A Scout is Loyal

posted Mar 26, 2015, 6:45 PM by BSA Troop 90 Forest Hills, PA   [ updated Mar 27, 2015, 8:58 AM ]

After the Boy Scouts was founded by William Boyce in 1910, he provided financial support to help expand the organization. Edgar Robinson was hired by Boyce to become the managing secretary of the BSA. Robinson wanted to resume his full time job at the YMCA, so a new secretary was hired, by the name of James West. He was supposed to be a temporary replacement, for 6 months, but ended up staying for 35 years. He expanded the Scout oath and law, adding physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight to the oath, and brave, clean, and reverent to the law. It was his belief that no scout can grow to be a great citizen without recognizing a deity.

Part two of the review of the scout law: Loyal

Loyalty is faithfulness or allegiance to a group, cause, or action. When a scout says he is loyal, it means that he pledges to follow the Scout oath and law everyday of his life, no matter what. He has an obligation to do what he must to be a good person and citizen, to live out the scout oath and law in his daily life.

Troop 90s March campout was a cabin campout held at Twin Echo campsite. The theme of this campout was murder mystery, and the scouts who participated were given roles to play out characters  until dinner time on Saturday. The murderer was eventually revealed to be JD Galloway. The scouts watched two movies on the campout, The Avengers on Friday and Monty Python and The Holy Grail. Temperatures on the weekend were mild, and signs of spring began to emerge.

A Scout is Trustworthy

posted Mar 1, 2015, 5:06 PM by BSA Troop 90 Forest Hills, PA   [ updated Mar 1, 2015, 5:09 PM ]

 The January campout for Troop 90 was held at Nemacolin Resort and Ski Lodge. The Troop camped out in the Valley Forge area of Camp Independence at Heritage Reservation. The scouts headed out on Friday evening of January 20th. The Skiing and Tubing activities took place the following day. On Sunday, The Troop drove back to Pittsburgh. The temperatures on the campout ranged from 20 degrees F, to 3 degrees F. The scouts on the campout had hoped for temperatures to drop to 0 degrees, so that they could receive their Golden Icicle Award. Sadly, this was not the case, though warmer temperatures are always welcome to scouts camping in tents. Most of the Troop would say that this campout was an enjoyable experience, and would like to see this activity continued next year.



                Congratulations to the most recent Boy Scout of Troop 90 to obtain the Eagle Scout Rank, Mitchell Mroczkowski. We hope he continues to grow in scouting until he reaches 18 years old. 


                For the next 12 months I will be reviewing the Scout Law, one for each month. The first law is trustworthy. A scout is trustworthy, he promises to tell the truth at all times. Trustworthiness means that a scout is to be looked upon as a man of honor, and one who can be sought out to help others, no matter what. Trustworthiness is the first, and could be viewed as one of the most important of the scout laws. 

Do a Good Turn Daily

posted Dec 8, 2014, 4:42 AM by BSA Troop 90 Forest Hills, PA

As Scouting became more popular, it grew, and as a result, more codes were created to regulate the growing population of Boy Scouts. One of those rules became the Scout slogan, “Do a good turn daily.” This means that a Boy Scout is obligated to help those in need at least once a day, as well as being courteous about doing the act. While the average person would naturally help those in need, the Scout pledge helps Scouts the understand the importance of selflessness and service to their community. Some examples of the slogan could be such acts of selflessness like helping someone bring their groceries into their house if they are experiencing difficulty doing so, or cutting the grass of an elderly person because they are unable to do so. Acts that are small scale, but when added up, make a great difference in the community. This is what “Do a good turn daily” means to the Scout.

Here’s a story about one Scout who did his good turn for the day


The Christmas Scout  The Christmas Scout Story by Samuel D. Bogan  Scout Story

In spite of the fun and laughter, 13-year-old Frank Wilson was not happy. It was true he had received all the presents he wanted. And he enjoyed the traditional Christmas Eve reunions with relatives for the purpose of exchanging gifts and good wishes. But, Frank was not happy because this was his first Christmas without his brother, Steve, who during the year, had been killed by a reckless driver.


Frank missed his brother and the close companionship they had together. Frank said good-bye to his relatives and explained to his parents that he was leaving a little early to see a friend; and from there he could walk home. Since it was cold outside, Frank put on his new plaid jacket. It was his FAVORITE gift. He placed the other presents on his new sled. Then Frank headed out, hoping to find the patrol leader of his Boy Scout troop. Frank always felt understood by him. Though rich in wisdom, he lived in the Flats, the section of town where most of the poor lived, and his patrol leader did odd jobs to help support his family.


To Frank's disappointment, his friend was not at home. As Frank hiked down the street toward home, he caught glimpses of trees and decorations in many of the small houses. Then, through one front window, he glimpsed a shabby room with limp stockings hanging over an empty fireplace. A woman was seated nearby . . . weeping. The stockings reminded him of the way he and his brother had always hung theirs side by side. The next morning, they would be bursting with presents.


A sudden thought struck Frank : he had not done his 'good deed' for the day. Before the impulse passed, he knocked on the door. 'Yes?' the sad voice of the woman asked. 'May I come in?' asked Frank. 'You are very welcome,' she said, seeing his sled full of gifts, and assuming he was making a collection, 'but I have no food or gifts for you. I have nothing for my own children.'


'That's not why I am here,' Frank replied. 'Please choose whatever presents you would like for your children from the sled.'


'Why, God bless you!' the amazed woman answered gratefully. She selected some candies, a game, the toy airplane and a puzzle. When she took the Scout flashlight, Frank almost cried out. Finally, the stockings were full.


'Won't you tell me your name?' she asked, as Frank was leaving.


'Just call me the Christmas Scout,' he replied.


The visit left Frank touched, and with an unexpected flicker of joy in his heart. He understood that his sorrow was not the only sorrow in the world. Before he left the Flats, he had given away the remainder of his gifts. The plaid jacket had gone to a shivering boy.


Now Frank trudged homeward, cold and uneasy. How could he explain to his parents that he had given his presents away? 'Where are your presents, son?' asked his father as Frank entered the house.


Frank answered, 'I gave them away.'


'The airplane from Aunt Susan? Your coat from Grandma? Your flashlight? We thought you were happy with your gifts.'


'I was very happy,' the boy answered quietly.


'But Frank, how could you be so impulsive?' his mother asked. 'How will we explain to the relatives who spent so much time and gave so much love shopping for you?'


His father was firm. 'You made your choice, Frank. We cannot afford any more presents.'


With his brother gone, and his family disappointed in him, Frank suddenly felt dreadfully alone. He had not expected a reward for his generosity, for he knew that a good deed always should be its own reward. It would be tarnished otherwise. So he did not want his gifts back; however he wondered if he would ever again truly recapture joy in his life. He thought he had this evening, but it had been fleeting. Frank thought of his brother, and sobbed himself to sleep.


The next morning, he came downstairs to find his parents listening to Christmas music on the radio. Then the announcer spoke: 'Merry Christmas, everybody! The nicest Christmas story we have this morning comes from the Flats. A crippled boy down there has a new sled this morning, another youngster has a fine plaid jacket, and several families report that their children were made happy last night by gifts from a teenage boy who simply called himself the Christmas Scout. No one could identify him, but the children of the Flats claim that the Christmas Scout was a personal representative of old Santa Claus himself.'


Frank felt his father's arms go around his shoulders, and he saw his mother smiling through her tears. 'Why didn't you tell us? We didn't understand. We are so proud of you, son.'


The carols came over the air again filling the room with music: '. . .Praises sing to God the King, and peace to men on Earth.'


Story URL: http://www.boyscouttrail.com/content/story/story-1.asp


P.S.: To all the Scouts who read this I would like to wish you a happy holiday season and New Year.


The Origins of Scouting

posted Nov 14, 2014, 2:35 PM by BSA Troop 90 Forest Hills, PA   [ updated Nov 15, 2014, 1:56 PM ]

Hello, my name is Jacob and for my assistant webmaster duties I will be presenting a monthly article on the history of Scouting, and some of the traditions of the organization. For my first article, I will be covering the origins of Scouting in America.

According to legend, in 1909, the founder of American scouting, William Boyce, a newspaper editor in Chicago Illinois, was in the British Capital City of London. He was in London as a resting point en route to a safari in East Africa. During his stay, a heavy fog rolled in. Being a foreigner, and unfamiliar with the streets of London, he quickly became lost. A young boy approached him and asked if he could be of assistance. Since Boyce was due for a business appointment, he allowed the boy to lead him to his destination. When he had reached his destination, Boyce offered the boy a tip, but he declined, stating that he was only doing his good turn for the day.

Soon afterwards, Boyce met with Lieutenant-General Robert S.S Baden Powell, founder of the Boy Scout organization, and learned about the movement. He was impressed with the ideal of scout spirit and courtesy, decided to start a branch of the organization in the United States, and on February 8th, 1910, William Boyce founded the Boy Scouts of America. Later, Scouts from the U.S went to the U.K., and erected a monument in the unknown Scout’s honor.

Boyce felt that emphasis on outdoor activity would help produce the leaders that he felt America needed. He based the American branch of Scouting on Native American lore, feeling the need to touch on American Tradition. So that’s how the Boy Scouts of America got its start. Next month, I’ll be writing about the spread of Scouting to a national level.


After his safari, instead of going to America, Boyce went back to the Scout Headquarters in the U.K., to learn more about the organization.

Some accounts say that Boyce knew about Scouting before going to London, and went to London to learn about it.

Climatologists say that there was no fog in London on the day Boyce was there.

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