This last weekend we went to the theater and watched the new Disney live action movie The Jungle Book. During multiple scenes involving Mowgli and the wolf pack, they remind each other what their duty to the pack is and how the pack protects the individual by reciting "The Law of the Jungle" led by Akela.
"Now this is the Law of the Jungle. As old and true as the sky; And the Wolf that shall keep it may prosper, but the Wolf that shall break it must die... For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack..."
During the first scene that this happens, my wife leaned over and whispered, "It's just like Cub Scouts!" Cub Scouting was created based off of this wonderful story told by Rudyard Kipling. The Law of the Pack was recently replaced by the Scout Law, but still rings true throughout the dens and packs even though we do not recite it anymore.
Law of the Pack - The Cub Scout follows Akela. The Cub Scout helps the Pack go. The Pack helps the Cub Scout Grow. The Cub Scout gives goodwill.
Just like Mowgli, each Cub Scout is going through their own "jungles" and challenges. Along the journey each man cub comes in contact with some strange creatures (leaders) who help the young man cub become the best that he can. Let us as leaders, choose to be those individuals that help our man cubs grow and become the great leaders of the future when they eventually leave the pack in life's journey.