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2008 Report to Nation Delegation

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Two Missourians Selected for BSA Report to the Nation

Posted on 25 February 2009 by Editor

2008 Report to Nation DelegationFor 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.

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2009 National Order of the Arrow Officers Elected

Posted on 28 December 2008 by Dan

The National Order of the Arrow (OA) Planning meeting is currently taking place down in Dallas, Texas (TX). Part of the meeting is the election of the 2009 National Officers. These young men will represent the Order of the Arrow across the country for the next year, and will have an integral part of running the 2009 National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) and planning the OA’s presence at the 2010 National Scout Jamboree.

Here are the 2009 election results coming out of Dallas:

Jack O\'Neill - 2009 National OA Chief2009 National Chief: Jack O’Neill
Jack O’Neill is an Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor member from Columbia, Missouri.

Jack is a member of the Shawnee Lodge #51, Greater St Louis Area Council and has recently served as Section C-5C Chief.

According to the Central Region Order of the Arrow website, Jack enjoys playing tennis, listening to music, camping, hanging out with friends, flag football, working on camp staff, working out, and playing basketball.

Dan Higham - 2009 OA National Vice Chief2009 National Vice Chief: Dan Higham
Dan Higham is an Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor member from Vestal, New York in the Northeast Region.

Dan is a member of the Otahnagon Lodge, Baden Powell Council and has recently served as Section NE-3A Chief.

According to the Northeast Region Order of the Arrow website, Dan is attending Oswego State University majoring in Human Resource Management. Dan served on the national program committee to develop the program for Arrowcorps5 as well as being the Youth program director at the Shasta-Trinity site. Dan enjoys basketball, working out, golf, relaxing, and fishing.

2009 Central Region Chief: Michael Beckman
Michael Beckman has been elected the 2009 Central Region Chief. Michael is an Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor member of Kuh-Ni-Eh Lodge, Dan Beard Council. You can learn more about Michael on the Central Region Order of the Arrow website.

2009 Northeast Region Chief: Ryan Hay
Ryan Hay has been elected the 2009 Northeast Region Chief. Ryan is an Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor member of Witauchsoman Lodge #44, Minsi Trails Council. You can learn more about Ryan on the Northeast Region Order of the Arrow Website.

2009 Southern Region Chief: Mark Norris
Mark Norris has been elected the 2009 Southern Region Chief. Mark is an Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor member of Woa Cholena Lodge, Mobile Area Council. You can learn more about Mark on the Southern Region Order of the Arrow website.

2009 Western Region Chief: David Harrell
David Harrell has been elected the 2009 Western Region Chief. David is a a member of Kola Lodge, Longs Peak Council. You can learn more about David on the Western Region Order of the Arrow website.

Congratulations to the 2009 National Order of the Arrow Officers!

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