As those that frequent my blog know that I am a scout leader and my son is also a boy scout. The first thing they learn when a new scout joins the troop is the 12 points of the scout law. I have told scouts especially when I do any board of review and other things is " If you try to live according to the scout law, you will be an honorable man and you will e respected by your peers. I have been a "fan" of the Duke since I was a little kid when I saw the "Sands of Iwo Jima". I later saw a bunch of his western and his "Green Beret" which to me was an iconic war film. John Wayne was bigger than life and I remembered when he passed away in 1977 A Japanese Newspaper stated "Mr America Passed on." That pretty much summed it up. John Wayne was a passionate supporters of the Boy Scouts and was known for his unwavering support of the values of scouting. This is the decals that I later put on my toolbox at work.
What the Scout Law Means to Me
John WayneA great American, John Wayne, passed away many years ago. One of his last public appearances was at a dinner. He was riddled with cancer and knew he was close to death. The purpose of the dinner was to benefit a land purchase for a Scout Reservation called John Wayne Outpost Camp.
At this dinner, Wayne recited the Scout Law. Then he did something unusual. He said the twelve points of the Scout Law are "nice words". "Trouble is" he continued, "we learn them so young we sometimes don't get all the understanding that goes with them. I take care of that in my family. As each boy reaches Scout age, I make sure he learns the Scout Law. Then I break it down for him, with a few things I have picked up in more than half a century since I learned it."
Then Wayne proceeded to explain the importance of the Scout Law, breaking it down for the guests at the dinner; much like he would have for his grandson.
John Wayne then thanked those at the dinner for putting his name on the outpost camp and said, "I would rather see it here than on all the theater marquees the world over."