The holiday season is known as the season of giving – giving to friends, family and loved ones. But it is also a season for giving back to the community.
It is no surprise that our Scouts are celebrating the spirit of the season by fundraising and volunteering in service to others – after all, our Scout Oath calls on us all “to help other people at all times.”
From collecting donations through Scouting For Food and volunteering at local soup kitchens to placing wreathes on veterans’ gravesites or hosting holiday decorating contests for charity, I continue to hear stories of Scouts doing a good turn during the holidays.
I am proud when I read the news and hear these stories. These acts of service demonstrate the power and importance of Scouting to our communities from coast to coast by reminding others that beyond our uniforms and outdoor adventures, Scouting is really about developing character in youth so they can succeed and make a difference in the many, varied places they call home.
That’s why I know that even after the holiday season ends, our Scouts will continue their commitment to help other people at all times. It isn’t a one-time service project, but rather a lifelong commitment in service of others. That’s the impact of our movement.
In case you missed it on Scouting Wire, National Commissioner Charles W. Dahlquist II, National President Randall Stephenson and I wanted to be sure to thank you all for an incredible year.
Happy Holidays … and thank you for giving us so much to celebrate and appreciate during this important time of year.