By Darryl Alder
Sep 27, 2015

B-P’s Blog: The Founder’s Thoughts on Religion, Nature and More

20150925_110302_resizedThe last two weekends at Tifie Scout Camp left me with a renewed awareness of nature. The fall leaves were something when we arrived in early September, but when we left this was our parting view from the parking lot.

Baden Powell caught this in his Campfire Yarn No. 22, where he spoke of the knights of old and said:

…Besides worshipping God in church, the knights always recognized His work in the things which He made, such as animals, plants, and all scenery.

And so it is with … Scouts today. Wherever they go they love the woodlands, the mountains, and the prairies, and they like to watch and know about the animals that inhabit them, and the wonders of the flowers and plants.

No man is much good unless he believes in God and obeys His laws. So every Scout should have religion.

Religion seems a very simple thing: First: Love and serve God. Second: Love and serve your neighbor.

GraceIn doing your duty to God always be grateful to Him. Whenever you enjoy a pleasure or a good game, or succeed in doing a good thing, thank Him for it, if only with a word or two, just as you say grace at a meal. And it is a good thing to bless other people. For instance, if you see a train starting off, just pray for God’s blessing on all that are in the train.

In doing your duty towards man, be helpful and generous, and always be grateful for any kindness done to you, and be careful to show that you are grateful. Remember again that a present given to you is not yours until you have thanked the giver for it.

While you are living your life on earth, try to do something good which may remain after you.

stars featureOne writer says: “I often think that when the sun goes down the world is hidden by a big blanket from the light of heaven, but the stars are little holes pierced in that blanket by those who have done good deeds in this world. The stars are not all the same size; some are big, some are little, and some men have done great deeds and others have done small deeds, but they have made their hole in the blanket by doing good before they went to heaven.”

Try to make your hole in the blanket by good work while you are on earth.

It is something to be good, but it is far better to do good.
The Scoutmaster teaches boys to play the game by doing so himself. --Robert Baden-Powell
Author: Lord Robert Baden Powell | Chief Scout of the World

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