I’m with Georges on this one. The whole thing seems pretty unfair. In fact, Jijé didn’t care for the scouts or the scouting element of ADS, which he considered a form of indoctrination similar to fascist youth groups. So perhaps he deliberately undermined the message in this strip?
Update: The accompanying Dutch text from Robbedoes Almanak 1944, translated by Miriam:
Is everyone still with us? Yes? Whoever has stuck to the rules so far is a brave man and surely won’t give up. The few who did give up get another chance this month to catch up on their backlog and show what they’re worth. Because, as you already know, this month our point is: A Friend of Spirou welcomes discipline freely and cheerfully.
Sounds strict, eh? But, see, a true Spirou Rascal or Rascalette wouldn’t shy away. On the contrary! Someone who really wants to be someone has to force themselves sometimes. They have to have the courage to do their duty – yes, I say their duty! Every single day and every waking moment. Their duty to their father and mother and brother and sister, their duty at school, on the street, everywhere they go. That’s the true spirit of Spirou. Not everyone can do this, only a real Spirou Rascal or Rascalette, a Friend of Spirou of the best kind.
So come joins us, boys and girls of every age: This month is the month of duty. Every evening we do a short survey of our conscience and ask ourselves if we did our duty. Do we have an agreement? Come on then! Show some courage! And see you next month!