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The Trail Guide Winter Trail Guide 2015 : Page 3

service is a key part of scouting Service to others has been a key part of the Boy Scouts of America since its founding and the BSA’s Congressional Charter, signed by President Woodrow Wilson on June 15th, 1916 reads: “That the purpose of this corporation shall be to promote, through organization and cooperation with other agencies, the ability of boys to do things for themselves and others, to train them in Scoutcraft, and to teach them patriotism, courage, self-reliance, and kindred values, using the methods which are now in common use by Boy Scouts”. In the Quivira Council, Scouts make a difference in the lives of others through service to their community through our “Scouting for Food” good turn, gathering thousands of pounds of non-perishable items for local food pantries, providing 9,145 of community service hours including our Order of the Arrow Lodge’s 661 service projects and 90 Eagle Scout projects, providing 12,066 of service hours. Through the Scouting program, youth learn that with the rights of citizenship also comes the responsibility to help other people at all times. Scouting is proud of the many Scouts who have gone on to serve others including the following Eagle Scouts: Gary L. Ackerman -U.S. Representative from NY, Bill Alexander -U.S. Representative from Arkansas, Lamar Alexander -Lawyer, Governor of Tennessee, Secretary of Education, Charles E. Bennett -U.S. Representative from Florida, William Bennett -Secretary of Education, Lloyd M. Bentsen, Jr. -Treasury Secretary & U.S. Representative from Texas, James Brady -Press Secretary to President Reagan, Rear Admiral Jay M. Cohen, USN -Undersecretary of Homeland Security, William Devries -M.D., transplanted first artificial heart, LTC Aquilla James Dyess -WWII Marine, Medal of Honor recipient, Daniel J. Evans -Senator and Governor of Washington, David Farabee -Texas State Representative, Rear Admiral Eugene B. Fluckey -WWII Submarine Commander, Medal of Honor recipient, Thomas Foley -Speaker of the House and U.S. Representative from Washington, Gerald Ford -U.S. President (1st Eagle to be President), Current BSA President, Robert Gates -former CIA Director, from Kansas. Thank you to all of our adult volunteers, parents and Chartered Organizations who support the Scouting program and help our youth grow in character and citizenship – without you it wouldn’t happen! 3

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