Annual Report to the Nation program gives young people unique opportunity to detail Scouting accomplishments in 2014
Irving, Texas (Feb. 25, 2015)—This week, 10 youth delegates from across the United States are representing the Boy Scouts of America in Washington, D.C., to present the organization’s annual Report to the Nation to top U.S. officials. The report is designated in the BSA’s congressional charter and highlights the organization’s achievements in 2014. The delegates were selected from among approximately 2.4 million youth members to present the annual report.
“As one of the largest youth-serving organizations, the Boy Scouts of America strives to make a positive impact on young people by combining educational activities and lifelong values in a fun way,” said Wayne Brock, Chief Scout Executive. “During 2014, Scouts across America recorded 14 million hours of service to their communities, and we furthered our commitment to science, technology, engineering, and math fields through the launch of two new merit badges—Digital Technology and Mining in Society. We look forward to continuing to provide the leaders of tomorrow with a strong foundation of character and service throughout 2015 and beyond.”
Being selected to the Report to the Nation delegation is a tremendous honor for the youth and the communities they represent. Each youth represents the more than 100 million youth members who have been part of the BSA since its inception in 1910 and the millions who will follow. This year’s delegation is made up of the following young people:
- Stephen Buttolph; Rumney, New Hampshire
- Alex Call; Corpus Christi, Texas
- Mason Hakes; Corning, New York
- Lucas Hines; Columbia, Maryland
- Jillian Infusino; Whittier, California
- Jonathan Johnson; Atlanta, Georgia
- Peter Schmidt; Springfield, Illinois
- Kenneth Shinozuka; New York, New York
- Dallin Stevens; Sacramento, California
- Sebastian Zuleta; Central Falls, Rhode Island
The delegation, which arrived in the nation’s capital on February 21, is visiting with and delivering the report to key U.S. Cabinet members and House and Senate leadership. To keep track of the Report to the Nation delegates during this once-in-a-lifetime experience in Washington, D.C., follow the BSA on Twitter and Facebook.
The complete Report to the Nation is available online at ScoutingNewsroom.org. Highlights from the report include:
- Scouts provided more than 14 million hours of service to their communities at a value of more than $323 million (based on a national volunteer-hour value of $22.55).
- Nearly 52,000 young men earned the Eagle Scout Award. Earning the Eagle Scout rank requires the completion of an extensive service project, which resulted in more than $183 million in community service.
- More than 1.1 million Scouts attended BSA high-adventure camps in West Virginia, New Mexico, Minnesota, and Florida, as well as thousands of Scout day and summer camps.
- In all, Scouts and Venturers camped a total of more than 6 million nights during 2014.
About the Boy Scouts of America
The Boy Scouts of America provides the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training, which helps young people be “Prepared. For Life.®” The Scouting organization is composed of nearly 2.4 million youth members between the ages of 7 and 21 and approximately 960,000 volunteers in local councils throughout the United States and its territories. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit www.scouting.org.