How Scout Lessons Can Help with Multiple Sclerosis

Vicki Health Guide
  • Were you a scout? What did you learn in scouting that helps you deal with your MS today?

    This week of 2010 marks 100 years of Boy Scouts. There are many types of scouting and community groups that teach children skills and morals that carry them through their young years into adulthood.

    The motto "Be Prepared" probably didn't help me anticipate Multiple Sclerosis, but some of the lessons continue to help. Through scouting, we learn to be trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent. Neil Armstrong and Barack Obama were both scouts.

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    When I was a Girl Scout I learned to sell cookies, survive camp through heavy rains and even snow, and work in planning teams. I learned to stay neat and help others. I also learned to deal with the unexpected, and that has been very helpful living with MS.

    When I was a camp counselor and Girl Scout leader, I learned importance of patience and cheerfulness. That has certainly come in handy on this MS journey.

    Was there something you were glad you learned, thanks to scouting?

    This week's question is:
    Were you a scout? What did you learn in scouting the helps you deal with your MS today?

    If not a scout, was there another group that taught you to accept this ever-changing condition?

Published On: February 08, 2010