Scouts Kick Off Nationwide Patriotic Campaign

NEWS RELEASE

Irving, Texas, March 24, 2003—The Boy Scouts of America kicked off a nationwide campaign today in support of U.S. armed forces personnel and reservists with a ceremony at the BSA's national headquarters. The ceremony included a moment of silence, patriotic singing, and hundreds of staff members tying red, white, and blue ribbons on trees.

This was the first of a series of patriotic gatherings at Boy Scout councils across the country. Through this small act of patriotism, Scouts are letting our armed forces know we care deeply about them and the great risk they take to protect this country.

In a speech made to national office employees and invited guests, Chief Scout Executive Roy L. Williams said, "I think it's important that our entire Scouting family come together to show support for the military." Quoting President Bush, Williams went on to say "our best citizens are on the front lines of this war."

The Scouting movement is composed of 1.3 million volunteers working together for the sole purpose of helping its 5 million youth members succeed in life. The Boy Scouts of America's 93-year history is a testament to the enduring values of the Scouting program.

To locate a local Boy Scouts of America office, use the local council locator at old.scouting.org/councils

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