Our Thanks To You
Illustration By Richard Sparks
Frankly, we don't thank you nearly enough for your dedication to what is good and true: teaching our youth membersour childrenthe virtues of what a Scout should be.
And you never know when and where those patiently taught lessons in character that you imbue our young membership with will shine forthbut they will shine fortheven if you don't get to see it. Which brings us to a story we heard...
This is a little incident. Not a heroic rescue. Not the stuff of the National Court of Honor. The kind of thing that should and could happen every day. As the poet Wordsworth described it, "That best portion of a good man's lifehis little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love."
A Scout is kindand an awful lot more. And all our young people in the Boy Scouts of Americathree million of themhave you, the volunteer leaders of the BSA, to thank for your great dedication in forming them, ethically and morally, one day at a time, one value at a time, during many activities, and over many years.
You're really making a differencein the lives of these children and, ultimately, in the life of this great nation.
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year from a couple of your staunchest fans.
Roy S. Roberts
Roy L. Williams
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