St. Paul Pioneer Press ran an article today on Anthony Thomas of Lakeville, Minnesota, the Scout designated the 2 millionth Eagle Scout.
In a sort of luck-of-the-draw deal, Thomas has been named Scouting’s national youth ambassador for Scouting’s 100th anniversary in 2010. He’s scheduled to meet with President Barack Obama, to ride in the Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena, and for dozens of other less well-known affairs.
On Wednesday, he helped Northern Star Council celebrate the opening of a new Scout Camp, at Fort Snelling, Minnesota.
It was a special day, according to coverage at Northern Star Council’s website:
History was made as Thomas was introduced as the BSA’s two millionth Eagle by Minnesota State leaders. Making the presentation were Associate Justice Christopher Dietzen, Representative Kate Knuth and Representative Cy Thao. Each shared their reflections on the importance of Scouting in their lives and then read a Proclamation from Governor Pawlenty declaring June 17 as “2 Millionth Eagle Scout Day” in Minnesota.
Scouting began awarding Eagle badges in 1912 — Thomas Eldred was the first Eagle. The 1 millionth Eagle was awarded in 1982, 70 years later. It’s been 27 years for the second million. About 100 million boys are or were Boy Scouts since 1910.
You’d think this news would be a bigger deal. Why isn’t this news going farther, faster?
Send this to your local newspapers and television stations — ask them to make a note of Thomas’s achievement, to encourage local kids.
More news stories:
- Story in the Mormon Times, from Utah’s Deseret News
- Another story in Mormon Times about an Eagle badge helping kids get into college
- Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the other local daily paper for Anthony Thomas, covers the announcement and camp opening
- Coverage from Minneapolis’s CBS Television affiliate, WCCO
- Story from Northern Star Council, BSA, with additional photos
- Minnesota Public Radio story
- Scoutcast story
- USA Today story (from the Associated Press – may not be copied in any way)