Camp Chaplains have been around for decades. Their purpose is to be a friend to the Scouts and leaders and to contribute to their spiritual welfare and growth. As the chaplain, by virtue of position and personality, these leaders can encourage youth in their Scouting work and other aspects of their total lives. Chaplains often share a Chaplain’s Minute, similar to a Scoutmaster’s Minute, which helps aid the youth in their spiritual development.
As we near the beginning of camp, ponder on this Chaplain’s Minute and share it with your Scouts or use it on the first day of camp.
“As we begin this week, we will be learning new skills. We will be facing new challenges. It is not always easy to be kind, courteous, or helpful to someone who has not been helpful or courteous to us. It is a challenge. For example, sometimes we are tempted to be irreverent toward each other and also to God in the language we use. Life is a challenge and filled with temptations. So, listen to these words from sacred writings:
When all kinds of trials and temptations crowd into your lives, my brothers, don’t resent them as intruders, but welcome them as friends! Realize that they come to test your faith and to produce in you the quality of endurance. But let the process go on until that endurance is fully developed, and you will nd you have become men of mature character with the right sort of independence.
And if, in the process, anyone does not know how to meet any particular problem, he has only to ask God who gives generously to all men without making them look foolish or guilty, and he may be quite sure that the necessary wisdom will be given him. But he must ask in sincere faith without secret doubts as to whether he really wants God’s help or not….”
– J.B. Phillips’ paraphrase of the Epistle of James