March Commissioner’s Corner

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Since there are 12 months in the year, and 12 points in the Scout Law, it is fitting that each month this year we will explore an element of the Scout Law in everyday life. Last month we looked at Loyal as exhibited through the efforts of dedicated adults who support Scouting in our community. This month we look at the third point of the Scout law, which is “Helpful”.

Coincidentally, I also find it fitting that the topic for Roundtable for March is Environment. In the same sense that a Scout is helpful to others by lending a hand and by doing a good turn daily; he is also helpful towards our natural environment because of his role as custodian of his camp site. If we follow the Outdoor Code, and Leave No Trace behind, then we are being helpful by preserving the parks and natural environments for others to use and enjoy in the future.

A scout’s duty is more than just to leave the place better than they found it, they must also be committed to preserving the environment by reducing the impact which Humans have made on our world. Through merit badges such as Soil and Water Conservation and Fish and Wildlife Management, the scout gains an increased appreciation for the environment and the associated conservation needed to preserve the world for future generations.

The World Conservation Award and William T. Hornaday Award reflect exemplary efforts by conscientious scouts seeking to make a difference in our environment. The next time you see a scout wearing one of these awards; please make a special extra effort to commend them on their accomplishment. By earning these awards, they have taken specific significant steps to be helpful towards Mother Nature and we all owe them a debt of gratitude.

Jeff Gilstrap
Sequoyah District Commissioner