This is the fourth day of our Twelve Days of a Scout Christmas. For the next nine days you will find inspiring Christmas messages of Scouts giving the gift of living the Scout Oath and Law. Countdown to Christmas with us as you read these daily messages of Scouts being trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.
The fourth day of Scout Christmas reminds a Scout to be friendly. A Scout is a friend to all. He is a brother to other Scouts. He offers his friendship to people of all races and nations, and respects them even if their beliefs and customs are different from his own. To celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, who was the perfect example of unfettered friendship with those who were cast aside by others, may we Scouts remember to be a friend to all and show our friendship through love and kindness.
The Evidence of True Religion
Jesus of Nazareth was the only person without sin who ever lived upon the earth—the only person whose life was flawless and whose character was perfect. The brief record which we have of his sojourn among men is made up largely of service to others. If we were to eliminate from this record all that he did for others and leave only what others did for him, there would be but the merest fragment left.
—From “Life of Christ,” by Papini
This is a story about a boy named Blake. Blake was bullied often at school. From 4th to 6th grade, he was the target of significant bullying from a group of boys and a girl or two. His parents felt helpless to find a way to help their son and after searching for answers, came to the conclusion to try Scouting.
They hoped that Scouting could build confidence in their son and surround him with good friends. It worked! In Scouting, Blake was learning and experiencing things he would never have had before. He went on camp outs, cooked his own food, held leadership positions, earned awards and merit badges, attended NYLT (National Youth Leadership Training) and so much more. These experiences led to increased confidence, number of good friends and maturity. It’s no surprise that not long after Blake started Scouting, the bullying decreased considerably. What is surprising is what Blake decided to do later to prove he had taken the Scout Oath and Law into his character.
When Blake was looking for a Eagle Scout Project, he was able to draw from his own experiences and relate his project to bullying. For his project, Blake raised funds for a “Buddy Bench” at a local low-income elementary school. The “Buddy Bench” was to create a place where kids could go if they are feeling left out or bullied; a place where other kids can befriend and comfort the downtrodden.
Blake’s compassion is inspiring as we look to help those in need this Christmas season. There may be someone you know who is lonely and looking for a friend. May we be that friend who lifts the spirits of others.