I Was Brainwashed By The Boy Scouts

Recently, as I was driving back to Nashville from a trip, the Boy Scout Law began to run through my mind. It begins with “A Scout is,” and then lists 12 character traits that include: trustworthy, friendly, courteous, kind, cheerful, thrifty, brave, and reverent. I can still rattle off all 12 traits.

Then I remembered the Scout Oath. It includes the pledge “to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.” The Scout Motto is “Be prepared,” and the Scout Slogan is “Do a good turn daily.”

These words and other Scout programs and activities taught me and shaped me in integrity, citizenship, and morality. These inspiring words were a great foundation for my life and I am grateful to have been influenced by such character education.

So many people nowadays lack such strong, morality building influences. Instead, most of our society (from the media to schools to even some churches) brainwashes people to passively obey whims and cravings rather than to actively live by high moral principles.

Influences, whether positive or negative, moral or immoral, are powerful. The ideas that we adsorb (whether consciously or unconsciously) will shape our behavior and produce consequences. We should choose our brainwashing wisely.

I am so glad to have been brainwashed by the Boy Scouts.

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. I have written two books: Mindrobics: How To Be Happy For The Rest Of Your Life and Your Sperm Won--Experiencing Your Value As A Championship Human Being. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I lead a non-traditional church in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the early church come to life in our time.
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7 Responses to I Was Brainwashed By The Boy Scouts

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  2. joe barnes says:

    wow, you need to change the title of your article. I thought you were gonna reveal your findings on the BSA and military brainwashing. Yes it can create a good foundation but the program is designed at it’s core to brainwash Boy scouts to the military and the clergy. why else is it that the military and the church are the biggest sponsors of the program. in fact the boy scouts are identified as a division of the military. Furthermore the scouts code now reflects the church’s set of morals, specifically the mormon church. So, the scouts are a program built for brainwashing young boys.

  3. Steve Simms says:

    Joe:

    Thanks for reading my blog and for making a comment. I am so grateful to have been brainwashed with the Scout Law and Scout Oath. The principles they contain are solid principles for a successful life. Anybody’s life could greatly benefit from putting those ideals into daily practice!

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