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Martin Hafner2Dear sister guides, dear brother scouts,

Mary, the Mother of God, is our special example as guides and scouts. She considered herself as entirely poor, as we can read in the magnificat. She did not take herself too important. That is how she could say the “yes” that allowed the Absolute, Almighty, Omniscient, God to come into His creation. Continue reading

You present yourself to the Road, but do you know how the Road presents itself to you?

The buck is passed to the candidate. The leader recognises his request, but he also wants to know if this request is founded and realistic. In this sentence, the “road” refers to a Rover Scout’s life. Thus, the leader asks you if you have enough experience and if your rucksack contains enough tools to live as a Rover Scout. In other terms: and you, do you think that you are ready to go ahead on this road? Continue reading

In making our young citizens, therefore, it is essential to try to get into them the habit of cheery co-operation, of forgetting their personal wishes and feelings in bringing about the good of the whole business in which they are engaged — whether it be work or play. One can teach the boy that it is exactly as in football. You must play in your place and play the game; don’t try to be referee when you are playing half-back; don’t stop playing because you have had enough of the game, but shove along, cheerily and hopefully, with an eye on the goal in order that your side may win, even though you may yourself get a kick on the shins or a muddy fall in helping it. Continue reading