Congressman Chris Collins released the following statement after introducing a resolution commemorating the 100th anniversary of the day the Boy Scouts of America was granted its federal charter.
"The Boy Scouts of America have played a pivotal role in shaping millions of young lives across our country," Collins said. "The values I learned, as a Scout, have formed the foundation of my beliefs and positioned me to succeed throughout my professional career. This resolution officially recognizes one of America's most influential organizations, and I look forward to the Boy Scouts of America continuing their good work."
On June 15, 1916, the federal charter of the Boy Scouts of America was passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate and signed into law by President Woodrow Wilson. In the past 100 years, the organization has helped shape the lives of millions of young men. There are more than 2,400,000 youth and 1,000,000 adult volunteers actively involved today in the Boy Scouts of America.
The Senate introduced a similar resolution, which was led by Sen. Mike Enzi.
Collins co-chairs the Scout caucus in the House of Representatives and is a lifelong member of the Boy Scouts, an assistant Scoutmaster, an Eagle Scout, a member of the Greater Niagara Frontier Council executive board, and was chairman of the GNFC National Jamboree for 2001, 2005, 2010 and 2013, as well as the World Jamboree for 2007.