Report to the Nation delegation attends White House ceremony as special guests

Sophie Schell, Audrey Perez, Colt Seymour, Elena Taylor, Sebastian Morales-Talero and Callista Kellogg at the White House. Photo by Michael Roytek.

Wrapping up the Report the Nation, the delegation of 15 Scouts attended a welcoming ceremony for South Korean dignitaries at the White House.

This past week, the Scouts laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, delivered the report to the Assistant Secretary of the Senate and the Clerk of the House of Representatives, and met with U.S. leaders. Since 1917, the Boy Scouts of America has been presenting reports to Congress of its previous year’s activities and accomplishments, which is entered into the congressional record.

James Harris, left, and Alec Garcia record the ceremony at the White House. Photo by Michael Roytek.

At the White House

President Joe Biden acknowledges the Report to the Nation delegation. Photo by Michael Roytek

President Joe Biden invited the delegation to be special guests for a military arrival ceremony for South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol and about 2,000 dignitaries and guests.

The group walked through the east wing of the White House before heading outside. There, they stood close to the platform, behind South Korean and U.S. leaders, including Vice President Kamala Harris.

The official state function commemorated the 70th anniversary of the alliance with the U.S. and the Republic of Korea. After military bands played music and marched, both presidents walked around the south lawn of the White House. As President Biden passed the Scouts, he turned, pointed and waved to the delegation.

Standing in a VIP section, the Scouts listened to both presidents talk about the alliance between the countries and the shared vision for freedom and prosperity.

The Report to the Nation delegation, including Alec Garcia, James Harris, Sebastian Morales-Talero, Colt Seymour, Sophie Schell, Callista Kellogg, Audrey Perez and Elena Taylor, stands outside the White House. Photo by Michael Roytek.

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