Capitol Area Council Presents Chancellor McRaven with 2015 Distinguished Citizen Award

Scouts, Scouters, and volunteers are making incredible contributions to their communities on a daily basis. With such remarkable individuals in our midst, the BSA seeks to recognize their efforts while also saying ‘thank you’ for their service to the movement.

At the Capitol Area Council Distinguished Citizen Award Dinner and Gala, Chancellor William McRaven received the Distinguished Citizen Award on November 19, 2015 for his exceptional leadership and service, in and outside of Scouting. 

McRaven, who recently retired as a four-star admiral after 37 years as a Navy SEAL, is currently Chancellor of The University of Texas System. While in the Navy, he served as Commander of U.S. Special Operations. He was responsible for conducting counter-terrorism operations worldwide as well as building reliable military partners. He’s been recognized as a national authority on U.S. foreign policy and has advised the president, secretary of defense, secretary of state, secretary of homeland security and other U.S. leaders on defense issues. 

The Distinguished Citizen Award is presented annually to individuals who share Scouting’s belief in leadership, determination and values, and have contributed significantly to the growth and vitality in their local communities. Funds raised by the event support the delivery of youth leadership training and character development programs to more than 20,000 youth across 15 Central Texas counties, including nearly 7,000 “at-risk” boys and girls.

Chancellor McRaven touched on the importance of Scouting, education and leadership during his acceptance speech at the gala. Hear his inspiring comments on the power of Scouting in the video below. 


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