A Scout Law for Troop 440 Scouts

Here is another interpretation of the 12 points of the Scout Law.

  1. Tell the truth—always!
  2. Stand by and stick up for the other Scouts.
  3. Help anyone who needs your help.
  4. Be a friend to every other Scout (yes, every other Scout).
  5. Be polite to everyone (everyone).
  6. Treat others the way you would like them to treat you.
  7. Do what you're asked to do (don't complain, don't whine).
  8. Be cheerful, even in the rain.
  9. Take care of your stuff, and spend your money wisely.
  10. Be brave, even if you are afraid, and stick up for what you know is right.
  11. Wash your Kool-Aid mustache, take a shower every day—and keep your mind, your thoughts, and your mouth as clean as your body.
  12. Keep God in your daily life, and notice his handiwork everywhere we go.

Here's what we tell our younger Scouts at the beginning of summer camp (good advice at the beginning of anything, really):

  • Have fun!
  • Work hard, and set a good example for other Scouts to follow.
  • Try new things—If you haven't done something, go do it!
  • Be tough—what do you think when someone else whines or is wimpy? You'll enjoy everything more if you can face up to each new challenge and boldly do your best.
  • Don't let the bad things in life get you down; put the bad things behind you and concentrate on the good things.
  • Choose a Code of Honor to live your life by. The 12 points listed above should be familiar.

For older Scouts and adults, we give them slightly different guidelines:

  • Have fun!
  • Work hard, and be the kind of person that other Scouts will want to become.
  • Drugs? Alcohol? Other dopey things? You're not stupid. And you've got a good life ahead of you.
  • Keep trying new things—If you haven't done something, go do it!
  • Be positive, and set the example.
  • Live by a Code of Honor that has as much value to an adult as to a teenager—
  1. Tell the truth—always!
  2. Stand by and stick up for Scouting and our troop, its Scouts, and its leaders.
  3. Help anyone who needs your help.
  4. Be a friend to all.
  5. Be polite to everyone (everyone).
  6. Treat others the way you would like them to treat you.
  7. Follow the rules of camp and of Scouting. Do what you're asked to do (don't complain, don't whine). Even better, do it before you're asked.
  8. Be cheerful, even in the rain. No whining (but joking about "hard times" is OK).
  9. Take care of your stuff, and spend your money wisely.
  10. Be brave, even if you are afraid, and stick up for what you know is right.
  11. Keep your mind, your thoughts, and your mouth as clean as your body.
  12. Keep God in your daily life, and notice his handiwork everywhere we go.

Especially for senior Scouts:

  • Like an adult, go to bed on time, and get up on time (now that's a challenge).
  • Be a friend to the younger Scouts—help them, walk with them, teach them, talk to them as a friend. It won't take much time away from the other things you're doing, and you could make a lifelong difference to a kid.
  • Some younger guys are "cool", some aren't. The ones that aren't probably need you more than most. Maybe just one kind word, or two minutes of your time, could change someone's life!
  • If you must talk about "mature" subjects, do it quietly, and away from younger Scouts.
  • If someone else is being a "jerk", it won't make things better if you become a "jerk" too. The real challenge in being a man is to keep cool, look for constructive solutions, and find a way to solve problems instead of making them worse.