The Measure of Our Success:

An anthology of inspirational material, for use in putting together "Scouts Own" ceremonies

compiled by:
Neil Savage
Exeter, New Hampshire
Digital Equipment Corporation
Maynard, Massachusetts

A letter to My Children and Yours

We need to teach our children-by example-not to be lazy, to do their homework, to pay attention to detail, to take care and pride in work, to be reliable, and not to wobble and jerk through life.

Each of us must take the initiative to create our opportunities, not waiting around for favours. We must not assume a door is closed but must push on it. We must not assume if it was closed yesterday that it's closed today.

Set goals and work quietly and systematically toward them. We must all resist quick-fix, simplistic answers and easy gains, which often disappear just as quickly as they come.

Assign yourself. Don't wait around for your boss (your friends, your parents) to direct you to do what you are able to figure out and do for yourself. Don't do just as little as you can to get by.

Be a can do, "will try" person.

The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to Excellence, regardless of their position in life.

Quality is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction, and skilful execution. It represents the wise choice from many alternatives.

- Marian Wright Edelman

Marian Edelman was born in poverty and lived much of her life suffering from discrimination. But a spark inside her, fanned by the positive beliefs of her parents, sent her to college and on to Yale Law School. She was the first African-American woman to be admitted to the Mississippi Bar. She is the founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund, a powerful and national force for children in this country.