It has been our tradition on the Voice of Scouting to post inspiring Scout messages based on the Scout Law for twelve days leading up to Christmas Day. The third day of the 12 days of a Scout Christmas reminds us that a Scout is helpful.

A Scout cares about other people. He or she helps others without expecting payment or reward. This Christmas, let us remember Christ’s example, who spent His life engaging in selfless service. We too can embrace this attitude of helpfulness every day, by searching for others who could use our service. This story exemplifies the Christlike attribute of extending a helping hand to those in need:

In December 2012, Kenyan runner and Olympic medalist Abel Mutai was in first place during the final stretch of a cross-country race in Burlada, Spain. Behind him, Ivan Fernandez Anaya was trying to catch up. Anaya finally had the opportunity to pass Mutaif when the Kenyan runner mistakenly thought the race had ended and stopped running.

Mutai “looked back and saw the people telling him to keep going” Anaya said. “But since he doesn’t speak Spanish he didn’t realize it.”

Anaya and Mutai after the race.

When Anaya saw this happen, he impressed the world by giving up victory to do the right thing. He immediately slowed and guided Mutai to the actual finish line – choosing honesty and sportsmanship over victory.

“I didn’t deserve to win it. I did what I had to do. He was the rightful winner. He created a gap that I couldn’t have closed if he hadn’t made a mistake. As soon as I saw he was stopping, I knew I wasn’t going to pass him.”

 

His actions may not have won him the race, but for Anaya, giving a fellow competitor a helping hand was a much more valuable prize. 

Watch the good deed play out here: 

Your Scouts may not be competing in a cross-country race right now, but they can still learn the importance of being helpful. Gifts of service, no matter how small or large can be more meaningful than anything else. This holiday season, encourage them to find ways they can help those around them.

For the next twelve days, visit the Voice of Scouting to find inspiring Christmas messages based on the twelve points of the Scout Law: A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, braveclean, and reverent.

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Madison Austin
studies Public Relations at Brigham Young University and is a marketing specialist at the Utah National Parks Council. She is an avid hiker and enjoys being outdoors. Growing up in the mountainous regions of Colorado and Virginia enabled her to follow these passions. After moving to Utah to attend college, she has spent her time fostering both a career in Communications and a love for Utah's National Parks.

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