By Darryl Alder
Feb 20, 2015

Local Boy Scout chosen to deliver “Report to the Nation”

report to the nationDallin Stevens, 15, from Team 888 sponsored by Northridge LDS 14th Ward, has been selected as one of ten Scouts  to deliver the Boy Scouts of America’s Report to the Nation. Each year, as part of the BSA’s congressional charter, we present a report to the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. This report covers who the BSA is as an organization; the programs and initiatives it supports; and its major accomplishments and contributions over the past year.

Dallin will travel with the group to Washington, D.C., on Sunday to meet

Dallin received his Eagle in June 2014

Dallin received his Eagle in June 2014

with U.S. Cabinet members and leadership of both the House and Senate. This year’s delegates come from every region of the country and represent all Scouting families, including:

  • A Cub Scout and his parent(s)
  • Three or four Boy Scouts
  • The National Venturing President
  • The Sea Scout Boatswain
  • The National Order of the Arrow Chief
  • A host couple, who serves as the Scoutmaster on the trip

Stevens, who recently moved to Sacramento from Orem, is registered in both the Utah National Parks and Golden Empire councils. He was nominated to represent the Boy Scouts by Lee Hansen, a Brigham Young University professor who Stevens had been working with on

Dallin receiving the Hornaday Award January 2015

Dallin receiving the Hornaday Award January 2015

conservation projects working toward the Hornaday Award, which he received in January the Council’s Annual District Operations Conference in St. George.

Hansen submitted the application without Stevens’ knowledge, so Stevens said he was surprised when he received a call from the national office in November.

“I was kind of shocked that I was chosen because I know there are older scouts who have done some pretty cool stuff,” Stevens said.

Stevens has been involved with scouts since he was 8 years old. He was interested in the new STEM-related supernova awards, so when he moved to Utah from Arkansas he sought out a mentor and was eventually connected with Hansen.

Together, Stevens and Hansen worked to bring the program to the Utah National Parks Council. In 2014 he was selected to speak at the prior district operations conference about STEM and then emceed both the Celebration of the Eagles and a Silver Beaver recognition event before he moved.

Steven's Eagle service project planting willow trees along Fremont River in Wayne County

Steven’s Eagle service project planting willow trees along Fremont River in Wayne County

Stevens submitted the application for his Eagle Scout award the day he left for Sacramento. For his project, he planted close to 300 willow trees along the Fremont River near Loa in Wayne County.

Since moving to Sacramento, Stevens has joined a community Venturing team in addition to a Varsity team associated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He is currently working on earning Hornaday medals and has several projects set up. One project is to remove invasive species from a protected area, a second is to build wood dock boxes near a lake, and a third is to help develop a system for fish line disposal.

“I moved around a lot, so it’s been kind of a routine for me to adapt, but I started getting my Hornaday projects out here before I even moved out here,” he said. “I had already talked to botanists about doing projects.”

During his trip to Washington, Stevens will visit places like the Pentagon, the White House, the Supreme Court, the Goddard Space Center and the Smithsonian Institute.

 Author:  adapted from an article by Natalie Crofts | writer for KSL.com and from BSA’s  Report to the Nation

 

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