Celebrating 100 Years of Scouting in America


 

 

Joint Board Matter: Supervisor Cook and Supervisor Foust

Celebrating 100 Years of Scouting in America

Madame Chairman:

Scout’s Honor. That simple phrase has, over the last century, found itself used more times than you can count, but unlike so many other things its connotation hasn’t changed or degraded. It still conveys trust, honesty and integrity.

Established in 1910 to teach character development, citizenship and fitness, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has grown into one of the nation's largest and most prominent youth development organizations, with nearly 3 million members. For 100 years now, the BSA has provided a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun. Each council commits each Scout to perform at least 12 hours of community service yearly, totaling more than 30,000,000 community service hours each year.

The National Capital Area Council (NCAC) was organized in 1911 and today stands as one of the oldest and largest councils in America, encompassing much of the Greater Washington Area, including Fairfax County. As 2009 drew to a close, total youth membership stood at 67,735 and the coveted rank of Eagle Scout was attained by 1,220 Scouts.

While February 8th, 2010 was the official 100th anniversary of their founding, celebrating the impact 100 years of scouting had on the lives of millions needs more than just a single date. So, BSA has launched a series of national and local programs that includes a Grand Centennial Parade that will march its way through Washington, D.C. on July 25th.

Madame Chairman, without objection I ask that the Board of Supervisors invite representatives from National Capital Area Council, Boy Scouts of America to come before the Board at its July 13th meeting to be recognized for their tireless efforts in working with youth and their ceaseless contributions toward building a more conscientious, responsible, and productive society.


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