Service is part of Scouting. Every Boy Scout must participate in service projects to advance in rank. But service goes beyond advancement requirements. It is part of the growing process. As you move from childhood to adulthood, you progress from only working for what you want to what is good for the community as a whole.
That is why so many good people spend so much time volunteering. Think of all of the adults who help out this troop. They give their time willingly to help you, even though they are busy. These Scouters don’t complain about the commitment. They are happy to spend their precious free time helping you, not because it benefits themselves, but because they know it is a good cause. They demonstrate cheerful service every week at our meetings.
As you all learned today, the OA is the Brotherhood of Cheerful Service. Now, you may think that seems easy enough. It’s a group of guys that get together to do service projects, and try to be happy about it.
But, once you get into the OA and get to know other Scouts there, you find that it’s not that simple. It’s not just what you do or how you feel during a few events a year. It’s a whole new attitude about what you do with your life and how you do. It’s about dedicating yourself to happily serving other people as much as possible.
Now, of course, the cool thing is you don’t have to be a member of the OA to do this. So, once again, I have a challenge for all of you, whether you’re a member of the OA or not, to cheerfully serve someone else at least once per day for every day this week. And, I’m even going to be more specific and ask for you to find ways to serve other people that will help them be more cheerful. Maybe you’ll see someone that’s frustrated and happily help them out. Or, maybe you’ll even see someone that looks perfect fine and just cheerfully pay them a compliment to lift their spirits even higher. The real goal is to do whatever it takes to spread the spirit of cheerful service.