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Being A Scout Is Expensive   7 comments

Being a Scout is expensive. I’ve seen the parent walk into the store with camping gear and plunk down the plastic to buy their young man whatever he needs.

But that’s not doing it the right way.

Here’s another approach, which I read courtesy of Ed Darrell over at Millard Fillmore’s Bathtub: a letter from a future President asking for more allowance.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy was our first President who was a Scout as a youth. He rose to the rank of Star Scout, and later served on the Executive Board of the Boston Council of the Boy Scouts of America.  Here’s a (very poor) picture of him as a Scout.

John F Kennedy as a Scout in 1930.

John F Kennedy as a Scout in 1930.

President Kennedy receiving Boy Scout greeting - December, 1962 (photo courtesy John Loengard, Life Magazine)

President Kennedy receiving Boy Scout greeting – December, 1962 (photo courtesy John Loengard, Life Magazine)

President Kennedy described Scouting:

“For more than 50 years, Scouting has played an important part in the lives of the Boy Scouts of this nation. It has helped to mold character, to form friendships, to provide a worthwhile outlet for the natural energies of growing boys, and to train these boys to become good citizens of the future.”

A Scouting Family

President John F. Kennedy Visits with the Boy Scouts’ “Scouting Family of the Year”, February 8, 1962.

President John F. Kennedy meets with the Fair family, a representative family selected as “Scouting Family of the Year” by the Boy Scouts of America, in conjunction with Boy Scout Week. L-R: Grant, Bill, and Bob Fair (order undetermined); Martha Fair; President Kennedy; Jane Swift Fair; Harry G. Fair. Fish Room, White House, Washington, D.C. Photographer: Robert L Knudsen.
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