Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Evolution

I took the Scouts to the Church History Museum's 100 Years of Scouting in the Church exhibits tonight. I enjoyed looking at how things were, yet how much has remained the same in that time. For example, though the uniform has changed, there has always been a uniform (and I'd love to find me one of those 'envelope-style' caps they used to wear, kind of like the one I wore in the Air Force). In fact, three former prophets' uniforms were on exhibit: George Albert Smith, Ezra Taft Benson, and Howard W. Hunter (well, a life-size photo of him as a youth in full uniform, anyway).

Another thing that has changed in form - but not in substance - is the ideals. In 1912, when the Church was looking into BSA Scouting as its program for young men, while simultaneously running its own form of Scouting, it had its own version of Scout Ideals:

A Scout must -

Be Clean;

Stand Erect;

Keep his self-respect;

Be manly;

Be courageous;

Be cheerful;

Be industrious;

Maintain individuality;

Believe in God and right living.

Compare those with Lord Baden-Powell's original 1908 Scout Law:

A Scout's honour is to be trusted.

A Scout is loyal to the King, and to his officers,
and to his country, and to his employers.

A Scout's duty is to be useful and to help others.

A scout is a friend to all, and a brother to every other Scout,
no matter to what social class the other belongs.

A Scout is courteous.

A Scout is a friend to animals

A Scout obeys orders of his patrol leader or Scout Master without question.

A Scout smiles and whistles under all circumstances.

A Scout is thrifty.

Which all evolved into:

On my honour,

I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country,
and to obey the Scout Law
(A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly,
Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful,
Thrifty, Brave, Clean and Reverent);

To help other people at all times (Do a good turn daily);

To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake,
and morally straight (Be prepared).

Instilling these values in young men and women has always been the goal. As someone else has said, camping, badges, ranks and even uniforms are how we teach, not what we teach.

Prepared. | For Life.™

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