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BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA (EIGHTH EDITION) 480 pages. $4.75 hard cover. $1.60 paperback.

A lot of toasted marshmallows have gone over the dam since the Boy Scouts of America was founded in 1910. Like many other institutions that have served the nation with pride and distinction during a simpler era, the Boy Scouts have an image problem. By some granny knot of fate, the inner city has come to challenge the resourcefulness of democratic frontier ideals. But the phrase "Boy Scout" still evokes vignettes of white suburban striplings rubbing sticks together in...

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