Letter: Boy Scouts of America celebrates 110 years of building character

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To the editor:

The Boy Scouts of America celebrated its 110th birthday on Saturday.

President Gerald Ford personally told me that Boy Scouts was one of the most important youth movements in the history of our nation. President Ford, an Eagle Scout himself, felt that if the members of Congress were Eagle Scouts or former scouts, our nation would be managed in a far better way than it was.

Today's parents of young children should seriously consider enrolling their children in Boy Scouts. According to the Boy Scouts of America National Service Center:

- 85 percent of high school council presidents are Boy Scouts

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- 71 percent of high school football captains are Boy Scouts

- 98 percent of scouts graduate from high school

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- 82 percent of Rhodes scholars are former scouts

- 20 out of 21 of the original astronauts were Eagle Scouts

In my opinion, young children of scouting ages will be better prepared to reduce crime, drugs, violence and broken families than those youths who do not have a scouting background. All of that is in addition to learning skills, indoor and outdoor, that others usually do not.

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Contact the Western Massachusetts Council, BSA in Pittsfield or Westfield: call 413-594-9196 or wmascouting.org.

Peter C. Giftos,


The writer is the former president of the Great Trails Council, BSA, which was located in Dalton before merging with the Western Massachusetts Council, BSA.


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