BILL NUMBER: ACR 94 INTRODUCED BILL TEXT INTRODUCED BY Assembly Member Morrell JANUARY 30, 2012 Relative to Boy Scouts of America. LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST ACR 94, as introduced, Morrell. Boy Scouts of America. This measure would congratulate the Boy Scouts of America on its 102nd anniversary, and acknowledge and recognize its accomplishments and the positive effect that it has had on the lives of youth. Fiscal committee: no. WHEREAS, The Boy Scouts of America was inspired and modeled on the Boy Scouts Association, established by Lord Baden-Powell in the United Kingdom in 1908; and WHEREAS, William D. Boyce, an American newspaper man, with Edward S. Stewart and Stanley D. Willis, incorporated the Boy Scouts of America on February 8, 1910, and applied for a federal charter; and WHEREAS, The Boy Scouts of America is one of the largest youth organizations in the United States, with over four million current and active youth members; and WHEREAS, The Boy Scouts of America's goal is to train youth in responsible citizenship, character development, and self-reliance through participation in a wide range of outdoor activities, educational programs, and career-oriented programs in partnership with community organizations; and WHEREAS, The Boy Scouts of America first served as crowd control for the inauguration of President Woodrow Wilson in 1913, and have served at every inauguration since in some ceremonial role; and WHEREAS, In 1912, following the success of the Boy Scouts of America program, the Girl Scouts of the United States of America was founded on the same scouting principles developed by Lord Baden-Powell to promote the social welfare of young women during the progressive movement and serving in complement to the Boy Scouts of America; and WHEREAS, During the Great War, scouts were used as message runners, coast watchers, and in other vital service roles, as well as to collect countless tons of scrap metal and other natural resources that could be recycled and put to use in America's factories; and WHEREAS, During the Great Depression, President Franklin D. Roosevelt encouraged scouts to do their part by providing services to assist relief agencies, and to have scout leaders provide training for the Civilian Conservation Corps; and WHEREAS, Scouting is operated locally through units sponsored by churches, clubs, civic associations, educational organizations and the like, which furthers their mission to give back to their communities; and WHEREAS, Units of scouting are led entirely by volunteers; and WHEREAS, In addition to nostalgic memories of campfires kindling friendships, prominent leaders in all fields of endeavor have credited the skills they learned in scouting as helping mold them into successful citizens; and WHEREAS, Over two-thirds of all astronauts had some type of involvement in scouting, and 11 of the 12 men to walk on the Moon were Boy Scouts, including Eagle Scouts Neil Armstrong and Charlie Duke; and WHEREAS, President Gerald Ford stated, "I can say without hesitation, because of Scouting principles, I know I was a better athlete, I was a better naval officer, I was a better Congressman, and I was a better prepared President;" and WHEREAS, Scouts have been urged to "Do a Good Turn Daily" from the inception of the scouting movement; and WHEREAS, Scouting for Food is an ongoing annual program, started in 1986, that collects food for local food banks; and WHEREAS, In 1997, the Boy Scouts of America developed Service to America, with a commitment to provide 200 million hours of service by youth members by the end of the year 2000, which included service projects with the National Park Service; and WHEREAS, The achievements and contributions of the scouting program are possible only through the dedicated service hours of California's youth, and it is through their leadership, and the efforts of all scouting volunteers and families, that California's future will continue to flourish; and WHEREAS, In 2008, the Boy Scouts of America honored its two-millionth Eagle Scout; and WHEREAS, The Boy Scouts of America centennial logo was created by Philip Goolkasian, an Eagle Scout from Fresno, California; and WHEREAS, The United States Mint issued 350,000 Boy Scouts of America Silver Dollar Centennial Commemorative Coins; and WHEREAS, The United States Postal Service released the Celebrate Scouting commemorative stamp; and WHEREAS, On January 1, 2010, the Boy Scouts of America, for the first time in its history, entered a float commemorating its 100th anniversary for the Annual Tournament of Roses Parade held in Pasadena, California; now, therefore, be it Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate thereof concurring, That the Legislature does hereby recognize, congratulate, and commend the Boy Scouts of America on its 102nd anniversary; and be it further Resolved, That the Legislature acknowledges that the Boy Scouts of America have provided a strong program for youth for 102 years, and commends the Boy Scouts of America for its accomplishments and the lives positively affected by scouting; and be it further Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly shall produce and distribute to all Members of the Legislature sufficient copies of this resolution such that Members may present them to local Scouting Councils and Troops as a memento of the 102nd anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America.