Sacramento, California (March 29, 2016)—Today, youth delegates from across California are representing the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) in Sacramento, to present the organization’s Report to the State. They will highlight the organization’s achievements in 2015 as they deliver the report to key officials, including Speaker of the Assembly, Anthony Rendon; Treasurer, John Chiang and Governor Jerry Brown. The Report to the State demonstrates Scouting’s strength, and promotes the Spirit of Scouting.
The eight delegates include male and female youth from all BSA programs; Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturing and Sea Scouts, and Exploring. Boy Scouts of America provides the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values- based leadership training. Governor Brown himself attained the rank of Life Scout and staffed scout camp as a youth. He was also the Scouting for Food Honorary Chair in 1999 for the San Francisco Area Bay Council.
The report being presented features a recap of BSA accomplishments in California during the year, such as the over 1.2 million hours of service Scouts provided to their communities. Of particular note, 4,911 Scouts earned the rank of Eagle Scout in California. In addition to the 21 life skills merit badges required to earn the Eagle Scout rank, each Scout completed an extensive service project that he planned, organized, lead, and managed, demonstrating proficiency in leadership, service, and outdoor skills at multiple levels.
On the National scene, Boy Scouts of America launched two new merit badges – Animation, and Sign, Signal, and Codes, – the latest in a series of merit badges covering science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) topics. BSA also released the 13th edition of the Boy Scout Handbook. The new edition of the book is the go-to manual for everyone who seeks to explore, experience adventure, appreciate nature, and enjoy all Scouting has to offer.
The presentation of the report is a daylong event, and will also be attended by adult Scouting volunteers and professional staff and include a tour of the state capitol in addition to meetings with the Speaker, Treasurer, and Governor. Download the 2015 Report to the State.
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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 2.3 million youth members between the ages of 6 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.
About the Sequoia Council
For 97 years, the Sequoia Council has provided an opportunity for youth to hone their leadership skills, build community spirit and strengthen their self-esteem through service to others. We currently serve more than 7,000 youth, in Fresno, Madera, Kings and Tulare Counties. Over 110 Scouts earn the rank of Eagle every year, and more than 13,000 hours of service to the community are delivered through Eagle Scout Projects alone. For more information about the Sequoia Council, please visit www.seqbsa.org.