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Vice President Joe Biden, a former Boy Scout, says Scouting teaches ‘valuable life lessons’

Vice President Joe Biden says Scouting teaches young people “many valuable life lessons.”

Scouts “acquire numerous important skills, adopt guiding principles, and forge new and lasting friendships.”

And how does he know all this?

“Because I was once a Boy Scout,” Biden writes.

Our nation’s second-ranking executive shared these thoughts in March 2016 in a congratulatory letter to a new Eagle Scout in the Northern New Jersey Council.

Leslie, the volunteer in charge of Eagle Scout courts of honor for Troop 104 of Wayne, N.J., shared the letter with me.

Take a look: 

Joe Biden Eagle Scout letter

Letter from Vice President Dick Cheney

Because this blog maintains strict politician neutrality, here’s a 2001 letter from former Vice President Dick Cheney to an Eagle Scout.

Dick Cheney Eagle Scout letter


How to write to Vice President Biden

Here’s the address, courtesy of the U.S. Scouting Service Project:

Vice President Joseph Biden
Old Executive Office Building
Washington, DC 20501

10 Comments on Vice President Joe Biden, a former Boy Scout, says Scouting teaches ‘valuable life lessons’

  1. Michael Bons // May 19, 2016 at 8:22 am // Reply

    I appreciate the politician neutrality. It is sad that you have to point this out, especially as scouts. Image if we had multiple parties that have held this office and the number of letters you would be digging up.

  2. Joe Biden > Hillary Clinton….his decency is reflected in this letter and in how he conducts himself and I do not agree with him politically.

  3. Sam Colucci // May 19, 2016 at 5:36 pm // Reply

    My Eagle letter was from President Reagan. Has this been delegated
    to the VP office?

    • Seth Walter // May 23, 2016 at 9:42 am // Reply

      No. You have to request letters from each separately.

  4. A 30 Year Veteran of Scouting // May 19, 2016 at 10:19 pm // Reply

    VP Biden may have been a Scout but he certainly did not learn anything about properly handling a shotgun from Scouts.

    • I think you meant Chaney.

      • A 30 Year Veteran of Scouting // May 20, 2016 at 2:38 pm // Reply

        No, I meant VP Biden. Don’t you remember his comments about shooting a double barrel in the air to scare away robbers?

        • Which was silly, but perhaps not as bad as actually shooting a hunting partner in the face as former Vice President Cheney did. Perhaps safe shotgun handling should be a requirement for all future Vice Presidents?

    • John Dougherty // May 20, 2016 at 9:35 am // Reply

      Eagle Scouts can request letters from almost any public figure from the President down. All they have to do is ask.

  5. Duane Prejean // May 20, 2016 at 4:25 pm // Reply

    no it has not be relegated to the VP’s Office. You Can get one from Both the President and Vice President As I Did I got Mine from G. W. And Laura Bush and another one from Richard Dick Cheney. It doesn’t matter if you agree with them politically it is a noble gesture.

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