Almost everyone in America has some image come to mind when the words "Boy Scouts" are mentioned.
For some, it is the iconic Scout helping an elderly woman to cross the street. For others, it is boys in uniforms smartly saluting. For others it is a sash of merit badges. And for others it is the moving ceremony that recognizes a young man who has attained the honored rank of Eagle Scout.
The Boy Scouts of America is celebrating its centennial this year. All year long there have been special events that call attention to the best facets of Scouting. Millions of grown men recall their days as Boy Scouts and credit their Scouting days for molding them in positive ways to become successful fathers and community leaders.
Over the years, countless churches and civic organizations have made Scouting activities possible by sponsoring local dens, packs and troops. This support and encouragement through volunteer adult leadership has set many a boy on the right path.
The activities of the Boy Scouts have managed to keep up with the times. Today's Scouts have a broad range of wonderful character-building opportunities. Hats off to all Scouts and those who support them.