Ron King Goes to Washington
Earlier this month, a group of Scouts from across the nation visited Washington, D.C., to present a report of the BSA’s greatest accomplishments in 2016 to our nation’s leaders. Each year, as part of the BSA’s congressional charter, the Boy Scouts of America presents the Report to the Nation to the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, congressional leadership and other top government officials.
This year, that delegation includes Eagle Scout Ronald King of Troop 301. It’s an honor and privilege to be selected for this duty, and Ron was chosen because of his accomplishments and contributions to the community. Last fall Ron faced the biggest challenge of his life when Hurricane Matthew destroyed his community, leaving thousands of families displaced from their homes. Mr. David Branch, an assistant Scoutmaster with his Troop, received the following message from Ron: “Mr. Branch, I have no power, no electricity, no television. No way of knowing how the scouts can help. Do you know what we can do to shine for the glory of God?” Ron rallied his other Scouts and they helped staff the shelter with more than 2,000 meals being served daily. Cleaning streets in the neighborhood, putting together cots, serving food, and doing anything possible to help others was his daily goal. He lives servant leadership in his daily life.
In addition to Scouting, Ron is involved with his church youth group. He is involved in school activities such as baseball, Beta Club, Teen Court, Yearbook Staff and wrestling.
We are proud to have our council represented at the national level to share the remarkable things we’ve achieved in Scouting over the past year.
The Report to the Nation showcases what Scouting does nationally and right here in Southeastern North Carolina. And we’re proud of our contributions. In 2016, our council served more than 5000 local youth members, including 114 who achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. Last year, these Scouts collectively completed a total of 30,142 hours of volunteer service, a value of more than $690,000 to our communities.
- Scouts completed more than 15.4 million hours of volunteer service, at a value of more than $363.5 million to the communities where they live.
- More than 55,000 young men earned the rank of Eagle Scout.
- Just over 1 million Scouts attended our thousands of day and summer camps, as well as our high-adventure camps in New Mexico, Minnesota, Florida, and West Virginia. This translated to a total of 6.5 million nights spent camping during the year.
While we remain focused on the fundamental nature of what we teach—things like character, leadership and service—we are moving forward in innovative ways to meet the needs of today’s youth.
To see a full chronicling of Ron King and the delegations visit to our Nation’s Capitol visit the Bryan on Scouting blog by clicking here.