Scouts to Meet With Top Washington Officials to Deliver Report
Dallas—(February 7, 2011)—A delegation of nine young people from across the country will represent the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) in Washington, D.C., this month to present the organization’s annual Report to the Nation. This year’s report, designated in the BSA’s congressional charter, will highlight the BSA’s achievements during its milestone 100th anniversary year in 2010, including progress on Scouting programs that address national service, conservation, healthy living, and community involvement.
“For 100 years, the BSA has worked to teach young Americans the importance of doing their duty to their country,” Chief Scout Executive Bob Mazzuca said. “This delegation of young people and report present a great opportunity to discuss the significant and positive impact we’ve had on young Americans, families, and communities, but also to identify how we can continue this tradition of service and leadership well into our next century.”
In 2010, Scouts participated in community service, conservation, and good citizenship projects as part of more than 120,000 local units around the country. Additionally, more than 56,000 earned the rank of Eagle Scout—an all-time high. Every year, Scouts’ community service projects collectively return millions of hours of volunteer time to communities.
The delegation arrives in the nation’s capital on Saturday, February 12. It is scheduled for visits throughout the week with U.S. Cabinet, House, and Senate leadership, the White House, CIA, Pentagon, Supreme Court, and Secret Service. The delegation will deliver this year’s report to Speaker of the House John Boehner.
Being selected to the Report to the Nation delegation is a tremendous honor for the Scouts and the communities they represent. Each Scout represents the more than 100 million Boy Scouts who have come before them and the millions who will follow. The 2010 delegation is made up of the young people below, and Ronald and June Coleman of Decatur, Georgia, will serve as the host couple while in Washington.
2010 Report to the Nation delegation:
- Cub Scout Vasant Bhardwaj; Berkeley Heights, New Jersey
- Boy Scout Angel Luis Cabanilla; Chicago, Illinois
- Boy Scout Kevin Garcia; Richmond Hill, New York
- Boy Scout Solomon Goodwin; Columbia, South Carolina
- Boy Scout Tony Hansberry II; Jacksonville, Florida
- Order of the Arrow Chief Jonathon Hillis; Austin, Texas
- Sea Scout boatswain Vanya Keyes; Huntington Beach, California
- Venturing president Jennifer Lowe; Spanish Fork, Utah
- Boy Scout Jace Taliaferro; Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
The Report to the Nation delegation will document this once-in-a-lifetime experience through the social media platforms of Twitter and Facebook. To keep track of the Report to the Nation delegation while they explore Washington, D.C., follow @boyscouts through Twitter or Boy Scouts of America on Facebook.
About the Boy Scouts of America
The Boy Scouts of America prepares young people for life by providing the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. The Scouting organization is composed of 2.7 million youth members between the ages of 7 and 21, and more than a million volunteers, in nearly 300 local councils throughout the United States and its territories. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit www.scouting.org.