Our next Troop meeting will be held August 3rd at the Meadowmont YMCA. During this meeting we will begin work on our BSA God and Country Youth Religious Knot. Scoutmaster West will discuss the process to complete the BSA God and Country program and it will be up to the individual Scout to work closely with a mentor that shares their faith to actually complete the program. The God and Country is mostly a personal discovery of one’s faith centered around a series of written and creative exercises that will require 6-7 2-hour sessions alone, with your mentor and together as a Troop to complete successfully. The first of these 6-7 sessions will be our Aug 3rd Troop meeting. the remainder of these 6-7 sesssions will have to be completed alone and brought back to the Troop once complete. This will be a significant commitment. I hope everyone will find this next meeting of value and work towards earning this honorable award. Fees for supplies and required materials will be around $10 per interested Scouts.
The Scout Oath and the Scout Law ask a Scout to pledge his honor to do his best to do his duty to God and his country and to be reverant. Here is what one of America’s most famous movie actors had to say about duty to God and country and about reverance:
Actor John Wayne, who was a Scout in his youth, was honored by President Ford, an Eagle Scout, at the same black-tie, benefit dinner where Jimmy Stewart spoke. (The proceeds were for the purchase of land to be called the John Wayne Outpost Camp at the Lake Arrowhead Scout Camps in the Los Angeles Area Council.) President Ford said, “It occurs to me that John Wayne, like so many other great Americans, has never lost the sense that there is a higher good, something outside the individual, which each of us should seek to achieve.”
John Wayne recited the Scout Law and commented, “Nice words. Trouble is, we learn them so young we sometimes don’t get all the understanding that goes with them. I take care of that in my family. As each boy reaches Scout age I make sure he learns the Scout Law. Then I break it down for him with a few things I’ve picked up in the more than half century since I learned it.”
Commenting on “Reverant,” John Wayne put it simply, “Believe in anything you want to believe in, but keep God at the top of it. With Him, life can be a beautiful experience. Without Him, you’re just biding time.”
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