...a thought for everyone to ponder as you go about your day tuned to radio station WIFM, "what's in it for me". Last night I was an invited guest at a reception for three individuals in Cumberland and Salem Counties, New Jersey who were receiving 2012 Distinguished Citizen of the Year recognition by The Boy Scouts of America, Southern New Jersey Council. Each person was vastly deserving and truly are making a positive impact within their communities; not just for the Boy Scouts.

What struck me the most though, was the start of the event, where all 350 people in attendance, stood and recited the Scout Oath and the Scout Law. It's been a long time, a very long time, since I last recited those words, let alone along with a group of that size. The Oath and Law remain unchanged over the course of 100 years of Scouting, and for good reason, the simplicity and wisdom is for the betterment of all.

There are oaths we take and promises we make throughout our lifetimes that stand to solidify our belief or serve to propel us forward. There are web pages and bookstore shelves overflowing with self help books. I am going to ask you to try these on for size and see if by adhering to them you don't find yourself moving closer to the direction you want for yourself.

The Scout Oath
On my honor, I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.

The Scout Law
A Scout is:

Trustworthy,
Loyal,
Helpful,
Friendly,
Courteous,
Kind,
Obedient,
Cheerful,
Thrifty,
Brave,
Clean,
and Reverent.

You can decide for yourself. Just substitute yourself for Scout. Only 4% of all boy scouts achieve the highest rank and honor of Eagle Scout, yet ALL scouts are taught to live by the above. I believe all of us men, women and our children stand to better ourselves whether in business or pleasure by reciting and making these concepts a part of our daily life.

I, for one, support Scouting.

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Comment by Ernie Kasprowicz on June 1, 2012 at 10:57am

Well said, Bobby.  Thanks.  

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