BP Quotes

Quotations pulled from across the Web
  • “A Scout is never taken by surprise; he knows exactly what to do when anything unexpected happens.”
  • “A boy carries out suggestions more wholeheartedly when he understands their aim.”
  • “Correcting bad habits cannot be done by forbidding or punishment.”
  • “For those who have eyes to see and ears to hear, the forest is at once a laboratory, a club and a temple.”
  • “God has given us a world to live in that is full of beauties and wonders and He has given us not only eyes to see them but minds to understand them, if we only have the sense to look at them in that light.”
  • “If you make listening and observation your occupation you will gain much more than you can by talk.”
  • “In all of this, it is the spirit that matters. Our Scout law and Promise, when we really put them into practice, take away all occasion for wars and strife among nations.”
  • “In Scouting, a boy is encouraged to educate himself instead of being instructed.”
  • “Loyalty is a feature in a boy's character that inspires boundless hope.”
  • "Nature study is the key activity in Scouting and Guiding.”
  • “Nature study should not be the mere formal class teaching of the school, but the interested pursuit of each individual girl in that branch of it which particularly appeals to her, through practical handling and dealing with it.”
  • “Scouting is a school of citizenship through woodcraft.”
  • “Scoutmasters need the capacity to enjoy the out-of-doors.” 
  • "Boredom is not reverence, nor will it breed religion."
  • “See things from the boy's point of view.”
  • “Success in training the boy depends largely on the Scoutmaster's own personal example"
  • "If a man cannot make his point to keen boys in ten minutes he ought to be shot!"
  • “The aim in Nature study is to develop a realisation of God the Creator, and to infuse a sense of the beauty of Nature.”
  • “The good turn will educate the boy out of the groove of selfishness.
  • “The key that unlocks the spirit of the movement is the romance of woodcraft and nature lore.”
  • “The man who is blind to the beauties of Nature has missed half the pleasure of life.”
  • “The more responsibility the Scoutmaster gives his patrol leaders, the more they will respond.”
  • “The most important object in Boy Scout training is to educate, not instruct.”
  • “The open-air is the real objective of Scouting and the key to its success.”
  • “The Scoutmaster guides the boy in the spirit of another brother.”
  • “The Scoutmaster teaches boys to play the game by doing so himself.”
  • “The secret of sound education is to get each pupil to learn for himself, instead of instructing him by driving knowledge into him on a stereotyped system.”
  • “The spirit is there in every boy; it has to be discovered and brought to light.”
  • “The study of nature brings into a harmonious whole the question of the infinite, the historic and the microscopic as part of the Great Creator's work. And in these, sex and reproduction play an honoured part.”
  • “The wonder to me of all wonders is how some teachers have neglected Nature study, this easy and unfailing means of education, and have struggled to impose Biblical instruction as the first step towards getting a restless, full-spirited boy to think of higher things.”
  • “There's nothing like 'Being Prepared' is there, for what might seem possible, even if it may not seem probable.
  • “Trust should be the basis for all our moral training.”
  • “Try to leave this world a little better than you found it and, when your turn comes to die, you can die happy in feeling that at any rate you have not wasted your time but have done your best
  • “We never fail when we try to do our duty, we always fail when we neglect to do it.”
  • “When a Wolf Cub hears the words "Nature study" his first thought is about school collections of dried leaves, but real Nature study means a great deal more than this; it means knowing about everything that is not made by man, but is created by God.”
  • “The good turn will educate the boy out of the groove of selfishness.”
  • “A boy can see the smoke rising from Sioux villages under the shadow of the Albert memorial.”
  • “A boy is naturally full of humor.”
  • “A boy is not a sitting-down animal.”
  • “A boy is supremely confident of his own power, and dislikes being treated as a child.”
  • “A boy on joining wants to begin Scouting right away.”
  • “A fisherman does not bait his hook with food he likes. He uses food the fish likes. So with boys.”
  • “A Scout smiles and whistles under all circumstances.”
  • “A week of camp life is worth six months of theoretical teaching in the meeting room.”
  • “An individual step in character training is to put responsibility on the individual.”
  • “Boys can see adventure in a dirty old duck puddle, and if the Scoutmaster is a boys’ man he can see it, too.”
  • “Can we not interpret our adult wisdom into the language of boyhood?”
  • “Fun, fighting, and feeding! These are the three indispensable elements of the boy’s world.”
  • “In Scouting you are combating the brooding of selfishness.”
  • “It is important to arrange games and competition so that all Scouts of the troop take part.”
  • “It is only when you know a boy’s environment that you can know what influences to bring to bear.”
  • “It is risky to order a boy not to do something; it immediately opens to him the adventure of doing it.”
  • “It should be the thing never to mention unfairness of judging when defeated in a contest.”
  • “It’s the spirit within, not the veneer without, that makes a man.”
  • “O God, help me to win, but in thy wisdom if thou willest me not to win, then O God, make me a good loser.”
  • “Scouting is a game for boys under the leadership of boys under the direction of a man.”
  • “Scouting is a man’s job cut down to a boy’s size.”
  • “Scoutmasters deal with the individual boy rather than with the mass.”
  • “Scoutmasters need to enter into boys’ ambitions.”
  • “Show me a poorly uniformed troop and I'll show you a poorly uniformed leader.”
  • “Teach Scouts not how to get a living, but how to live.”
  • “The boy is not governed by don’t, but is led by do.”
  • “The code of the knight is still the code of the gentleman today.”
  • “The most worth-while thing is to try to put happiness into the lives of others.”
  • “The object of the patrol method is not so much saving the Scoutmaster trouble as to give responsibility to the boy.”
  • “The real way to gain happiness is to give it to others.”
  • “The Scout Oath and Law are our binding disciplinary force.”
  • “The Scoutmaster must be alert to check badge hunting as compared to badge earning.”
  • “The sport in Scouting is to find the good in every boy and develop it.”
  • “The uniform makes for brotherhood, since when universally adopted it covers up all differences of class and country.”
  • “There is no teaching to compare with example.”
  • “To get a hold on boys you must be their friend.”
  • “Vigorous Scout games are the best form of physical education because most of them bring in moral education.”
  • “We are not a club or a Sunday school class, but a school of the woods.”
  • “We do not want to make Scout training too soft.”
  • “We must change boys from a ‘what can I get’ to a ‘what can I give’ attitude.”
  • “When a boy finds someone who takes an interest in him, he responds and follows.”
  • “When you want a thing done, 'Don't do it yourself' is a good motto for Scoutmasters.”
  • “Where is there a boy to whom the call of the wild and the open road does not appeal?”
  • “You can only get discipline in the mass by discipline in the individual.”
  • "Scouting is not an abstruse or difficult science: rather it is a jolly game if you take it in the right light. In the same time it is educative, and (like Mercy) it is apt to benefit him that giveth as well as him that receives.”
  • “The Scoutmaster guides the boy in the spirit of an older brother.... He has simply to be a boy-man, that is: (1) He must have the boy spirit in him: and must be able to place himself in the right plane with his boys as a first step. (2) He must realise the needs, outlooks and desires of the different ages of boy life. (3) He must deal with the individual boy rather than with the mass. (4) He then needs to promote a corporate spirit among his individuals to gain the best results.”
  • “It is the Patrol System that makes the Troop, and all Scouting for that matter, a real co-operative matter.”
  • “If a man cannot make his point to keen boys in ten minutes, he ought to be shot!”
  • “Happiness is not mere pleasure not the outcome of wealth. It is the result of active work rather than passive enjoyment of pleasure."
  • “No one can pass through life, any more than he can pass through a bit of country, without leaving tracks behind, and those tracks may often be helpful to those coming after him in finding their way.”
  • “I have clearly stated that our objective in the Scouting movement is to give such help as we can in bringing about God’s kingdom on Earth.”
  • “We aim for the practice of Christianity in their everyday life and dealings, and not merely the profession of its theology on Sundays."
  • “A Scout/Guide should save animals as far as possible from pain, and should not kill any animal unnecessarily, not even the smallest of God's creatures.”
  • “An animal has been made by God just as you have been. He is therefore a fellowcreature. He has not the power of speaking our language, but can feel pleasure or pain just as we can, and he can feel grateful to anyone who is kind to him. A Scout is always helpful to people who are crippled or blind or deaf and dumb; so he is good also to these dumb fellow-creatures of ours.”
  • “As a Scout, you are the guardian of the woods. A Scout never damages a tree by hacking it with his knife or axe. It does not take long to fell a tree, but it takes many years to grow one, so a Scout cuts down a tree for a good reason only – not just for the sake of using his axe. For every tree felled, two should be planted.”
  • “Be Prepared… the meaning of the motto is that a scout must prepare himself by previous thinking out and practicing how to act on any accident or emergency so that he is never taken by surprise.”
  • “By continually watching animals in their natural state one gets to like them too well to shoot them. The whole sport of hunting animals lies in the woodcraft of stalking them, not in the killing.”
  • “The whole of [scouting] is based on religion, that is, on the realization and service of God.”

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