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Remarks at the Court of Honor of Boy Scouts of America Troop 8
February 4, 2008 at 7:15 PM
Evangelical Covenant Church of Hinsdale, Illinois
This past summer, forty thousand Boy and Girl Scouts and Scouters gathered together in England, the birthplace of Scouting, to celebrate its one-hundredth anniversary. They arrived by plane, ship, train, and—in the case of Girl Scout Arianna Corradi from Torino, Italy—on horseback. One of Troop 8’s very own, Life Scout Eric Andrews, was there, too, as part of the contingent from the Boy Scouts of America. These boys and girls, women and men, were all part of something special, the twenty-first World Scout Jamboree.
The Jamboree, hosted by a different country every fourth year, is “an educational event to promote peace and understanding among young people all over the world” (WOSM). It’s like the Olympics, except that at its opening ceremony, rather than a parade of the world’s greatest athletes, it is an assembly of the world’s greatest youth.
The World Scouting Movement includes Scouts from 216 nations, from Sri Lanka, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, New Zealand, Pakistan, Iceland, Honduras, Korea, Lithuania, and Kazakhstan, among many others. And these Scouts are united in the same spirit, voiced in the Scout Promise: “On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country; to help other people at all times; and to obey the Scout Law.” (That’s the original… a bit different, isn’t it?)