Travis Purser, Eagle Scout from Troop and Crew 345, was recently awarded the Congressional Silver Medal for logging more than 400 hours of voluntary public service. Travis had previously received the Congressional Bronze Medal and is now working toward the Gold Medal. He is currently a student and member of the Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M University.
The Congressional Award is the United States Congress’ award for young Americans. It is non-partisan, voluntary, and non-competitive. The program is open to all 14- to 23-year-olds; young people may register when they turn 13 1/2 years old and must complete their activities before their 24th birthday.
Participants earn Bronze, Silver and Gold Congressional Award Certificates and Bronze, Silver and Gold Congressional Award Medals. Each level involves setting goals in four program areas; Volunteer Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness, and Expedition/Exploration.
Throughout the year, Congressional Award Medalists are honored at local ceremonies and medal presentations by Members of Congress at the district and state levels. Since its inception in 1979, the Congressional Award has recognized thousands of young Americans committed to serving their country and improving themselves, representing over 3.5 million hours of public service and 35,000 students –all of whom are actively working toward their Gold Medal.