For the first time, two youth from the same council will be part of the delegation selected to present the Boy Scouts of America’s annual Report to the Nation in Washington, D.C. Eagle Scout Jack O’Neill, 19, and Amanda Vogt, 19, hold two of Scouting’s highest national youth offices while representing the Greater St. Louis Council.
The BSA’s Report to the Nation is presented annually by a delegation of youth from across the nation. The Report highlights the BSA’s achievements during the past year, including progress on Scouting initiatives that address national service, conservation, healthy living, and community involvement.
Jack O’Neill serves as national chief of the Order of the Arrow, Scouting’s national honor society and serves on the BSA National Executive Board. He is a Vigil Honor member and past section chief of the Order, and served with the Instructor Corps for ArrowCorps5. Jack said that he aims to “further the idea of conservation through the legacy of ArrowCorps5, the BSA’s largest service project since World War II.” A graduate of Vianney High School in St.
Louis, Jack is a sophomore at the University of Missouri in Columbia, pursuing a degree in personal financial planning. As national Venturing president, Amanda Vogt also serves on the BSA National Executive Board and works with regional Venturing presidents and national boatswains to promote and support Venturing. Amanda joined the Venturing program five years ago because of her love of outdoor activities like camping, sailing, and whitewater rafting. “It was that sense of adventure, and I just fell in love with the program,” she said. Amanda is a sophomore at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo., and a graduate of Marquette High School in West St. Louis County.
“Our countries enduring strength is as a result of dedicated young people like Amanda and Jack,” said Robert Mazzuca, Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America. “These two young people are the leaders for the next generation.”
The BSA selects a group of young men and young women representing the Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, and Venturing programs to present the organization’s annual Report to the Nation. The delegates are representatives of the millions youth who participate in the BSA’s values-driven programs and are selected by merit and achievement for faithfully representing Scouting’s ideals, the Scout Oath, and the Scout Law.
Joining Jack and Amanda in the delegation that will present the 2008 Report to the Nation are Douglas Buck of Maryland, Cameron Clark of Pennsylvania, Javier Castillo of North Carolina, Tory D. Green of Alabama, and Ruben Hipolito of California. Keith and Linda Clark of Pennsylvania will serve as the host couple for the group.
During the five-day trip, the delegation is scheduled to meet with dignitaries at the White House, the U.S. Supreme Court, Arlington National Cemetery, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, the Pentagon, and Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia. The delegation also is scheduled to tour various historical sites in and around Washington, D.C.
In 2008, the BSA kicked off its multiyear 100th Anniversary Celebration. Over the next two years,
the BSA will reintroduce America to the contributions Scouting makes in communities across the country and the positive impact Scouting has on millions of young people. The 100th Anniversary Celebration will include major national events, activities, and initiatives to engage more than 4 million youth and volunteers, an estimated 50 million Scouting alumni, and the general public.
About the Boy Scouts of America
Serving nearly 4.1 million young people between the ages of 7 and 20 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 www.scouting.org.
The following was a press release issued by the National Council.