Some people think bravery is illustrated by a heroic deed. They think it’s something to be recognized with a medal or a plaque or an award. And sometimes that’s true. But everyday bravery is just as important. Everyday bravery starts each morning when we greet the dawn with a sense of purpose and a passion for what we do, be it student or teacher, parent or child, white collar, blue collar, green collar or no collar. It’s inherent in every right choice we make…even when it’s not the most popular one. It’s in every intentional action that takes us a step closer to our goals, especially when life seems to want to push and pull us in every direction but towards the trail that leads us to success.
Being brave is not a onetime act. It is a state of being. It is a mindset and a way of life. Bravery should be something expected and, yes, celebrated. Because so many people these days take the path of least resistance. What kind of example is that to offer our children? Scouting doesn’t allow for shortcuts. To hold true to our ideals, advancements must be earned only after all requirements are satisfied and achievement should offer its own reward; it’s called pride in a job well done. Activity and merit badges, patches and neckerchiefs are certainly proof of our accomplishments, but being brave means living Scouting’s ideals every day…even when the uniform isn’t on.
Written by Les Baron, NCAC Scout Executive (Capital Comments – Oct. 2011 Edition)