National Volunteer Month in April celebrates the impact volunteers have on our lives and encourages active volunteerism in generations to come. Today, we would like to highlight one of our own here at Markesman Group, our HR Manager - Bobby Williams.
With all that is currently going on in the world, a pandemic, war, political discord here at home, and all the other uncertainties, I find that the urge to volunteer more important now than ever before. I have been a part of the Boy Scouts of America family now for over 10 years. This organization is one that I fully support and have seen the benefits for the youth that have been in the program. I myself, am a proud parent of an Eagle Scout. This program instills in these impressionable young minds to accept their civic responsibility, to always look out for other people before themselves, to leave the world a better place than they inherited, and to honor the values taught at home, school, and in scouting. I have the privilege to witness a diverse group of young people from completely different race, social, economic, political, and religious backgrounds come together to achieve great things. Things that not only they will benefit from, but also fellow Scouts, families, and their communities. It is through these experiences that I truly find hope for the future. This program helps to shape the minds of our youth to become the leaders for tomorrow through the Scout Oath.
On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.
There have been a few occasions that I have seen some of these young men struggle with life after graduating school, moving out on their own, and after aging out of the program. They struggle to find their way in this world and to understand who they are as a person and the person that they want to be. We hope that they will remember the life skills and tools taught by their parents, teachers, and adult leaders from scouting. We patiently wait on the sideline to assist them when needed and to see them apply the skills and tools learned. As they begin to apply the life lesson taught from their parents, the knowledge poured into them from teachers, and the skill and tool provided by scouting, we have the honor of seeing these young men turn their life around and become responsible productive members of society. There is a lot to be said about the Scout Law, which has 12 points. It is the goal of all Scouts to live up to the Law every day. Each Scout will find that living by the Law everyday can be hard and challenging.
A Scout is;
Tell the truth and keep promises
Show that you care about your family, friends, Scouts leaders, school, and country.
Volunteer to help other without expecting a reward.
Be a friend to everyone, even people who are very different from you.
Be polite to everyone an always use good manners.
Treat other as you want to be treated.
Follow the rules of your family, school, and pack. Obey the laws of your community and country.
Look for the bright side of life. Cheerfully do task that come your way. Try to help others be happy.
Work to pay your own way. Try not to be wasteful. Use time, food, supplies and natural resources wisely.
Face difficult situation even when you feel afraid, Do what you think is right despite what others might be doing or saying.
Keep your body and mind fit. Help keep your home and community clean.
Be reverent toward God. Be faithful in your religious duties. Respect the beliefs if others.
Volunteering for Boy Scouts of America is a rewarding and fulfilling experience. From weekly meetings, monthly weekend camping trips, summer camps, or the occasional overnight hiking trip in the mountains, I have the ability to spend time with these amazing young men. Young men that will one day be faced to solve the problems that were created by our generation. To see them mature from adolescence into men with the skills necessary to achieve great things. The ability to spend time and connect with them allows me to stay connected and to continue to learn and grow as a person. It affords me the opportunity to gain a little glimmer of what are future has in store from this generation of young people.
Volunteering is something that is important to me and very close to my heart. It is a selfless act to give to worthwhile causes, organizations, or people in need and not expecting anything in return. Not only does it give you a sense of accomplishment, but also strengthens our local communities. If you have never volunteered or have not in a while, I strongly encourage you to find an organization or charity that you can share your talents. I can guarantee that you will leave the experience feeling a sense of fulfillment, purpose. In keeping with a time-honored tradition when closing a meeting or camping trip we recite the Scout Vesper.
May the Great Scoutmaster of all Scouts be with us until we meet again.
Softly falls the light of day,
While our campfire fades away.
Silently each Scout should ask
Have I done my daily task?
Have I kept my honor bright?
Can I guiltless sleep tonight?
Have I done and have I dared
Everything to be prepared?
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