Scouting's Family Mourns Loss of Columbia Space Shuttle Crew


Scouting's Family Mourns Loss of Columbia Space Shuttle Crew

Irving, Texas, February 3, 2003—This past weekend, the Scouting family, with the rest of the nation, mourned the loss of the heroic Columbia space shuttle crew.

"We join all Americans in mourning the loss of the shuttle crew. This loss will be felt by all of us for years to come," said Chief Scout Executive Roy L. Williams. "The purpose of the Boy Scouts of America has always been to help America's youth reach their fullest potential. These astronauts embodied the ideals and values found in the Scout Oath and Law. Their example will inspire youth for generations."

Of the 293 pilots and scientists selected as astronauts since 1959, 180 have been active in Boy Scouting. All four of the American men of the Columbia space shuttle were involved in Scouting in their youth, with pilot William McCool achieving the rank of Eagle Scout.

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  • View the resolution to honor the members of the crew of the Space Shuttle Columbia.