Change is hard. The one constant about change is that it is a continuous process. Some might say that in today’s world, changes are necessary to stay current. However, as we celebrated 100 years in 2010, the Boy Scouts have been able to “stay current” without really changing much. The principles, ideas and aim of Boy Scouts are still the same since Lord Baden-Powell (LBP) founded the Boy Scouts. Which is a testament to the enduring values of Scouting and our own ability to see what is and isn’t important in our lives.
Sure, some things have been added to the Boy Scout program. Cub and Varsity scouting began later in 1930 and 1978, Explorers is now Venturing, etc. But, at the end, the Boy Scouts is rooted in the principles and practice of the Scout Oath, Law, Slogan and Motto. All Scouts, young and old, parent and son, have one thing in common, our words to live by in the Scout Oath and Law.
Change is always happening. There is always “something new” out there. In our own little world the entire Troop Committee, Adult Leadership, and alot of our Scouts are new. But we are all on the journey of Discovering and Rediscovering Boy Scouts and how to better live our lives by following the Scout Oath and Law.