All Scouts should know about St. George. St. George is the Patron Saint of England; he is also the Patron Saint of cavalry in all countries, and therefore Patron Saint of Scouts.
If you make yourself indispensable to your employer, he is not going to part with you in a hurry no matter what it costs him.
A thing that many young fellows don't seem to realism at first is that success depends on oneself and not on a kindly fate, nor on the interest of powerful friends.
It is risky to order a boy not to do something; it immediately opens to him the adventure of doing it.
Be Prepared... the meaning of the motto is that a scout must prepare himself by previous thinking out and practicing how to act on any accident or emergency so that he is never taken by surprise.
When you want a thing done, 'Don't do it yourself' is a good motto for Scoutmasters.
After forming a cadet corps of boys for assisting as noncombatants during a military campaign in 1900: We then made the discovery that boys, when trusted and relied on, were just as capable and reliable as men.
See things from the boy's point of view.
Trust should be the basis for all our moral training.
Juvenile crime is not naturally born in the boy, but is largely due either to the spirit of adventure that is in him, to his own stupidity, or to his lack of discipline, according to the nature of the individual.
We never fail when we try to do our duty, we always fail when we neglect to do it.
It is the Patrol System that makes the Troop, and all Scouting for that matter, a real co-operative matter.
A man carries out suggestions the more wholeheartedly when he understands their aim.
Of course, animals have to be killed for food or to prevent their doing injury to others or to property. But such killing is too often carried out without regard to the pain inflicted.
The secret of getting successful work out of your trained men lies in one nutshell--in the clearness of the instructions they receive.
Show me a poorly uniformed troop and I'll show you a poorly uniformed leader.
Happiness is within the reach of everyone, rich or poor. Yet comparatively few people are happy. I believe the reason for this is that the majority don't recognize happiness even when it is within their grasp.
The most worth-while thing is to try to put happiness into the lives of others.
Swimming has its educational value -- mental, moral, and physical -- in giving you a sense of mastery over an element, and of power of saving life, and in the development of wind and limb.
Almost any biography will have its useful suggestions for making life a success, but none better or more unfailing than the biography of Christ.
Yet one more item is needed to complete success, and that is the rendering of service to others in the community. Without this the mere satisfaction of selfish desire does not reach the top notch.
To the man who reads 'Scouting for Boys' superficially, there is a disappointing lack of religion in the book. But to him who tries it in practice, the basic religion underlying it soon becomes apparent.
In assisting his 'neighbour' every day to the best of his ability, and keeping truth, honesty, and kindness perpetually before him, the Boy Scout, with as little formality as possible, is pleasing God.
Development of outlook naturally begins with a respect for God... Reverence to God and reverence for one's neighbor and reverence for oneself as a servant of God.
A Scout is never taken by surprise; he knows exactly what to do when anything unexpected happens.
The study of Nature brings into a harmonious whole the questions of the Infinite, the Historic, and the Microscopic as part of the Great Creator's work.
The uniform makes for brotherhood, since when universally adopted it covers up all differences of class and country.
Personally, I like reading adventures which really have happened to people, because they show what kind of things might happen to oneself, and they teach one how to 'Be Prepared' to meet them.
Happiness is not mere pleasure, not the outcome of wealth. It is the result of active work rather than passive enjoyment of pleasure.
Apart from the fact that any hardy exercise conduces much to the training and formation of a soldier, pig-sticking tends to give a man what is called a 'stalker's eye,' but which, par excellence, is the soldier's eye.
Scouting is nothing less than applied Christianity.
Correcting bad habits cannot be done by forbidding or punishment.
The best workers, like the happiest livers, look upon their work as a kind of game: the harder they play the more enjoyable it becomes.
To get hold of your boys you must be their friend.
An individual step in character training is to put responsibility on the individual.
Softly, softly, catchee monkey," is the West African rendering of a very valuable precept. An awful lot of men fail through lack of patient persistence.
Make good scouts of yourselves, become good rifle shots so that if it becomes necessary that you defend your families and your country that you can do it.
One of the finest statesmen of the present time is also a first-class scout, and that is Mr. Roosevelt, the late President of the United States of America.
The more responsibility the Scoutmaster gives his patrol leaders, the more they will respond.