“A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.” Sounds good right? These are the 12 Scout Laws that govern the actions of each and every scout, and provide guidelines for scouts to pursue a healthy and moralistic lifestyle. So, what does it mean to follow these laws?
To be trustworthy is to have the confidence of people around you, that they can rely on you to do your duty and your tasks honestly.
To be loyal is to be faithful to yourself and others, to be there for someone when they really need it.
To be helpful is to help other people at all times, even if it’s the smallest task, a helping hand can go a long way
To be friendly is to be a friend to all, even if you don’t like someone, in order to promote positive interactions.
To be courteous is to be polite to others and to respect their opinion or take on a certain issue.
To be kind is to be nice to others. If you dislike that person try to be kind to them and they’ll be kind to you.
To be obedient is to follow the words of your elders and predecessors, because most of the time, they know what’s best for you as they have experienced life longer.
To be cheerful is to be able to be positive even in a bad situation. Being negative only hurts yourself and others.
To be thrifty is to be careful with money and resources. This also extends to the environment and public places.
To be brave is to face challenges head on, even if they are scary or seeming impossible to do, trying is better than failing right at the start
To be clean is to be clean physically, mentally, and mortally: as in not doing drugs or alcohol and having a clean mindset.
To be reverent is to be respectful of you own and others beliefs, as everyone has their own way to practice their spiritual beliefs.
Even though these laws are “Scout Laws”, they can be used by anyone in order to become a better person.