Commissioner’s Blog #11



John A. Hovanesian, M.D.

November 26, 2013


As our families celebrate Thanksgiving this week, some of us at home and some out of town, it’s appropriate to give thanks for all the good Scouting deeds that make the world a better place.

Thanks to all the unit leaders, cub masters and scout masters, who drive the program in our churches, schools, and civic groups.  Most of the work you do goes unsung.

Thanks to the den leaders and assistant unit leaders who enjoy interaction with our youth, selflessly giving their time.

Thanks to the committee members of scout units, districts, and the council, who provide the essential behind-the-scenes support that paves the way for the scouting program.

To our donors who give generously to help us meet Scouting’s aims, thanks for your kindness.

To our council’s executive board and leadership, who truly understand and support our mission, thanks

To every Eagle Scout who has made the most of your Scouting experience, thank you for making us proud.

To those who have used a skill learned in Scouting to save a life or avert danger for someone more vulnerable than you, thank you and God bless you.

And to everyone who believes in the mission of the Boy Scouts:  to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law,” thank you for helping make the world a better place.

Best wishes to all for a happy, healthy Thanksgiving.

John A. Hovanesian, MD

Council Commissioner


The Scout Oath

On my honor I will do my best

To do my duty to God and my country

and to obey the Scout Law;

To help other people at all times;

To keep myself physically strong,

mentally awake, and morally straight.


The Scout Law

A Scout is…












and Reverent.