The Spirit of the Scoutmaster

The Spirit of Scouting and the Spirit of the Scoutmaster

The Spirit of the Scout Master must be the spirit of Scouting itself.  There is hardly any use of a Scout Master trying to teach the principles of the Scout Oath and Scout Law, if he is not living them himself.  The spirit of the Scout Oath and Law must permeate his own life before he can hope to make an impression on the boy.  The boy is a hater of shams, and once he sees through a man who is trying to teach him something that he himself is not, nothing on earth can make the boy do other than despise the man.  This means that a Scout Master must always be on his mettle, that he will have to keep himself “physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight” if he is to lead his boys; and that he will have to  “help other people at all times,” as well as displaying in his own life the principles that underlie chivalry.  It means that he will have to do always his “duty to God and his country” and “to obey the Scout Law.”  It further means that he himself will have to be trustworthy, loyal, helpful, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent, and if the Scout Master does his best to carry out these principles in his own life, as a great teacher of old once said, others shall see him and shall follow.  There then will be no difficulty with Scout Masters handling their boys and the Scout Master and the boy will develop together, and together find success in Scouting.

Handbook for Scoutmasters, 1st Edition (pp 78-79)

Wow, imagine if we all lived up to this!  Where would the Scouting program be right now?


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