This is the sixth day of our Twelve Days of a Scout Christmas. For the next seven 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.
This sixth day of Scout Christmas reminds a Scout to be kind. A Scout knows there is strength in being gentle. He treats others as he wants to be treated. Without good reason, he does not harm or kill any living thing. In this Christmas season, let us take as our example Him whose unfailing kindness showed us there is great strength in humility and compassion. We can all afford to be kinder.
Here are two stories of kindness to remind us all that a Scout is kind:
Tommy Meets a Crisis
You may laugh at this story. Then again, maybe the picture of Tommy in action will touch something down inside you that will make a lump come into your throat. It’s a yarn about an ordinary boy—just a nine-year-old Cub Scout who faced a crisis—and came through.
Tommy had a keen eye. Boylike, he didn’t look very long at any one thing for fear he might miss something up ahead. At the same time his sharp eye didn’t miss much that went on near him. One day he noticed a low-hanging bird’s nest in a tree in his backyard. As the days went by, he watched the nest and soon discovered that it housed a mother bird and five tiny ones, too young to fly.
It was hard to keep himself back, but Tommy watched from a distance, realizing that the bird might interpret his presence as an intrusion if he came too close. Birds don’t quite trust grown-ups—or boys either.
But one day Tommy sensed tragedy. Something was wrong with the mother bird. Tommy got up close, just as quietly as he could, talked in a low tone to the bird, and sized up the situation. The mother bird was injured; she couldn’t get up into the nest, only a foot or two above Tommy’s head.
This was a crisis to the mother bird—and to Cub Scout Tommy. He had been trained to care and to help. He realized that if the mother bird couldn’t get to her nest that her five little ones would die.
There may be some grown-ups who might have shrugged their shoulders and, muttering something about being “too busy,” merely felt sorry for the birds. But Tommy was nine years old and a Cub Scout—he had to do something.
So, tenderly, eagerly, he came close to the fluttering bird. He spread his fingers underneath the injured mother bird and helped her to her nest. He saw that one wing was broken. As he placed her carefully into her nest the chirping of the hungry baby birds quieted down.
As the weeks went by, no white-robed nurse in any stately hospital cared more earnestly for her charges than did Tommy. He dug worms. He brought food from the kitchen. Each time he carefully lifted the mother bird into and out of the nest. Finally the broken wing healed. The mother bird could find food for her young now and she began to teach them to fly.
And nine-year-old Cub Scout Tommy is supremely happy. He saved six lives.
A Kind Stranger Replaces an Eagle Scout’s Cherished Treasure
I had already scheduled Tommy’s story to publish today for A Scout is Kind when I read this story from the Scouting Newsroom by Hayley Cordaro. I was touched by the report and wanted to share here:
Few Scouts can claim the Eagle Scout title, the highest rank in Scouting. Yet even fewer Eagles hold the limited edition Boy Scouts of America 100th anniversary coin given to Eagle Scouts in 2012. So when one Eagle Scout fell victim to a robbery – losing his treasured coin- a thoughtful stranger gifted him a replacement.
Eagle Scout Stephen K. has Asperger’s Syndrome, a condition his family says left him vulnerable to the incident. Gus Bean, a Heart of America Council employee, says his son also has Asperger’s Syndrome and wanted to help the Scout after he heard his story on the news.
Bean coordinated with Kansas City’s Fox 4 News to surprise Stephen with his own coin at a local Overland Park restaurant while having dinner with his family.
Upon meeting Bean and receiving the Scouting treasure, the teen embraced the stranger with a hug.
“I was kind of just in awe,” shared Stephen with Fox 4 News as he marveled at the coin. “It’s a really cool coin especially considering it’s the 100th anniversary. It has all of the colors and what not, 2012 to 1912.”
But to Gus, he’s just acting on the principles of the Scout Law – being helpful, friendly and kind to a Scout in need.
“That’s the whole purpose of Scouting is to give back to your community and help those less fortunate,” explained Bean.
Go to Kansas City’s Fox 4 News to see the video of the heartwarming exchange and read the full story.