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Scout's honor

"Scout's honor" Continued...

Issue: "Your right to vote," July 31, 2010

The Scouts also recently acquired a 10,000-acre tract of land in West Virginia, a high adventure base called The Summit. It is expected to relieve pressure on Philmont and will provide a location for the National Scout Jamboree. Since 1981-and again this year for the 100th anniversary-the jamboree will take place at Ft. A.P. Hill in Virginia. But protests from the ACLU that the Scouts shouldn't be allowed to use the military base was a factor in the decision to find another permanent home.

With all this talk of change, though, many still believe that Scouting as it has always been is relevant and will remain relevant into the distant future. Sammy L. Davis, for example, is sometimes known as the "real Forrest Gump."

In 1967, Private First Class Davis used an air mattress to ferry three of his wounded comrades across a river to safety while his unit was under heavy enemy mortar fire. He won the Medal of Honor for his actions. Footage of Davis receiving the medal from President Lyndon Johnson was used in the movie Forrest Gump-with Tom Hanks' face digitally inserted.

On July 4, the 63-year-old Davis celebrated Independence Day and the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts with hundreds of admiring Boy Scouts gathered around him to hear "what he learned in the Boy Scouts" that allowed him to do what he did in Vietnam and in the rest of his life.

It's a scene Lord Baden-Powell, the founder of the Scouting Movement, would have relished.
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Boy Scouts of America

Membership: 2.9 million (including adult leaders)

Founded:1910 by newspaper publisher William Boyce, who visited England, got lost in the dense London fog, and was helped by a young boy. The boy refused a reward, saying that helping others was his duty as a Boy Scout. Boyce linked up with Lord Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of the British Boy Scouts, to bring the organization to America.

Boy Scout Jamboree

Held every four years, this month it takes place at Ft. A.P. Hill in Virginia. In 2013 it will have a permanent home at The Summit, a new Scout reservation in West Virginia.

Boys' Life

The magazine of the Boy Scouts of America and one of the nation's oldest currently published magazines. Its first issue came out in 1911. An illustrated Bible story appears in every issue.

Warren Cole Smith
Warren Cole Smith

Warren, who lives in Charlotte, N.C., is vice president of WORLD News Group and the host of the radio program Listening In. Follow Warren on Twitter @WarrenColeSmith.

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