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Boy Scout Troop 21
(Zeeland, Michigan)
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Christmas and Hanukkah for most people are the most joyful holidays of the year. The holiday Parties, the exchange of gifts, and the brilliant lights of the Christmas trees, make a guy glad to be alive at this season. Sometimes we forget that these holidays are really religious festivals. It's well to remember that the real holiday spirit is cast by the Star of Bethlehem and the Hanukkah candles, reminding us of the miracles in times past. In the 12th point of the Scout Law we say that a Scout is reverent. That doesn't mean that you have to go around all the time with a long face or with hands folded in prayer. It means that he does his duty to God, which includes doing things for God's other creatures.  Remember that Christmas is most truly Christmas, when we celebrate it by giving the light of love to those who need it most. Also remember that a Scout is reverent.


 Scout On

Making a Difference 10/7/13



Making a Difference Minute

 Answer these questions in their head:

Name the five wealthiest people in the world.

Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.

Name the last five winners of the Miss America contest.

Name five people who have won the Nobel Prize.


Raise your hand if you could answer at least one of the questions. (Probably no one)

Try these questions:

Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.

Name five friends who have been loyal to you.

Name five people you respect.

Name five people you consider to be heroes.


People that achieve great things are famous for a while - as long as they are the best. But, someone else wins and the memory of the previous star fades away. A ribbon, medal, or trophy just collects dust.


Earning the respect, trust, and friendship of those around you has more long-term worth than personal achievement. People that care about others are the ones that really make a difference.


Two Little Words (Thank You) 9/16/13



 Scouts, here's a little quiz for you: What's the most welcome two-word sentence in the English language? Some of you might say, it's "We won!" Others would vote for, "Here's money!" But I think the most welcome two-word sentence is "Thank you. "  

It isn't used as often as it should be. How often do you use it? And how often do you say thank you to the persons who are closest to you, your mother and father? How often do you say it to your friends or even strangers when they do something for you?  

It's so easy to forget, especially if the Good Turn is done by somebody in your family. Too often we take for granted the many things our parents and other family members do for us. In a few weeks we will be having our COH. Here's a challenge for you. Between now and then, see if you can find some reason to say thank you every day to some member of your family. You may be surprised how they will react.  

A simple thank you costs nothing, but it means so much to those who matter most to you. And remember, manners maketh man and can be the difference between you being just another Scout and one who earns himself respect from those around him.

The Beginning (2013-2014 Scout Year) 9/9/13 SM

The Beginning


Whatever you want in life, start today, not tomorrow – today, let it be a small beginning, a tiny beginning. Your happiness depends on starting today - every day. Let every day be the first day of the rest of your life, but especially let today be a new beginning. Every day is a new beginning -a day for a new plan and new action. If today, in conscious awareness, you choose the same plan as yesterday, you are wise. If you choose a different plan, you are equally wise. Whatever you choose, choose with intention. Accept everything about yourself, I mean everything .You are you and that is the beginning and the end , no apologies, no regrets.  Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be gone by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.


 Scout On.

Quotes 3/4/13

True happiness is not made in getting something. True happiness is becoming something. This can be done by being committed to lofty goals. We cannot become something without commitment.


My strength is the strength of ten because my heart is pure


I would rather fail in a cause that will ultimately succeed than succeed in a cause that will ultimately fail


It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.



Show me someone who has done something worthwhile, and I'll show you someone who has overcome adversity.


Success has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It's what you do for others."     


 There is only two ways to live your life. One is as thought nothing is a miracle. The other is as thought everything is a miracle