|Mar. 3rd, 2008 11:18 am LENT DAY 28 "What the Scout Law means to me" by John Wayne|
John Wayne, passed away many years ago. 2 comments - Leave a comment
One of his last public appearances was
at a dinner. He was riddled with cancer and knew he was close to
death. The purpose of the dinner was to benefit a land purchase for a Scout
Reservation called John Wayne Outpost Camp. At this dinner, Wayne
recited the Scout Law. Then he did something unusual, he said the twelve
points of the Scout Law are "nice words".
"Trouble is" he continued.
"we learn them so young we sometimes don't get all the understanding
that goes with them. I take care of that in my family. As each boy
reaches Scout age, I make sure he learns the Scout Law. Then I break it down
for him, with a few things I have picked up in more than half a
century since I learned it."
Then Wayne proceeded to explain the importance of the Scout Law,
breaking it down for the guests at the dinner; much like he would have for
The badge of honesty. Having it lets you look at any
man in the eye. Lacking it he won't look back. Keep this one at
the top of your list.
The Very word is life itself, for without loyalty we have no
love of person or country
Part sharing, part caring. By helping each other, we help
ourselves, not to mention mankind. Be always full of help -- the
dying man's last words.
Brotherhood is part of that word. You can take it in a lot
of directions - and do - but make sure and start with
Allow each person his human dignity which means a lot
more than saying, "yes ma'am" and "thank you sir". It reflects an
attitude that later in life you wish you had honored more...
earlier in life. Save yourself that problem. Do it now.
This one word would stop wars and erase hatreds. But its like
your bicycle, its just no good unless you get out and use it.
Starts at home. Practice it in your family. Enlarge it in
your friends. Share it with humanity.
Anyone can put on a happy face when the going is good. The
secret is to wear it as a mask for your problems. It might
surprise you how many others do the same thing.
Means a lot more than putting pennies away, and it is the
opposite of cheap. Common sense covers it just about as well as
You don't have to fight to be brave. Millions of good, fine,
decent folks show more bravery than heavyweight champs just by
getting out of bed every morning, going out to do a good day's
work and living the best life they know how against the law of
Soap and waters help a lot on the outside. But it is the
inside that counts and don't ever forget it.
Believe in anything that you want to believe in, but keep
God at the top of it. With Him, life can be a beautiful
experience. Without Him, you are just biding time.
Thanks to Mike Beers from http://movies.groups.yahoo.com/group/johnwayneamericanlegend/
When I joined the Boy Scouts I had to spend quite a while memorizing the laws. It seemed like a big project at the age of 12. As the Duke implied, I just learned them by rote to pass the test so I could get the spectacular looking entry level Tenderfoot patch on my uniform, but even back then during my frivolous boyhood, portions of the laws began to take hold some of the time.
Memorizing the laws was much easier than the signal flag semaphore test. A small flag is held in each hand to signal the letters of the alphabet. The pictures of the flag positions were in the Boy Scout Handbook for study purposes. You had to be careful not to memorize the positions in reverse, because the pictures in the book were as it looked when the other Scout was sending to you. LOL :)