To the Speaker of the House of Representatives

Since its founding 95 years ago, the mission of the Boy Scouts of America has not changed, nor have its principles. The BSA remains steadfast in preparing youth to become responsible, participating citizens and leaders who are guided by the Scout Oath and Law.

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In 2005, the timeless values of Scouting influenced almost 4.6 million youth. Local council total financial support and revenue continued growing, increasing by approximately $50 million. Endowment assets increased to a cumulative value of more than $1.3 billion.

The BSA relies on the outstanding leadership of more than 1.2 million volunteers who dedicate their time, energy, and finances to provide youth the chance to enjoy Scouting. On average, Scout volunteers give five hours to Scouting per week.

Last July, more than 43,000 Scouts, volunteer leaders, and staff gathered in Caroline County, Virginia, for the 16th National Scout Jamboree--the largest single-site event conducted by the BSA since the 1964 national jamboree in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.

For 95 years, Scouting's purpose has remained constant. In 2005, the BSA's youth members and volunteer leadership demonstrated their commitment to honoring Scouting's tradition of selfless service and dedication to following the Scout Law and Oath by delivering tons of food and supplies to people whose lives were disrupted by hurricanes Rita, Wilma, and Katrina. In addition to helping clean up debris, repair homes, and serve food to hurricane survivors, Scouts provided more than 1.5 million hours of other service to their communities. Scouting will continue to rely on its proven vision to meet the needs of the youth and families of this country into the organization's next century of service.


William F. Cronk
Executive Vice President

John C. Cushman III
President

Roy L. Williams
Chief Scout Executive

Donald D. Belcher
National Commissioner