On my honor, I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country;
To obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.
A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.
This weekend we celebrate the 100 anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America.
The organization, established in this country by Chicago publisher William Boyce, has stressed responsible citizenship, character development and self-reliance to more than 110 million young men.
At least one member of our editorial staff fondly remembers the early days of his life first as a Cub Scout and then a proud, second class Boy Scout.
There was a certain excitement involved in camping and learning survival and other life skills.
Also, there was certain anticipation of receiving a copy of the scout magazine, Boys' Life, every month. The magazine contained adventure stories and fishing and camping techniques - everything a young boy needed to be like his father.
Today, we salute the men and woman volunteers who act as leaders to the thousands of boys who make up the Yellow River District (Newton and Rockdale) of the BSA, as well as those who donate goods and services. Without each of you and the talents you bring to share with the young people who are part of the BSA, our community would not have such a rich Scouting heritage.
Happy birthday BSA and many blessings to the boys served by the organization - we are proud that you are carrying on the fine tradition that your grandfather and father enjoyed.