The Law of the Pact

Real Estate Agent with Preferred Properties Key West

There were three very important parts of my life as a young boy in the 1950s: my school, my church, and the Cub Scouts. Not in that order. But I don't know which was of more importance all these years later. 


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.


Scout Law

The Scout Law has 12 points. Each is a goal for every Scout. A Scout tries to live up to the Law every day. It is not always easy to do, but a Scout always tries.

A Scout is:

TRUSTWORTHY. Tell the truth and keep promises. People can depend on you.

LOYAL. Show that you care about your family, friends, Scout leaders, school, and country.

HELPFUL. Volunteer to help others without expecting a reward.

FRIENDLY. Be a friend to everyone, even people who are very different from you.

COURTEOUS. Be polite to everyone and always use good manners.

KIND. Treat others as you want to be treated . Never harm or kill any living thing without good reason.

OBEDIENT. Follow the rules of your family, school, and pack. Obey the laws of your community and country.

CHEERFUL. Look for the bright side of life. Cheerfully do tasks that come your way. Try to help others be happy.

THRIFTY. Work to pay your own way. Try not to be wasteful. Use time, food, supplies, and natural resources wisely.

BRAVE. Face difficult situations even when you feel afraid. Do what you think is right despite what others might be doing or saying.

CLEAN. Keep your body and mind fit . Help keep your home and community clean.

REVERENT. Be reverent toward God. Be faithful in your religious duties. Respect the beliefs of others.


I read my Scout manual. I believed it. I lived it. As best as I could. I really did. I lived the life of a good little middle class kid in the western suburb of Denver after World War II. America was prospering and we were all living the good life, even if we were not rich, we were prospering as America was reborn.


We went to our weekly den meetings first at Bruce Small's house where his mother, Shirley, was den mother. Later we went to Kenneth Davidson's house where his mother, Lucille, was our den mother. Both were kind women who truly loved all of us. I cannot imagine a better life than to have lived as I did back then with these two kind women helped raise us little rascals. We weren't bad. We were boys. Joyous boys.


We wore our little blue shirts with yellow kerchiefs, raised our right hands with index and middle finger outstretched and swore the Scout Oath. It meant something. It was, as it is written, The Law of the Pact. They were good instructive words to live by.


How many adults today - even leaders - can live up to the Law of the Pact?




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Sham Reddy CRS
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

Took that oath thousands of times!!!

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.

Jul 29, 2019 03:52 AM #1
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Gary. Until this morning have not thought about Cub Scouts in years! Thanks for the memories. Enjoy your day!

Jul 29, 2019 03:53 AM #2
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

The Scout Law remains relevant today. Nice that you posted it, Gary.

Jul 29, 2019 08:12 AM #3
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Gary- I was a Girl Scout for many years and yes, I have to hand it to our Troop Leaders who took time out for not just our meetings but all of the extra activities for badges and camping trips. Maybe it's time for all of us to read, review and try to live by the Scout Laws.

Jul 29, 2019 05:30 PM #4
Lynn B. Friedman
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ... - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Gary Thomas 
Yes, simple yet powerful behaviors.
Reminds me of the book about core values by Robert Fulghum:
All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.  
All the best - Lynn

Aug 05, 2019 11:16 PM #5
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

LOVE this post, Gary and totally agree with your points. It's much like The Golden Rule - those who live by it, seem to prosper.

Aug 06, 2019 04:45 PM #6
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Good question!  I know that those that follow the Code and practice what they preach should be following that pact, but how many actually do?  

Aug 06, 2019 06:35 PM #7
Jit Khassria

Hey! It's really great. Thanks for this.
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Sep 26, 2019 05:49 AM #8
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