Scouting, still alive and well here


To the Editor:

As I looked about, while passing time on a recent ferry crossing, I couldn’t help but notice one of the returning Island sports teams, not enthused and reveling over their recent victory, but to almost a person, engrossed in silent communication on their cellular phones. I’m told this is 21st century lifestyle and I need to get used to it.

Let me tell you about another lifestyle called the Boy Scouts of America. Troop 93 is alive and well on Martha’s Vineyard, and they’re anxious to teach young men more than the use of phone applications.

How about a goal of responsible citizenship, character development, and self reliance, through a wide range of outdoor activities and education programs. This includes merit badge programs covering more than 100 subjects such as archeology, astronomy, backpacking, emergency preparedness, farm machines, first aid, Indian lore, and public speaking.

If you have a boy in your family, ages 10 and a half or older, who might find such activities interesting, get in touch with us. Troop 93 meets each Monday night at 7 pm at Trinity Parish Hall, Oak Bluffs.

Frank Honey