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Words of Wisdom Wednesday: Courteous

Posted on 04 April 2012 by CharlesN

The Words of Wisdom Wednesday series is composed of anecdotal segments to inspire and supplement a Scout’s personal development, building core values and moral character.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“A Scout is courteous.” – Sir Robert Baden-Powell

This week we focus on how to be courteous to others.  For most of us, we learn courtesy at home and at school when we are young.  We practice being courteous every day.  And as we grow up, we do not think of being courteous as a chore or among the list of things to do on a daily basis.  It becomes a part of us.

Being courteous is simple, but has a positive effect on others.  For example, you are being courteous when you properly greet someone.  Using titles such as, “Mister”, “Misses”, or “Miss”, is a form of courtesy and respect.  The practice of opening the door for others is another form of courtesy.  Can you identify other forms of courtesy?

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Words of Wisdom Wednesday: Friendly

Words of Wisdom Wednesday: Friendly

Posted on 28 March 2012 by CharlesN

The Words of Wisdom Wednesday series is composed of anecdotal segments to inspire and supplement a Scout’s personal development, building core values and moral character.

Continuing down the Scout Law, it is apparent why “Friendly” is memorialized right below “Helpful”.  They go hand-in-hand.  Although they have similar characteristics, they are, nonetheless, quite different.  Are you being friendly when you help someone?  Of course.  But are you helpful when you are a friend to others?  Not necessarily.

Being helpful means that you need to take that extra step.  However, to be friendly, we must be so at all  times.  You should not just be friendly in the morning and be bad-tempered in the afternoon.  It is, therefore, more general to be friendly.  It is continuous.  It is a reflection of your attitude toward others.

A Scout is a friend to others.  They include your fellow Scouts, friends, family, colleagues, strangers, people of different nationality… everyone.  Today, we live in a very interconnected world.  We are able to travel across the vast oceans within hours.  We need to try to understand each other better.

According to the World Organization of the Scout Movement, there are more than 30 million Scouts in 161 countries.  Scouts from all over the world are part of the same vision that Lord Robert Baden-Powell had envisioned for Scouting.  We are all part of the Brotherhood of Scouting.

Let me leave you with two questions to ponder over this week.  What do you think it means to be a part of the World Brotherhood of Scouting?  Can you identify some signs of friendship that people use in your community, in your country, and in our world?

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Words of Wisdom Wednesday: Helpful

Posted on 21 March 2012 by ScoutingNewsStaff

The Words of Wisdom Wednesday series is composed of anecdotal segments to inspire and supplement a Scout’s personal development, building core values and moral character.

“An animal has been made by God just as you have been. He is therefore a fellowcreature. He has not the power of speaking our language, but can feel pleasure or pain just as we can, and he can feel grateful to anyone who is kind to him. A Scout is always helpful to people who are crippled or blind or deaf and dumb; so he is good also to these dumb fellow-creatures of ours.” -Sir Robert Baden-Powell

Helpful is the third character trait of a Scout. When Baden-Powell founded Scouting, he intended that every Scout be helpful toward both the environment and people alike. He recognized that a Scout should help those that could not help themselves and that a Scout should give the voiceless a voice.

So when you do a service project, help a person in need of assistance, or speak out for someone else, you are in fact upholding a part of the Scout Law.

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