"In the 30 years that
I've been doing this for a living, I've never had a parent say to me, 'I regretted
the time I spent with my son or child in Scouting.'"
Roy L. Williams, Chief Scout Executive, Boy Scouts of America
"The generation now
being shaped by Scouting will be strengthened by deserved self-confidence and
molded with its own history of kindness, bravery, honesty, and its all-out pursuit
Earl G. Graves, vice president, Boy Scouts of America,
and publisher, Black Enterprise magazine
"Boy Scouts does very
well in making Scouts aware of character and integrity and ... virtues and incorporate
[them] in their lives so that they carry themselves as [those] kind of [people]
for the rest of their [lives]."
Steve Fossett, executive board, Boy Scouts of America,
chairman, Lokota Trading Inc.
values you brought from home. It gave us an opportunity to share them with others
whose values were not as strong."
Jose Nino, president and chief executive officer, El Nino Group,
and former president, U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
"Following the Scout
Law sounds like a game plan that would give us all a better chance for success
in life-and I mean every area of life."
Zig Ziglar, author and motivational speaker
"I think that American
leadership is vital to peace and prosperity and the advancement of democracy
in the world, and that requires having strong leaders. And I don't think there's
any organization in the world, certainly not in the United States, that better
prepares young men for leadership in this country than the Boy Scouts of America--in
teaching leadership skills, in teaching values, in teaching importance of standing
up for what's right."
Bob Gates, executive board, Boy Scouts of America,
and former director of the Central Intelligence Agency
"The Scouting program
fosters development in youth and helps them become good citizens of their communities
and loyal adherents to their religious heritage."
Rabbi Binyamin Walfish, former executive vice president,
Rabbinical Council of America
"The Boy Scouts of
America has something going for it that all the government welfare programs
in America can't match: success. Besides families and religion, Scouting is
probably this country's single best program for building character in boys,
and has been for nearly a century."
The Times Leader, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
"The American people
recognize that Scouting today is one of the few organizations that has retained
its basic values from its origin, and that is our best hope for future leadership
of America. It is the only organization that completely endorses family values,
which are being recognized belatedly by the American people as one of the real
strengths and hopes for the future of our country."
H.E. Bovay Jr., advisory council, Boy Scouts of America, and
president, Mid-South Telecommunications Company Inc.
"The Boy Scouts of
America stands for a set of principles. These principles have a lot of staying
power. The values you learn as a Scout are like a compass. They can help you
find your way through difficult and sometimes unchartered terrain. The principles
of Scouting give you a sense of what's important. I feel I owe the Boy Scouts
a great deal, both personally and professionally."
Bill Bradley, former U.S. senator, New Jersey
"I've never forgotten
my days as an Eagle Scout. I didn't know it at the time, but what really came
out of my Scouting experience was learning how to lead and serve the community.
It has come in handy in my career in government."
Lloyd Bentsen, former secretary of the treasury
"Scouting is an enormously
important and useful discipline for young people, particularly young boys. It
can build character and can awaken an appetite for learning."
Raul Yzaguirre, president, National Council of La Raza
"I admire the Boy
Scouts of America because the BSA has meant finding real solutions to some of
the problems plaguing our country and has kept the faith in what America is
and must mean to the world. You show that character comes from one small act
at a time, caring for each child as if he or she were our own."
George Bush, former president of the United States of America
"Scouting has always
reflected the expectations of the American family. That so many American parents
have chosen to involve their children in Scouting is a powerful testament to
Scouting's effectiveness in building character in American youth."
John W. Creighton Jr., honorary vice president, Boy Scouts of America,
and chairman and chief executive officer, UAL Corporation and United Airlines
"Parents and troop
leaders in this room, you are succeeding in your mission, our nation's mission,
and also the Boy Scout mission to perpetuate the fundamental values that made
our nation great, and to ensure that our young people become productive adults
and responsible citizens."
Elizabeth "Betsy" McCaughey Ross, former Lt. Gov. New York
"I assure you of my
own personal appreciation of Scouting as a magnificent experience and form of
social and religious commitment."
His Holiness Pope John Paul II, the Vatican
"I think the character
that you learn in Scouting-working together, being honest with each other, being
close knit ... and depending on one another, on our camping trips and doing
things-all these things build character in a young man that he takes with him
into adulthood and makes him a much better citizen. And that's why Scouting
to me has always been an organization I've always wanted to help. I think it's
one of the best youth organizations that we ... have in this country."
James A. Lovell Jr., advisory council, Boy Scouts of America,
President, Lovell Communications, and mission astronaut, Apollo 13
young men to people and experiences that encourage and nurture positive moral
values. But we mustn't take Scouting for granted. You can do nothing more important
for young people today than to continue, or begin, your support of Scouting.
I have never met anyone with devoted Scouting experience who was not a solid
citizen, a loyal friend, and a patriot. We need more of them."
Wallace G. Wilkinson, former governor of Kentucky
"There's no question
that character counts. Character counts today, it counted a century ago and
it will count a century from now. It's absolutely critical because you're reflecting
some basic beliefs of honor, integrity, and those different elements of life
that will aid you in progressing and frankly, [you'll get] in trouble if you
don't believe in 'em."
Milton Ward, president, Boy Scouts of America,
and chief executive officer, Ward Resources Inc.
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