I was a scout leader in my son’s troop for many years. Adolescent boys can be difficult, but sometimes their courage and self-sacrifice go to the heart. 

At one scout camp I was at, a boy with a minor eye problem was patiently learning how to shoot a rifle. I overheard him explaining to the instructor that he hoped to overcome his eye problem so he could enlist in the army and protect his country.


 The scouts in Sri Lanka are of the same stuff: AOL reports 

The president of the Maldives was saved from assassination Tuesday when a boy scout grabbed the knife of an attacker who had jumped out of a crowd greeting the leader, an official said. This fellow in the crowd with a knife in his hand attempted to stab the president in his stomach,” Shareef said by telephone from Male, the capital. “But a 15-year-old boy came in the way, and grabbed the knife. One brave boy saved the president’s life.”The scout was identified as Mohamed Jaisham Ibrahim, who had lined up to welcome Gayoom, according to the president’s Web site.The boy was injured in the hand by the knife. “His wound was stitched but later he complained that he could not move some of his fingers, so he was flown by a sea plane to Male,” Shareef said.“There was blood on the president’s shirt, but it was not his but the boy’s. Still we got a physician to examine him,” Shareef said. 

When a boy is willing to shed his blood to protect you, you can put up with a lot of difficult adolescent behavior.

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