FORGIVE US OUR NEGLECT AND SELFISHNESS—TOWARD YOUNG MEN AND BOYS–PREVFERRING OUR SAFE CORNERS OF LIFE–NOT TRUSTING IN THY RIGHTEOUSNESS AND FAVOR TO KEEP US WHILE WE MARCH TO DO THY WORK AMONG THEM!
A growing fear of “boys in trouble” leads to the founding of Minnesota’s first Boy Scout troop, only eight months after the organization arrives in the United States from England.*
What can I say about the Scouts? For openers, thanks that its’ founders sought a way to connect boys with each other. Each Scout is an important part of his troop. For many, this is a first affirmation of their maleness. He learns that he can do his part and become worthy of trust.
Even in failure, like forgetting key food items for a camping trip, the troop may rib him, but ultimately close ranks and support him. That Scout learns, “ I can make do if I’m in need, and overcome temporary discomfort.” What an important lifelong lesson!
Next, the Boy Scouts will get a child or teen out of his home environment. A city kid will see…
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