AUGUSTA — Gov. John E. Baldacci on Feb. 17 recognized Boy Scouts from the Pine Tree Council and the Katahdin Area Council at a State House celebration of the 100th anniversary of Boy Scouts of America.
The governor issued a proclamation declaring February as Scouting Anniversary Month.
“Our state’s reputation as a place where citizens are involved and concerned about their neighbors is one that others envy. That good fortune needs to be nurtured,” Baldacci said. “Respecting others and giving back to the community is not only what it means to be a Mainer, but it’s the Scouting tradition.”
“The work of the Boy Scouts of America fosters this connection of young people to their community,” the governor said. “Through the Boy Scouts, youth gain a better understanding of the world around them and develop experiences that will last a lifetime. Boy Scouts exemplify the true spirit of our communities and what it means to live in our great state.”
“Whereas, the Boy Scouts of America has been at the forefront of instilling the timeless values of leadership, achievement, community service, character and environmental stewardship in youth since its founding in 1910; and
Whereas, this national youth movement has made serving others through its values-based program its mission; and
Whereas, the Boy Scouts of America is committed to helping millions of youth succeed by providing the support, friendship and mentoring necessary to live a happy and fulfilling life; and
Whereas, the Katahdin Area and the Pine Tree Councils of the Boy Scouts of America and their Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops and Venturing crews are celebrating Scouting’s 100th anniversary with the theme “Celebrating the Adventure, Continuing the Journey;” and
Whereas, there are more than 525 community organizations that make Scouting available for more than 14,000 youth members in our state who participate in the Scouting program as a means of character building, citizenship training, and personal fitness,
Now, therefore, I, John E. Baldacci, Governor of the State of Maine, do hereby proclaim February 2010 as Scouting Anniversary Month throughout the State of Maine, and urge all citizens to recognize this observance.”