Scouts mark annual celebration with national Eagle Scout search


IRVING, TEXAS (February 4, 2008) – On Friday, Feb. 8, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) will celebrate its 98th year of building the character and integrity of America’s youth and preparing young Americans to become exceptional adults with Scout Week 2008


This annual celebration, Sunday, Feb 3–Saturday, Feb. 9, is a weeklong commemoration of the birth of Scouting in the United States and an opportunity for parents, volunteers, and Scouts to celebrate Scouting’s rich legacy of service and youth development. During this week, local Boy Scout councils across the country will participate in a variety of celebrations, relief projects, banquets, religious services, and volunteerism efforts to benefit their communities. In many councils, Scout Week kicks off with Scout Sunday, and ends with Scout Sabbath, where Scouts attend religious services wearing their uniforms. Scout councils also use Scout Week as a time for education and understanding of different faiths and cultures.


“Scouting is more than what we do – it’s who we are – and what we will be,” said Bob Mazzuca, chief scout executive, The Boy Scouts of America. “Scout Week is a wonderful way to celebrate our adventure and continue our journey by focusing on our oath, which teaches a dedication to duty, God, country, others and self; and our law, which describes how to live lives of honor by being trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty brave clean and reverent.” 





Additionally during Scout Week, the National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) is conducting the first-ever nationwide search to locate all Eagle Scouts. Since the first Eagle Scout Award was awarded in 1912, there have been approximately 1.9 million Eagle Scouts. The BSA is now working with Harris Connect to find an estimated 1 million living Eagle Scouts.


Beginning last fall, and continuing through the summer of 2008, the Scouts have been contacting all Eagle Scouts and inviting them to be included in a national directory, with the purpose of identifying and reengaging all of those who have achieved the highest rank in Scouting. All participating Eagle Scouts will be included in an Eagle Scout directory—a tremendous resource of Scouting’s finest talent. 


“Our nation needs—and will always need—thoughtful and responsible leaders to guide our communities and help people who are grappling with a variety of human needs, including hunger, poverty, and poor health,” said Mazzuca. “As we celebrate our 98th year of Scouting, it’s important that we turn to our Eagle Scouts of all ages, and reengage them in Scouting. Together, we can foster in our nation a greater interest in helping others and improving the world in which we live.”


For more information on local council activities during Scout Week 2008, please visit www.scouting.org and click on the “local councils” link in the main introduction. For more information on the National Eagle Scout Association search, please visit www.nesa.org.


About the Boy Scouts of America

The Scouting movement is composed of 1.2 million volunteers, whose dedication of time and resources has enabled the BSA to remain the nation’s leading youth-service organization. Serving more than 4.6 million young people between 7 and 20 years of age, with more than 300 councils throughout the United States and its territories, the BSA is the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. For more information on the BSA, please visit www.scouting.org.