Dear Boy Scouts of America National Executive Board of Directors: We are writing today as former Boy Scouts having achieved the rank of Life Scout. At the time of our involvement, local troops were all organizationally unstable, thus forcing both my brother (also a member in Order of the Arrow) and me to leave one dissolving troop to join another on three separate occasions, which ultimately created a timing issue and prevented both of us from reaching and achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. Even so, our participation in the BSA program was truly one of the most influential character-building and life-forming experiences we could have ever known. The BSA offers American boys and men a reputable – and currently morally correct — standard to follow, and with which to measure other civic organizations. We are both proud to be former Scouts.
We have two nephews, the sons of our sister, who lived and breathed scouting as they progressed through the ranks. These young men were also award-winning Order of the Arrow Scouts. Each achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. The eldest was also visually impaired and became the very first visually impaired Scout in the State of Florida to earn the Eagle designation. Are we proud? Absolutely! My brother is the Scout Master of a local troop for his three sons, with the eldest recently being awarded the Eagle Scout Award. We believe in the Boy Scouts of America and are continuing to support this worthwhile organization — as the organization currently stands.
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