Boy Scout statue
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Be prepared, kid
Washington, DC - April 2, 2006

This monument, dedicated in 1964, stands on the site of the first Boy Scout Jamboree in 1937 not too far from the White House. There is a pool in front of the statue, around which is carved:

In grateful tribute to the men and women whose generosity, devotion, and leadership have brought Scouting to the nation's youth and to honor all members of the Boy Scouts of America who in days of peace and times of peril have done their duty to God and their country this memorial was authorized by the Congress of the United States and erected in recognition of the fiftieth anniverary of the Boy Scouts of America.

As an Eagle Scout, I have a great deal of appreciation and respect for the Scouting movement, despite our occassional philosophical difference. The eleven years I spent in Scouts contributed more to making me who I am today than almost anything else in my life outside my family. And I can understand the point that the sculptor was going for with this statue. But I really have to wonder if the BSA is having second thoughts about a statue with a naked man right behind a young Scout.

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