White House Chief of Staff Addresses Local Boy Scouts

Once a Boy Scout, always a Boy Scout; the sentiments of White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card, Jr. Card gave the address at the Suwannee River Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America's Golden Eagle Dinner.

Andrew H. Card, Jr. says, "The Boy Scouts is a tremendous organization that helps many, many young people and gives them a good start in life. It's training and leadership. I'm impressed with how many leaders I find around the country who got their start in scouting."

The Golden Eagle Dinner is the Suwannee River Area Council's primary fundraiser. The event also raises positive community awareness on the impact of the Boy Scouts of America.

Morgan Smith from Troop 10 says, "You learn a lot of first aid and emergency preparedness, and that's what turns out heroes."

John T. Bell, President of the Suwannee River Area Council, says, "If we keep a boy in Boy Scouts for four years, we know that statistically we have made a positive impact on their choices."

During his speech, Card thanked Boy Scout leaders and volunteers for teaching boys and young men leadership, teamwork and self-esteem.

As he reflected on memorable days as a leader at the White House, he reminded Boy Scouts that they too can live their dreams. At Tuesday night's dinner, Chief of Staff Card was presented the Golden Eagle Award.