By Joel Zabriskie
Jan 15, 2015

On Friends of Scouting

boy_scouts-2In the early 1980’s I served as Chartered Organization Representative (COR) in my local  LDS Ward. The annual Friends of Scouting campaign found me going door-to-door asking for contributions. At one door the gentleman who answered asked why he should donate. I mumbled something that sounded somewhat convincing; enough that he gave a modest amount.

That experience caused me to ponder why I donated each year. Since then I have found many reasons. Recently I came across a quote from Raymond Chandler that expresses it well for me:

IMG_0067“Down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid. He is the hero; he is everything. He must be a complete man and a common man and yet an unusual man. He must be, to use a rather weathered phrase, a man of honor—by instinct, by inevitability, without thought of it, and certainly without saying it. He must be the best man in his world and a good enough man for any world. . .

“The story is this man’s adventure in search of a hidden truth, and it would be no adventure if it did not happen to a man fit for adventure. If there were enough like him, the world would be a very safe place to live in, without becoming too dull to be worth living in.”

Joel Zabriskie on Trek

Joel Zabriskie on Trek

When a boy goes through the Scouting program, hopefully the Scouting program goes through him. Learning and doing his Duty to God helps him learn about God, and yearn to be like Him.

Scouting isn’t just about uniforms and advancement and camping. It’s about learning and living the time, tested and true principles and values of Scouting. Through adventure. It’s about rubbing shoulders with boys and men who have integrity, and who live up to its lofty standards. It’s about being in the right place at the right time to make the world a better, safer place to live. It’s about becoming a complete and common, yet, an unusual man. It’s about finding joy in service to mankind.

That’s what I have found. That’s why I donate to Friends of Scouting. It makes a difference in a boy’s life. He will Be Prepared. For Life.

Author: Joel Zabriskie | Comptroller at Utah National Parks Council, Boy Scouts of America

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