President Obama’s Relationship with the BSA

The National Boy Scouts of America has issued a statement about President Barack Obama and his relationship with Scouting.  I can only assume it is in response to a series of columns by Chuck Norris titled Whitehouse vs. Boy Scouts (part 1 and part 2).

Here is the official communication from National sent to Councils:

There appears to be some confusion as to President Barack Obama’s relationship with Scouting. To ensure that each of you has factual information if this issue comes up, please review the following statements that will assist you with questions.
  1. President Obama is the honorary president of the Boy Scouts of America. He accepted this honor soon after his inauguration last year and we appreciate his desire to serve in that position.
  2. President Obama’s signature is on the Eagle Scout pocket card and Eagle Scout wall certificate. As with any change in the administration at the White House, there is lag time between when the new president takes office and the processing and licensing of his electronic signature for our documents.
  3. The President of the United States signature has never appeared on any of the lifesaving awards.
  4. Although he was unable to attend the 100th Anniversary Gala in Washington, D.C., in February, he did send a very nice letter to congratulate the BSA on its centennial. That letter can be viewed at
The Boy Scouts of America has always respected the office of President of the United States and will, as always, respect the holder of the office.   Jim Wilson, Director, Communication Services

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