Sunday, 10 February 2008

Within My Power

This is good reminder to me of why I want to stay involved in scouting even as a adult. To me it isn't important that I have glory and fame but what is truly important to me is whether or not I am able to make a difference in somebody's life that could end up changing the world. So when somebody proudly asks why you as a adult or kid are in the Scouts, remember that you have the power to model the next generation and to allow them to succeed and see the positive will surely benefit our society that has become obsessed with who can out do who in whatever we do.

Within My Power

By Forest E. Witcraft

I am not a Very Important Man, as importance is commonly rated. I do not have great wealth, control a big business, or occupy a position of great honor or authority.

Yet I may someday mould destiny. For it is within my power to become the most important man in the world in the life of a boy. And every boy is a potential atom bomb in human history.

A humble citizen like myself might have been the Scoutmaster of a Troop in which an undersized unhappy Austrian lad by the name of Adolph might have found a joyous boyhood, full of the ideals of brotherhood, goodwill, and kindness. And the world would have been different.

A humble citizen like myself might have been the organizer of a Scout Troop in which a Russian boy called Joe might have learned the lessons of democratic cooperation.

These men would never have known that they had averted world tragedy, yet actually they would have been among the most important men who ever lived.

All about me are boys. They are the makers of history, the builders of tomorrow. If I can have some part in guiding them up the trails of Scouting, on to the high road of noble character and constructive citizenship, I may prove to be the most important man in their lives, the most important man in my community.

A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove. But the world may be different, because I was important in the life of a boy.

Hopefully this will help to remind you of what scouting and being a volunteer is really about. Yeah their are going to be tough times. I going through tough times in my Troop but I must learn to stand strong and fight this battle.

Yours in Scouting Service
Mark W
Junior Assistant Scoutmaster
Troop 1616

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