Note: this story is being updated day-by-day as our Scouts visit the capitol.
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Every year, six to ten Scouts are selected to represent the Boy Scouts of America in Washington, D.C., to present the annual Report to the Nation to top U.S. officials. This year, we’re excited to have one of our own Eagle Scouts be a part of this once-in-a-lifetime experience at our nation’s capital!
Adam Vang is one of ten Scouts selected from approximately 2.3 million youth members to deliver this year’s Report to the Nation—a tremendous honor! Vang is one of the many Eagle Scouts produced from Boy Scout Troop 100 in St. Paul, a Troop with a lot of tradition and service to the Hmong community, now serving second generation Scouts. He was nominated to be a delegate by the troop’s longtime Scoutmaster, Dave Moore.
“I’m excited to meet different people and make new friends,” Adam said. “But I’m also nervous because, well, I have to give the Report to the Nation!” he laughed.
The delegates are selected to represent all areas of Scouting and every region of the country. To give the Report to the Nation, they will meet with the Speaker of the House and many other top governmental officials to highlight the BSA’s achievements during 2016. This year’s Report shares how the organization is continually updating its programs to meet the needs of today’s kids—from an increased emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and math to a greater focus on career development and exploration.
Adam, as well as the other youth representatives, will be arriving in Washington, D.C., Saturday, March 4th. During the next week, the Scouts have scheduled visits to the Pentagon, the White House, CIA, Arlington National Cemetery, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Join us in following Adam’s adventure! Recaps and photos of the previous day’s events will be posted here on the Council website. To see even more photos from the trip, head on over to the BSA Flickr page. Photos will be posted following the day’s activities.
Report to the Nation Photo Albums
Report to the Nation Recap: Days 1 and 2
Delegation arrives in D.C.
On Saturday, March 4, 2017, the delegation assembled at the nation’s capital. After taking some photos, the fun began!
“We went to Goddard, one of NASA's bases,” Adam explained. “Once we arrived we had a session to get to know each other and practiced our speeches that we will present to the nation. After the session, we went on a tour in one of the buildings in Goddard and got to see the James Webb telescope."
Day 2 of Report to the Nation
The exciting tour of D.C. continued on Sunday, March 5, as the group visited multiple locations to learn more about historical events.
Adam gave us the following recap of the day: “The first location we toured was the USNA (United States Naval Academy).” While at the Naval Academy, the delegates had the chance to participate in a church service. After the service they stopped to have a bite to eat in Annapolis. “Once we got done eating lunch, we went to the International History Museum and visited the Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Korean War Veterans Memorial,” he shares.
Report to the Nation Recap: Days 3 and 4
Laying a Wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns
Day 3 of the trip included visits to Arlington National Cemetery and the Pentagon. Adam shares that “after the tour, we were able to witness the changing of the guards that stand outside and watch the Tomb of the Unknowns.” Four of the ten delegates were chosen to participate in a wreath-laying ceremony, and Adam was one of those four. The ceremony gives members of the public the chance to pay their respects to the unidentified soldiers buried at Arlington National Cemetery. “It was an honor to be chosen to participate in the event,” he said.
After the visit at Arlington National Cemetery, the group rode the bus to the Pentagon where they had the opportunity to meet with high-ranking military and Department of Defense leaders, such as Robert Work, Deputy Secretary of Defense, and Gen. Mark Milley, chief of staff for the U.S. Army, and Lt. Gen. William Mayville Jr., director of the Joint Staff. “We all were honored to eat lunch with the Vice Chairman Gen. Paul Selva of the Joint Staff,” said Adam. “After lunch, we had a tour around the Pentagon and paid our respect to the people that died during 9/11 in the Pentagon,” Adam shares.
Meeting the President of the United States
On March 7, day four of the Report to the Nation D.C. tour, delegates had a once in a lifetime opportunity to visit the White House and present the Boy Scouts of America’s Report to the Nation to President Donald Trump.
“Touring the White House was such an honor,” said Adam. “Being able to walk in the White House was fabulous! After the tours, we all went to the waiting room to wait for President Trump. While we waited, we saw Vice President Pence and Henry Kissinger. Once the waiting was over, we entered the Oval Office and saw President Trump sitting by his desk. After getting to talk and take pictures with President Trump, Forrest Gertin, Pratik Vaidya, Hannah Wheaton, Rachel West and Tyler Schutt all presented the Report to the President.”
Delegates also had the chance to meet with Secretary of Health and Human Services, Tom Price and Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos.
In addition to their already busy day, the Report to the Nation delegates participated in a special ceremony with the BSA and National Park Service, celebrating their partnership near the Boy Scout Memorial in Washington.
Report to the Nation Recap: Days 5 and 6
Presenting the Report to the Nation to the Speaker of the House
Wednesday was yet another opportunity to meet top U.S. officials! The day began with breakfast at the U.S. Capitol, during which the official Report to the Nation was presented to Julies Adams, Secretary of the U.S. Senate, and her House counterpart, Karen Haas. After breakfast, the Scouts went on an early tour of the Capitol before it became crowded with tourists.
“After the tour, we went and talked to Nancy Pelosi, the House Minority Leader, and Paul Ryan, the Speaker of the House, and presented the annual report,” said Adam. “Once we were done with the tour, we all walked across the street to the Supreme Court building and got a behind the scene tour as well.”
Meeting U.S. Senators
On the final day of the Report to the Nation trip, the delegates had the opportunity to talk to Senators.
“I was lucky to have two of my senators meet with me,” shares Adam. “I met with Al Franken first, and it was an honor to be with him and presenting the annual report in front of him. I was with Amy Klobuchar for a short while, but it was still an amazing feeling to be able to talk with my senators in person.”