In the journey through life we find paths to follow and people to look up to that help shape who we ultimately become. As a youth I found my way through support from my family, close friends and other adults who ultimately pointed me in a direction to become an adult with morality, compassion and a commitment to give back to my community and nation. It took many years for me to realize that a person I spend very little time with became a cornerstone on how I live my life today. Who was this person, my SCOUTMASTER.
Today Scouting is evolving around our changing society and culture to align to the new world of Internet, social media, social equality and diversity. However for over 100 years the traditions of what makes the Scout organization the best youth and leadership development movement in the history of our nation has not changed. Its core belief in family, honor, trustworthiness, good deeds and commitment to teach young men, and now women, how to become honorable citizens and morally grounded adults.
Scouts learn by doing and teaching other scouts what they have learned. The scoutmaster is the trail guide on an adventure down long paths, over rivers and across lakes that the patrols travel on, but becomes a character pointer on the compass of life that guides these young men and women way after their journey in scouting ends.
Woodbridge Boy Scout Troop 907 has a long tradition of teaching youth how to become the best they can be and guiding them through the ups and downs of being a young adult in the 21st century to become the leaders of tomorrow. Ultimately parents and friends will play a huge role in how they live their lives and the choices they make, but scouting plants a deep seed that being trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent are not just the time honored words that a few men put to paper many years ago, but a path blazed in bright orange that guides our scouts through long and winding trail of life.
If you are interested in learning more about how scouting can help you shape the future of our youth, contact Troop 907 through our website troop907.org or our membership chair Eileen Rickel 203-258-5891 or come visit a weekly meeting at the First Church of Christ, Parish House on Meetinghouse Lane, rear entrance on Thursdays from 7:00-8:30 PM. Yours in Scouting, Scoutmaster Tom Luciani.