Camp Fire Yarn No. 22
Religion • Thrift How Scouts Earn Money X How to Get OnRELIGION
The old knights were very religious. They were always careful to attend religious
services, especially before going into battle or undertaking any serious difficulty. They considered it the right thing always
to be prepared for death. Besides worshipping God in church, the knights always recognized His work in the things which He
made, such as animals, plants, and all scenery.
And so it is with peace scouts today. Wherever they go they love the woodlands,
the mountains, and the prairies, and they like to watch and know about the animals that inhabit them, and the wonders of the
flowers and plants.
No man is much good unless he believes in God and obeys His laws. So every Scout
should have a religion.
Religion seems a very simple thing:
First: Love and serve God. Second: Love and serve your neighbour.
In doing your duty to God always be grateful to Him. Whenever you enjoy a pleasure
or a good game, or succeed in doing a good thing, thank Him for it, if only with a word or two, just as you say grace at a
meal. And it is a good thing to bless other people. For instance, if you see a train starting off, just pray for God's blessing
on all that are in the train.
In doing your duty towards man, be helpful and generous, and also always be grateful
for any kindness done to you, and be careful to show that you are grateful. Remember again that a present given to you is
not yours until you have thanked the giver for it.
While you are living your life on this earth, try to do something good which may
remain after you.
One writer says: "I often think that when the sun goes down the world is hidden
by a big blanket from the light of heaven, but the stars are little holes pierced in that blanket by those who have done good
deeds in this world. The stars are not all the same size; some are big, some are little, and some men have done great deeds
and others have done small deeds, but they have made their hole in the blanket by doing good before they went to heaven."
Try and make your hole in the blanket by good work while you are on the earth.
It is something to be good, but it is far better to do good.THRIFT
It is a funny thing that out of you boys who now read these words, some are certain
to become rich men, and some may die in poverty and misery. It pretty well depends on your own selves which you are going
to do. And you can very soon tell which your future is going to be.
The fellow who begins making money as a boy will go on making it as a man. You
may find it difficult to do at first, but it will come easier later on. If you begin and go on, remember, you are pretty certain
to succeed in the end-especially if you get your money by hard work.
If you only try to make it by easy means-that is by betting, say on a horse race-you
are bound to lose after a time. Nobody who makes bets ever wins in the end; it is the bookmaker, the man who receives the
bets, who scores. Yet there are thousands of fools who go on putting their money on, because they won a bit once or hope to
win some day.
Any number of poor boys have become rich men. But in nearly every case it was
because they meant to do so from the first. They worked for it, and put every penny they could make into the bank to begin
So each one of you has the chance, if you like to take it.
The knights of old were ordered by their rules to be thrifty, not to expend large
sums on their enjoyment, but to save it in order that they might keep themselves, and not be a burden to others, and also
so that they might have more to give away in charity. If they had no money of their own, they were not allowed to beg for
it, but had to work and make it in one way or another. Thus money-making goes with manliness, hard work, and sobriety.HOW
SCOUTS EARN MONEY
There are many ways by which a Scout, or a Patrol working together, can make money.
Repairing and re-covering old furniture is a very paying trade. Picture frames, bird boxes, toys, can easily be sold. Breeding
canaries, chickens, or rabbits pay well. So does beekeeping.
Collect old packing-cases and boxes, and chop them into bundles of firewood. Keeping
goats and selling their milk will pay in some places. Basket-making, pottery, book-binding, etc., all bring money.
Or a Patrol working together can form a corps of messenger boys in a country town,
or start a garden and work it for selling vegetables and flowers, or make a minstrel troupe, or perform Scouting displays
These are only a few suggestions. There are loads of other ways of making money
which you can think out for yourself, according to the place you are in.
But in order to get money you must expect to work.
The actor, Ted Payne, used to say in one of his plays, "I don't know what is wrong
with me. I eat well, I drink well, and I sleep well; but somehow whenever anybody mentions the word 'work' to me, I get a
cold shudder all over me." There are a good many other chicken-hearted fellows, who, when any work faces them, "get a cold
shudder all over them".
Start a money box, put any money you can make into that, and when you have got
a fair amount in it, hand it over to a bank, and start an account for yourself.
HOW TO GET ON
A good many years ago the United States was at war on the island of Cuba.
The American President McKinley wanted to send a letter to Garcia, the Cuban leader,
but did not know how to get it to him, as the rebels were fighting with the Americans in wild and difficult country.
When he was talking it over with his advisers, someone said: "There's a young
man called Rowan who seems to be able to get anything done that you ask him. Why not try him ?"
So Rowan was sent for, and when he came in, the President explained why he had
sent for him and, putting the letter in his hand, said, "Now, I want that letter taken to Garcia."
Rowan simply smiled and accepted the letter. He walked out of the room and set
Some weeks passed, and Rowan appeared again before the President and said, "I
gave your letter to Garcia, sir." Of course McKinley made him explain how he had done it.
It turned out that Rowan had taken a boat, had landed on the coast of Cuba, and
had disappeared into the jungle. In three weeks' time he reappeared on the other side of the island, having gone through the
enemy, found Garcia, and given him the letter.
Rowan was a true scout. The way he acted is the way a Scout should carry out an
order when he gets it. No matter how difficult it may seem, he should tackle it, with a smile. The more difficult it is, the
more interesting it will be to carry out.
Most fellows would have asked a lot of questions-how they were to set about it,
how they could get to the place, where they were to get food from, and so on. But not so Rowan. He merely learned what duty
was wanted of him, and then did the rest without a word, kicking the IM out of the word IMPOSSIBLE. Any fellow who acts like
that is certain to get on.
A lot of Scouts do special messenger service. These lads, from having difficult
jobs frequently given them and being expected to carry them out successfully, take them on with the greatest confidence, and,
without asking a lot of silly questions, they start off in a businesslike way, and do them.
That is the way to deal with any difficulty in life. If you get a job or have
trouble that seems to you to be too big for you, don't shirk it. Smile, think out a way by which you might get successfully
through with it, and then go at it.
Remember that "a difficulty is no longer a difficulty when once you laugh at it-and
Don't be afraid of making a mistake. Napoleon said, "Nobody ever made anything
who never made a mistake."
A boy learning what he can as a Scout has a good chance in the world.MEMORY
Then practise remembering things. A fellow who has a good memory will get on because
so many other people have poor memories from not practising them.
A great coral island is built up of tiny sea animals blocking themselves together.
So also great knowledge in a man is built up by his noticing all sorts of little details and blocking them together in his
mind by remembering them.LUCK
If you want to catch a bus you don't sit down and let it run past you, and then
say, "How unlucky I am." You run to it and jump on. It is just the same with what some people call "luck"; they complain that
luck never comes to them. Well, luck is really the chance of getting something good or of doing something great. The thing
is to look out for every chance and seize it-run at it and jump on-don't sit down and wait for it to pass. Opportunity is
a bus which has very few stopping places.CHOOSE A CAREER
"Be Prepared" for what is going to happen to you in the future. If you are in
a situation where you are earning money as a boy, what are you going to do when you finish that job ? You ought to be learning
some proper trade, and save your pay in the meantime, to keep you going till you get employment in your future trade.
And try to learn something of a second trade, in case the first one fails you
at any time, as so very often happens.
An employer told me once that he never engaged a lad who had yellow finger-tips
(from smoking), or who carried his mouth open (boys who breathe through the mouth have a stupid look). Any man is sure of
employment who has money in the bank, keeps away from drink, and is cheery.
Lots of wasters or weaklings have gone out into the world and many of them have
failed to make good, but I have never come across a failure among young fellows who have gone out with a real desire to work
and with the ability to stick to their job, to act straight, and to keep sober.