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Despite Disabilities, Scouts Fly High

February 16, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

(Philly.com)

Richard Smith raises his right hand, extends three fingers, and launches into a recitation of the Boy Scout Law.

It doesn’t come easily.

“A scout is trustworthy . . . loyal . . . helpful,” he says, struggling to remember the next of 12 admirable qualities. Eventually, Scoutmaster Alan Eickhoff steps in.

“Everyone else will join you here,” he says. “So it won’t matter if you mess up.”

But after more than 30 years of saying the same oath each Thursday night, Smith, 49, and his fellow members of Boy Scout Troop 254 are determined to get it right.

Saturday, four members of the Hatboro group for the developmentally disabled were awarded scouting’s highest honor – the rank of Eagle.

And, as with Smith’s recitation at a rehearsal Thursday, their path posed challenges not even their staunchest cheerleaders were sure they could overcome.

(Read full story from the Inquirer)

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