SANTA ANA EAGLE SCOUT DELIVERS ANNUAL REPORT TO THE NATION TO TOP U.S. OFFICIAL

Local Eagle Scout Is One of Eight Selected to Share 2012 Scouting Achievements with Congress

SANTA ANA, CA (Feb. 15, 2013)—A delegation of eight young people from across the country— including Ben Sanchez of the Orange County Council Boy Scouts of America —will represent the Boy Scouts of America® in Washington, D.C., Feb. 23–28, to present the organization’s annual Report to the Nation to top U.S. officials. The report is designated in the BSA’s congressional charter and will highlight the organization’s achievements in 2012.

“This is an incredible achievement and we are proud to have Ben share our progress with the nation’s leaders,” said Jeff Herrmann, president and scout executive for the Orange County Council, Boy Scouts of America (OCBSA). “Ben exemplifies a committed, ambitious and dedicated leader who represents the Boy Scouts of America constituency.”

Being selected to the Report to the Nation delegation is a tremendous honor for Ben Sanchez and the Santa Ana community that he represents. Each Scout represents the more than 100 million Boy Scouts who have come before them and the millions who will follow. Sanchez, a 16-year-old Eagle Scout, was selected as a delegate for his extraordinary work on his Eagle Scout Leadership Project. His project involved gathering a team of scout and non-scout volunteers to help create a website for the Confirmation Preparation program at his parish. The project was sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, Council 9210 from Our Lady of the Pillar parish located in Santa Ana, Calif.

Sanchez’ goal in creation of the website was to provide educational resources and materials for confirmation candidates, allowing users to ultimately learn, better understand and grow in their Catholic faith online. The website includes Bible passages, texts from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, links to the Vatican website, 360 degree panoramas of St. Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, local churches and videos of the sacraments. Sanchez’ team of youth volunteers and adults worked on the project for more than a year. The website, which has received 9,570 visitors to date, can be viewed here: http://kofc9210.org/Confirmation.php.

Arriving in the nation’s capital on Saturday, Feb. 23, Ben Sanchez and the other Boy Scouts of America delegates are scheduled for visits throughout the week with U.S. Cabinet, House, and Senate leadership, as well as the White House, CIA, Pentagon, and Supreme Court.

Locally, the Orange County Council has contributed to the national report that will be shared through the delivery of a quality Scouting experience in Orange County, serving more than 30,000 local youth members in 2012. Specifically, the Orange County Council Boy Scouts of America has awarded 738 Eagle Scout badges to Orange County youth in 2012. More than 650 Eagle Scout awards are earned on an annual basis in Orange County, marking an 11% increase from 2011 (697 Eagle Scout awards earned) and 6% increase from 2010 (663 Eagle Scout awards earned).

Collectively, in 2012, 57,976 young Scouts across America earned the Eagle Scout Award through the completion of 21 life skills merit badges and an extensive self-directed service project. The average number of hours spent on an Eagle Scout project is 130, which means that in 2012, Eagle Scout service projects alone represented more than 7.5 million hours of community service.
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About The Orange County Council, Boy Scouts of America:
The Orange County Council is one of the largest youth-serving agencies in the county serving more than 30,000 youth with educational programs that instill values, develop social and leadership skills, and promotes physical fitness and environmental awareness. The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law.

About the Boy Scouts of America
The Boy Scouts of America prepares young people for life by providing the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. The Scouting organization is composed of 2.7 million youth members from ages 6 through 20 and more than a million volunteers in local councils throughout the United States and its territories. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit www.scouting.org.