The third day of the 12 days of a Scout Christmas reminds us that a Scout is helpful. To be helpful means to care about and volunteer to help others without expecting payment or reward. To be helpful is to seek out opportunities to serve others and to always remember to “Do a Good Turn Daily.”
Eleanor Roosevelt was a politician, diplomat, and human rights activist who served as the First Lady of the United States from 1933 to 1945. Throughout her political career and the rest of her life, Roosevelt sought out and took advantage of opportunities to help others.
Eleanor Roosevelt especially championed groups who were usually overlooked and disenfranchised, including youth, women, and African Americans. When her husband, President Franklin Roosevelt implemented New Deal programs, she insisted that the benefits of the new programs be extended equally to Americans of all races. When the United States joined the United Nations, Eleanor Roosevelt was appointed as the first United States Representative to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights and fought tirelessly for all people to have basic rights.
Roosevelt did her best to help others even when it was difficult for her to do so. In 1938, she attended the Southern Conference for Human Welfare in Alabama. The meeting room had been separated into sections to maintain racial segregation, and police officers threatened to arrest anyone who sat in the wrong section.
Virginia Foster Durr, an attendee at the conference, later told an interviewer that when Eleanor Roosevelt arrived and was informed of the enforced segregation, she took a folding chair and set it right in the middle of the aisle separating the two sections. Durr said, “She said she refused to be segregated. They were afraid to arrest her.” Roosevelt carried her folding chair to workshops throughout the conference and continued to defy segregation requirements.
We won’t all be delegates to the United Nations or have the political influence of Eleanor Roosevelt, but we can all work harder to help those around us. How will you help others this month?
Continue visiting 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, brave, clean and reverent.
This year, the Christmas messages will focus on the lives of historical figures and times when they exemplified a point of the Scout Law.