A letter to the president
As an Eagle Scout , the brother of an Eagle Scout and the father of an Eagle Scout, I was greatly disappointed that you and your advisors failed to accept the opportunity to recognize publicly the young American men and their leaders who gathered to celebrate the National Centennial Anniversary Jamboree of the Boy Scouts of America.
The young men represented hundreds of thousands of brother Scouts that are living their lives under the tenets of the Scout oath – i.e., doing their best
n to do their duty to God and Country
n to help other people at all times
n and to keep themselves physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight
This is an oath worthy of practice by all of us. It is a recognized fact that many Scouts have grown into men holding positions of leadership in many facets of the life of our great country.
To have given public recognition to the Scouts at their centennial celebration would have been an affirmation to their contributions to the strength of the American way of life. Rather, you chose to appear on a daytime TV show – an opportunity that could have occurred anytime.
Carleton Bingham, PhD
Recipient of Scouting’s Order of the Arrow