A time to celebrate and give thanks

Norman-Rockwell-Thanksgiving-DinnerAs we approach Thanksgiving, I find it appropriate to reflect on special moments from the year. It goes without saying that I have a lot to be thankful for as a husband and father, and my role as Chief Scout Executive gives me additional opportunities to give thanks.

I want to take a moment to share some of my favorite Scouting memories from the year and to express my appreciation for the hard work of everyone at BSA.

Ranking among those memorable events was the Normandy camporee conducted by the TransAtlantic Council commemorating the 70th anniversary of D-Day in memory of those who died and fought for our freedom.  To see highlights of the event click here.

BSA inducted Dr. Robert Gates, former U.S. Secretary of Defense and CIA Director as our national president. Dr. Gates embraced his new role in May, and has already started to make an impact on councils across the country. Dr. Gates followed Wayne Perry and we were able to show our appreciation to him with a standing ovation at the National Annual Meeting general session.

In July I attended the World Scout Conference in Ljubljana, Slovenia.  It is always inspiring to hear about the impact the Scouting Movement is making around the world especially through the Messengers of Peace program. Read more