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Scouts Own Resources
Some Ideas on Scouts' Owns
For an open Troop, or for Troops in camp, I think the Scouts' Own should be open
to all denominations, and carried on in such manner as to offend none. There should
not be any special form, but it should abound in the right spirit, and should be
conducted not from any ecclesiastical point of view, but from that of the boy. Everything
likely to make an artificial atmosphere should be avoided. We do not want a kind of
imposed Church Parade, but a voluntary uplifting of their hearts by the boys in
thanksgiving for the joys of life, and a desire on their part to seek inspiration and
strength for greater love and service for others.
A Scouts' Own should have as big an effect on the boys as any service in Church,
if in conducting the Scouts' Own we remember that boys are not grown men, and if we
go by the pace of the youngest and most uneducated of those present. Boredom is not
reverence, nor will it breed religion.
To interest the boys, the Scouts' Own must be a cheery and varied function. Short
hymns (tree verses are as a rule quite enough-never more than four); understandable
prayers; a good address from a man who really understands boys (a homely "talk"
rather than an address), which grips the boys, and in which they may laugh or applaud
as the spirit moves them, so that they take a real interest in what is said. If a man
cannot make his point to keen boys in ten minutes he ought to be shot! If he has not
got them keen, it would be better not to hold a Scouts' Own at all.
By Baden Powell
Printed in "The Scouter"
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This Is The Beginning Of A Brand New Day
This is the beginning of a brand new day.
I can waste it or use it for good.
What I do today is important because I am exchanging a day of my life for it.
When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever, leaving in its place
What I have traded for it.
I want it to be gain, not loss -- good, not evil -- success, not failure -- so that I shall
never regret the price I paid for today.