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FRIDAY, JANUARY 21, 2005
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Boy Scouts good group despite the fallibility

It is an unfortunate truth that human fallibility multiplies in groups. Thus the scandal, regarding Boy Scouts of America inflating its membership numbers, should not unduly shock us.

As with most scandals, there is, of course, a lesson. The Boy Scouts clearly need better oversight, tighter controls, more leaders with integrity.

"The mission of the Boy Scouts of America," says the organization, "is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law."

Sadly, the controversy will alienate many boys who find they are more committed to ethical choices than some of their national leaders.

The Boy Scouts organization should lead the charge in eliminating the forces that triggered this controversy. But they should also continue their important mission of instilling wisdom and self-reliance in their boys.

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