Our opinion: Building character

It is an effort that has stood the test of time – a century of time.

Just three years after the concept of Boy Scouting came to America from Great Britain, a group of Warren County adults looked at the program and decided to dedicate their time to building the character and life skills of their male children.

Then, like now, Scouting requires a lot of dedication, a great deal of commitment, and a serious dose of work.

But, along the way is a tremendous amount of fun.

Local Scout leader Dan Wolboldt once said to a reporter who asked what the sense of accomplishment is like to lead young men in scouting: “It’s like savoring a good meal. It just makes you feel good.”

It’s been like that in Warren County since 1903.

In that time, countless thousands of young men and adults have learned the values contained in their law – “A Scout is: Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, Reverent.”

Taken together they add up to a pretty solid base from which to lead a life that is fulfilling on a personal level and beneficial to a community.

It would be difficult to put a cumulative value on the hundreds of Eagle projects, of the countless acts of charity and support that Scouts have performed in this community.

Last Saturday the Warren Elks Club hosted last year’s class of newly minted Eagle Scouts, a dinner and salute that the fraternal organization does every year. This time, the Elks saluted all of the Eagle Scouts who have made such an impact on the lives of their families and neighbors over the course of that century. Fifty Eagles were on hand, some fresh-faced and new, others greying.

To all of them and all of those who could not make it or who have passed on, allow us to add our thanks and express our pride.