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Scouts salute 100 years of adventure, learning

August 2, 2007


Members of Boy Scouts of America Pelathe District salute as Riley King, right, helps to raise the flag at 8 a.m. Wednesday. Scouts celebrated the 100th anniversary of Boy Scouts with a ceremony in front of US Bank at the corner of Ninth and Massachusetts.

Members of Boy Scouts of America Pelathe District salute as Riley King, right, helps to raise the flag at 8 a.m. Wednesday. Scouts celebrated the 100th anniversary of Boy Scouts with a ceremony in front of US Bank at the corner of Ninth and Massachusetts.

Boy Scouts turn 100

The Boy Scouts turn 100-years-old today - and dozens of Lawrence area scouts gathered this morning at 9th and Massachusetts to celebrate with a birthday cake. Enlarge video

Lawrence area Boy Scouts joined their counterparts around the world Wednesday as they celebrated the 100th birthday of the Boy Scouts organization.

Dozens of Scouts from the Boy Scouts of America Pelathe District and their adult leaders gathered on the sidewalk at Ninth and Massachusetts streets for an 8 a.m. celebration. Called the "Scouting Sunrise," the event was repeated by Scouts worldwide to mark the dawn of a new century of scouting.

"Scouting has a long tradition in the Pelathe district," said Glen Sharp, district chairman and senior adult volunteer.

Before the Scouts cut into a large birthday cake, Lawrence Mayor Sue Hack commended the Scout leaders.

"Thank you for caring about our youth and their development into young men and women," she said.

The district includes 1,400 Scouts from Lawrence, Baldwin City, Eudora, Lecompton and Linwood. That includes Cub Scouts and those in the Venture program, a coed Scout program for youths 14 to 20 years old that emphasizes high adventure sports such as canoeing.

Scouting began in England in 1907 when organizer Robert Baden-Powell started teaching youths how to pitch tents, build shelters, read a compass and cook in the wilderness. By 1910, scouting had spread to the United States.

"It caught on like a wildfire," said Pat Donahue, a Scout leader, who attended the celebration dressed as Baden-Powell.

Today, there are more than 28 million Scouts in 216 countries.

The first Lawrence Scout troops were formed about 1920, Sharp said. Much has changed since then. Wilderness survival is still taught, but Scouts no longer cut trees to build lean-to shelters. They use tents almost exclusively.

"We've become a more ecologically friendly Scouting program," Sharp said. "We used to use campfires for cooking, but now because of concern about leaving no trace in the wilderness, we use liquid gas or propane gas to cook with."

Scouting programs still train men and women to be leaders, Sharp said.

"That has not changed and never will change," he said.

Missourian Gerald Vogelsang watched the ceremony while visiting relatives in Lawrence. The 78-year-old has been involved with Scouting for 58 years. As a Scout during World War II, he wore a steel helmet and a special patch that allowed him to deliver messages when cities were blacked out at night.

"You had to know your way around in the dark," he said.

Scouting hasn't lost its luster, said two Lawrence Scouts.

Christy Howard, 19, has been in the Venture program for nearly six years. She wears her Ranger badge pinned to her uniform. Earning the badge is similar to the Eagle Scout ranking and means she is an expert outdoorswoman, Sharp said.

"I love doing all the stuff my brother did," she said. "I like camping and being outside."

Camping also appeals to Reid Williams, 12, a second-year Scout.

"I like being able to do things on your own - not like having your parents hovering around you like they do in Cub Scouts," he said. "You have a lot more freedom."


stuckinthemiddle 10 years, 3 months ago

The ACLU would just like for the Boy Scouts to come to terms with the fact that many of their best and brightest Scouts are gay and some of them are atheist.

stuckinthemiddle 10 years, 3 months ago

Pilgrim A legal standard the the ACLU will no doubt continue to challenge.... as long as there are gays and atheists in the Boy Scouts...

stuckinthemiddle 10 years, 3 months ago

And... to be clear about the ACLU... they are always working for a client... In the cases they've worked on regarding discrimination in the BSA the clients have been long time Scouts... Eagle Scouts or Scouts who were ready and qualified to be Eagle Scouts... other than being gay... or lacking a belief in God... or some kind of higher being... I don't believe that these Scouts were "against the Boy Scouts"... On the contrary... they were very dedicated to the Boy Scouts...

stuckinthemiddle 10 years, 3 months ago

madmike Don't you believe that Atheists, Communists and Liberals should have the same rights as you?

stuckinthemiddle 10 years, 3 months ago

Also... don't forget... the ACLU supported Rush Limbaugh in his battle against the government digging into his medical records...

stuckinthemiddle 10 years, 3 months ago

madmike You consider yourself a Libertarian and you support the right of the government to subpoena Limbaugh's medical records because he might have been doctor shopping? Hmmm... that's a bit more government meddling in one's personal life than most Libertarians consider healthy...

Anyway... what is the ACLU's political agenda? I've heard it said before that they have one but I've not seen what that agenda is...

stuckinthemiddle 10 years, 3 months ago

parkay Do you have a source for that "information"?

BikerGrandma 10 years, 3 months ago

On my honor . . . By giving your word, you are promising to be guided by the ideals of the Scout Oath.

. . . I will do my best . . . Try hard to live up to the points of the Scout Oath. Measure your achievements against your own high standards and don't be influenced by peer pressure or what other people do.

. . . To do my duty to God . . . Your family and religious leaders teach you about God and the ways you can serve. You do your duty to God by following the wisdom of those teachings every day and by respecting and defending the rights of others to practice their own beliefs.

. . . and my country . . . Help keep the United States a strong and fair nation by learning about our system of government and your responsibilities as a citizen and future voter.

America is made up of countless families and communities. When you work to improve your community and your home, you are serving your country. Natural resources are another important part of America's heritage worthy of your efforts to understand, protect, and use wisely. What you do can make a real difference.

. . . and to obey the Scout Law; . . . The twelve points of the Scout Law are guidelines that can lead you toward wise choices. When you obey the Scout Law, other people will respect you for the way you live, and you will respect yourself.

. . . To help other people at all times; . . . There are many people who need you. Your cheerful smile and helping hand will ease the burden of many who need assistance. By helping out whenever possible, you are doing your part to make this a better world.

. . . To keep myself physically strong, . . . Take care of your body so that it will serve you well for an entire lifetime. That means eating nutritious foods, getting enough sleep, and exercising regularly to build strength and endurance. it also means avoiding harmful drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and anything else that can harm your health.

. . . mentally awake, . . . Develop your mind both in the classroom and outside of school. Be curious about everything around you, and work hard to make the most of your abilities. With an inquiring attitude and the willingness to ask questions, you can learn much about the exciting world around you and your role in it.

. . . and morally straight. To be a person of strong character, your relationships with others should be honest and open. You should respect and defend the rights of all people. Be clean in your speech and actions, and remain faithful in your religious beliefs. The values you practice as a Scout will help you shape a life of virtue and self-reliance.

Note that the Boy Scout Oath has traditionally been considered to have three promises. Those three promises are delineated by the semicolons in the Oath, which divide it into three clauses. The three promises of the Scout Oath are, therefore:

Duty to God and country, Duty to other people, and Duty to self

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