Youth: Good Turn

For big names, at least, the Boy Scouts of America deserve some sort of merit badge. Among the 32 million alumni are Cabinet Members Orville Freeman and Stewart Udall, Actors James Stewart and Henry Fonda. Vice President Hubert Humphrey and U.N. Ambassador Arthur Goldberg rose from tenderfoot; so did the latest Gemini spacemen, Thomas Stafford and Eugene Cernan. Defense Secretary Robert McNamara and General William Westmoreland are old Eagle Scouts, and Secretary of State Dean Rusk was once knot-tying champion of the Atlanta Council.

Its formidable roll call notwithstanding, Scouting today suffers...

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