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Kingston helps scouts earn merit badge

POSTED: July 5, 2010 10:45 a.m.
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Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Mitchem and his son, assistant scout leader Khameron Mitchem, pose for a photo with Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga.

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Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., met with Boy Scout Troop 461 on June 22 in Hinesville to discuss issues. Kingston gave each scout a copy of the United States Constitution. The local troop is working to obtain “citizenship in the community” merit badges.
 “It is an honor to be able to spend time with such intelligent and promising young men,” Kingston said. “These are the future leaders of America and the skills they learn through scouting will better prepare them for a successful future. They are setting an example not only for their peers but for all of us to follow as well.”
The citizenship in the community merit badge requires troop members to meet with an elected official to discuss issues that impact them and their community. Members of the troop interviewed the congressman, asking him about the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, military funding and school lunch programs.
The scouts also talked about freedom of speech and freedom of religion rights. They urged Kingston to continue fighting to protect those rights.
 The congressman explained his role in government, the three branches of government and the role each plays in our U.S. residents’ lives.
“Our troop and the Boy Scouts truly appreciate Congressman Kingston taking the time out of his schedule,” troop leader Don Sanker said. “We know how busy he is and it means the world to the boys to have this special opportunity.”

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