Sit. Rep. #159: Motto, Slogan, and Deeds

1- Slogan: A motto, a short, memorable phrase expressing an aim of a group.  The word “slogan” comes from Scottish Gaelic.  It dates from about 1513 and is the derivative of the earlier word “slogorn.”  Slogorn, is the Anglicisation (put into English) of the Scottish Gaelic sluagh-ghairm. Sluagh-ghairm breaks down and means “army cry.”

The Scout Motto is “Be Prepared.”  Baden-Powell put it this way.  Be “able to do the right thing at the right moment and do it.”  Sit. Rep. #70 has a few more thoughts on our motto.

1B- The Slogan is “Do a good turn daily.”  The 5th BSA Handbook, first published in 1948, charged Scouts to “Do a good turn daily.”  The unspoken part of the slogan is that the deed, the good turn is done without want, need, reward, or expectation of recognition for having done the right thing.

2- Suggestions for Doing a Good Turn:

  • Whisper a secret complement to a relative.  Esp. if they are younger than you!
  • Help a handicapped/elderly neighbor plant flowers.
  • Cook or bake something (maybe even the whole meal) for your family.
  • Makeup and give away “hygiene kits” for the homeless.
  • Leave the restroom/bathroom cleaner & neater than you found it.
  • Pick a block or 2 and pick up the litter beside the street.

2A- It has also been said, “Do a good deed daily.”

3- “To educate a person in the mind but not in morals is to educate a menace to society”  Teddy Roosevelt.

U: What would happen if you threw yellow tennis balls into the Red Sea?
V: They would get wet.
X: What do you call blackbirds that stick together?
Y: Vel-Crows.

Semper Paratus,

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