“Clean” removed from Scout Law (or so says “Dirty Jobs” host Mike Rowe)


This just in: The word "Clean" has been removed from the Scout Law. Well, that's if you believe Mike Rowe, Eagle Scout and host of "Dirty Jobs" on the Discovery Channel.

As someone who has made a career out of getting dirty while trying some of the toughest jobs in America, he makes a lighthearted case for the removal of the Scout Law's 11th point:

"I got rid of the clean," he says in the video. "It's not that I've got anything against being clean. It's just that you can't be clean unless you're willing to get dirty."

He quickly admits that his idea probably won't go far. "I haven't approved this with the Boy Scouts of America, and so far I'm the only one that signed the petition."

Actually, he explains, he wanted to take the opportunity to wish the BSA a happy 100th Anniversary.

"Where would I be without the Boy Scouts today?" he asks. "I probably wouldn't even have a job."

He'll get a chance to explain the importance of his Scouting past while attending the 2010 National Scout Jamboree at the end of the month. Among other topics, he'll discuss "the importance of being clean but only in the aftermath of being dirty."

That's also the message of a special T-shirt he designed for the BSA's 100th Anniversary. It's a Dirt Shirt that reads "A Scout Is Clean … But Not Afraid to Get Dirty." The shirts are sold on the Dirt Shirt Web site for $24.95.

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