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A Scout is Reverent

BSABy: Jim Hughes

Nearly every camp out was scheduled to leave the Scout Hut at 1:30 pm on a Saturday.  The departure from wherever we camped was always scheduled on a Sunday at 1:30 pm.

Every Sunday morning had a ritual.  You woke up at 7:00 am and washed your face in Jim’s warm water.  You did your assigned task which included cooking breakfast, washing dishes, and cleaning up.  All this “work” was finished, and all Scouts were dressed and ready for Sunday School at 9:00 am.

Our Sunday School was not held in a building or even under a roof.  We usually moved away from the campsite a short distance to have a change of scenery and clear our minds.  We always had a book called the Bible.  We discussed its two parts, the Old and the New Testaments.  We talked about books, chapters, and verses.  We learned about the first book in the Old Testament, Genesis.  The first four books of the New Testament, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, were learned and discussed, also.  Usually we studied a parable about Jesus, relating it to our actions as good citizens of our country and good scouts all around.

I remember one camp out when we were talking about all the problems in our country and the rest of the world. I posed the question: “If you had the power to change one thing, what would it be?”  After a minute or two, one scout said he would choose an end to hunger.  Another scout said he would choose to not have any more crime.

After another brief pause, there came the best answer ever to all the world problems.  One scout said he would have Jesus return. He would solve everything.  What a beautifully considerate thought! He had figured out a way to solve every problem, not just one.

That 12-year-old scout was Lynn Donart.

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