It all went down during a ceremony at the close of the BSA Centennial Parade in Washington, D.C.
The inductees were named to the National Hall of Leadership for making a "significant difference in the life of another by the extraordinary service they have given … and the Scouting virtues they have modeled," according to a BSA release about the event.
Inductees could be of any age or gender. The only requirement was that they had a profound impact on someone else. Also, only living individuals were eligible for nomination.
An inductee from each region was given the additional honor of representing his or her region at a special ceremony. Those four individuals were:
- Western Region: Mary Jo Brentari of Anacortes, Wash., a Scout leader from the Mount Baker Council in Everett, Wash.
- Southern Region: Hilliard L. Gibbs, Jr. of Opelika, Ala., a Scoutmaster for Troop 373 from the Chattahoochee Council in Columbus, Ga.
- Central Region: Tayler McGillis of Toluca, Ill., an Eagle Scout from Troop 727 in the W.D. Boyce Council in Peoria, Ill.
- Northeast Region: William Kenny of Rosemont, Pa., a Scoutmaster for Troop 652 from the Cradle of Liberty Council in Philadelphia, Pa.
All this week we'll be introducing you to these four individuals and will share with you the original nomination stories submitted by someone who was especially moved by the inductee's presence in their life.
But first, read what Chief Scout Executive Bob Mazzuca took away from this special moment.
“This is a one-time opportunity to honor, recognize, and thank Scouts, leaders, and any living person who has served as a Scouting volunteer from across the country for the extraordinary difference they have made in the lives of others through their leadership,” he said.
“What better way to help celebrate 100 years of Scouting in America than by giving the citizens of the communities we serve the opportunity to remember and honor these individuals who have made such a significant contribution to the lives of others and who have improved the quality of life for all."
For more information and a list of all inductees, click here.
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