Shawn Goldsmith: A Scouting Legend
Shawn Goldsmith, a Long Island teenager, has earned a place of pride in the history of Scouting. The Associated Press reports that the young lad has earned all 121 merit badges offered by the Boy Scouts of America. “It’s an accomplishment the local arm of the organization calls ‘an almost unheard-of feat’.”
Being an avid follower of the Scout movement worldwide and an old Scout myself, I feel happy that the movement is as popular as it was when I was in my teens. The Oceanside resident Shawn Goldsmith far surpassed the 21 badges required to achieve the elite rank of Eagle Scout.
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In 2007, Scouting and Guiding together had over 38 million members in 216 countries. That year also marked the centenary of Scouting world wide, with member organizations planning events all over the world in order to celebrate the event.
“The movement employs the Scout method, a program of informal education with an emphasis on practical outdoor activities, including camping, woodcraft, aquatics, hiking, backpacking, and sports.
“Another widely recognized movement characteristic is the Scout uniform, by intent hiding all differences of social standing in a country and making for equality, with neckerchief and campaign hat or comparable head wear. Distinctive uniform insignia include the fleur-de-lis and the trefoil, as well as merit badges and other patches.” More here…