By Utah National Parks Council
Dec 13, 2013

Twelve Days of Christmas: Day 12 – A Scout is Trustworthy

The first attribute in the Scout Law is to be trustworthy.

A Scout is trustworthy. He is dependable. He is honest. He tells the truth.

There is nothing that blackens the soul like dishonesty. It does nobody any good and eventually the truth always comes out. Although at the time of telling a lie it appears that you have avoided a difficult situation, one you feel you lack the strength to overcome, the reality is that you have not fixed the challenge and only succeeded in making it worse. When you finally have to confront the lie it will be more difficult.

BucketJust get it over with. No matter the mistake you have made, no matter if someone is angry with you, if you are punished – with time it is all a forgotten memory. You will be able to move forward in your life instead of being held back worrying when the truth will come out. The moment is only a drop in a bucket but the choice has much bigger consequences.

“Honesty expresses both self-respect and respect for others. Dishonesty fully respects neither oneself nor others.” [1] Honesty lives in light while dishonesty dwells in darkness

“An honest heart will always find friends.” [2]

The Boy Who Never Told a Lie [3]

Once there was a little boy,

With curly hair and pleasant eye–

A boy who always told the truth,

And never, never told a lie.


And when he trotted off to school,

The children all about would cry,

“There goes the curly-headed boy–

The boy that never tells a lie.”


And everybody loved him so,

Because he always told the truth,

That every day, as he grew up,

‘Twas said, “There goes the honest youth.”


And when the people that stood near

Would turn to ask the reason why,

The answer would be always this:

“Because he never tells a lie.”

On the twelfth day of Christmas a Scout learns to be trustworthy.

Merry Christmas!

Author: Heidi Sanders | Marketing & PR Director, Utah National Parks Council



1. See William J. Bennett, “The Book of Virtues.” (1993) Simon & Schuster, p. 599.

2. See William J. Bennett, “The Book of Virtues.” (1993) Simon & Schuster, p. 599.

3. See William J. Bennett, “The Book of Virtues.” (1993) Simon & Schuster, p. 601.

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