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Duty to God Breakfast

Thursday, 7:30–9 a.m.
One of the highlights of the National Annual Meeting is the Duty to God Breakfast. This year’s breakfast, as in years past, promises to be an inspiring and memorable celebration.

“A Scout is Helpful” is the theme for this year’s event. As all dedicated Scouters know, a Scout cares about other people; he willingly volunteers to help others without expecting payment or reward; and is always prepared to do a Good Turn daily.

The breakfast will include a full program featuring presentations of youth awards representing various faiths. Please join us for this exceptional event. Tickets to the Duty to God Breakfast are $50 and are available for purchase as space allows.

Americanism Breakfast

Lee Berger
Friday, 7:30–9 a.m.

Sponsored by the National Eagle Scout Association, the Americanism Breakfast is one of the National Annual Meeting’s most popular events. Come and hear about the accomplishments of some of our most outstanding Scouts, including the recipients of the three largest BSA scholarships and the national winner of the Glenn A. and Melinda W. Adams National Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award. In addition, the Scouting Alumni Association will announce this year’s National Alumnus of the Year. The “warm-up” speaker and emcee will be Eagle Scout Creek Stewart, host of the popular television program “Fat Guys in the Woods,” and the keynote speaker will be Eagle Scout and professor Lee Berger, renowned paleoanthropologist and Explorer-in-Residence for National Geographic. Tickets are $50 and are available for purchase as space allows. Americanism Breakfast Program

Regional Luncheons

Friday, 11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m.
Join us as we bestow the region’s highest honor, the Silver Antelope Award, upon our well-deserving peers. We look forward to fellowshipping with you, so remember to purchase your regional luncheon tickets when you register for the meeting. The four regional luncheons have been separated from the business meetings in order to appropriately celebrate with our distinguished peers. Tickets are $55 and are available for purchase as space allows.

National Foundation Recognition Dinner

Thursday, 6–9:30 p.m.
Join us as we recognize and celebrate outstanding donors and their investment toward Scouting’s second century. This event will be at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta. Capacity is limited, with priority seating given to Presidents Leadership Council, Second Century Society, and National Executive Board members. Tickets are $195 per person.

Silver Antelope and Silver Buffalo Grand Reception

Friday, 6–6:45 p.m.
Celebrate with our friends who have been newly recognized with the Silver Antelope or Silver Buffalo awards.

National Council Recognition Dinner

Friday, 7–9 p.m.
The National Council Recognition Dinner will honor this year’s recipients of the Silver Buffalo Award for their outstanding service to youth. The entertainment will highlight the cultural uniqueness and southern charm of Atlanta. You don’t want to miss the fun and fellowship at this closing event! Tickets are $85 and are available for purchase as space allows. Appropriate attire is your choice of business dress, evening attire, or BSA dress uniform.

National Annual Business Meeting

Thursday, 9:30–10:45 a.m.
The Annual Business Meeting is a core event of the National Annual Meeting. BSA National President Dr. Robert M. Gates will preside as the nominating, resolutions, and treasurer reports are presented, and updates on key initiatives are shared. This will be an action-packed general session with inspiring and useful information that will equip you as a key Scouter to provide leadership in 2015 and beyond.

Regional Business Meetings

Thursday, 2–3 p.m.
The regional business meetings will include recognition of councils for their successes in Journey to Excellence and other categories. The meetings will also include the election of the regional president, appointment of the regional commissioner, and election of the regional executive committee, regional executive board, and regional advisory board.

The Scouting Experience: A Conversation With the National Key 3 (for Key 3s only)

Thursday, 11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Council, area, and region Key 3s are invited to join the national Key 3 for an interactive discussion on delivering an outstanding Scouting experience for youth and families. This session will include brief remarks from the national Key 3 and give participants the opportunity to engage with them in asking questions and sharing thoughts and ideas on national plans and initiatives.

Commissioner Service Strategic Review (for commissioners only)

Thursday, 12:15–2 p.m.
For commissioners only, this will be an open discussion with National Commissioner Tico Perez and the National Commissioner Service Task Force about ongoing and future initiatives in unit service. The discussion will include the continuing rollout and use of Commissioner Tools, and how the Commissioner Corps can strategically execute on the information provided by Commissioner Tools and in the process to improve unit retention. Lunch will not be provided. Tickets are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis as long as space allows.

Tour of World of Coca-Cola and CNN Studios

Thursday, 9:45 a.m.–1 p.m.
The World of Coca-Cola is the only place where visitors can explore the complete story of the world’s best-known brand, featuring more than 1,200 artifacts from around the world. On this self-guided tour, there is a Pop Culture Gallery featuring works by artists such as Andy Warhol, Norman Rockwell, and Steve Penley. Interactive exhibits include a multisensory 4-D movie and a fully functioning bottling line. Taste It is a refreshing opportunity for guests to sample up to 70 different products from around the world.

Next, arrive at CNN Center for a guided tour of the world-famous news studio, beginning in the main control room, a one-of-a-kind re-creation of CNN where you will see and hear the behind-the-scenes elements of 24-hour news. The tour also showcases the networks that make up the rest of the Turner Broadcasting family such as TBS, TNT, and the Cartoon Network.

Note: Wear your walking shoes! The CNN tour requires participants to descend eight flights of stairs. Participants who are not able to do this are welcome to stay in the CNN lobby, where there is a store, food court, and Starbucks, and then rejoin the group to return to the hotel.

Tickets are $66 per person. Group transportation will depart promptly at 9:45 a.m. Thursday from Baker Street at the intersection of Peachtree Street on the Suntrust Plaza curb. Participants should gather in the main hotel lobby by 9:30 a.m., exit to the right, walk a half block north on the sidewalk, cross over Baker Street at the crosswalk, and board a motor coach on the right.