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May 15, 2014

Davis talks Boy Scouts during Rotary meeting

DUNCAN — The Boy Scouts of America program isn’t about making children successful. It’s about creating productive adults.

This was the explanation provided by Boy Scout Leader Eric Davis with Troop 4434 during Wednesday’s Duncan Rotary Club meeting. Davis was brought in to talk about the Boy Scout program, which was founded in 1910 and was based on a British club of a similar name.

“It instills some discipline based on three pillars: Duty to God, duty to country and duty to self,” Davis said. “If you don’t teach boys those three pillars, everything else you teach them doesn’t matter.”

Before boys in the program can become Boy Scouts, they start as Cub Scouts. Cub Scouts works with boys from first to fifth grades.

It isn’t until the boys are 12 years old that they are promoted to the Boy Scout level. The boys can remain in the program until they are 18. During their years as Boy Scouts, they work toward the Eagle Scout rank, which is the highest rank for an individual scout.

“These boys will spend six years moving through those ranks before becoming an Eagle Scout,” Davis said.

Of Davis’ four sons, two have earned their Eagle ranks. Davis said the youth who seek their Eagle rank have numerous things to achieve, but none so daunting as the five interviews with adults they go through.

Although there are about 2 million Eagle Scouts throughout the United States, Davis said less than 2 percent of all boys who start with the Boy Scouts earn the rank.

Davis said the Boy Scout program is designed to help the boys grow into leaders and to learn how to take care of themselves. He said the boys lead the program; they help determine what activities they will do.

They develop skills needed to become successful adults through the program, he said.

“We’re not about raising successful children,” Davis said. “We’re interested in raising successful adults. They learn to give back to their community, work to improve the world.”

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