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 tenth day of the 12 days of a Scout Christmas reminds us that a Scout is brave.

One definition of bravery is one “having or showing mental or moral strength to face danger, fear, or difficulty”.

Truely Brave: Neville Longbottom

In the Sorcerer’s Stone, Neville stands up to his friends and tells them he will not let them leave their quarters, which is against the rules. 

Though his friends do it anyways, Dumbledore validates his bravery by awarding him with ten points. This allows Gryffindor to win the house cup. 

Dumbledore states, “”It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but a great deal more to stand up to our friends.” 

We often think of bravery in terms of huge, sweeping actions. We consider heroes who save the world, soldiers who die for their country, and rebels who take down an incorrect law or government structure. 

There are lots of examples of these people in movies: Iron Man, Katniss Everdeen, Harry Potter, and others. 

Of course, these people are the bravest of the brave. They are great examples of bravery.

Sometimes though, it is easier to be brave about the big things than the little things. 

We are often required to be brave in less magnificent ways. Neville stood up for what he felt was right, even though it may not have been a huge thing, and because of it he was awarded.

For youth, this may mean saying no when someone invites them to do something they feel is wrong or staying strong through a difficult experience like moving to a new location. 

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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