength in being gentle. He treats others as he
wants to be treated. Without good reason, he does not harm or kill any
I was KIND when I
A Scout follows the rules of his family, school, and troop. He obeys the
laws of his community and country. If he thinks these rules and laws are
unfair, he tries to have them changed in an orderly manner rather than
I was OBEDIENT when I
A Scout looks for the bright side of life. He cheerfully does tasks that
come his way. He tries to make others happy when he is tired, or even when
it is raining outside. Whistling counts!
I was CHEERFUL when I
A Scout works to pay his way and to help others. He saves for the future.
He protects and conserves natural resources. He carefully uses time and
I was THRIFTY when I
A Scout can face danger although he is afraid. He has the courage to stand
against peer pressure.
I was BRAVE when I
A Scout keeps his body and mind fit. He chooses the company of Scouts who
live by high standards. He helps keep his tent and campsite clean.
I was CLEAN when I
12. A Scout finds wonder all around him: in the tiny secrets of creation,
in the great mysteries of the universe, and in the kindness of people. He
sometimes feels a chill or sense of "awe" when he witnesses the beauty, the
vastness, or the raw force of nature.
I was REVERENT when I
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may be used freely by individuals for non-commercial, non-web-based
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