To the Speaker of the House of Representatives


William F. Cronk
President

Roy L. Williams
Chief Scout Executive

Donald D. Belcher
National Commissioner

For almost a century, Boy Scouts have served others at all times with sincerity and conviction. In fact, the Boy Scouts of America was founded on the premise that to be a good citizen you must do for others.

In 2006, the Boy Scouts of America continued serving others by specifically addressing the issues of hunger, inadequate housing, and poor health through the Good Turn for America initiative—a collaborative effort with Habitat for Humanity, the American Red Cross, and The Salvation Army. From January 2006 through December 2006, more than 1.6 million service hours were reported by 6,877 units, resulting in 17,189 service projects with the involvement of approximately a quarter million youth and adults. In addition, more than 330 BSA members were honored in 2006 for their courageous performance of lifesaving and meritorious actions.

In addition to providing service to others, the BSA continues making a difference in the lives of its youth members. Through the efforts of almost 1.2 million dedicated volunteers and the support of religious and civic organizations in communities across the country, the BSA reached millions of young people in 2006 with its program of citizenship, mental and physical fitness, and character development.

While these numbers are impressive and show our impact, millions more youth can benefit from the BSA's programs by learning leadership, developing character, and serving others. Thus, the first year of the BSA's new National Strategic Plan, "2010: When Tradition Meets Tomorrow," focused on how to reach more young people. Research conducted by the BSA in 2006 included how to better serve young people in Hispanic/Latino, Asian, and African American communities as well as how to best meet the needs of a new generation of parents and volunteers.

Scouting is strong and experienced a growth in the number of young people enjoying the Scouting experience in 2006. The Boy Scouts of America will continue to recruit quality leadership, adequately fund programs, invite youth from all backgrounds to join, and offer a fun and exciting program, enabling young people to become extraordinary adults.


William F. Cronk
President

Roy L. Williams
Chief Scout Executive

Donald D. Belcher
National Commissioner