Boy Scouts of America Helps Organize 17th Annual National Youth Service
Day, April 15-17, 2005
The Boy Scouts of America will take part in National Youth Service Day,
April 15-17, 2005. Young people across America will address important unmet
community needs through service and service-learning projects addressing hunger,
inadequate housing, poor health, literacy, public safety, and the environment as
part of the 17th Annual National Youth Service Day. A program of Youth Service
America, National Youth Service Day takes place through the efforts of more than
100 national partners, including the Boy Scouts of America. To strengthen this
effort, State Farm Companies Foundation is the presenting sponsor of National
Youth Service Day 2005.
In an effort to increase community participation in serving others, the Boy
Scouts of America has introduced Good Turn for America. Good Turn for America is
an initiative designed to increase collaborations between the millions of BSA
members and participants and other groups and organizations to better meet
community needs. Nationally, partnerships include the American Red Cross, The
Salvation Army, and Habitat for Humanity.
"Scouting's oath to America has always been to serve other people at all
times. We take that oath very seriously and provide an average of 48 million
hours of service in communities throughout the country each year," stated Roy L.
Williams, Chief Scout Executive. "While Good Turn for America is a Scouting
initiative, it is meant to include everyone in the community. You don't have to
be a member of Scouting to join in on many of the public service projects."
"In Scouting, we are committed to opening doors of hope and opportunity for
youth. Service is a wonderful way to strengthen our community while teaching
valuable skills and life lessons," explained John C. Cushman, BSA president.
"As a proud national partner of National Youth Service Day, we look forward to
watching young people reap the rich rewards that can result from giving back to
"It is a distinct honor to have such well-regarded organizations as national
partners. Their leadership increases the scale and visibility of youth service
year-round and helps young people in America play a lead role in learning about
community needs while giving their time, energy, commitment, and experience,"
said Steve Culbertson, president and CEO of Youth Service America.
On National Youth Service Day, a public awareness and education campaign that
highlights the amazing contributions that young people make to their communities
365 days a year, young people will design and lead service-learning projects in
areas ranging from literacy and the environment to health care, hunger, and help
for the elderly. As the largest service event in the world, engaging millions of
young people, National Youth Service Day draws together a remarkable consortium
of local, regional, and national partners, while supporting youth on a lifelong
path of service and civic engagement.
National Youth Service Day is coordinated by Youth Service America, in
association with the National Youth Leadership Council and in partnership with
Parade magazine. In addition to thousands of projects led by youth,
schools, community and faith-based groups, 50 organizations across the country
serve as lead agencies for National Youth Service Day. The lead agencies are
local, regional, or statewide liaisons for National Youth Service Day, promoting
projects and celebrations, and coordinating volunteer recruitment, local media
outreach, and hands-on participation by elected officials.
For more information about getting involved with the Boy Scouts of America or
to find a local council near you for National Youth Service Day celebrations,
please visit www.scouting.org.
Serving more than 4 million young people between 7 and 20 years of age with
more than 300 local councils throughout the United States and its territories,
the Boy Scouts of America is the nation's foremost youth program of character
development and values-based leadership training. For more information on the
Boy Scouts of America, please visit
Youth Service America is a national nonprofit resource center that
partners with thousands of other organizations committed to strengthening the
youth service movement. YSA's programs and services help strengthen the
effectiveness, sustainability, and scale of the youth service and service-learning
fields on a local, national, and global level. In addition to National Youth
Service Day and Global Youth Service Day, which take place concurrently each
April, YSA also hosts SERVEnet (www.SERVEnet.org), providing the largest
database of volunteer opportunities in America. For more information, visit