Point Pleasant, W.Va. – The Boy Scouts of America has overcome many challenges in the last 100 years while helping to shape the youth of the nation, and Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant urged BSA
leaders in Point Pleasant and around the state to continue taking on new challenges.
“Nothing easy shows how good you are,” Tennant told the group of scouts, scout leaders, and scout supporters Wednesday.
Tennant also thanked the Boy Scouts for being active and caring about their communities, and urged them to continue their dedication to civic service. She asked them to one day think about being a poll worker, working for a campaign, or even running for office. Tennant mentioned a statistic she read in a Boy Scout pamphlet: that 212 members of the 111th United States Congress participated in scouting as a youth or adult leader.
Secretary Tennant urged the Boy
Scouts to stay active in their
Seventh grade student Derrick Jackson spoke to the crowd about what scouting means to him and why he plans to stay in scouting.
“When we go on our trips we just have fun,” Derrick said. “Scouting is all about learning and having fun with your friends.”
Brad Sang, the district chairman of the Tri-State Area Council, said that if people donate to the Boy Scouts, 88 cents of every dollar goes to scouting programs. He said more than one third of all scout funding comes from friends of scouting, such as corporate and private donations.
He also pointed out that boys and girls can take part in BSA programs such as Venturing and Learning for Life.
For more information on scouting, visit the Boy Scouts of America website at www.scouting.org.
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