[Followup] Was President Clinton Ever a Scout??
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Mon, 1 Feb 1993 12:18:58 CST
Good morning all!
I will post this also on Rec.Scouting, for those of you that have
friends on that list. This was one of those lingering questions that
have been asked of me and others since Bill Clinton became a
candidate for President. It was rumored that he is an Eagle Scout,
that he was an Explorer, and that he is a member of Alpha Phi Omega
(a national service fraternity based upon the ideals and principles of
Scouting). Here is a capsuled summary of factual information as I've
been able to find out and finally got to conclude this morning.
My personal apologies to those that I've "held off" answering directly
on. It was not my point to ignore your questions. I just wanted to
make sure that I have as factual information as I could before I
posted. My thanks to the External Communications Office at National
BSA for their work, to a young lady named Debbie that looked in old
papers and information sources for this information (because I did the
same for her in the field of military education a while back); and to
those APO brothers that assisted me in getting records and information
on "Brother Bill's" APO background.
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Okay. here it is....the OFFICIAL SCOUTING BACKGROUND OF WILLIAM
CLINTON, courtesy of the Ouachita Area Council, Boy Scouts of America
and Debbie, (my research contact within the BSA) (*I owe you much,
lady!*). This was verified this morning (1/2/93) with both the Scout
Executive's office of that same Council and with the National
External Communications office of the BSA.
William Clinton served as a member of Pack 1, chartered to Hot Springs
(Ark.) Elementary School, for two years during his youth. He attained
the rank of Bobcat, Wolf and Bear and earned several Arrow Points before
school band and later speech and debate pushed him away from Scouting.
He was never a Boy Scout nor Explorer, according to records of the
Ouchita Area Council, the council in which Hope and Hot Springs are
located within. On January 20, 1993, Bill Clinton became the BSA's
National Honorary President, an tradition which began with President
Roosevelt and has continued from that point onward. Starting in 1983,
the Honorary President also served as President of the National Council.
Bill Clinton received his membership card, uniform and other Scouting
items during a ceremony earlier during the transition. He also
received an inviation to speak at and attend the National Scout
Jamboree this summer in Virginia.
People whom remember his Scouting experiences remember that he was
very enthusiatic and involved in his Den (Den 3) and Pack. His Den
made a Pushmobile that came in second place in the Pack's run-offs,
according to old newspaper clippings and accounts.
William Clinton later became a member of Alpha Phi Omega, a national
service fraternity associated with the ideals and principles of the
BSA. Originally, members of APO are former Eagle Scouts or current BSA
members; however, starting with the year that he pledged and was
inducted, APO changed it's membership policies to admit non-members
and dropped their Eagle Scout preferences. He became a member of the
Georgetown University chapter and performed several service projects
with the chapter as a member over his years there. In an interview done
for the Gannett news services during the early part of the primaries,
Bill Clinton cites his experiences with APO as both meaningful
personal experiences during college as well as how he envisioned his
National Service program to take shape as.
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Hope that his helps everyone that has been wondering this information
and those that wanted to use this information to once again, state
fact to Scouts of all ages: "You may do what you will..but Scouting,
truly will take you to the stars, to fame and fortune, to the movies
and to the Oval Office. What you hear from those out there on the street is
fiction, talk. Well...talk is cheap and this is all FACT. Scouting IS
the best of all possible lives." "Mike Candey" (Mike Walton, 1980)
( Settummanque, the blackeagle... ) )
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