Eagle Scout and BSA Executive Board Member Sets World Record


American Adventurer Steve Fossett Sets Solo Ballooning Record

IRVING, Texas (July 3, 2002)—Just like the explorer Magellan was the first person to circumnavigate the world in his sixteenth century Portuguese galleon, Eagle Scout Steve Fossett became the first person to circumnavigate the earth alone in a balloon. Fossett, a member of the Boy Scouts of America's Executive Board and longtime supporter of Scouting, set the record on July 2, 2002.

"We are extremely proud of Steve and his accomplishment," said Roy L. Williams, Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America. "This was not his first attempt at such a lofty goal. But his persistence and dedication have paid off, and we celebrate his achievement."

During his youth, Fossett earned the Eagle Scout Award, Scouting's highest rank. Traditionally, only about 4 percent of all young men in Scouting earn this award.

"The BSA does very well in making Scouts aware of character, integrity, and virtues and incorporating them in their lives," said Fossett.

Besides his position on the BSA's Executive Board, Fossett has been awarded the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award, and the Silver Buffalo Award (Scouting's highest volunteer award) and is a member of the Order of the Arrow, Scouting's national honor society.

Fossett has also been featured in a public service announcement for the Boy Scouts of America celebrating his attempts to balloon around the world.

The Scouting movement is composed of 1.3 million volunteers working together for the sole purpose of helping its 5 million youth succeed in life. The Boy Scouts of America's 92-year history is a testament to the enduring values of the Scouting program. For more information about the BSA and how to become involved in its outdoor adventure and service-oriented programs for youth, visit www.scouting.org.

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