This is the first post of our Twelve Days of a Scout Christmas. For the next twelve 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.

Scout LawThe first day of Scout Christmas reminds a Scout to be trustworthy. We have all heard boys say “Scout’s honor” as they promise to do something. This phrase carries with it the weight of the Scout oath and law. When a boy promises on his Scout’s honor to do something, it should dispel all doubt and prove that he will, indeed, accomplish that thing. Even today, you can hear the phrase “Scout’s honor” in popular culture and everyday speech. Every Scout should live up to his Scout’s honor so this phrase maintains its meaning. Living up to your Scout’s honor means being trustworthy in everything you do and say.

There are many ways a Scout can show his trustworthiness. Here are two of my favorite Scoutmaster’s Minutes:

Meaning of the BadgeTenerfoot

A boy went into a store to buy a hat. He found one that just suited him but it was just beyond his money. He said he would have to come back the next day and make the purchase. The proprietor said, “You take the hat and come back tomorrow with the money. Any boy can have anything in my store and on time as long as he is wearing that badge.”

The Scout was wearing a tenderfoot badge.

Laundry LadyThe street car was crowded to the doors when it stopped to pick up a bent old lady who lifted, with difficulty, a basket of fresh washing to the crowded platform.

“Leave your load out here, madam,” said the conductor, irritably, because of the loss of time occasioned by the slow-moving old lady.

“But I daren’t.” expostulated the old lady, “the clothes don’t belong to me, and they must be goin’ with me.”

The conductor was firm. “You and your basket of duds are in the way,” he reminded her without offering to help her in the least.

The old lady was about to burst into tears when a fourteen-year- old-boy in a khaki uniform who was sitting in a corner by the door, arose. 

“You sit here, ma’am” he said, “and I’ll watch your basket at the rear of the car.”

The old lady looked at the boy doubtfully. So many times she had been taken advantage of, even by careless boys. The conductor was about to lose his head and was just about to issue  a new ultimatum when a second lady sitting sitting nearby said to the poor old lady, “That boy’s all right. Can’t you see his uniform” I’ll vouch for him. My lad belongs to the same organization.”

The basket of clothes went to the rear of the car, and when the old lady wanted to get off, a watchful boy lifted the basket through the crowded aisle to the street and thence quickly to the curb, then back again to the car in a jiffy.

“Who’s the kid?” asked the conductor of a nearby passenger, who had watched the whole performance. “Don’t know the kid,” came the reply, “but I do know the uniform and you can count on it every time when a job needs to be done.”

A compliment for boy and uniform.

As we approach Christmas and the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, what will you do live up to your Scout’s Honor? How can you be trustworthy this season?

The Boys’ Life – Oct 1925 – Page 20

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Darryl Alder
Darryl is a retired career Scouter with more than 30 years of service. However, his pride in Scouting, is his volunteer service as an Associate Advisor, Varsity Scout Coach, Scoutmaster, Cubmaster, Chartered Organization Representative and Commissioner.

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