Mac’s Message #66: To Do My Duty to My Country

President John F. Kennedy powerfully proclaimed in his inaugural address, “Ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.” This clarion call should ring particularly loud for young men involved in Scouting, who pledge in the Scout Oath to do their duty to their country. President Kennedy promised, […]

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Stan’s EYO Scouting Blog #11: December and Let’s Do Pioneering Indoors

First Class Scout requirements include learning to tie a clove hitch and the timber hitch as well as the shear, square, and diagonal lashings (requirements 3a, 3b, 3c, and 3d of the new requirements). Pioneering turns the knowledge of ropes and lashings into practical application. As an EYO Scout leader, I not only wanted the […]

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Mac’s Message #65: To Do My Duty to God

The first BSA Handbook for Boys published in 1911, says “No boy can grow into the best kind of citizenship without recognizing his obligation to God” (page 250). In the Scout Oath a young man promises to do his best to do his duty to God. Lord Baden-Powell said this is the first duty of […]

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Cub Scout Christmas

“Tanner, you have a Scout meeting this afternoon,” reminded Mom as Tanner walked into the kitchen after school. “I don’t really feel like going,” Tanner muttered. He dropped his backpack on the floor and flopped onto a chair. “But l thought you liked Cub Scouts,” Mom said as she handed him a snack. “I don’t […]

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Mac’s Message #64: I Will Do My Best

Every boy involved in Scouting pledges to “do his best” when he recites the Scout Oath. He does not vow to try to do his best; he promises he will do his best. Perhaps Yoda, the venerable Jedi Master, explains this facet of the Scout Oath succinctly when he admonishes, “Do. Or do not. There […]

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