Law #3 A Scout’s Duty is to be Useful and to Help Others

3a4f72a1-6eab-4e27-83a5-00f9ef7e1aa4_zpshz72wdltOne of B.P.’s (Baden-Powell) laws for Scouts is to have them do at least one “good-turn” for someone each day.  Here B-P explains in his book Scouting for Boys:

“So, with the Scouts, it has been made one of our laws that we do a good turn to somebody every day.  It does not matter how small that good turn may be, if it were only to help an old woman lift her bundle, or to guide a child across a crowded street, or to put a halfpenny in the poor box.  Something good ought to be done each day of your life, and you should start today to carry out this rule, and never forget it during the remaining days of your life.  Remember the knot in your necktie and on your Scout’s badge – they are reminders to you to do a good turn.  And do your good turn not only to your friends, but also to strangers and even to your enemies.”

And that’s not just for Scouts either.  Wouldn’t it be great if everyone got into the habit of doing at least one kind thing each day?  Scouts are supposed to be helpful to others as much as possible.  Here is another paragraph from Scouting for Boys:

“…And he is to do his duty before anything else, even though he gives up his own pleasure, or comfort, or safety to do it.  When in difficulty to know which of two things to do, he must ask himself, ‘What is my duty’ that is, ‘Which is best for other people?’ – and do that one.  He must Be Prepared at any time to save life, and to help injured persons.  And he must do a good turn to somebody every day.”

Try to start thinking of ways you can help serve the people in your life!

 

 

 

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Volunteering In Politics

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Because young people often have a lot of time on their hands, it is good to have something productive to do rather than just sitting playing video games all day long (although it can be fun every once in a while).  It is also good to get involved with your country so you start to understand how your government works better.

Last fall I had the opportunity to volunteer for my local government representative.  Through our many conversations, I learned a lot about how the government works in my country.

My jobs as a volunteer included assembling signs, helping put them up, and handing out information cards.  I hung information door hangers on people’s doors, walking from house to house in small neighborhoods.  I learned a lot and had a lot of fun!  I also had the satisfaction of knowing that I had a little part, however small, in the outcome of my country’s whole election.

I encourage you to find out when the next election in your area or in your whole country is, and then find out how you can help support your government representative.  Even though you might not be able to vote, I hope you will try to get involved somehow.  Learning how your country works is a very important thing for people to learn.  And I think the best way to learn is by experience.  Some of you reading this right now might even be leaders of your country some day!

So, go do some research, and find out how you can get involved in the politics of your country.  Of course, if you are still a kid, you might want to ask your parents before arranging anything. 😉