This past Thursday Pack 277 had itsâ€™ regular pack meeting at the local city park building. I gave a presentation on an award that the cubs can earn called â€œDuty to God.â€ It is an award that encourages the boys to learn about their individual denominational beliefs. Every time we meet as a pack (all the boys) or as a den (age graded) the boys say, â€œI promise to do my best, to do my duty to God and my country, To help other people, and To obey the Law of the Pack.â€ The boys promise to do their duty to God, every time we get together. This leads us to why I wanted to write you tonight.
If we say a promise that we have no intention of doing, then it is a lie. I cannot in good conscience lead boys (who are seeking to be men of character) in a pledge/promise if I am also not encouraging them to understand who God is and what our duty to Him should be. So I gave a presentation on how parents can guide their children in the spiritual formation of their kids and I hope that they saw the importance of this heavy responsibility. I also volunteered to take boys and their parents through a class if they do not have a religious leader of their own.
We must have a foundation that is sure and sound if we are to build boys of character upon it. They must understand who God is, and what His Word teaches us, if they are ever to follow it and honor Him with their lives.
1 Corinthians 3:11 â€œFor no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, strawâ€” 13 each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. 14 If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.â€
My goal of working with the Cub Scouts is to have a positive influence and these young boys and guide them to a solid foundation of character. The true foundation is in Christ.