Duty to country

Flag and ballot box“On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and  my country…

These words resonate at the beginning of every meeting of our packs and dens, troops and crews. We sometimes rattle them off without thinking about what they mean.

Our country is at a crossroads and is on the eve of what could be the most important election of our lifetimes. American government is not a spectator sport. The founders designed it so that periodically, regularly, we choose those who will serve the people, make our laws, and chart the course of our society. Continue reading “Duty to country”

Present the colors – but what next?

scoutsalutesflag_stevendepoloIn this election season, we’re all immersed and bombarded with campaign activity. We see signs everywhere, hear and see ads on radio and television, get lots of mail, and the phone sometimes won’t stop ringing.

Often, Scouts participate as well. After all, what Duty to Country is more important than selecting those who lead and represent us?

But there’s a limit to what we can do as Scouts and Scouters. Continue reading “Present the colors – but what next?”