BSA Report to Nation 2016
Irving, Texas (March 2, 2016)—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 to the Nation is designated in the BSA’s congressional charter, which was incorporated nearly 100 years ago on June 15, 1916, by President Woodrow Wilson.
The delegates will highlight the organization’s achievements in 2015 as they deliver the annual report to U.S. Cabinet members and House and Senate leadership. The youth representatives will also visit with these key government figures—as well as President Barack Obama—for a once-in-a-lifetime experience at our nation’s capitol.
It is an esteemed privilege to present the annual report; these delegates were selected from approximately 2.3 million youth members to serve in this position. Each of the delegates 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 youth members:
- Eagle Scout and National Venturing President Edward Abraham; Fremont, California
- Eagle Scout and Sea Scout Quartermaster Edward Campbell; Albion, Indiana
- Eagle Scout Neel Dhanaraj; Merrimack, New Hampshire
- Explorer Cynthia Garcia; Franklin Park, Illinois
- Eagle Scout N’Jhari Jackson; Tampa Florida
- Eagle Scout and National Chief of the Order of the Arrow Hunter Jones; Lafayette, Tennessee
- Eagle Scout Matthew Moniz; Boulder, Colorado
- Eagle Scout Ian Napoleon; Sandy Spring, Maryland
- Wolf Cub Scout Sean Nichols; Edgewood, Kentucky
- Eagle Scout Dan Ta; Cypress, California
The report features a recap of BSA accomplishments during the year, such as the nearly 15.3 million hours of service Scouts provided to their communities at a value of more than $352 million (based on a national volunteer-hour value of $23.07) and the 54,366 young men who earned the Eagle Scout Award.
The report also demonstrates the importance of healthy living and overall wellness in Scouting. For example, the BSA awarded 377,399 fitness-related badges, encouraging active lifestyles for all ages. Additionally, 1.1 million Scouts attended the thousands of Scout day and summer camps, as well as BSA High-Adventure bases in West Virginia, New Mexico, Minnesota, and Florida. In all, Scouts and Venturers camped a total of more than 6.5 million nights during 2015.
The annual report also details the the 23rd World Scout Jamboree, where approximately 1,750 BSA youth members, adult leaders, and volunteers joined Scouts from 161 countries in Kirara-hama, Yamaguchi, Japan to celebrate the values of Scouting.