A Scout is….Brave

When a scout is called upon to be brave it is much more than just being courageous and steeling ones self in a dangerous situation. Training for rock climbing or survival style camping can be done over time and the fear associated with it can be overcome.What I am talking about here is having the courage and tenacity to try something new.

To quote the great Wayne Gretzky, “You miss 100% of the shots your never take.” I must have parroted that or something similar a million times to a number of scouts. Trying to get an adult to understand that trying and possibly failing at something is ok, let alone someone who is in their adolescence. That will always be a hurdle to jump over in scouting.

Another aspect of being brave is sometimes having to stand up for yourself. The obvious situation would be in the instance where you are dealing with a bully. Sometimes people will challenge a persons beliefs and ideals or just your point of view really and that’s where you will sometimes stand your ground and defend yourself. To quote Rocky, “What’s so crazy about standing toe-to-toe with someone saying “I am”?”.

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