As we approach the Centennial of Scouting, I reflect back on a lot of the writings and speeches of Lord Robert Baden-Powell. Mikes okay, but I want to be like BADEN! I thinks there is greater value in BP than Micheal Jordan. You don’t see nearly as much in the news about MJ and he is still alive. There are over 52 million archived pages on the internet that mention BP and just a little over 2.1 million for MJ.
100 years from now how many people will be quoting MJ?? Tens of thousands of people quote BP everyday. Teach the heritage of Scouting to your new leaders and all of your Scouts. The traditions are alive and frankly, most of them haven’t changed much. Seek out “retired” Scouts and talk to them, and invite them to come talk to your Packs and Troops. Make memories for Scouts both young and old.
Scouts never actually retire, the just continue to “Do their Best”. Bring them back into the fold. Create a District Friends of Scouting “Retired Council and Honors Unit”. Do something for those who left tracks behind that you have chosen to follow. Help get them back on the trail. Keep the Tradition alive for Tomorrow, because that is when Tradition truly Meets Tomorrow.
I am a Cub master and District Round table Commissioner. I am also a collector of historical memorabilia from Scouting.