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|Happy birthday Boy Scouts|
One hundred years ago this week, the Boy Scouts of America was incorporated in the District of Columbia.
In June 1910, the Boy Scouts held its first organizational meeting in New York.
Today, the Boy Scouts can point to more than 100 million young men who have joined the organization since its inception. Another two million young men have achieved Scouts' highest rank, the Eagle.
John F. Kennedy was the first Boy Scout to become president of the United States. Jerry Ford is the only Eagle Scout to serve as president. Though he was no longer president when the Boy Scouts got its start, Teddy Roosevelt was a staunch supporter of the Scouts. Every president who followed Roosevelt recognized the Boys Scouts for what it is—a first-class organization that does an excellent job in teaching young men how good men should lead their lives.
That obviously is true since every president from Howard Taft, who succeeded Roosevelt, to Barack Obama have expressed their support for the Boy Scouts in some form or fashion. We suspect presidents believe in the Boy Scouts because they recognized the Boy Scouts plays a positive role in the lives of so many young men.
We believe the Scout Law and the Scout Oath give society a pretty clear idea of what Scouting is all about.
"A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent," the Scout Oath says, while the Scout Law offers, "On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight."
In this era in which so many people have taken it upon themselves to tell us what should be acceptable to society, or politically correct, we look to the Boy Scouts as an example of what society should strive to attain.
Happy Birthday Boy Scouts of America.