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H.C.R. 5







Chief Sponsor: Bradley M. Daw

Senate Sponsor: John L. Valentine

             9      LONG TITLE
             10      General Description:
             11          This concurrent resolution of the Legislature and the Governor recognizes the 100th
             12      Anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America.
             13      Highlighted Provisions:
             14          This resolution:
             15          .    recognizes the 100th Anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America and expresses
             16      appreciation for the service and character building that the organization has
             17      provided through its dedication to the youth of Utah.
             18      Special Clauses:
             19          None
             21      Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah, the Governor concurring therein:
             22          WHEREAS, in 1909 a Chicago publisher named William Boyce became lost in a
             23      London fog and found his way out of it with the aid of a young boy, and when he tried to pay
             24      the boy a schilling for his help, the boy replied that a Scout doesn't take payment for "doing a
             25      good turn";
             26          WHEREAS, Boyce, who had never heard of Scouts, was so intrigued that he learned all
             27      about the British program and when he returned to America he helped create the Boys Scouts

             28      of America (BSA);
             29          WHEREAS, founded as an outlet to prepare eligible youth in America to become
             30      participating citizens and leaders, the BSA has more than fulfilled its mission;
             31          WHEREAS, since its founding, the Boy Scouts of America has been at the forefront of
             32      instilling timeless values in youth;
             33          WHEREAS, today, the Boy Scouts of America is the largest youth service organization
             34      in America, with nearly 3 million members learning responsible citizenship, character
             35      development, and self-reliance through participation in a wide range of outdoor activities,
             36      educational programs, and career-oriented programs in partnership with community
             37      organizations;
             38          WHEREAS, the 100th Anniversary is the nucleus around which the BSA can rally to
             39      strengthen scouting in every town and city throughout the nation;
             40          WHEREAS, this national youth movement has made serving others through its
             41      values-based program its mission;
             42          WHEREAS, scouting in Utah is served by the Trapper Trails Council, headquartered in
             43      Ogden, serving youth from Logan to Kaysville; the Great Salt Lake Council, headquartered in
             44      Salt Lake City, serving youth from Kaysville to Herriman; and the Utah National Parks
             45      Council, headquartered in Orem, serving youth from Lehi to St. George;
             46          WHEREAS, the BSA's purpose is simple: to build the character and integrity of
             47      America's youth and prepare them to become responsible adults who are leaders and who
             48      participate in society according to the Scout Oath and Law;
             49          WHEREAS, the mission of the BSA is to prepare youth to make ethical and moral
             50      choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law;
             51          WHEREAS, the Oath and Law are founded on trustworthiness, loyalty, bravery, and on
             52      values that put community and family first;
             53          WHEREAS, the Scout Oath teaches duty to God, country, and self;
             54          WHEREAS, the twelve points of the Scout Law, trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly,
             55      courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent, describe how to live a
             56      life of honor;
             57          WHEREAS, this familiar list is more than just the description of a Scout -- it is the
             58      epitome of a volunteer;

             59          WHEREAS, the Scout Slogan, "Do a Good Turn Daily," stems from how American
             60      Scouting came to be and continues to be centric to the overall program because it gives every
             61      Scout a chance to serve others;
             62          WHEREAS, the BSA celebrates this legacy as it reaffirms its commitment to inspire
             63      and prepare future generations of leaders;
             64          WHEREAS, scouting has brought families and communities together for 100 years to
             65      prepare America's youth to live, work, and play with character and integrity;
             66          WHEREAS, scouting is as vital and relevant today as it was when it was originally
             67      founded;
             68          WHEREAS, the 100th Anniversary Celebration of the BSA is a once-in-a-lifetime
             69      opportunity to raise awareness of the value of scouting and engage more youth and volunteers
             70      in scouting activities;
             71          WHEREAS, in 2006, the BSA conducted a study on the values of Americans -- a Study
             72      of Ethics and Character -- which showed that scouting continues to make a positive impact on
             73      the lives of youth;
             74          WHEREAS, Scouts show higher self confidence, leadership skills, and a greater
             75      interest in helping others than youth who are not Scouts;
             76          WHEREAS, today, more than ever, America needs volunteers to address the issues
             77      youth and families face today, such as hunger, inadequate shelter, and poor health, by
             78      developing a strong sense of personal mission and purpose, and showing a great interest in
             79      helping others;
             80          WHEREAS, the Boy Scouts of America is committed to helping millions of youth
             81      succeed by providing the support, friendship, and mentoring necessary to live a happy and
             82      fulfilling life;
             83          WHEREAS, Utah's three Boy Scout Councils, consisting of 14,794 scout units, are
             84      celebrating Scouting's 100th anniversary with the theme "Celebrating the Adventure,
             85      Continuing the Journey"; and
             86          WHEREAS, in Utah, more than 91,000 volunteer leaders help make scouting
             87      adventures possible for more than 197,000 youth members who participate in the scouting
             88      program:
             89          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Legislature of the state of Utah, the

             90      Governor concurring therein, recognize the 100th Anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America
             91      and express their appreciation for the service and character-building that the organization has
             92      provided through its dedication to the youth of Utah.
             93          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to the Boy Scouts
             94      of America, the Trapper Trails Council, the Great Salt Lake Council, and the Utah National
             95      Parks Council.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 11-25-09 1:28 PM

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

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