Boy Scouts of America

Gemstone District
serving Iredell county, North Carolina



The spirit is there in every boy; it has to be discovered and brought to light.

Robert Baden-Powell  


If you want children to keep their feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their shoulders.

                             Abigail Van Buren

Things turn out best for the people who make the best out of the way things turn out.

                                       Art Linkletter

Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.

                          Theodore Roosevelt

A good leader is a person who takes a little more than his share of the blame and a little less than his share of the credit.

                           John C. Maxwell

It's hard to beat a person who never gives up.

                                       Babe Ruth

You've got to say, ''I think that if I keep working at this and want it badly enough I can have it.'' It's called perseverance.

                                       Lee Iacocca

Never tell a young person that anything cannot be done. God may have been waiting centuries for someone ignorant enough of the impossible to do that very thing.

                         John Andrew Holmes

Success is a ladder you cannot climb with your hands in your pockets.

                      American Proverb

The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.

           Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.

                              Mark Twain

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.

                              Thomas A. Edison

What I like about camping is you can get really dirty. Either you're all by yourself, so no one else sees you, or everyone you're with is just as dirty as you are, so nobody cares.

                      Anonymous Boy Scout

We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.

                                   Mother Teresa

If you have a talent, use it in every which way possible. Don't hoard it. Don't dole it out like a miser. Spend it lavishly like a millionaire intent on going broke.

                                 Brendan Francis

The average pencil is seven inches long, with just a half-inch eraser - in case you thought optimism was dead.

                                     Robert Brault

When you come to the end of all the light you know, and it's time to step into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing that one of two things shall happen: Either you will be given something solid to stand on or you will be taught to fly.

                                 Edward Teller

Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing.

                       Ralph Waldo Emerson

The only limit to your impact is your imagination and commitment.

                             Anthony Robbins

Few things help an individual more than to place responsibility upon him, and to let him know that you trust him.

                          Booker T. Washington

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

                               Margaret Mead

In case you're worried about what's going to become of the younger generation, it's going to grow up and start worrying about the younger generation.

                                       Roger Allen

The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.

                                  Anatole France

If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world.

                            Sir Francis Bacon

A group becomes a team when each member is sure enough of himself and his contribution to praise the skills of the others.

                                   Norman Shidle

It is amazing how much people can get done if they do not worry about who gets the credit.

                               Sandra Swinney

People forget how fast you did a job - but they remember how well you did it.

                              Howard Newton

There are two kinds of worries -- those you can do something about and those you can't. Don't spend any time on the latter.

                                 Duke Ellington

To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.

                                 Elbert Hubbard

The vision must be followed by the venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps - we must step up the stairs.

                                Vance Havner

Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.

                         Albert Schweitzer

We cannot hold a torch to light another's path without brightening our own.

                               Ben Sweetland

Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.

                             Henry van Dyke

Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.

                                  Mark Twain

If you want happiness for a lifetime - help the next generation.

                           Chinese Proverb

I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.

                            Albert Schweitzer

The successful person makes a habit of doing what the failing person doesn't like to do.

                              Thomas A Edison

You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives.

                              Clay P. Bedford

I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.

                                  Pablo Picasso

We must use time as a tool, not as a couch.

                  John Fitzgerald Kennedy

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

                   Martin Luther King, Jr.

Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.

                    Martin Luther King Jr.

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.
You're on your own.
And you know what you know.
You are the guy who'll decide where to go.

   Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel)


Retailers of scouting supplies and equipment for the Gemstone District

Carolina Mountain Sports
123 West Broad Street
Statesville, NC

Cabarrus Scout Shop
1010 Cloverleaf Plaza
Kannapolis, NC  28083

(704) 720-9264