To the Speaker of the House of Representatives



TO THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES


William F. Cronk
President

Robert J. Mazzuca
Chief Scout Executive

Donald D. Belcher
National Commissioner

For nearly a century, Boy Scouts have served others at all times. In fact, the Boy Scouts of America was founded on the premise that to be a good citizen you must do for others.

In 2007, the Boy Scouts of America continued serving others by specifically addressing the issues of hunger, inadequate housing, and poor health through the Good Turn for America initiative-a collaborative effort with Habitat for Humanity, the American Red Cross, and The Salvation Army. From January 2007 through December 2007, more than 1.4 million service hours were reported by 5,915 units, resulting in 15,246 services projects with the involvement of approximately a quarter million youth and adults. In addition, 315 BSA members were honored in 2007 for their courageous performance of lifesaving and meritorious actions.

In addition to providing service to others, the BSA continues making a difference in the lives of its youth members and participants. Through the efforts of almost 1.2 million dedicated volunteers and the support of religious and civic organizations, the BSA reached millions of young people in 2007 with its program of citizenship, mental and physical fitness, and character development.

While these numbers are impressive, millions more youth can benefit from the BSA’s programs by learning leadership, developing character, and serving others. Thus, the BSA continued focusing on reaching greater numbers of youth through its National Strategic Plan, titled “2010: When Tradition Meets Tomorrow,” and emphasizing the importance of each council maintaining a strong financial foundation. In 2007, the collective fiscal surplus of all local councils increased by more than $3 million for the second consecutive year. In addition, total council unrestricted operating net assets increased by more than 15 percent over 2006.

Scouting is strong and experienced a growth in the number of young people introduced to Scouting’s values in 2007. The Boy Scouts of America will continue to recruit quality leadership, adequately fund programs, invite eligible youth from all backgrounds to join, and offer a fun and exciting program-enabling young people to become extraordinary adults.


William F. Cronk
President

Robert J. Mazzuca
Chief Scout Executive

Donald D. Belcher
National Commissioner