The Boy Scout Oath: “On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty
to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people
at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally
straight.” This oath has been uttered by countless boys as part
of a tradition stretching back to the organization’s founding in 1910.
While many people, including astronaut Neil Armstrong, praise the Boy Scouts
as an organization worthy of its mission – a mission to teach young
people responsible citizenship and character development – there
are others who have been critical of the organization, especially when
it comes to
child molestation, a crime of sexual abuse.
As Jason Felch reports for the Los Angeles Times, there’s a pile
of files containing allegations of sexual abuse perpetrated against boys
going back 47 years, and in these files, it appears as though Scout officials
covered up some of the incidents.
On the other hand, Felch’s report indicates there are more than one
million adults who volunteer, and only a “tiny fraction” of
those adults end up getting kicked out of Scouts for sexual abuse.