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Forward Momentum


Ralph de la Vega, right, delivers a stirring account of pursuing the American dream as a young Cuban immigrant. Below, new BSA Presi dent Rex Tillerson emphasizes Scouting’s importance for future generations of young people.


AS VOLUNTEER SCOUTERS gathered for May’s National Annual Meeting in Dallas, they actively engaged both halves of the BSA’s centennial slogan. There was plenty of “Celebrating the Adventure” in this 100th Anniversary year, coupled with a commitment to a five-year strategic plan that provides a crucial roadmap for “Continuing the Journey.” The plan, designed for implementation from 2011 through 2015, “will be the cornerstone for our second century of Scouting,” said Chief Scout Executive Bob Mazzuca. “This investment in


A year of celebration leads to a future filled


with promise. by scot t daniels photogr aphs by michael roy tek


setting our course may well be one of the most signifi- cant accomplishments in the history of our movement.” With the guidance of


chairman Steven E. Weekes, a committee of volunteers and professionals forged a document that strengthens and expands Scouting’s influ- ence among its members, chartered organizations, and communities-at-large. The plan’s seven key themes include: Dynamic and Relevant Program; Innovation and Technology; and Youth Advocacy and Strategic Relationships. Download the entire document at digital. scouting.org/strategicplan/ strategicplan.pdf. At the meeting’s


Americanism Breakfast, National Eagle Scout Association president Glenn Adams reported that 2009


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was another record-breaking year for Boy Scouts attain- ing the Eagle rank: 52,470. NESA also added $1 million to its scholarship funds and introduced a $25,000 grant funded by the United Health Foundation for an Eagle Scout who pursues a health care career in an underserved com- munity. More information about NESA scholarships will appear in Scouting magazine’s November-December issue. Ralph de la Vega, president


and CEO of AT&T Mobility, inspired the morning audi- ence with his moving account of immigrating to the United States from Cuba as a lone 10-year-old in 1962. De la Vega, chair- man of the BSA’s Hispanic Initiatives Committee, went on to describe how his grand- mother later counseled him to never “let someone put 


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