300 Eagle Scouts March Beside Action-Packed Float in Tournament of Roses Parade!

On January 1, 2010, a new century begins for the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), and with it comes an invitation to the nation to experience Scouting, like never before. Kicking off the celebration is the BSA’s participation in the Tournament of Roses Parade, with a float entitled: “Celebrating the Adventure, Continuing the Journey.”

“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, California, 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, Exxon Mobil, the United Nations Foundation, the Arbor Day Foundation, and other organizations.

We would like to invite you to watch the parade and . . . Vote! Vote! Vote! . . . for the Rose Parade KTLA Viewers Choice Award. On New Year’s Day, you can help the BSA 100th Anniversary Rose Parade float win the Viewer’s Choice award. Voting is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific on January 1. http://www.ktla.com/entertainment/roseparade/viewerschoice

Scouting builds: character, leadership, achievement, service to others and appreciation for the outdoors. Be a Scout! Re-connect and re-engage with Scouting at www.BSAalumni.org

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