Today I’m going to introduce a new, ten-part series that I will be running here on Scouting Rediscovered. There is no better list of adjectives that describe what a Scout stands for better than the Scout Law:
A Scout is: Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent.
In my own Quest to rediscover Scouting, I have gone through many writings of Scout Leaders from the past, and have learned more and more about the essence of what Scouting is and the essence of what a true Scout is. I wanted to know: At his core, what is the true essence of a Scout? What is the Spirit of the Scout? In fact, this is the very reason I set off on my quest to rediscover Scouting; I wanted to find the essence of what a Scout is, and I wanted to become that.
So, as I dug deeper, and uncovered more about Scouting’s roots, I have come to form an understanding of what this essence is. And, the more I understand, the more I was able to put this into words and define it. This is what Scouting Rediscovered is about. I want to share this with you, and I want you to join me in the quest.
I have come to see the spirit of the Scout as summarized by ten words. I call them ‘keystones’. The meaning of the word ‘keystone’ finds its roots in architecture. In building an arch out of stone blocks, there is always one critical block needed at the very top of the arch which holds everything together. If you were to remove this keystone, the entire arch would collapse.
That is how I views the words which summarize for me the essence of a Scout. Without them, the title of ‘Scout’ is just an empty word. With them, the purpose and meaning of a Scout becomes clear and defined. These Keystones are:
I will make one post for each of these Keystones. And these will be published every day, or every other day. I hope that you will join me in this discovery. Please leave a comment with your feedback and any questions/additions that you might have. I am passionate about this and want to have as many Scouts hear about this as I can. If you find these posts valuable, please pass them along to your friends and your Troop! Using the little buttons at the bottom of the post, you can share this on Twitter, Facebook, and many other Social Media sites.
Thank you for reading!
-Yours in Scouting