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Dr. Kemp Mabry

Scouting continues into manhood

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Posted: February 9, 2007 6:18 p.m.
Updated: February 24, 2007 5:00 a.m.
    Daniel Martin Worley was one of my first Eagle Scouts in old Troop 2 of Marietta, Ga. He was a natural leader.
    Later, Dan has been an active and effective Scouter. He has held virtually every office in Cobb (Marietta) District, BSA, as well as the Atlanta Area Council.
    I am privy to his crowded resume of Scouting offices and activities, local, regional and national.
    Several years ago he came to Statesboro to conduct a workshop in Genealogy Merit Badge. The workshop was held at Statesboro Regional Library and financed by Mr. J.E. (Eustace) Denmark.
    Several years ago, he impersonated Robert Baden-Powell, hero of the Boer War and founder of Scouting (in England). Dan dressed up in what was presumed to be like Baden-Powell wore. He affected a British accent and performed at the National Scout Jamboree and the National Scout Ranch in Philmont, New Mexico.
    He came to Statesboro and presented Baden-Powell as the founder of Scouting. We assembled all Statesboro troops at Statesboro First Baptist Church for his program.
    At one of his performances, King Gustaf of Sweden, a Scout, was in the audience.
    Dan came to Statesboro again to give a program to the Bulloch County Historical Society on Scottish history and culture.
    I was surprised to find myself dressed as a fierce Highland warrior! A picture was made and published in the “Great Scots” newsletter of the newly organized Scottish Heritage Society of Southeast Georgia. The Bulloch County Historical Society sponsored the Scottish Heritage Society, which was hugely successful.
    Today, Feb. 11th, marks the end of Boy Scout Week celebrating 97 years of serving millions of boys.
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