“Hurray for the Red, White and Blue”................
and hurray for the
Many thanks to all of the Scouts, Scouters andParents who participated in the
second annual Boy Scouts of America entry inthe Dale City Independence Day
Parade. Wehad double the amount of participants as last year.
Two years ago, I was hoping to show our community
thevalues of scouting and that BSA and all of its volunteers are helping to
moldthe future leaders of our great nation. Once again, I am ecstatic about the
turnout, parental support and thequality behavior of our boys. We doubledour
numbers from last year…wow! Sixteenof our units participated this year.
Myapologies if I missed mentioning any pack or troop.
Packs 35, 117, 292,295, 501, 964, 1149, 1189, 1353,
Troops 35, 102,1369, 1378, 1390
Despite the heat, many of our scouts walked more
than threemiles down Dale Boulevard to cheering and supportive fans. Pack 501
provided a Pinewood Derby float forour entry. I already have a volunteerfor
next year’s district float and a theme for it, too.
Akela, Baloo and Tiger traveled the entire route
with ourscouts. As always they are very popularwith the crowd. A huge thanks
those threeguys! Cubmaster Justin Youtz kept theboys going with “repeat after
me” cheers. I even spotted two of our District Commissioners snapping pictures
and rooting for us.
And…………drum roll…………for the second year in a row,
we camehome with a trophy! I am grateful to theParade Committee for recognizing
the strong bond and brotherhood we have scouting. The judges were all smiles as
we proudly marched bytheir table. Albeit, I was not very happythat the position
numbers were not posted for everyone to find us more easily. Argh! But,perhaps
we could get some Boy Scouts out there next year to help post thenumbers. This
is a hint, hint for a troop looking to help next year.
again, thank you for all the support on the anniversary of our Country’s
Independence. You have all helped to put our youth on a path toward a
more conscientious, responsible and productive society.