Rick Hayes Named to BSA National Hall of Leadership

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Once-in-a-Century Honor among Programs Celebrating Scouting’s 100th Anniversary

Rick Hayes, from Indian Nations Council, was among nearly 300 Scouts and Scout leaders nationwide named July 25 to the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) 100th Anniversary National Hall of Leadership.

During a ceremony at the close of the BSA’s Centennial Parade in Washington, D.C. on July 25, Hayes was named to the National Hall of Leadership for making a significant difference in the life of another by the extraordinary service he has given, and the Scouting virtues he has modeled.

In addition to the July 25 ceremonies in the nation’s capital, each inductee will have his or her name recorded as part of the BSA’s 100th Anniversary archives at the National Scouting Museum in Irving, Tex.

“What better way to help celebrate 100 years of Scouting in America than by giving the citizens of the communities we serve the opportunity to remember and honor these individuals who have made such a significant contribution to the lives of others and who have improved the quality of life for all,” said Robert J. Mazzuca, Chief Scout Executive.

Chairing the Hall of Leadership program was Ernest G. “Ernie” Green, who earned a place in America’s civil rights history as one of the “Little Rock Nine” – the first nine African-American students to attend an all-white high school in Little Rock, Ark. in 1957.

“The National Hall of Leadership epitomizes everything I have always respected about Scouting, because Scouting’s values help mold our young people to be the great leaders our country needs,” Green said. “I would like to extend my heartfelt congratulations to the inductees receiving this one-time honor in Scouting’s history.”

One inductee from each of the nearly 300 BSA councils across the country was named to the National Hall of Leadership. Each inductee is representative of all the nominations received by his or her council. Nominations to the National Hall of Leadership were submitted online in the form of a story about the nominee, written in 450 words or less.

The National Hall of Leadership is one of a number of programs designed to invite people across the country to join in and celebrate the Boy Scouts of America’s first century of service to America’s youth.