Sermons - Scout Master's Conference

Sermons - Scout Master's Conference

Nigel's Scout Master Conference

By Douglas Clarke
A remembrance on November 7, 2007: Final Court of Honor for Nigel Clarke
Solana Beach Prebyserian Church - PCUSA, Solana Beach, CA, USA

Trustworthy was probably the hardest point of the law for Nigel. He was easily distracted and would forget to do things he said he would do, like turning in homework. But for the important things he could always be trusted. When asked to watch his brother and sister, we could go out and know the house was safe. When he earned his tote n’ chit, I knew that I could trust him with a knife. At home every time he took a knife from someone he said thank you. Nigel knew what rules were and I could trust that he would always follow them. Nigel was Trustworthy.

Nigel was loyal. He always stuck up for his brother and sister. If Nigel was your friend, you knew you had a friend indeed. He never talked bad about anyone.

Nigel was helpful at home. When he got to the troop meeting early he would start setting up chairs with out being asked. At school he helped other students and in his Geometry class every one wanted to be paired up with him.

Every one knew Nigel because he was so friendly. His mother was amazed during 10th grade registration because people kept calling out, “Hi Nigel” Wednesday (the day of the accident), Nigel was taking his D&D book to school because he had met someone new and told him about D&D. They were going to make a character so he could join our weekly game. It didn’t mater to Nigel that there were already eight people playing and we didn’t fit around the table. He saw an opportunity to make a new friend and make him feel welcome.

Nigel said please and thank you. Some times Nigel would speak out at inappropriate times, but that was because he was listening. Nigel didn’t talk to others when he was suppose to be listening.

Nigel was kind. I never heard a bad word spoken about him. He was kind to his pets, even when Bentley his cat marked him. Nigel had words of encouragement.

When Nigel was told to do something, he did it. When he got in trouble and was grounded he was obedient and didn’t do the things he was told he couldn’t. Nigel followed the law. He wore his helmet when ever he rode his bike. He was safe with fire and tools.

Nigel was rarely anything but Cheerful. Even when it was mowing the lawn and feeling way too hot, he didn’t complain. Sometimes he would come in and say it was too hot, but even then he didn’t complain. Getting Nigel to do his homework was one of his life long struggles. While we had to push him hard, he always remained cheerful.

Nigel was not always thrifty with his time, he could drag out a one-hour task that he didn’t really want to do and make it a 5-hour task. In the last couple of years he had grown a lot in this area. He discovered that if he got things done quickly he could read his books and play a game. Nigel was thrifty with his money, saving up to buy things he really wanted. Though some would say the Starbucks drinks that he stopped to get on the way home from school were not a good use of money, but I think the $4 brought him a lot of satisfaction after a long bike ride home on a Friday afternoon.

Not many things scared Nigel. He was nervous when he first learned to rock climb, but he learned to love it. He as afraid the first morning he had to ride all the way to school with just his two friends; he learned to love that too. I don’t know if Nigel was afraid of meeting new people or entering new social situations; I know I was at his age. If he was he never let it slow him down.

Nigel was physically clean, perhaps too clean if you looked at the hot water bill. Nigel kept his body clean, he did not smoke or drink, he did not take dugs, he kept his body strong. Nigel was mentally clean. He did not think bad things or bad things of people. He did not swear or curse. Nigel was clean of spirit. He knew who his Lord was and strived to following him.

Nigel was reverent. He loved learning about God and fellowshipping with his friends. Nigel spent four months earning his religious emblem, learning about God and Jesus and wore it proudly on his uniform. Nigel was a child of God.