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Governor John P. deJongh, Jr. has proclaimed Feb. 5-12, as “Boy ScoutWeek” in the Virgin Islands to recognize the positive impact the youth movement has had on the territory.
The week marks the 102nd national anniversary of the Boy Scouts, and the 82nd year of scouting in the Virgin Islands. Since its founding in 1910, the Boy Scouts of America has been at the forefront of instilling values in our nation’s youth, with a mission of service to others.
Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Varsity Scouts are groups that depend on local community organizations to thrive, and across the country churches, synagogues, schools, parent-teacher associations, fraternal clubs and other organizations have received charters from Boy Scouts of America to offer scouting programs. These organizations select volunteer leaders who perform an outstanding service for participating young men and women.
“Countless Virgin Islands children have been among the millions to benefit from membership in the Boy Scouts, a youth movement that teaches character, citizenship and fitness,” Governor deJongh said.
“Scouting is a worthy pursuit for any youngster, and on this anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America, I thank all the volunteers who dedicate their time and energy to ensure our territory enjoys a successful scouting program,” de Jongh said.
Currently, there are 38 million scouts in more than 217 countries and territories across the world.