A Scout is 2008 Essay Contest Winners

Last December Scouting News was trying to spread the word about an essay contest being run at ascoutis.org.

A Scout Is … has set up an essay contest that hopes to encourage scouts to look at their own lives and those of their fellow scouts. The essays focus on the living of the Scout Law and living Lives of Service. The essay contest was started as a way to remember Nigel Clarke, who died last Halloween at the age of 15. Nigel was a star scout who lived the Scout Law in his daily life. As part of his memorial service, his father answered the question for his son, “How have you lived the Scout Law since you last Scoutmaster Conference?”

The 2008 essay contest winners have been announced!

Scout Law Category Winner – “My Chance to Be a Friend” – submitted by Achinthya, Troop 765

A scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent. This is the pledge that Boy Scouts across the country recite at every weekly meeting. They are asked to live it in life, but some of them are hard at times. This is my story about my difficulty with ‘friendly’.

Imagine a middle school at lunch, bustling with people. The lunch lines crowded, on a sweltering day. Got the picture?

Read the entire 2008 Scout Law Category Winning essay.

Scouts Helping Scouts Category Winner – submitted by Collin, Troop 507

In 2002, when I first joined Boy Scout Troop 507 at St. Bede’s, I had the same emotions as any other Cub Scout joining the Boy Scouts. Anxiety. Fear. Excitement. Worry. Anxiety over whether or not I would be accepted into the troop. Fear that I would be rejected. Excitement over the fact I was going to the next level of Scouting. And worry over the negative aspects of Boy Scouts. However, all those emotions were put to rest by one person, a senior Scout to be specific. If it weren’t for him, I would never have become an Eagle Scout. I will always be grateful to him for helping me and countless other Scouts become more comfortable with Boy Scouting and teaching us invaluable skills that we would need later in life.

Read the entire 2008 Scouts Helping Scouts Category Winning essay.

There were no entries in the “Scouts Helping Others” category, and three runner ups in the “Scout Law” category.

Did you miss out on the 2008 essay contests? Don’t delay, the 2009 contest is open, with the same three categories. The essay contests are run annually, with a submission deadline of December 15th and winners being announced in January. Contest monetary awards are provided by the Nigel C Clarke endowment and in his memory, and by sponsoring councils, districts and troops.

Learn more about the “A Scout Is…” essay contests and learn how to submit your entry at http://ascoutis.org.

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