Exploring our Faith Vol. I - Scouting Oaths Part VII – “obey the scout law”

 

We are coming quickly to the end of our reflections on the Boy Scout Oath and Girl Scout Promise. It should be no surprise that both refer to their respective “law”. For while making the oath and acknowledging to be a scout, one now has to act as a scout. What therefore are the behaviors then that are required to live out the Scout Oaths. 
 
Boy Scout Law
A Scout is Trustworthy.
A Scout is Loyal.
A Scout is Helpful.
A Scout is Friendly.
A Scout is Courteous.
A Scout is Kind.
A Scout is Obedient.
A Scout is Cheerful.
A Scout is Thrifty.
A Scout is Brave.
A Scout is Clean.
A Scout is Reverent.
 
Girl Scout Law
The Girl Scout Law
I will do my best to be
     honest and fair,
     friendly and helpful,
     considerate and caring,
     courageous and strong, and
     responsible for what I say and do,
and to
     respect myself and others,
     respect authority,
     use resources wisely,
     make the world a better place, and
     be a sister to every Girl Scout.
 
                There are many people who see laws like the Boy Scout Law, Girl Scout Law, or the Ten Commandments as limiting one’s freedom but laws like these are not made to limit human freedom but rather to guide human beings toward moral excellence. In much the same way an Olympic athlete must give up certain foods and activities to succeed in his or her sport the same is true in the game of life. When it comes to laws our attitude determines how well we will live up to the expectation they express. If we see them as a burden we will sluggishly follow them but if we see them as steps towards personnel excellence we will more likely follow them.