President Bush Receives Scouts Affected By Tornado at Little Sioux Scout Ranch

In a ceremony honoring recipients of the "Scouts in Action" commendation, President Bush opened The White House doors today and warmly greeted the 114 Scouts who exhibited bravery during the June 11th tornado that swept trough Iowa's Little Sioux Scout Ranch.

"We are honored by this recognition from President Bush and thrilled to visit The White House.  We appreciate the President's support and are grateful for his tribute to the courageous actions taken in response to the tornado at Little Sioux Ranch," said Lloyd Roitstein, Mid-America Council's Scout Executive. "The situation at Little Sioux Scout Ranch underscores the value of what we teach and accomplish through Scouting."

Hosted by the National Capital Area Council (NCAC), this trip was made possible through donations to both the Mid-America Council and NCAC. Following the Scouts' visit with President Bush, this action-packed day included a tour of the Boy Scout Memorial, World War II Memorial and Washington Monument conducted by the National Park Service, lunch at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce followed by a tour of the United States Capitol by Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE), and dinner at the NCAC's Camp William B. Snyder in Haymarket, Virginia.

Boy Scouts of America president and Mid-America Council Board member John Gottschalk said, "Some have referred to our "Scouts in Action" as heroes.  In out hearts, we know they are.  But, what is so remarkable is that they were doing what they were trained and prepared to do.  The were doing what comes naturally to a Scout."

Commenting on the Scouts' visit, Alan Lambert, Scout Executive for the NCAC said, "We are delighted to host our fellow Scouts and Scouters from Little Sioux Ranch here in our nation's capital.  In doing so, we remember their bravery and especially those who lost their lives."