“Veterans. Defense. Youth. Americanism. Communities.”
That’s what you see when you visit the American Legion website.
This description closely aligns with Scouting. And that’s only where our similarities begin. In addition to being the nation’s largest veteran’s service organization, the American Legion also has been an active supporter of Scouting since the American Legion was founded in 1919.
In fact, the American Legion endorsed the Boy Scouts of America at its first national congress. And we have been partners and servants to our nation’s youth ever since. Today, some 60,000 youth participate in Scouting activities at the American Legion every week.
I recently had the opportunity to address the American Legion’s National Convention, where I discussed the importance of continuing our partnership in an effort to instill character and leadership skills in our nation’s youth.
You can view my remarks below, or read a recap here.
I want to thank the American Legion for inviting me to speak at their wonderful event — and for everything they have done to support our movement and serve our nation and its veterans during the last century.
The Boy Scouts of America are grateful for everything you do.