A Scout is Brave.
BSA definition – A Scout can face danger although he is afraid. He has the courage to stand for what he thinks is right even if others laugh at him or threaten him.
Selling popcorn can seem to be a mundane thing we do in scouting, however it is often one of the building blocks of being brave. Asking a family member, neighbor or church member to buy popcorn is relatively easy because we know the people we are talking to and are comfortable with them. To ask a total stranger the question “would you like to buy popcorn?”, can for some be nerve racking. This is where bravery steps in, taking the deep breathe and going for it. Next thing you know, talking to strangers isn’t that bad and may even be a little fun. Just like planning a trip 100 miles away from home, to a place you have never been before requires a bit of bravery. We strive to equip our scouts with the skills to handle situations that may arise and hope they meet each one with self-confidence and the bravery to succeed.
I am often reminded of the parable of Peter in Matthew 14:22-33. We see Peter having the bravery to get out of the boat, although he did need some help getting back. I hope as adults we show our scouts the bravery to lead, the courage to admit our mistakes, and the wisdom to know the difference. As always, I look forward to where our journey will take us, and hope we all remember to have fun along the way.
Yours in Scouting,