Troop 1113 Scoutmaster Minute June 17, 2015

Last week’s SMM was “A Scout is Obedient,.” This week A Scout
is Cheerful.

A Scout looks for the bright side of life. He cheerfully does tasks
that come his way. He tries to make others happy. Some people grumble when they
are doing homework or losing a game. They might become upset if the weather
turns bad on a Scout hike or if the trail is long and dusty. Others are
cheerful. They jump at opportunities, and their sense of joy makes everything
easier for them and those around them. You know that you cannot always have your
way. Now and then you must do things that you don’t like very much.

As you surely know, Scouting was started by Lord Baden-Powell. When Baden-Powell was
growing up in the mid 19th century, it was very popular for boys to write down
their “Rules for Life.” One such rule that a young Baden-Powell wrote in his
diary was, “I must try to be cheerful under all circumstances.” When he wrote
Scouting for Boys forty years later this rule became, “A Scout smiles and
whistles under all difficulties.” Today this is a part of the Scout Law and we
say, “A Scout is Cheerful.”

For what Baden-Powell knew was that anyone can be
a grouch. It takes no special effort to grumble and complain, whenever anything
goes wrong. But if you have a song in your heart, and a smile on your lips, when
it’s raining, and you’re tired, and your feet hurt, then you will be sure to
have more fun in life.

Now one of Baden-Powell’s favorite stories was Peter
Pan. If you remember this story, you may recall that Peter Pan was afraid to
grow up because he was afraid that adults didn’t know how to have fun. But you
know that the young people in our Scouting programs do not have to afraid to
grow up as Peter Pan was. They will all know the secret to a happier life,
because we have taught them Baden-Powell’s Rule “… to be cheerful under all
circumstances.”

A cheerful attitude can make the time go by more quickly, and
can even turn a task you dislike into a lot of fun. You have the choice of
whether or not to enjoy the experiences and challenges of life. You can complain
if you want to and be grumpy all the time, but it is easier and much more
enjoyable to decide from the start to be cheerful whenever you can. Cheerfulness
is infections – the smile on your face can lift the spirits of those around
you.

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