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In 1911, President William Howard Taft accepted the position of honorary president of the BSA; each U.S. president since has been offered the position and has served. Theodore Roosevelt was the only honorary vice-president, as he had left office before the honorary presidency began.

  • Theodore Roosevelt was selected as an honorary vice president in 1911 and appointed as the only chief Scout citizen. He served on the troop committee of Troop 39, Oyster Bay, New York and was the first council commissioner of Nassau County Council. For many years after his death in 1919, several thousand Scouts and leaders in the New York area made annual pilgrimages to his grave in Oyster Bay. TR has had two local councils named after him. The Grand Canyon Council and Theodore Roosevelt Council in Arizona and New Mexico merged into the Grand Canyon Council in 1993. Nassau County Council soon renamed to Theodore Roosevelt Council.
  • William Howard Taft was the first honorary president of the BSA. At his invitation, the first annual meeting of the BSA was held in the White House in 1911.
  • Woodrow Wilson was the first president to have a Scout escort at his inauguration in 1913, a tradition that continues. He signed the bill granting the BSA a congressional charter in 1916 and declared a Boy Scout Week to promote membership and funding.[1][2]
  • Warren G. Harding authorized the "Harding Awards" given in 1923 to troops with membership increases.
  • Calvin Coolidge accepted the honorary presidency on August 16, 1923, noting that both of his sons were Scouts. When Calvin Coolidge, Jr. died, Scouts participated in the honor guard and in crowd control.[3] Coolidge presented the first Silver Buffalo Award in 1926.
  • Herbert Hoover helped to launch the BSA's 20th anniversary. His wife, Lou Henry Hoover, was national president of the Girl Scouts of the USA from 1922–1925 and again in 1935–1937 and the honorary president from 1929-1933).
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt was president of the Greater New York Councils. He was instrumental in the purchase of Ten Mile River Scout Camp. FDR received the Silver Buffalo Award in a ceremony held at the camp on August 23, 1930.[4] In 1933, he was made an honorary member of the Suanhacky Lodge of the Order of the Arrow[5]:35
  • Harry S. Truman attended the 1950 National Scout Jamboree.
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower's son John Eisenhower was a Scout.[6] He became a member of the National Executive Board in 1948— and as president —spoke on the observance of the BSA's 50th anniversary in 1960.[7] He was made an honorary member of the Zit-Kala-Sha Lodge of the Order of the Arrow in 1953.[5]:79 He received the Wohelo Award from the Campfire Girls in 1960.[8]
  • John F. Kennedy was the first president who had been a Scout as a youth. He was a member of Troop 2 in Bronxville, New York from 1929 to 1931, attaining the rank of Star Scout.[9] JFK was active in the Boston Council from 1946 to 1955 as district vice chairman, member of the executive board and representative to the National Council.
  • Lyndon B. Johnson was a member of the Exploring committee in the Capitol Area Council and a member of the National Capital Area Council from 1959 to 1963. Helped organize Post 1200 in Washington, D.C., which was chartered by the House of Representatives for Congressional page boys.
  • Richard Nixon— as vice-president —visited and spoke at the 1953 National Scout Jamboree in Irvine, California and at the 1957 National Scout Jamboree in Valley Forge State Park, Pennsylvania.[10] He received the annual report of the BSA on February 5, 1970, launching the BSA's 60th anniversary.[11] Nixon hosted the First National Explorers Presidents' Congress in 1971 on the White House lawn.
  • Gerald Ford was very involved in the BSA as a youth, attaining the rank of Eagle Scout.[12] He always regarded this as one of his proudest accomplishments, even after attaining the White House.[13] Ford received the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award in May 1970 and the Silver Buffalo Award in 1995.[14] The West Michigan Shores Council was renamed the Gerald R. Ford Council in 1995. About 400 Eagle Scouts were part of Ford's funeral procession, where they formed an honor guard and served as ushers.[15][16]
  • Jimmy Carter was a troop committee chairman, Scoutmaster and Explorer Advisor. After Carter's appeal for energy conservation programs, the BSA held a Scouting Environment Day in 1977 and participated in other conservation programs.
  • Ronald Reagan was active with the Golden Empire Council when he was governor. He served on the council’s advisory board, he chaired Project SOAR (Save Our American Resources) and was the membership roundup chairman. He was awarded the Silver Beaver Award. As a member of the Los Angeles Area Council, he served as Scoutorama chairman and as a sustaining member.
  • George H. W. Bush was a Cub Scout; he attended the 2005 National Scout Jamboree.
  • Bill Clinton was a Cub Scout. He did not attend the 1993 National Scout Jamboree, but did show for the 1997 National Scout Jamboree. During his impeachment trial, his signature was quietly dropped from Eagle Scout certificates.[17]
  • George W. Bush attended the 1989 National Scout Jamboree.
  • Barack Obama was a Siaga (Cub Scout) in Gerakan Pramuka Indonesia, the national Scouting organization of Indonesia.[18] In opposition to the BSA's membership policies, a number of atheist and agnostic groups asked that Obama not accept the position of honorary president,[19] but Obama later accepted the honor.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Boy Scout Week". The New York Times. June 19, 1919. 
  2. ^ Woolley, John T.; Peters, Gerhard. "Woodrow Wilson: Proclamation - Boy Scout Week". The American Presidency Project. University of California. 
  3. ^ Peterson, Dennis L. (October 2000). "The 'Most Wholesome and Best in the American Boy'". Scouting. Boy Scouts of America. 
  4. ^ "Roosevelt Honored by the Boy Scouts". The New York Times. August 24, 1930. p. 21. Retrieved January 27, 2009. 
  5. ^ a b Davis, Kenneth P (1990). The Brotherhood of Cheerful Service: A History of the Order of the Arrow. Irving, TX: Boy Scouts of America. ISBN 0839549989. 
  6. ^ D'Este, Carlo (2002). Eisenhower: A Soldier's Life. Macmillan. p. 172. ISBN 9780805056860. Retrieved January 27, 2009. 
  7. ^ Woolley, John T.; Peters, Gerhard. "Dwight D. Eisenhower: Remarks Recorded in Observance of the 50th Anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America". The American Presidency Project. University of California. Retrieved January 28, 2009. 
  8. ^ "Eisenhower Honored; Gets Campfire Girls' Award for Service to Youth". The New York Times. November 1, 1960. Retrieved January 29, 2009. 
  9. ^ "John F. Kennedy Miscellaneous Information". John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum. Retrieved January 27, 2009. 
  10. ^ Halter, Jon C. (September 2000). "Jamboree Memories". Scouting. Boy Scouts of America. Retrieved January 27, 2009. 
  11. ^ Woolley, John T.; Peters, Gerhard. "Richard Nixon: Remarks on Receiving the Boy Scouts' Annual Report to the Nation". The American Presidency Project. University of California. Retrieved January 28, 2009. 
  12. ^ "Fact Sheet Eagle Scouts". Boy Scouts of America. Retrieved January 27, 2009. 
  13. ^ "Gerald R. Ford". Report to the Nation. Boy Scouts of America. Retrieved January 28, 2009. 
  14. ^ Townley, Alvin. Legacy of Honor: The Values and Influence of America's Eagle Scouts. New York: St. Martin's Press. pp. 12–13 and 87. ISBN 0-312-36653-1. Retrieved January 27, 2008. 
  15. ^ Balloch, Jim (January 4, 2007). "Knox Eagle Scout has role in Ford funeral". KnoxNews. Retrieved January 27, 2009. 
  16. ^ Ray, Mark (2007). "Eagle Scout Welcome Gerald Ford Home". Scouting Magazine. Boy Scouts of America. Retrieved January 27, 2009. 
  17. ^ Bresnahan, David M. (2000). "Eagle Scouts Drop Clinton Signature". WorldNetDaily. Retrieved January 28, 2009. 
  18. ^ Forbes, Mark (October 1, 2008). "Obama, AKA Fat Little Barry, Remembered". The Sydney Morning Herald. p. 2. Retrieved January 27, 2009. 
  19. ^ "President-Elect Obama Asked to Turn Down Boy Scouts of America". American Humanist Association. January 13, 2009. Retrieved January 27, 2009. 

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