Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Boy Scouts Of America

February 8th is the 99th anniversary of the founding of the Boy Scouts of America. We remember and salute the beginning of Scouting in 1910. The mission of the Boy Scouts is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law.

The Scout Oath states “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.” This oath is spoken every week in Scout meetings all across America. These ideals may seem a bit old-fashioned but are more relevant today than ever before; Duty to God and Country plus integrity and honor are Scouting core values. The Scouts of today will be our leaders of tomorrow.

Boys can begin in Scouting as young as first grade and girls and boys who have completed 8th grade may join Exploring. In Blackbeard District we have 12 Cub Scout Packs, 18 Boy Scout Troops, four Venturing Crews and one Ship who serve nearly 900 youth. In 2008, 12 Scouts in Blackbeard District earned the rank of Eagle. From Tiger Cub to Eagle Scout the Scouting trail is filled with wonderful volunteers and organizations that together make this journey into adulthood possible by teaching the values of character, Duty to God and Duty to Country.

This Sunday is Scout Sunday and as Scouts in many churches pass out programs, receive awards, recite the Pledge of Allegiance and present the colors, I want to say “Thank You” to all the volunteers and organizations that have made the Boy Scouts of America successful for so many years. Scouting is growing in our region and so are the young adults touched by Scouting. They are our future leaders; thank you for supporting them.

Yours in Scouting,
Paul Spruill
Blackbeard District Chair

Serving the following counties:
Beaufort, Hyde, Martin, Washington, Bertie and Tyrrell


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