For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
July 30, 2001
Videotaped Remarks by the President
For Boy Scouts of America National Jamboree
Hello, Boy Scouts, and Thanks for This Opportunity To
Send a Word of Greeting to Your National Jamboree. Let Me Also Thank
General Colby Broadwater and the Fine Men and Women of Fort A.p. Hill for
hosting this event.
I'm so sorry the weather didn't
allow me to join you in person, but I
wanted to say a few words to the Scouts and
Scoutmasters who have come to this Jamboree from all across the
You know, next month I'll be going to my
ranch in Crawford, where I'll
work and take a little time off.
I think it is so important for a
President to spend some time away
from Washington, in the heartland of America.
And whenever I go home to the
heartland, I am reminded of the values that build strong families,
strong communities and strong character, the values that make our
It is those values that are such an
important part of Boy Scouts. And I want to thank
the adults here who have shown good values, who have taken
the responsibility upon yourself to build the
wisdom and character of our young people. And
the Scoutmasters of America accept this responsibility every
day. I want to thank all the Scoutmasters who set a good
example and help Scouts learn the values that give direction to their
When you join a Scout troop
and put on the Boy Scout uniform, you,
too, make a statement.
Like every uniform, yours is a symbol of
commitment. It is a sign to all that
you believe in high standards, and that you are
trying to live up to them every single day. As you do that,
you bring credit to the Scout uniform
and credit to your country. And I want you to know your
country is proud of you.
Many of you have been to
Washington this past week, maybe for the
first time. You know, it's interesting, one of my
predecessors, President Gerald Ford, saw Washington for the
first time a few years after he became
an Eagle Scout. Back then,
in the '30s, Scouts helped collect food and clothing for people
suffering from the Great Depression.
In our own time, you all have taken the
lead in the fight against drug abuse.
In Texas, Boy Scouts were
among the first to take up a reading challenge that I
set. All across America, Boy Scouts are doing good turns
daily. And every time you do a good turn, this
becomes a better country. There are needs in
every community, and those needs can be met one heart, one soul at a
You can make a difference
for America by the life you lead and the
lives you serve. Times and challenges
change, yet the values of Scouting
will never change. Scouts of any era
would recognize every word that you
live by today, because those words have
always defined Scouting. The goodness of a person and of the
society he or she lives in often comes down
to very simple things, and
words found in the Scout Law. Every society
depends on trust and loyalty, on
courtesy and kindness, on bravery and reverence.
These are the values of Scouting and these are
the values of America.
What you have learned in
Scouting will see you through life. In good
times and difficult ones, the Scout Motto will
always help you: "Be prepared." And whatever you
do, the Scout Oath will always guide you: On your honor, do
I thank every Scout and
Scoutmaster for being a part of this great
organization, and for being a part of
this successful Jamboree. May God bless you all, and may God
bless the United States of America.