A Haiku - Scouting

A Haiku - Scouting

All based on honor,

Scouting grows boys to good men.

Scout Law the pattern.

They add growing strength,

mental awareness, service,

moral resolves, too.

They sample life's fields.

Goals and achievements combine.

Eagles testing wings.

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Scouting in America

Is it possible that more than 100 years ago in 1907 founder Lt. General Robert Baden-Powell caught the global vision of what scouting would bring to so many boys who would become better men for their scouting experiences?

There is no single program that I am aware of which has done so much for boys in the last 100+ years.

Boys working on merit badges under the leadership of dedicated men can get a glimpse of as many as 138 meaningful topics which can help them to discover fields they might be interested in pursuing further in college or as lifetime hobbies.

The participation of boy scouts in their communities has made a greater sense of community, in many cases making their communities safer and more cohesive.

Teaching these boys a sense of honor, excellence, faith, obedience, service, alertness, as well as physical and mental well-being and accomplishment, all of those benefits can come through sound and active scouting programs.

The expenses are small and no one has ever attempted to come up with an over-all benefit from this outstanding program. Many of America's leaders of tomorrow will point back to Boy Scouts of America with understandable pride.


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whonunuwho 2 years ago from United States

Nice tribute to scouting. I was a scout and the scout master of a class full of special kids as well. Thanks for sharing. whonu

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Ericdierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

I never got the coveted Eagle but got close. A memory of the best days of life. Hats off to Robert Baden-Powell (sir)

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jhamann 2 years ago from Reno NV

This means a lot to me, I was in the Scouts and right now my son is in the cub scouts. thank you for sharing. Jamie

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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

hamann and All - If you haven't seen the film "Follow Me Boys," find a friend who has it, or rent it. It's wonderful and you will all enjoy it. I have a grandson working on his Eagle now. More power to him. One of my cousins said that he survived in WWII because of his Eagle.

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Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

I think being a Scout for a boy is a fantastic experience I was in the Latvian version of the Girl Scouts and really enjoyed it. Passing this on.

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aviannovice 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

Since I didn't have anything around my area, my father gave me his old handbook to read. He also later got me a fire starter kit with flint, and taught me how to get a fire going.

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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

aviannovice - I did Cub Scouts, in part because I had a cousin (he was older and had earned an Eagle Scout rank some years before.) He wanted me to succeed, and I did. I had just started as a Boy Scout when we moved back to Eliot, Maine and I let it drop, in part because I had spent two summers at Camp Passumpsic in Vermont and had already learned many of the skills. I had a flint and steel set, too, and can still start a fire that way, and other ways. Nonetheless, I'm a great believer in what all the different scouting programs can mean for both boys and girls.

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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Thanks for commenting. Scouting will never be "old fashioned" as long as there are folks around who have benefited from its programs and want those benefits for today's generation of potential scouters. It does take adults who will devote some time to seeing it happen. Let's not get too busy to invest something meaningful in their future.

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