On my honor: Boy Scouts celebrate 100 years

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A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.

It's the law.

The familiar refrain is the official Scout Law that perhaps best describes the mission of the Boy Scouts of America, an organization that for the past century has helped millions of our nation's youth become responsible citizens.

The BSA, one of America's most prominent values-based youth development groups, celebrates its 100th birthday this year. The influence of Scouting on our society is indelible: In addition to those warm and fuzzy images of campfires, leaders from all walks of life credit the skills they learned in Scouting for helping to mold them into successful citizens.

More than 110 million Americans -- including the first man who walked on the moon -- have been Boy Scouts.

The organization has had its share of controversies -- mostly involving membership and policies -- but remains strong and part of the American lexicon.

The ongoing BSA centennial is highlighted by the National Scout Jamboree next week in Virginia. There, some 45,000 Scouts and staff, past and present, will once again "Be Prepared" -- the Scout motto -- to recite the Scout oath:

"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."


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