In 2010, Boy Scouts of America willcelebrate its 100-year anniversary. Since its beginning, scouting has played an important role in the development of many of our nation's leaders. The skills that are learned in scouting can aid you in becoming a leader in many different careers.
Some of America's best and brightest were Boy Scouts. These include: Sam Walton, founder of Wal-Mart; NeilArmstrong, first man on the moon; Steven Spielberg, movie producer; Gerald Ford, president of the United States; Steven Fossett, world adventurer; Harrison Ford, actor; and Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft.
As a scout in Troop 8 at Zion Lutheran Church, I feel that many of the skills I am learning will be useful for the rest of my life. Through various leadership positions, I am learning important skills, including teamwork, problem solving and communications. Furthermore, I have learned other skills including camping, survival and first aid. Through earning merit badges, I am gaining knowledge in a wide range ofsubjects from journalism to dentistry.
With all of the challenges that are faced by today's youth, Boy Scouting is needed more than ever. Here's to another onehundred years of scouting!