Archive for August 9th, 2007

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August 9, 2007

I guess these kids don’t understand the principles of Leave No Trace.

PASADENA, Md. (AP) – Doctors often warn of the health risks of eating junk food, but it seems the treats can be a problem for burglars, too.

Four teenagers broke into a gas station early Wednesday and left a trail of candy bar wrappers along the road as they left, said Cpl. Mark Shawkey, a spokesman for the Anne Arundel County Police Department. A police dog located the teens a quarter-mile away.

“Never heard of a K-9 having that extra help in completing a track,” Shawkey said.

Three boys and a girl, ages 15 and 16, were charged with burglary and theft. They were not named because of their ages.

Shawkey said the teens stole candy, chips and cigars from the BP station. Most of the junk food was found scattered around the road where they were apprehended.

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Happy Birthday, Boy Scouting!

August 9, 2007

Scouts of the World — Brothers Together

On August 9, 1907, 22 boys, lead by Robert Baden-Powell, held the first boy scout camp. It was held on Brownsea Island, off England’s southern coast.

As a military officer, Baden-Powell wrote Aids to Scouting, a manual for army scout, while he was serving in South Africa. When he returned to England, he learned that the manual was being used by young men. B-P decided that it would be better to write a book specifically for young men. He did research on several youth organizations in England and in the United States and came up with his Scouting idea. To test his methods, he took 22 boys (between the ages of 9 and 17—13 were from upper-class families and 9 were from working-class families), placed them in 4 patrols, and took them to Brownsea.

The day began at 6 a.m. and ended at 9:00 p.m. There were physical drills, camp activities, contests, campfires and daily prayers. At the campfires, Baden-Powell told the boys about his adventures in India and in Africa.

The experiment at Brownsea was a success. When he returned, B-P wrote Scouting for Boys, the first scout handbook. Originally, it was published in serial form in a bi-weekly magazine.

Scouting for Boys was an immediate hit and scout troop began springing up all over England. Soon B-P realized that this new adventure would require his full time effort and he retired from the Army in 1910 on the advice of King Edward VII, who suggested that he could better serve his country by promoting Scouting.

Today, there are more than 28 million youth and adults involved in Scouting in 155 countries. All members of the Scouting Movement adhere to a Scout Promise and Law which is based on the principles of duty to God, duty of others, and duty to self.

Boy Scouting came to the United States in 1910. Since then, more than 110 million youth and adults have been members. In recent years, Scouting has fallen out of favor with the ‘politically correct’ crowd, mainly because if its stance on faith in God and on its position of not allowing openly gay adults to be leaders. I think that it is very ironic that at the time when America’s youth need an organization that instills the values of character building, citizenship, and leadership, it is being attacked for those very values. The country would be in much better condition of more boys would believe and follow the Scout Oath and Law:

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.

A Scout is
Trustworthy
Loyal
Helpful
Friendly
Courteous
Kind
Obedient
Cheerful
Thrifty
Brave
Clean, and
Reverent

The picture above is a watercolor painted by B-P titled Scouts of the World–Brothers Together. It was originally from a pen and ink drawing in Aids to Scoutmastership, first published in 1919.