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A Scout is Brave  Rich Snyder | 5/12/2008

The 10th point of the Scout Law is "A Scout is Brave."  Bravery takes many forms.

It means physical bravery--standing up in spite of our fear to a challenge. In combat it means keeping your head when shots are firing around you.  In Scouting it may mean climbing a rock wall even though you might be uncomfortable with heights.

It means mental bravery--doing the right thing even when our flesh screams to do something else.  Telling your folks you broke the vase in the dining room even though it would be easy to blame it on the dog or a younger sibling. Telling a Scout buddy it's not right to make fun of another Scout. Those thinks are hard, but they are the right thing to do.

It means spiritual bravery--studying your Bible and praying and telling people about God and Jesus Christ even when we don't feel like it (especially when we don't feel like it). As Christians this should be easy for us because the power of the Holy Spirit is in us. But too often we don't call on that power to help us. 

So a brave man isn't just the guy who throws himself on an enemy grenade; it's the guy who gets up every day and does the things required of him by God, his family, his boss, and his nation. 

Buddy System  Rich Snyder | 4/28/2008

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) and our troop emphasize use of the buddy system. It is a great concept for any situation because it provides a measure of safety for the scouts involved. If a scout gets hurt, his buddy is there to provide first aid and call for help. If they get separated from the patrol or troop, they can calm each other down and develop a plan together to reconnect with their group. But the BSA did not invent the buddy system; it has been around for thousands of years.

Ecclesiates 4:12 says, "Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken."

Jesus used the buddy system when he sent out the disciples to witness: "And he [Jesus] called the twelve and began to send them out two by two," Mark 6:7. 

Use the buddy system. It is a Biblical and smart method to keep you and your buddy safe in all our activities.

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