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Voices from the Backseat

Scouter Jim, Great Salt Lake Council

Pretty much all the honest truth telling in the world is done by children.  Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

Our children are not likely to feel committed to obeying the laws of the land if they see us consistently exceed the speed limit.

President Spencer W. Kimball, Faith Precedes the Miracle

Has anyone had the experience of driving along the highway, just watching the scenery going by, and heard the voice for the backseat, saying, “You just missed that Stop sign”, or other counsel on obeying the laws of the road? Has anyone heard the admonition not to litter, or violate the law in other ways from the younger passengers in life?

Not only can Cub Scouts remind us about things we already know, but they can help teach other lessons about bicycle safety, personal safety, and watching a neighborhood. Lessons to Cub Scouts can best be taught by example. Letting them watch us obey the laws and rules of our community. It is also important that we observe the safety rules of Scouting. Make sure every boy is in a seatbelt when we travel, and not allow horseplay or getting our group into unsafe situations. When we our out in the wilderness, we can insist by words, actions, and our example that we obey the laws and guidelines of safety. We stay on the trail and insist that our boys do the same. We respect nature and insist the boys do the same.

It might sound like taking all the fun out of Scouting, insisting on strict obedience to the rules and practices. But by obeying laws, we stay safe and by doing so, are able to enjoy more fun later, and leave the things behind untouched for other to observe.

Give each boy a Star to wear, and deputize them as defenders of Law and Freedom. Given responsibility they will grow and have fun within the rules.

The children were lined up in the cafeteria of a Catholic elementary school for lunch. At the head of the table was a large pile of apples.

The nun made a note, and posted on the apple tray, "Take only one. God is watching."

 Moving further along the lunch line, at the other end of the table was a large pile of chocolate chip cookies.

  A child had written a note, "Take all you want. God is watching the apples."

[God is not so much watching the apples and cookies as the children.]

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