Scoutmaster Minute: The Bridge Builder

Below is a short poem that I found interesting:

The Bridge Builder
BY WILL ALLEN DROMGOOLE

An old man going a lone highway,
Came, at the evening cold and gray,
To a chasm vast and deep and wide.
Through which was flowing a sullen tide
The old man crossed in the twilight dim,
The sullen stream had no fear for him;
But he turned when safe on the other side
And built a bridge to span the tide.

"Old man," said a fellow pilgrim near,
"You are wasting your strength with building here;
Your journey will end with the ending day,
You never again will pass this way;
You've crossed the chasm, deep and wide,
Why build this bridge at evening tide?"

The builder lifted his old gray head;
"Good friend, in the path I have come," he said,
"There followed after me to-day
A youth whose feet must pass this way.
This chasm that has been as naught to me
To that fair-haired youth may a pitfall be;
He, too, must cross in the twilight dim;
Good friend, I am building this bridge for him!"

Scouting has, from its inception, been deeply rooted in the concept of doing for others. "Do a Good Turn Daily" is a core Scouting precept.

The level of community service is a good indication of the health of any society. In Troop 335, we believe in helping others at all times. We act through our service projects, our Eagle projects... and throughout our daily lives. As a Scout, be a bridge builder, and continue to look for ways to make the path easier and better for those that come after you.

Yours in Scouting,
Mr. Cooper

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