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I’m Going to Be a Scout

By: Ardis E. Parshall - April 18, 2013

I’m Going to Be a Scout

By Lula Greene Richards

I am going to be a Scout
As well as my big brothers.
I have learned what it’s about:
It is helping all the others.
It is aiding each good plan
Wherever you are present –
And helping all you can
To make the world more pleasant.

It is being brave and true
Even when you are frightened –
So that by what you do
Some burden may be lightened.
It is being fair and square
In speech as well as action –
Ready all gifts to share
For others’ satisfaction.

It is being ever kind
To please instead of bother –
And always quick to mind
Your mother and your father.
To help the right win out
And bring more love and beauty –
I am going to be a Scout
And do my honest duty.

(1924)



3 Comments »

  1. Hmm. I assume Lula was writing this from the perspective of a little boy.

    Comment by MC — April 18, 2013 @ 2:56 pm

  2. Nice to see that from the beginning, scouting (the ideal, not the reality) has been more about character development and service than outdoor skills and corny skits.

    Comment by The Other Clark — April 18, 2013 @ 3:08 pm

  3. I just read this to an almost-six-year-old who is already looking forward to Cub Scouts. He thought it sounded awfully dreary. I guess Lula wasn’t writing for the almost-six-year old crowd in the 21st century.

    Comment by Amy T — April 18, 2013 @ 6:48 pm

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