To the Speaker of the House of Representatives

The Boy Scouts of America successfully brought Scouting's values-based, character-building activities to millions of youth in 2003.

We are pleased to share with you the 2003 Annual Report of the Boy Scouts of America. Through the support of almost 1.27 million dedicated adult leaders, the Boy Scouts of America reached one out of every 10 young people in the nation last year with time-tested programs that build character, teach tolerance, and strengthen families and communities.

The foundation of our success continues to be strong relationships with religious and community organizations, businesses, and community leaders. Over the years, these relationships have allowed the Scouting program to bring together the best resources and leadership to meet the growing needs of youth.

Despite the challenges brought on by the economy, the Boy Scouts of America continued its 94-year tradition of delivering an outstanding program of youth development in 2003. Record camp attendance in the Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, and Venturing programs, and the second highest number of young men earning the rank of Eagle Scout in one year point to a program that is stronger than ever.

The strength of our program is a tribute to the dedication of our volunteers. Volunteers recruit, raise funds, and deliver Scouting's fun and educational program to youth. The Volunteer Outcomes Study, released this past year, indicates that the average Scouting volunteer donates approximately 20 hours a month to the youth of our nation through Scouting. That service has a direct effect on our communities and our children.

President Roy S. Roberts and Chief Scout Executive Roy L. Williams.

While we are proud of our many successes, the greatest accomplishments in Scouting are rarely found in a report: A boy mastering a square knot, a young man finding the strength to complete a hike, a young woman developing the self-confidence to rappel down a cliff. These personal victories happen in churches, synagogues, and mosques; in classrooms; on rugged trails; and around campfires. While these experiences may seem small by comparison, they instill lessons of self-reliance, self-confidence, and self-worth that last a lifetime.

The Boy Scouts of America is steadfastly dedicated to its mission. Guided by the National Strategic Plan and the ideals embodied in the Scout Oath and Law, the Boy Scouts of America will continue to advance its mission in the years ahead by helping to build better families, better communities, and a better nation, one young person at a time.

Roy S. Roberts

Roy L. Williams
Chief Scout Executive