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Troop Committee Member S.C. EASTPOINTE, MICH.

AS A ROLE MODEL … When a Scout in our unit is heard using profane language, we remind him that he is among younger Scouts who look up to him as a leader. Swearing doesn’t make you cool or fit in; it makes you look bad and uncultured. There are better ways to express your feelings.

Assistant Scoutmaster T.S.S. LOCKPORT, N.Y.

CHOICE (OF) WORDS I often remind boys that they are Scouts, and more is expected of them. Then I remind them that they

should be fine having what they say and do relayed to their parents. Using profan- ity and crude language is a choice, even for adults. A simple test: If you don’t use certain words in front of your mom or clergyman, then you are exercising that choice. If you can do it for them, you can do it for everyone.

Scoutmaster T.W. WOODSTOCK, VA.

INVOLVE THE PARENTS If I have a problem, the parents in my pack are very involved in how their boys behave. I have no problem having them intervene to correct the issue in the future.

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