Thanksgiving Blessings

posted Nov 22, 2017, 7:45 AM by John Royar

At Thanksgiving we often stop to think of the things we are thankful for and as Americans, we have a lot to be grateful for. We live in freedom, we can worship as we choose, and most of us have enough food, clothing and adequate shelter.

We are as blessed as any people in the world, but sometimes we forget that and want even more.  Let’s remember that a lot of the world’s population goes to bed hungry every night in homes that few Americans would be willing live in.

It is good to remind ourselves that we are lucky and to thank God for our blessings. That’s what Thanksgiving really is, a time to give thanks. The Pilgrims started it more than 300 years ago when they gathered to thank God for a bountiful harvest. That three-day feast typically referred to as the “first Thanksgiving” took place in 1621 and included wildfowl, corn, venison and praise to God.

What are you most thankful for during this Thanksgiving Week? Here’s a few big ones.

  1. The Youth you allow us to care for - Our goal is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
  2. All Scouting volunteers at the Unit/District/Council level - You are the life blood that keeps this movement going. It would not happen without your dedication, commitment and the time you give.
  3. Our Scouting Families - We are thankful for you as most of our units would not exist if it was not for you. Parents you sacrifice your time and resources to give your youth a well rounded learning opportunity. Thank you for all that you give; it’s an honor loving your most precious.
  4. Camp Pirtle - Nestled in the piney woods of East Texas, George W. Pirtle Scout Reservation has facilities allowing our youth to enjoy many activities from rifle, shotgun & archery ranges to a COPE course and climbing walls, wide array of boating activities at the Waterfront access to Lake Murval.
  5. All the other people that make the program happen – You are the volunteers staffing a thumbuster getting camp ready. Your projects have ranged from easy to difficult and require a variety of skills and skill levels. You may have been asked to paint a wall, clear a trail, fix plumbing, remove bulk trash, cut down a tree, repair an A/C unit or anything else Camp Pirtle guests and Ranger Ken deem as "needs improvement".  We also can’t forget everyone that provides the finances that make things happen.  These are the folks that support our Friends Of Scouting  whether Family or Community campaigns. Without your direct support in this area, the program would not be available!  There are also many others on this list, from Day Camp staff to Merit Badge Instructors.


Thanksgiving Blessings,

East Texas Area Council Key – 3
Tom Prothro – Council President
John Royar – Council Commissioner
Dewayne Stephens – Council Executive