The Boy Scouts of America - Delivering the Promise

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The Boy Scouts of America
Delivering the Promise

THE ALLIANCE FOR YOUTHTM

(IRVING, Texas) August 15, 1999 - The Boy Scouts of America has initiated a renewal of their commitment to youth and to America's Promise, the Alliance for Youth. In May of this year, the Boy Scouts of America reported 52,908,746 service hours contributed by Scouts during 1998. This report, coupled with the Boy Scouts of America's 1997 efforts puts them far beyond the half way mark of their four-year commitment of 200 million service hours.

For the America's Promise two-year Report to the Nation, the Boy Scouts of America pledged to enhance their efforts for America's Promise through:

  • Presentations at all BSA national and local meetings with volunteers and youth
  • Continued emphasis on the BSA's National Strategic Plan through the year 2002
  • Heightened Order of the Arrow (Scouting's Brotherhood of Cheerful Service with more than 176,000 youth members) promotion and direct leadership to 4.5 million Scouts through 339 lodges nationwide
  • Continuation and promotion of youth service projects including an initiative with the National Park Service
The Boy Scouts of America plans to strengthen their relationship with the National Park Service through which their youth members will provide an additional one million service hours at U.S. national parks. The National Park Service and the Boy Scouts of America teamed up in 1998 to form an America's Promise initiative in which the National Park Service assigned a volunteer coordinator at each site to work with Scouting leaders to coordinate projects that will preserve America's resources for generations. The National Park Service offers a commemorative patch to BSA youth members who complete 12 hours of service at any given National Park site.

"I am proud to join General Powell (the leader of America's Promise) and the National Park Service to provide Scouts an opportunity to give back through community service," said Boy Scouts of America volunteer president Ed Whitacre, Jr.

America's Promise - The Alliance for Youth is dedicated to mobilizing the nation's finest groups and organizations, representing every sector of American life, to build and strengthen the character and competence of our youth.

At the heart of America's Promise is a set of five basic promises made to every child in America. To point them in the right direction, to provide them the tools for healthy development, and help them to become adults dedicated to serving their communities, these five promises must be fulfilled for all of America's youth:

  • An ongoing relationship with a caring adult - mentor, tutor, or coach
  • A safe place to be with structured activities during non-school hours
  • A healthy start
  • A marketable skill through effective education
  • An opportunity to give back through community service

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