I hope you are all doing well and successfully transitioning to fall in Montana.
Recently, I have observed some less-than-ideal behavior throughout our great state. Most significantly, a lack of respect for the symbol of our nation.
I have attended several sporting events and parades over the past few weeks and during those events I have seen folks fail to remove their caps as the American Flag has passed or been presented. I witnessed people failing to stop heading to their seats during the National Anthem. I have even heard people carry on their conversations through the presentation of colors and the playing of the National Anthem.
I have worn the uniform of a Scout since I was eight years old, and I believe that one of the first things I was taught was respect for the flag. I have since learned all that is encompassed in that respect. Whether it’s the gratefulness I feel for those who fought and died for all that symbol represents, or the respect that is paid when the symbol is no longer fit for public display.
I believe one of the most significant services that Scouting provides is teaching Scouts why reverence for that great American symbol is important. This perhaps is a steady foundation to help build support for Scouting itself. I am proud that we start meetings with the Pledge of Allegiance and that we salute our flag throughout its lifespan.
For those of you who continue to be the example, thank you for that and for passing those values to the next generation of Americans. United we stand, divided we fall.
I would be remiss if I didn’t remind you that we are in the heart of recruiting season. I implore all of us to join the all-important work of inviting others to Scouting. Think of the impact we could have if every one of us talked a youth or parent into joining Scouts. I did just that this past Saturday. It is truly rewarding.
So here’s to a great fall in the best place for Scouting … Montana!
Yours in Scouting,
Scout Executive & CEO