The Boy Scouts of America is an organization committed to making a difference in the lives of young people. Through the efforts of almost 1.2 million dedicated volunteers and the support of religious and community organizations, the BSA reached more than 2.8 million youth in 2007 with its traditional program of citizenship, mental and physical fitness, and character development.
Cub Scouting. Cub Scouting, for boys in the first through fifth grades, was serving 1,687,986 Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, and Webelos Scouts on December 31, 2007. Continued emphasis on providing increased opportunities for outdoor activities resulted in almost 585,000 Cub Scouts participating in a day camp, resident camp, or family camp during the year.
Boy Scouting. Membership in Boy Scouting, for 11- to 17-year-olds, was 913,588 on December 31, 2007. The Eagle Scout Award, the highest rank a Scout can achieve, was earned by a record 51,742 young men. The promise of outdoor adventure continues to attract young men to the Scouting program. In 2007, 49 percent of all Boy Scouts and Varsity Scouts participated in a long-term camping trip.
Venturing. This high-adventure program for young men and women ages 14 to 20 was serving 254,259 members on December 31, 2007. In 2007, Venturing began implementing plans to celebrate 10 years of enabling young adults to make ethical choices, experience a fun, adventurous, and challenging program, and acquire leadership skills through high adventure, sports, arts, hobbies, religious life, and Sea Scouting.
High-Adventure Bases. Whether canoeing the boundary waters of Minnesota at the Charles L. Sommers High Adventure Base, exploring the Florida Keys at the Florida National High Adventure Sea Base, hiking the mountains of northern New Mexico at Philmont Scout Ranch, or route finding across the Double H Ranch in central New Mexico, the BSA’s highadventure bases provide young people with the opportunity to put the values of the Scout Oath and Law into practice. More than 53,000 Scouts and Scouters visited these magnificent camps in 2007.
The National Court of Honor presented the prestigious Silver Buffalo Award to 11 distinguished citizens for their exemplary national service to youth. In 2007, recipients of Scouting’s highest commendation were Bray Bruce Barnes, S. Truett Cathy, Dennis H. Chookaszian, Charles W. Dahlquist II, L. B. Eckelkamp Jr., E. Archie Manning III, Hector A. “Tico” Perez, Mary Anne Rounds, Joe W. Walkoviak, Gary E. Wendlandt, and Dr. Harold A. Yocum.
The Honor Medal With Crossed Palms was awarded to five Scouts and Scouters who demonstrated unusual heroism and extraordinary skill or resourcefulness in saving or attempting to save a life at extreme risk to self. Other awards for lifesaving and meritorious action were presented to 310 Scouts and Scouters.
The BSA’s Young American Awards recognize exceptional achievements of young people ages 15 to 25. The 2007 recipients were Fernando Aran, Daniel Cayce, Michael Hayoun, Michael Nguyen, and Logan Skelley.
Good Turn for America: Continuing to Address the Needs of the 21st Century
The Boy Scouts of America was founded on the premise that to be a good citizen you must do for others. For nearly 100 years, Scouts and volunteers have committed to serving others at all times with sincerity and conviction. In 2007, the Boy Scouts of America continued serving others by specifically addressing the issues of hunger, inadequate housing, and poor health through the Good Turn for America initiative. From January 2007 to December 2007, 5,915 units (approximately a quarter million youth and adults) contributed more than 1.4 million hours to 15,246 service projects.
Celebrating the Past—Preparing for the Future
In 2007, the Boy Scouts of America continued fulfilling the goals of its National Strategic Plan, titled “2010: When Tradition Meets Tomorrow.” The special emphasis for the year was ensuring every council has a strong financial foundation to enable council leaders to focus on long-term plans to best serve their communities. In 2007, the Boy Scouts of America experienced a 6 percent increase in total fund-raising compared to the prior year. In addition, the collective surplus of local councils in 2007 increased by more than $3 million.
The Boy Scouts of America is strong and will continue to recruit quality leadership, adequately fund programs, invite eligible youth from all backgrounds to join, offer a fun and exciting experience, and help young people become extraordinary adults who make ethical choices over their lifetimes because of values instilled in them by the Scout Oath and Law.