The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

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January 29, 2013

Updating what it means to be a citizen


Of the more than 130 merit badges offered today, citizenship appears among the badges awarded most often.

Over the past three years, the Scouts have awarded more than 3.2 million merit badges for Citizenship of the Community and another 3 million for Citizenship of the Nation, both of which rank in the top 10.

Maybe the Boy Scouts are merely updating what it means to be a citizen in the 21st Century where everyone agrees that individual liberty can flourish best within a community where differences are accepted and respected -- a community called America.

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