The moral code for the Boy Scouts of America is the Scout Oath. Your oath is your word and you live up to your word – that is the vey essence of Character.
The Boy Scouts of America are founded on the Scout Oath and Scout Laws. They are what businesses call “guiding principles” for behavior and success in an organization.
There is nothing quite like summer camp with the Boy Scouts of America. The camaraderie is a wonder to see when kids actually act like kids and have their faces off of the screens and into a wide array of adventures.
One of the consistent things I have heard from parents over the years is “My son is involved in sports and does not have time for Scouting.” The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. And while sports often teach youth leadership through position play and team efforts, ethical and moral decision making is nothing to sneeze at.
Scouting is a program that helps boys make moral and ethical decisions as they grow and mature with character and leadership development through outdoor adventure and the application of the Scout Oath and Laws.
A Soldier with PTSD fell into a hole and couldn’t get out. When a SNCO walked by the Soldier called out for help, but the SNCO yelled back, “Suck it up son, dig deep and drive on,” then threw him a shovel. The Soldier did as he was told and dug that hole deeper.
The best path forward is to be honest. Honesty builds Trust and Trust builds confidence, leadership, affection and reverence. It’s easy to slip up, and it’s okay to make a mistake in life. But be honest, most of the time, the only person you are hurting is you.