Finally, something everyone in our nation’s capital can agree on: The Boy Scouts of America prepare youth for life.
That’s why the BSA sends a delegation of Scouts from different backgrounds, ethnicities, and Scouting programs to Washington each year to deliver the Report to the Nation. It’s a reminder to everyone that the Boy Scouts, established by congressional charter in 1916, still have a profound affect on our nation.
The report itself is a by-the-numbers look back at 2012 for the BSA. Highlights include 2.6 million youth members served, more than 13.4 million hours of service performed, and a record 57,976 Eagle Scout badges awarded.
Read on to meet this year’s delegates, read the report, and see photos of the Scouts’ tour of Washington. Continue reading
How are the 2011 Report to the Nation delegates adjusting to the fast-paced environment of Washington, D.C.?
Just fine. But what would you expect with a group of Scouts?
The group’s whirlwind visit to our nation’s capital started Saturday with an exclusive tour of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. John Rehm, the Order of the Arrow national chief, says he was “amazed at this opportunity.”
“We had a chance to learn about how space shuttles are made and the dedication that goes into making them,” he said in an e-mail to me. “I feel so honored to be with the best of the best that Scouting has to offer.” Continue reading
What have Scouts been up to for the past year?
Tons. But instead of merely telling you, why don’t I show you?
The Boy Scouts of America released its 2011 Report to the Nation today, showing the outside world what Scouts accomplished last year.
A delegation of nine young people from across the country will visit Washington, D.C., beginning tomorrow to embark on a whirlwind tour. They’ll take part in visits with top government officials, a service project benefitting the National Cathedral, and exclusive tours of the Pentagon, White House, CIA building, and Supreme Court.