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Scouting broke its own law

A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.

These are worthy character traits to instill in our young people, especially in our more divided and angry nation and county with ever-growing coarse discourse and relations.

Unfortunately, the Boy Scouts of America violated its Scout Law. Scoutmasters sexually assaulted Scouts, and Scout leaders covered up those horrible crimes.

The Boy Scouts of America, the governing body of Scouting, needs to honestly admit to the evil actions of some of their leaders and their role in the cover-up and do its best to make good to the victims.

It is our hope, though, that Scouting will survive. Scouting has impacted the lives of thousands of boys — and now girls — in our community in a positive way, giving them a firsthand and closeup look at nature through camping and hiking, teaching them first aid and other useful skills and most importantly, shaping them into good people and leaders, guided by altruistic principals as stated in the Scout Law.

There is inherent good in Scouting if its ideals are upheld and pursued without violation.