One of the things Scouts try to do is bring happiness wherever it is needed. Being upbeat and positive is one of the best ways we try to exemplify this part of the scout law and show scout spirit. When I was first joining the Order of the Arrow (Scouting’s Honor Society), a story was shared with some of us that the founder of the organization, E. Urner Goodman, had witnessed what I would consider one of the best examples of a scout being cheerful.
While at camp a scout had taken ill and was confined to bed. As a result of this the scout used a bed pan we needing to relieve himself. Another scout was one of the people helping to take care of the ill scout and one of his responsibilities was to empty the bedpan. Well, during one of the portages of the bed pan to the latrine said scout trips and falls……into the bed pan.
So covered in waste this scout gets up and with a smile on his face, finishes the chore, and then goes to clean himself up. If this isn’t one of the best examples of a scout being cheerful then I don’t know what is.
Being upbeat, happy, positive, cheerful is just part of scouting. There’s a reason we have hundreds of songs, skits, jokes, etc…