The Great Outdoors


Look at what the Boy Scout Oath in just 40 words challenges youth to do.




On my honor, I will do my best – This doesn’t mean a boy will be the best. It doesn’t mean a boy will be better than anyone else. This promises that a boy will try to reach his own potential – whatever that is for him.

To do my duty to God and my country and – Our nation is founded on showing reverence to a higher faith. A Scout promises to recognize, to honor, and to respect his religious faith and is given an opportunity to grow in that faith and respect the belief of others.

To obey the Scout Law – A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent. If individuals can keep these words in mind and do their best to make these words have meaning in their lives, as Scouts try to do, how can anyone go wrong?

To help other people at all times – This is a promise in which a Scout might be saying, “I will think less often of myself and more often about others and I recognize my responsibility as a Scout to serve as a role model to others.”

To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight – Here a Scout thinks of himself. He promises to use the excellent educational opportunities our nation makes available to him in the most beneficial way he can. He promises not to poison his body or mind through the many temptations available to him. He is committing himself to do his best throughout his lifetime to live by the values of Scouting.

In the Anthony Wayne Area Council, there are over 10,099 youth in traditional programs that exemplify adherence to the meaning of the Scout promise. In addition we have 3,011 boys and girls participating in our Learning for Life programs (school-based programs and Career Awareness Exploring program). During the next year let’s continue to help our Scouts meet the challenges of the Scout Oath. The Boy Scout Oath is just 40 words long but in those 40 words are encompassed the values and ethical standards that have molded our generations of boys into a special breed of men, responsible and responsive – capable of leadership, yet trained in cooperation and able to adapt to face the changing challenges of their time. What we do for the boy, we do for the man he will become – what we do for him, we do for our community, today and tomorrow.

Chris Mathes


Popcorn Sales Are Now On

Once again we would like to remind everyone that the Boy Scouts of American (this includes Cub Scouts as well) is holding their annual popcorn sale, which like the Girl Scouts’ annual Cookie Sale, has become a major fundraiser for them and they are asking that you please support this cause. Please pick up the phone and call the Boy Scout Office at 432-9593 and ask how to contact the Troop or Cub Pack nearest you. They have other goodies in the popcorn line besides plain popcorn and microwave popcorn for sale. Please help send a boy to camp; order your popcorn today.


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