Can your students write this well? This kid was 12:
Found the image at the U.S. Scouting Service Project site, part of their celebration of the history of Scouting.
John Fitzgerald Francis Kennedy, President of the United States, was a Scout in Troop 2 in the Bronxville, NY, from 1929 to 1931. This letter was written when he was 12 years old in 1929.
Transcript: A Plea for a raise
By Jack Kennedy
Dedicated to my
Mr. J. P. Kennedy
My recent allowance is 40¢. This I used for areoplanes and other playthings of child- hood but now I am a scout and I put away my childish things. Before I would spend 20¢ of my ¢.40 allowance and In five minutes I would have empty pockets and nothing to gain and 20¢ to lose. When I a a scout I have to buy canteens, haversacks, blankets, searchlidgs [searchlights] poncho things that will last for years and I can always use it while I cant use a cholcalote marshmellow sunday with vanilla ice cream and so I put in my plea for a raise of thirty cents for me to buy scout things and pay my own way more around.
John Fitzgerald Francis Kennedy
Contributed by: Peter Lenahan, Bronxville, NY
- The Scout Cabin in Bronxville, New York (Troop 2 is still going, it appears)
- Scouting is expensive, Mowry Journal (great photos of Kennedy and Scouts)
- Wiki Answers: Who was the first president who was a Scout?
- Boy Sout executive gives Fort Worth dinner audience something to chew on (star-telegram.com)
- What can change a life? You. (bedfordscouts.wordpress.com)
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