The Scouts recognize this and carry with them the ultimate goal of developing outstanding men to be fathers, husbands and leaders -- men who understand that sacrifice for the sake of others and the pursuit of a righteous path far outweigh selfish concerns and motivations.
It begins with 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.” Keeping that pledge helps frame the lives of all successful Boy Scouts, no matter what rank they obtain.
All Scouts aim to obtain the highest honor, and last year alone a record 52,470 became Eagle Scouts, more than enough to fill Yankee Stadium. Among them was the 2 millionth Eagle Scout in history.
Our country needs people who rise to challenges with dignity and honor; people who make moral decisions; people who are trustworthy, brave and kind.
“Each generation as it comes to maturity has no more important duty than that of teaching high ideals and proper behavior to the generation which follows,” Deputy Chief Scout Executive George J. Fisher said in 1937.
Scouting has been doing that successfully for a century now. Let’s hope it continues doing so for many centuries more.