To the Speaker of the House of Representatives

In 2008, our 98th year, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) served 2.8 million young people, helping them build character, learn values, develop leadership skills, and serve neighbors around the corner and across the globe.

Two events during 2008 encapsulate the promise and the power of Scouting. First, during five weeks across the summer, approximately 3,600 Scouts and adult volunteers came together as part of ArrowCorps5, a project to benefit our national forests in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service. Those young—and not-so-young—volunteers completed more than $5.6 million worth of improvements in the BSA’s largest national service project since World War II.

Second, when a tornado devastated Iowa’s Little Sioux Scout Ranch on June 11, dozens of Scouts and adult volunteers responded, setting up a triage system, providing first aid, and saving many lives before first responders could arrive. One survivor of the Little Sioux tragedy spoke volumes when he said, “Thank God that this happened to us and not somebody else who wasn’t prepared.”

Those Scouts and all Scouts were prepared in large part because of more than 1.1 million volunteers, who give selflessly of their time and talent in the service of America’s young people. Thanks to these volunteers, we approach our 100th anniversary confident that Scouting will continue to mold the destinies of young people and of our country far into the future.

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Robert J. Mazzuca
Chief Scout Executive
John Gottschalk
Tico A. Perez
National Commissioner    

In 2008, 2.8 million young people participated in the Scouting program, among them these representatives of Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, and Venturing. Standing with them are Chief Scout Executive Robert J. Mazzuca, president John Gottschalk, and National Commissioner Tico A. Perez.





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