Scouting has a great story to tell — not just about where we have been, but also about our strategy for bringing new adventures to more young people across the nation. Next week, we’ll do just that when I join 10 Scouting delegates for our annual Report to the Nation journey to Washington, D.C. from Feb. 27 to March 3.
Presenting Scouting’s annual report is a once-in-a-lifetime honor. These exemplary young people were selected from units across the nation, based on leadership, Scouting spirit, academics, extracurricular activities and community service. They are examples of how Scouting prepares young people for life as great citizens, leaders and mentors while teaching values that help instill strong character.
I am very proud to share with you our 2016 delegation:
|Edward Abraham, 20 — Venturer, Eagle Scout, Venturing Silver and National Venturing President
Edward is currently studying business management at San Jose State University, with plans to serve as a customer service director in the airline industry to share his passion for working with others.
|Edward Campbell, 18 — Sea Scout Quartermaster, Eagle Scout and National Sea Scout Boatswain
Edward recently completed a personal challenge to sleep outdoors in a tarp for 365 days to raise funds for Scouting, and plans to study political science at a U.S. military academy.
|Neel Dhanaraj, 17 — Eagle Scout
Neel has earned two gold medals and three silver medals at state and national Science Olympiad competitions and plans to study mechanical engineering.
|Cynthia Garcia, 19 — Explorer
Franklin Park, IL
Cynthia attends the University of Illinois at Chicago where she recently served as a squad leader for its ROTC program, with career plans for federal law enforcement.
|N’Jhari Jackson, 13 — Eagle Scout
N’Jhari has been recognized for his tremendous commitment to community service, including delivery of 4,000 Pajama Buddies and Pajama Drab Bags to hospitalized youth in the U. S., Germany and China.
|Hunter Jones, 19 — Eagle Scout and National Chief of the Order of the Arrow
Hunter is currently studying animal science/pre-med at the University of Tennessee- Knoxville while supporting Relay for Life and local hospital programs, with plans to become a physician.
|Matthew Moniz, 19 — Eagle Scout
Matthew is a recognized American mountaineer after climbing 8,000-meter peaks and several of the Seven Summits. He was honored by BSA for aiding those hurt by the 2015 Nepal avalanche at Mt. Everest.
Ian Napoleon, 18 — Eagle ScoutSandy Spring, MDIan travelled to Nigeria to promote malaria prevention for his Eagle project, helping to deliver insecticide-treated bed nets to health clinics and orphanages. He plans to study business and sports marketing.
Sean Nichols, 8 — Wolf Cub ScoutEdgewood, KYSean is an active Cub Scout despite a spinal cord disorder, participating in adaptive horseback riding and youth wheelchair basketball. He hopes to become a zoologist.
|Dan Ta, 16 — Eagle Scout
Dan organized a multi-high school financial literacy event for his Eagle project. He has been recognized for community work in financial literacy and hopes to study business at the U.S. Naval Academy.
|Lyle and Toril Knight — Host Couple
Lyle and Toril Knight have a lifetime of experience in mentoring young people. They have five grown children, two Eagle Scout sons, one Eagle Scout grandson, 21 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. They also have provided a home for an additional three foster children.
A life-long banking executive, Lyle has a passion for youth development and serves on the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America. He also is a Trustee of Rocky Mountain College. Lyle is a recipient of the Heart of the Community Award from the American Heart Association and received the Silver Beaver, Silver Antelope and Silver Buffalo awards from the Boy Scouts of America.
Born in Oslo, Norway, Toril is a community volunteer and spends many hours on Scouting activities accompanying her husband and children. She has served as a teacher for both children and adults and works as a volunteer in the Billings LDS Temple. Lyle and Toril are a vibrant couple and I know they will make this year’s Report to the Nation a memorable learning experience for our Scout ambassadors.
Thanks for reading.