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 11th day of the 12 days of a Scout Christmas reminds us that a Scout is clean.

Personal Cleanliness doesn’t always mean having a clean body, but it sure helps.  It is the first thing we think of as a way to be clean. It means the simple things like bathing every day,  brushing your teeth twice a day, using deodorant daily and brushing your hair, which you hopefully washed a couple of times a week. Most boys have kits in which all your personal hygiene products are packed, like soap, toothpaste, dental floss, deodorant, shaving stuff, a metal mirror. I would also put in a needle and thread, tweezers for splinters, and nail clippers. Scouts need something like this, especially when they are on overnight campouts. Keep in mind that half the fun of Scouting is getting dirty, but when dirty days are over, you need to be clean again. Look at yourself when you are at home and make sure your clothes are clean and not a totally wrinkled mess. After all you are a Scout.

I think that your most difficult part is to be clean in your mind. Everyone understands that young people are being assaulted daily by social media. It is important as a Scout to not succumb to the really bad things you can access on the internet. You really have to exercise self control to not go to sites which are set in your path to corrupt you. Keep your mind clean and clear. Your language should not mimic the profanity which pervades the airways and internet. Your friends should be like you, lest you pick up other perversions like drugs, and pornography. It is becoming more of a fact that the internet is as addictive as drugs are to your body and pornography is to your mind. Young people don’t want to believe this and apparently parents are unable to make an impression on you. The schools are not helping by requiring all work to be submitted on the internet. It gives you kids a perfect excuse to beg for extra internet time. 

My third thought about cleanliness is to have a clean heart and soul. I firmly believe that if 23you are a Scout who actually accepts and adheres to the Scout Laws, you can’t have anything but a clean heart and soul. Keep the twelve points of law in the conscious part of your mind as a reminder not to falter. You will then become the adults we need to be our future leaders. May you all have happy holidays as you worship with the freedom our country provides.

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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Joyce Olesen
is a grandmother, mother, and daughter of Scouters. She love kids, camping, country music and sport cars. Her Dad was a Scout leader in Chicago in the early 1920’s and having only daughters did not bolster his Scouting hopes. As his "Scout" she was tying regulation knots by the time she was 7.

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