PASADENA, Calif., Dec. 18 -- On Jan. 1, 2010, a new century begins for the Boy Scouts
"This is an incredibly exciting and important time for our organization," said Bob Mazzuca, Chief Scout Executive of the BSA. "The methods of Scouting continue to evolve to reach the current and future generations, but the Scouting message is the same as it was a century ago. We invite Scouts, alumni, volunteers, and the public to join in our celebration throughout the country over the next year. We are excited about what the future holds, and invite America to continue to be a part of the journey."
In Pasadena, Calif., more than 300 Eagle Scouts will represent the BSA as they march beside an adventure-filled float like no other, complete with Scouts camping, hiking, rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, and enjoying the thrill of "flying" along a zip line. Keeping with the parade theme "A Cut Above The Rest," each Eagle Scout represents the highest achievements of Scouting, and each has a powerful story to tell. The Boy Scouts 100th Anniversary Youth Ambassador and 2 millionth Eagle Scout, Anthony Thomas, will travel from Minneapolis to Pasadena to participate in the inaugural activities.
While a 100th Anniversary may seem like an occasion to reflect on an impressive past, the BSA is looking towards the future. Eight major national 100th Anniversary engagement programs have been designed to reintroduce Scouting to the next generation of young leaders and reconnect millions of alumni with the organization. The BSA's strategic approach to its 100th Anniversary celebration has garnered the support of organizations such as AT&T, ExxonMobil, the United Nations Foundation, the Arbor Day Foundation, and other organizations.
Immediately following the Tournament of Roses Parade, the BSA launches "Adventure Base 100," a 10,000-square-foot interactive campus featuring immersive and exciting Scout-related experiences. Adventure Base 100 will travel the country throughout 2010, providing more than 40 markets with a hands-on view of Scouting and the difference it makes in the lives of millions of youth.
"Adventure Base 100 is a chance to give visitors a view of the history and the future of the Boy Scouts of America," said John Gottschalk, current national president of the BSA, and chairman of the Omaha World-Herald Corporation. "We are bringing the Scouting experience into the heart of dozens of communities and rallying the country to join us in 'Celebrating the Adventure, Continuing the Journey.'"
While in Pasadena, Adventure Base 100 will be open from 7 a.m. 5 p.m. at 2800 E. Sierra Madre Boulevard, and will include:
As Adventure Base 100 tours the country, local BSA councils will provide their own artifacts to be featured in the BSA's 100th Anniversary National Time Capsule.
To schedule an interview with Scouts participating in the Tournament of Roses parade, contact Virginia Starr at 214-665-1330 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Boy Scouts of America
The Scouting movement is composed of 2.8 million young people between the ages of 7 and 20 and 1.1 million volunteers in more than 290 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/.
More information about 100 Years of Scouting can be found at www.scouting.org/100years
SOURCE Boy Scouts of America
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