Thank a Boy Scout

| Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, 8:55 p.m.

The Boy Scouts of America is celebrating a birthday on Feb. 8. This organization is good for boys of all ages.

Boys learn leadership, cooperation with others, survival skills and much more. Troops go camping and take fun field trips for learning and entertainment. It's a great opportunity for sons and fathers to spend quality time together.

Locally, Scout troops are involved in a variety of activities. We participate in food drives to benefit the food banks. During parades, Scouts wave the flag to support the military. We assist veterans with flag-burning ceremonies and place flags on their graves on Memorial Day.

Over 103 years, 56,000 boys have earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank a Scout can attain. Gerald R. Ford is the only United States president to earn the Eagle Scout rank.

When you see a Boy Scout, encourage him to stay in the organization and earn the Eagle Scout rank. Thank him for the hard work he has done.

Who knows, one day a future president could be an Eagle Scout from the Alle-Kiski Valley!

Joel M.A. Sanders

Lower Burrell

The writer is a Life Scout with Troop 186.

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