Be a Sport – Be A Scout
Being a Sport Does Not Preclude Being a Scout
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.
We have a Scout in our Troop who is a devout hockey player. His love for the sport came from years of activity in soccer, basketball and baseball, where coaches often berated players who were not as athletic as others or decided that “being tough” was a coaching style. When he found hockey, it was through his love of the Columbus Blue Jackets and once he got on the ice, he was hooked.
In his first 2 years of competitive play, both of his teams enjoyed seasons with only one loss during season play and winning the Columbus Cup for youth house hockey twice. While winning and grinding through a long hockey season, he was also mentoring Cub Scouts as a Den Chief, attending Summer Camp with his troop and working on his rank advancement.
So can you still be a Scout and be a sport? A Scout, in the Scout Oath, promised to be “physically strong” and that includes athletic play, physical conditioning and competition. So be a Sport. Be A Scout.