tony - Milford, Michigan
Entered on April 16, 2009
Age Group: Under 18

A scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courtesy, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent. If you have heard these words you have heard these words before than you have been in boy scouts are had known someone in boy scouts. I hope that your experience in scouts had been pleasant. Mine has not; it has been a bumpy roller coaster ride since I joined, about three years ago. And the events that happened in my scouting career have lead me to believe in the beliefs that I do. Some of the beliefs of mine also come from the scout code; unfortunately some people in my scouting career have not lived by the scout code and have hurt me, my family, and the people who cared for my troop. A person should be kind to fellow man, a person shouldn’t blame others for something that has been hurting them. One person should also be cheerful and think on positives in their life, and to others; negatives will harm you and the ones that you may care about. A person also must have obedience and self control, if you don’t you, will make many enemies and not have friends. These beliefs of mine are simple but have kept me going. The events to lead me to this happened a couple months ago; at my Boy Scout outing. It was a pleasant Friday and early Saturday, my leaders were out getting the ice fishing gear out of their cars, two out of three had already eat as so did all the kids. The leader that didn’t eat came in angered at the fact that everyone had eaten already, so he came up to me an asked if everyone had eaten and I replied “yes” and then he sarcastically hit me on the back and said “Thanks!”. Later that day he got his emotions built up inside so much that they exploded, and were the targets; we had done nothing wrong but he attacked and hit us hard. That night he left after a brutal battle of emotions; he stormed at my father, the scoutmaster and then left, nothing could be said or solved. Then a week later the second person left, we were defeated in hope; the second scout left but we knew it wasn’t the scout that made the choice to leave but his father; and for a reason no one knew. A few days passed and there came the chance of payback; but did I? No I didn’t, I knew the family so well I didn’t ever think something like this could happen, it was a hard time and I hoped to come out of it. The events that happened in my past have lead me to hope and courage to a better world, one argument can always lead to another, and to another, people disagree; lives could be lost just because one disagreement. As in the words of Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. “life is action, and Passion” action can hurt others or protect others, and passion is standing up for what you believe, so don’t act out at others if they didn’t do anything, be kind and don’t let one argument destroy hopes, dreams, and your friendships.