The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Editorials

February 8, 2010

Boy Scouts

100 years something to celebrate

For years, many of us have overlooked it.

We shouldn’t have, but National Boy Scout Week has traditionally passed like any other in southern West Virginia. Truth is, our local Boy Scout troops deserve much more recognition. The Buckskin Council and the Seneca District have done more than their fair share of “a good turn daily.”

Boy Scouts do a great deal for our communities. The success of Mac’s Toy Fund, for one example, wouldn’t be possible without help from local troops. And the good values scouting teaches these young people make a difference — not only in their young lives, but as adults.

Monday marked the 100th anniversary of Boy Scouts in America — an entire century of dedication. More than 110 million Americans have been members of the BSA since it began in 1910.

This week, National Boy Scout Week, is a momentous occasion across the nation, but never has it been more important in West Virginia than this year.

With the new National Scout Preserve — including a high-adventure base and a permanent home for the Jamboree — coming to Fayette County, we have much to celebrate.

Operation Welcome Scouts is under way locally, and the fever is high. Business owners throughout Fayette and Raleigh counties are participating in the contest to show their excitement for the Boy Scouts of America’s high-adventure base in Fayette County.

Participants are decorating storefront windows, themed “This Is Scouting Country.”

We encourage you to look for these businesses this week and thank them for supporting the Boy Scouts.

Wrapping our arms around the Boy Scouts and assisting them as they bring this real difference-maker to our region is at the top of the priority list. We’re truly excited and looking forward to the gateway to so many positive things the BSA brings with it.

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