Edwin Tout, a fourth grade student at Sandy Hook Elementary School and a Pack 170 Webelos Den 5 member, was one of nine scouts chosen from across the country that represented the Boy Scouts of America in Washington, DC, February 22 to 27, to present the Boy Scouts of America’s annual Report to the Nation to top US officials.
The report is designated in the Boy Scouts of America’s congressional charter and highlighted the organization’s achievements in 2013, according to the Boy Scouts of America.
Each Scout chosen to attend the Report to the Nation represented more than 100 million Boy Scouts who have come before them and the millions who will follow, according to the Boy Scouts of America.
Since joining scouting, Edwin earned his Webelos badge, is a Pinewood Derby Champion, and portrays the values of scouting within the community.
“Whether he is playing baseball, at school, or volunteering with his Webelos Den, Edwin always displays the spirit of scouting and Sandy Hook,” said Scout Executive of the Connecticut Yankee Council, Boy Scouts of America Charles Flowers in a press release. “We are proud that he will represent the Connecticut Yankee Council and Scouting across the nation during his trip to Washington, DC.”
The Boy Scouts made multiple stops during their stay in the capital, including visiting with the US Cabinet, House, and Senate leadership, as well as the White House, CIA, Pentagon, and Supreme Court.
According to the Boy Scouts of America, the delegation delivered this year’s report to Speaker of the House John Boehner and other congressional leaders.
“My favorite part was going to the Pentagon,” said Edwin this week after returning from his trip. Edwin also said he enjoyed seeing the Pentagon Memorial.
Edwin was accompanied by his grandmother, Linda Pitrone, and he said he had fun traveling with her.
“I was there six days,” the fourth grader said. Adding later, “It was fun… The schedule was hard, because we had to wake up at 4 am and go to bed at 10:30 pm.”
Mrs Pitrone said the trip was a “once in a lifetime experience” and, “It was just a great honor that we were chosen to go.”
She also said her grandson enjoyed meeting the other scouts, especially the Eagle Scouts, who shared stories of Eagle Scout projects with Edwin.
According to Boy Scouts of America, during 2013, Scouts across America gave more than 17 million hours of service to their communities, and more than 56,000 young men earned the Eagle Scout Award.
For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, visit www.scouting.org.