In this season of gratitude, service and giving, I’m reflecting on the many things I am thankful for in this organization.

First, thank you to all the leaders, volunteers and parents who have given their time and energy to helping young people have once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. Your mentorship and support helps shape and define the experiences of our participants and without you, our program wouldn’t exist. Through your efforts, young people develop character, learn leadership and develop skills they will use for a lifetime.

Next, I’d like to thank all the friends of Scouting who have given of their resources throughout the year. Whether supporting your local council or giving to those impacted by natural disasters this year, you contributions have helped Scouting programs thrive, often during times of tremendous difficulty for our families. Your gifts provide Scouts with supplies and opportunities they would otherwise go without. If you’d like to build on the support to help even more Scouts, please consider donating to your local council during #GivingTuesday on November 29.

Finally, thank you to all our members, alumni, staff, volunteers and friends who live the values of the Scout Oath and Law everyday. At this time of year, service and kindness are popular topics, but those values are dear to us year-round and I see countless examples of them in action from this community. That is the impact of our movement. Thank you for making our world a better place to live. This is a wonderful community to be a part of and you’ve given me so much to be thankful for.

May you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.

Yours in Scouting,


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